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Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now The Alaska impact of ACA repeal bill? Depends where you look Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Sen. Murkowski says her position on Graham-Cassidy will hinge on data showing how Alaska would fare. Consultants' reports vary wildly, but they all show a loss. And now it's not clear senators will vote on Gov. Walker cites uncertainty over funding in opposing ACA repeal Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Walker said he has spoken several times with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whose vote could help determine the bill's fate. Gov. Walker pitches 1.5 percent income tax with a limit Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Administration officials have a mouthful of a name for it: the "capped hybrid head tax." It's a flat 1.5 percent of wages and self-employment income, with a maximum of twice the value of that year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. Should independents be able to run in a Democratic primary? Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau A Superior Court judge is weighing how to define who is allowed to run the Alaska Democratic Party primary. The party wants to allow independent candidates to run in the primary without registering as Democrats. The Mayor of Anchorage addresses concern over crime and safety Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Anchorage had a record number of homicides last year and is on pace to possibly surpass that number this year. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz took some heat for comments he made last week when he said residents who were not involved in drugs or out after midnight were safe. He apologized a day later, saying he wishes he could undo those comments. He said when crime happens to someone in the city, he feels the weight. Lawsuit seeks to allow non-Alaska residents to gather signatures for state ballot initiatives Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage A lawsuit filed in federal court this week seeks to remove the residency requirement for people gathering signatures for state ballot initiatives. AK: $15,000 and 2,000 miles later, Kotzebue High volleyball players show Sitka their skills Sarah Gibson, KCAW – Sitka Alaska's high school sports teams spend a lot of time and money on travel. But $15,000 and 2,000 miles for a single trip? That's unusual. Earlier this month the Kotzebue Girls Volleyball team travelled to Sitka to play Mount Edgecumbe and Sitka High School. 49 Voices: Jay Stange of Anchorage Samantha Davenport, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage This week we're hearing from Jay Stange of Anchorage. Stange is a math teacher at Dimond High School.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now VP Pence calls in to Anchorage talk radio Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. The future of the Affordable Care Act appears to rest on how Sen. Lisa Murkowski will vote next week. Alaska is getting some extra attention for it, including a special caller to a local conservative talk show Thursday. Significant layoffs hit ADN, with more changes ahead Zachariah Hugehs, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage As it struggles to emerge from bankruptcy under new owners, the state's largest newspaper has started making deep staff cuts. New Hilcorp contract pushes Interior Energy Project along Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The Interior Energy Project has achieved a major milestone. On Thursday, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Board approved a plan advancing the state effort to increase availability of natural gas in Fairbanks. Commercial pot growers paid GVEA more than $500,000 over the past year Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks The commercial marijuana industry is increasing demand for electricity in the Interior. Golden Valley Electric Association membership includes 47 licensed marijuana growers, who paid the co-op more than a half-million dollars for power over the past year. Flood watch for Kenai River drainage as dammed lake releases Jay Barrett, KDLL – Kenai The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of the Kenai River drainage due to the release of water from a dammed glacial lake. Spill reported at Valdez Marine Terminal Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage The operator of the Trans-Alaska pipeline is reporting an oil spill at the Marine Terminal in Valdez. Ft. Wainwright soldier charged with assaulting infant son Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks A Ft. Wainwright soldier is charged with assaulting his infant son. Fairbanks Police say 22-year-old Ronald L. McGriff was arrested Wednesday and charged with first degree assault for severely injuring his 8-month-old son in August. Budget glitch could leave ferries without funding Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau One Southeast senator said that the possibility that the Alaska Marine Highway System could shut down this spring is an intentional attempt to damage the ferries. Alaska could become climate change refuge for tropical fish Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska's Energy Desk – Juneau Researchers from the University of Washington used 80 years of data to figure out how much warming fish could withstand. They discovered fish in the tropics are already living in water at the upper end of their threshold. Sitka hatchery's chum run funds improvements Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau A strong chum salmon run is helping pay for upgrades to a Sitka hatchery. Returns are also good at a much larger aquaculture operation not far away. Juneau's Housing First prepares to open its doors Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau Juneau's Housing First project is opening its doors this week to the first eight residents. The $8.3 million Lemon Creek complex will soon house 32 of the community's most vulnerable residents. Gambell's new health clinic now open to patients Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome After several years of providing community health services in an overcrowded building, Norton Sound Health Corporation employees in Gambell now have a bigger and newer space to accommodate the community's needs.