In this newscast: Juneau city officials estimate $5.2 million in immediate municipal impacts from Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, a state health care industry organization sues the state over an emergency rule change cutting Medicaid rates, a University of Alaska researcher says he’s considering leaving the state and notes his climate change research grants would go with him, a Texas-based tug and barge company pays $2.9 million Canadian for a 2016 grounding and fuel spill in British Columbia waters, the University of Alaska Southeast announces its accreditation renewal, the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan acquires a Chilkat robe 16 years in the making, and a rare albino porcupine is spotted in Maine.
In this newscast: Gov. Dunleavy changes the location of his special session call from Wasilla to Juneau, the ACLU sues the governor over his politically motivated veto of court system money, the House Finance Committee takes testimony in Wasilla on the PFD and state operations funding bill, the Glory Hall cuts its breakfast and lunch hours to cope with state funding losses, the University of Alaska’s credit rating tumbles amid unprecedented funding cuts, the village of Igiugig gets ready to switch off diesel to a new, in-river power generation system.
In this newscast: A group of Alaskans begins organizing a recall campaign targeting Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Hours of split testimony in the House Finance Committee leans in support of a bill to moderate Dunleavy’s budget cuts, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen takes questions on Talk of Alaska, the Alaska Legislature sues Gov. Dunleavy over school funding, the the Alaska State Council on the Arts shutters, and the National Weather Service reports Suicide Basin is draining into Mendenhall Lake and to that flooding is possible.
In this newscast: The University of Alaska Board of Regents delays its vote to declare a financial exigency, the Juneau School District looks at the state budget’s effects on its finances, Unalakleet braces for bigger energy bills after a state fund goes dry, and the creatives behind “Molly for Denali” explain some of the work that went into keeping the Alaska Native cultural representations authentic.
In this newscast: City officials lift its air emergency, NOAA Fisheries wraps its investigation into a cruise ship’s near miss of a pod of whales caught on video, scientists monitor glacial dam release data affecting the Mendenhall Valley, Alaska’s heat wave is literally killing salmon in the lower Kuskokwim, the deadline passes for state lawmakers to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, and law enforcement in Vermont discover cannabis plants in the state Capitol’s flowerbeds.
In this newscast: State lawmakers in Juneau ramp up their rhetoric against the governor and dissident lawmakers meeting in Wasilla, UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield walks through the budget veto impacts on his branch of the university, UAA students and faculty brace for 700 layoffs and the elimination of a third of the school’s academic programs, and the city and rainbow enthusiasts in Juneau work out a way to legally paint a colorful crosswalk.
In this newscast: Constituents confront state lawmakers aligned with Gov. Dunleavy in Wasilla, the legislative stalemate continues in Juneau, a tribal rights attorney and a former public safety commissioner discuss what U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s law enforcement emergency means for Alaska, and the summer’s first commercial salmon trolling fishery in Southeast Alaska wraps up.
In this newscast: The Alaska Legislature’s second special starts up split between Juneau and Wasilla, About 50 protesters take to the highway near Wasilla for full permanent fund dividends while about 750 turnout in Juneau calling for budget veto overrides, Juneau city officials declare an emergency due to unhealthy air, researchers study DNA in indigenous Hoonah residents and descendants for possible genetic impacts of historical traumas, a small plane crashes near the Seldovia airport with no injuries, and researchers confirm a newborn orca calf that’s part of an endangered pod is female.