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Outgoing Mayor Dan Sullivan packs

By Zachariah Hughes, APRN

Today [July 1] marks the end of Dan Sullivan's six years as mayor of Anchorage. As Sullivan packed up his office in city hall, he spoke with told KSKA reporter Zachariah Hughes about what he'll keep.

Sullivan often calls himself the "CEO of the City," and has an equally candid, business-like approach to administrative transition, saying, “There's nothing magic about it."

Fire danger remains high

Cooler weather is helping fire crews, and there have been no new evacuations. However 314 fires are burning in Alaska, and fire danger remains high.  Eight fires, consuming 190-thousand acres are burning near the village of Tanana, which is under voluntary evacuation. Those fires are zero percent contained.

The Rex Complex fire  near Anderson, at 16-thousand acres, is 15% contained. 

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State assistance applications available

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

The slide show above gives glimpses of life in the dozens of villages in Alaska that lack flush toilets and running water. 

To find out more, click on the links below, Parts 1-5, to see and hear the series "Kick the Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska." 

Climate change will shape U.S. Coast Guard cadets' careers more than earlier generations says President

President Obama discussed Alaska, climate change, and Arctic issues in a speech last week [May 20] at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement. He told cadets they’re part of the first generation of officers to begin their service in a world where the effects of climate change he says are so clearly upon us.

5/25/15 Public expresses frustration with Legislators

May 25, 2015

Legislators get an earful:  “stop playing”

By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

Friday for the first time since the regular session adjourned in April, a legislative committee took verbal testimony from the public.

The House Finance committee allotted three hours for input on the state operating budget, and more than 80 people spoke. The meeting opened with a series of former foster children coming to the microphone, and asking for more funding for social workers at the Office of Children’s Services.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management okays Shell exploration plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management yesterday approved Shell's exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea. Shell still must obtain other permits from state and federal agencies.

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State legislature continues inaction

State contributes 25% required match for federal funds

Members of the Legislative Bush Caucus last week in a “Lunch and Learn” session on rural sanitation were told about 900 million dollars is needed to build, replace and maintain rural sanitation systems. Last year the state put about $9 million, and federal agencies put $51 million, toward rural sanitation in Alaska. The combined 60 million dollars is less than half the amount allocated ten years ago.

Gov. Bill Walker's pick for Attorney General says he will review litigation over same-sex marriage strictly on is constitutionality. He says he will also review National Guard matters to ensure misbehavior was prosecuted, and former Governor Sean Parnell shared public records diligently.

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Climate Change and Alaska Natives 2014

Dec 4, 2014
Photo by Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

KNBA presents a radio series: Climate Change and Alaska Natives, broadcast December 8-12, 2014 during KNBA Morning News at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. The five-part series builds on our past climate change coverage.  

Let us know what you think:  TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

The focus of the series is on the effects of climate change on Alaska Native homelands, and the traditional practice of gathering and sharing food from the land and sea. 

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