Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jennifer Stuart Henderson will be the newest member of the Alaska Supreme Court after Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed her on Wednesday. 

Henderson fills the vacancy created by the retirement of former Chief Justice Joel Bolger. Justice Daniel Winfree succeeded Bolger as chief justice on July 1.

 The Anchorage Assembly unanimously approved Thursday, January 14, 2021, an ordinance that formally establishes a government-to-government relationship with the Native Village of Eklutna. 

The president of the Eklutna village Tribal council, Aaron Leggett, called the ordinance “a monumental achievement by both governments.”

Richard Watts moved from Philadelphia to Anchorage around Thanksgiving 1949 with his family. He was 3. His father had sold his stake in a nightclub and came a few months before his family to take a construction job, inspired by promising talk from soldiers who had returned from the territory.

“He had heard about this place called Alaska where you could make some money,” Watts said of his dad. “You had to work for it, but there was jobs available.”



By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

A Yup’ik woman from the Bristol Bay region known as one of the people who created the Alaska tribal health system and a savvy national advocate died Tuesday [Jan. 10]. For nearly 50 years, Sally Smith played a key role in transforming an under-funded, under-staffed and ill-equipped health system for Natives into one that is a model for tribal self-governance.

Winter storm warning in effect for Anchorage, Mat-Su

Dec 28, 2016

Southcentral Alaska Winter Storm Warning for Thursday night, Friday morning

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow for Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley. The winter storm warning for heavy snow is in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday.

A significant winter storm is headed for Southcentral Alaska starting Thursday afternoon and continuing into Friday. The largest snowfall in several years is possible for portions of the Matanuska Valley.

After months of camping out, more than 500 arrests, and harsh encounters with law enforcement, tribes celebrate 

By Joaqlin Estus

Sunday thousands of people celebrated at camps in North Dakota, calling a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction of an oil pipeline a victory. In a prepared statement, the Corps of Engineers denied an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Corps said more discussion and analysis are needed.

KNBA "Frontier of Change" series wins Alaska "Goldie"

Nov 14, 2016
Joaqlin Estus / KNBA


The Alaska Dispatch News reports Edward Itta, a prominent North Slope leader, died Sunday of cancer. Itta was mayor of the North Slope Borough from 2005 to 2011, when Shell was seeking oil leases and permits for offshore Arctic development.

PFD checks being deposited, mailed

Oct 6, 2016

Oct. 6, 2016

Mat-Su Republican introduces bill to double dividend amount

by Joaqlin Estus and The Associated Press

Permanent Fund Dividends of $1,022 started going out to each eligible Alaskan Thursday [Oct. 6] morning.

Mat-Su and Copper River area Sen. Mike Dunleavy Wednesday announced he’s filing a bill to double this year’s dividend to $2,052, the amount legislators appropriated earlier this year.