Governor warns Legislators lack of new revenues jeopardizes Alaska's prosperity; Proposal to cut tax credits for oil and gas producers moves in Legislature; Legislators pass criminal justice reform legislation; Elder concerned broadband access threatens cultural heritage

 Governor Walker says prolonged fiscal uncertainty mars Alaskan economic outlook 

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage


Lawyers say state could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars over Anchorage Legislative offices. After a judge ruled the building's lease was illegal, Legislators opted to lease a mid-town building.

Myron Naneng, long-time head of the Association of Village Council Presidents, abruptly resigns amid allegations of misspent federal funds.

Alaska performer Jack Dalton arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

Statewide Native claims leader, lobbyist John Borbridge, Jr., a Tlingit from Juneau, died Tuesday. 

5/11/2016 Wednesday

A Legislative committee has passed a bill that would phase out most oil and gas tax credits and restructure Cook Inlet taxes.

As KTOO's Matt Miller reports, Gov. Bill Walker will appoint a new Justice to Supreme Court in the next few days. 


Legislation restricts who can teach sexual education, and postpone standardized testing for two years.

State struggles to translate ballots into six dialects of Yup'ik language, and Gwitchin Athabascan, as KSKA's Anne Hillman reports.

May 9, 2016 7:30 a.m. newscast

The Alaska House plans to appeal Governor's order to expand Medicaid expansion, despite staff attorneys' opinion that that move requires a vote by House and Senate, a vote that wasn't taken. 

Concerns raised that pending budget cuts will compromise Alaskan food safety, and cleanliness of pools and spas. 

Native artist Ryan Romer talks with KBBI's Daysha Eaton about his art exhibition in Homer.


Legislation to change who can teach sexual education fails

By the Associated Press

A wide-ranging education bill emphasizing local and parental control has died after a vote in the state House yesterday [Wed].  The latest version of House Bill 156 would have suspended statewide standardized testing for two years, allowed parents to opt their kids out of any lesson, and put decisions about sexual education in the hands of local school boards.


Governor names Tribal Advisory Council Members

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Governor Bill Walker Thursday announced the formation of an 11-member tribal advisory council. He said the goal is to talk with tribes about issues of concern to both tribes and the state, and to find ways to join forces to address them. Walker said he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will meet with the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council quarterly, or more often as the need arises.

May 6, 2016


Art of an avant-garde Arctic in downtown Anchorage

By Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

When people imagine Alaska’s Arctic, experimental art isn’t typically first thing that comes to mind.

But a new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum is getting visitors, urbanites, and art-lovers to connect to the Arctic in different ways.  And the works expand well beyond the gallery walls.


Legislation limiting who can provide sex education moving forward

By the Associated Press

May 3, 2016

Legislators have 45 days to negotiate purchase of building at Minnesota and Benson

The Legislative Council voted Monday evening to spend $12.5 million to buy a mid-town Anchorage Wells 

  Fargo bank building for Legislative offices. Gov. Bill Walker had threatened to veto the $32 million the Council planned to use to buy the downtown Anchorage Legislative Office building. A judge had also overturned the state’s lease at that site, saying the council had violated competitive bidding laws.