After several years of state budget cuts, fewer inspectors are paying fewer visits — especially to rural Alaska. State check-ins are intended to protect public health, but some places haven’t been visited for years.
Human – polar bear interactions are part of life in Arctic communities, but a new study finds that as melting sea ice forces polar bears onto dry land, they are becoming more common and potentially more dangerous.
In this newscast: Lawmakers are scheduled to vote today on a capital budget that will include 20 million dollars in oil and gas tax credits. The latest updates on a Utah man that killed his wife aboard a cruise ship. President Donald Trump tweeted his dissatisfaction with U.S Sen.Lisa Murkowski over her healthcare vote.
In this newscast: Bogoslof volcano was a haven for endangered animals, but scientists are studying whether they’ll return to the eastern Aleutian island. Former NBA player Carlos Boozer is returning to Juneau to host his Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp. An Alaskan radio station is facing $66,000 in fines for a list of violations.
“P.S. – this is how it all started, a boy’s fifth-grade school project.”
Today, Alaskans are on average less religious than the rest of the country, and a subset who don’t identify with any particular religion is growing, according to data from the Pew Research Center.
In this newscast: Most senators met in Juneau for a floor session for the first time since the Legislature passed the budget on June 22nd. But most house majority members were out of town. A weekend search for a 12-year-old boy missing on Kodiak Island hike had a happy ending when the youth found his way to a fish camp. The federal government has approved a proposal intended to help stabilize Alaska’s individual health insurance market.
The seat has been vacant since Edward J. Burns was appointed bishop of Dallas in February.
In this newscast:Alaska’s marijuana industry tax revenue reaches $1 million. Authorities say a plane crash that killed two people is now believed to have been a suicide. Southeast seiners will have a shot at a large run of hatchery chums for six hours today.
Sealaska Heritage Institute recently published the “Beginning Tlingit Workbook.” It is part of the ongoing effort to revitalize Tlingit language.