The ice road on the frozen Kuskokwim River is longer than most traditional highways in Alaska. It allows for snowmachine and vehicle traffic in a region that otherwise relies on unpredictable airplane travel in the winter.
Mike Prax is a former Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly member and Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. worker. He was the Interior Alaska coordinator for the election campaign of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
In this newscast: Signature gathering for the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy is about to begin, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is getting closer to being updated, REAL ID’s are a REAL hassle for rural Alaskans, and Ketchikan’s city council isn’t excited about the state’s plans to replace the Ocean Rangers.
Recall Dunleavy organizers received the booklets at the division’s Anchorage office. They have said they’ll mail them around Alaska on Saturday.
Alaska Resource Education, which promotes the oil and gas, mining and forestry industries in Alaska’s schools, is suing former Executive Director Michelle Brunner, alleging she embezzled at least $187,000.
The ACLU lawsuit alleges violations of state and federal civil rights protections stemming from mishandled police investigations of sexual assaults of Alaska Native women.
John Lincoln, the Alaska state representative who represents the Northwest Arctic and North Slope boroughs, says he will not run for reelection.
In 30 years or so, visitors might not be able to see the Mendenhall Glacier from the visitor center. The U.S. Forest Service is preparing for that reality.
Haines Borough Assembly has decided to organize trips for the public on Feb. 23 and Feb. 29. The private charters were made in lieu of ferry service from the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Service on the ferry Matanuska, the Alaska Marine Highway’s sole operating mainliner this winter, has yet to begin. Transportation officials have announced more cancellations through the middle of April, when the Columbia is expected back in service.