Legislature to decide on Dunleavy appointees tomorrow
Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy’s appointees go before the Legislature tomorrow for confirmation votes.
Union sues to block API privatization plan
Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
An organization representing public employees is seeking to block the transfer of management over the facility, saying the move violates state labor laws.
Final Pebble hearing draws mix of views
Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.
A sizable minority of speakers – maybe one in three – argued in favor of the mine, saying the state needs the jobs. Others, like Emily Taylor, said the mine threatens the salmon runs of Bristol Bay.
Troopers: Seward man fatally shot 2 men in van
Authorities say a 30-year-old Seward man charged with two counts of first-degree murder told officers he fatally shot two men inside their van after an argument broke out when he told them to leave.
Man held in Mexican jail for 7 years after fleeing state for bank robbery to be sentenced in Alaska
Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
Federal prosecutors say a former Anchorage bank vault manager who walked away from work one day in 2011 with more than $4 million – then took the cash to Mexico, where he has been jailed ever since – is now set to be sentenced for the crime back in Alaska.
State ferry reshaping study stalls as coastal lawmakers remain skeptical
Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau
A state contract worth up to a quarter million dollars to study the future of Alaska’s ferries is on hold.
3 finalists for Fairbanks Police chief make their cases during public meeting
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
Three finalists vying to be Fairbanks next police chief talked about boosting the ranks of the police force and other issues during a Monday night community forum.
Kodiak goat dairy faces an uncertain future amid proposed budget cuts
Kavitha George, KMXT – Kodiak
Governor Dunleavy’s proposed budget would eliminate the state’s only dairy inspector, making it nearly impossible for up-and-coming dairies like Kodiak Baptist Mission’s Heritage Farms to sell milk commercially.
Yup’ik literacy reaches new heights in spelling bee
Johanna Eurich, KYUK – Anchorage
Before it began, it already looked like it might take a while, because there were more contestants than ever in the Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners. But no one thought it would take four hours to narrow the field down to the winners.