In today’s [Tues] primary election Alaskans will decide which candidate will appear on November’s ballot for a given political party. In some races whoever wins the primary is likely to win the seat because they will run unopposed in the general election. On the ballot are candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, ten state Senate and all 40 state House seats. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

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By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Affordable housing is in great demand in Alaska – people enter a lottery to even get their names on a waiting list. So the grand opening of an East Anchorage affordable housing complex for active seniors was cause for celebration Wednesday when about 50 people listened to speakers and toured the two-building complex.

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By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Aug. 5, 2016

Organizers of a wellness summit in Palmer hoped for 300 participants and were pleased more than 500 people came together Thursday [Aug. 4, 2016] to talk about the problem of opioid addictions, and the growing number of deaths due to overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.  

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska said a meeting last fall with several women in recovery opened his eyes to the problem. And he organized the wellness summit to find solutions before it gets worse.

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Thur. Aug. 4, 2016

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Addiction to prescription pain killers has become epidemic according to health officials who will be presenting at a wellness summit Thursday [Aug. 4,] in Palmer. Speaking Tuesday on Alaska Public Media’s Talk of Alaska, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Butler said deaths due to opioid overdoses have quadrupled in the past decade. And U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said such deaths have tripled nationally since 1990.

By Daysha Eaton, KBBI - Homer

For years, the Ninilchik tribe has been seeking — and last week was granted — approval to use a more effective method of catching its subsistence allocation of Kenai River sockeye salmon. The change in gear type has raised concerns about its take of king salmon, a fishery that's been in decline for several years.

Rather than dip netting, the Ninilchik Traditional Council can now set a gill net.

By Daysha Eaton, KBBI - Homer

For years, the Ninilchik Traditional Council has been seeking approval to use a more effective method of catching their subsistence allocation of sockeye salmon on the Kenai River. Late last week, they got that opportunity. 

On July 27, the Federal Subsistence Board approved the tribe’s emergency special action request to operate a community subsistence set net fishery on the Kenai. Approval came after a lawsuit filed in 2015. Before, the tribe was approved for dipnetting and rod-and-reel subsistence fishing on the Kenai.

July 28, 2017

Gov. Bill Walker let a bill that will restrict who can teach sex education in public schools become law without his signature.

In his transmittal letter to the Speaker of the House, the governor stated the parts of the bill on "the teaching of sexual education, human reproduction or human sexuality are controversial, and misunderstood.”

McHugh wildfire caused by campfire

Jul 28, 2016

July 28, 2016

By Joaqlin Estus

The McHugh wildfire was caused by a smoldering campfire. That's according to a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) statement issued today [Thursday]. The campfire was deep in a ravine little used by hikers.

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 July 27, 2016 - By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Experienced firefighters can earn from $30,000 to $60,000 in a few months, which may seem like a lot of money. But considering their working conditions, and hazards, many would say they earn every bit of their pay. A few dozen Alaskan firefighters are mopping up the McHugh fire south of Anchorage.

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The McHugh fire response is winding down. Five hotshot crews from the lower 48 were demobilized Monday evening. 

Three Alaska crews are mopping up remaining hot spots that were located using an infrared camera on a helicopter flight over the 778-acre fire area just south of Anchorage. Crews are putting a 300-foot containment line around the fire. They removed protective equipment from the Potter Valley and Rainbow Valley subdivisions on Monday.