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now Interior official says Trump administration has the 'guts' to allow oil exploration in ANWR Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage A top Interior Department official said kick-starting oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, is a priority for the Trump administration. 'Vote no': Left takes to TV and sky to reach Murkowski Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Advocates are cranking up the pressure on Sen. Murkowski to vote against the latest health care repeal. A Palmer conservative urging a "yes" vote calls Murkowski "untouchable." Unsecured database discovered with information from about 600,000 Alaska voters Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Security consultants say they discovered an unsecured online database with information on nearly 600,000 Alaska voters last week. Fairbanks in a financial jam as state support declines Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Declining state support has Fairbanks city and borough government up against a financial wall. Amid evolving Afghan mission, Alaska soldiers ready to deploy Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage As the U.S. approaches the 16th anniversary of military operations in Afghanistan, thousands more troops are getting ready to deploy. One of the units is the airborne infantry division based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. Arctic nations tour microgrids, exchange green energy knowledge Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak A program is leading representatives of Arctic nations to Alaska, Canada, Iceland and Greenland to look at the microgrids in remote communities. La Niña Watch triggered, could affect Alaska winter temparatures Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Cooling Pacific Ocean temperatures have triggered a La Nina Watch for the northern hemisphere. The Climate Prediction Center and the International Institute for Climate and Society issued the watch, which is based on below normal sea temperature readings in the eastern equatorial Pacific. Ask a Climatologist: The fall color formula is pretty simple Annie Feidt, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Weather conditions aren't a driver of when fall colors appear, but weather events can drive the extent, duration and intensity of fall colors. Crystal Serenity won't return to Nome for years, if ever Gabe Colombo, KNOM – Nome The luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity, which stopped in Nome last month, won't be coming around to Alaska again for at least two years. The passengers it unloaded in New York City Saturday morning will be the last on its Northwest Passage route until at least 2020 — or possibly ever.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now Murkowski could swing Senate for latest ACA repeal Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Defenders of the Obama health care law are applying as much pressure as they can to get Sen. Murkowski to vote no on the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. All eyes were on her at the Capitol Tuesday. Alaska sees 26 percent drop in health insurance rates Associated Press Some of the highest insurance rates in the nation just got a little bit cheaper. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield is the sole provider for the Alaska individual health insurance market. It announced Tuesday that its rates will decrease 26.5 percent for 2018. Transgender troops: Sullivan says let them serve Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. The U.S. Senate passed an annual Defense bill Monday night that includes icebreakers and more missile interceptors, which Sen. Dan Sullivan championed. The bill does nothing to block President Trump's effort to ban transgender people from the military, a ban Sullivan opposes. Walker administration appoints climate adviser, promises new policy "soon" Rachel Waldholz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Nikoosh Carlo began work this month in a newly created position: senior adviser for climate. University of Alaska students may see 10 percent tuition hike over next two years Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau University of Alaska officials are considering a 5 percent tuition increase in each of the next two academic years. Fairbanks' anti-commercial marijuana ballot measures likely to boost turnout for October election Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Local elections like the one coming up on Oct. 3 in Fairbanks are notorious for drawing low voter turnout. But observers say this year's city and borough elections may be different, because the two marijuana-related propositions on the ballots are likely to draw more voters to the polls in what observers say will likely be a close election. After mining exec weighs in, Juneau Assembly holds off on boundary mine resolution Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau A local mine executive urged the Juneau Assembly to reconsider a resolution urging federal action on transboundary mining, and the Assembly did on Monday night. Ferry Taku sold, will become floating hotel Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau The Alaska ferry Taku's next life will be as a floating hotel. State appeals court overturns 2012 Ketchikan murder conviction Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan Citing improper arguments by the prosecution, the Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday overturned the murder conviction of a 25-year-old Ketchikan man who was found guilty about five-and-a-half years ago. Pink salmon found in odd places near Homer Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer Pink salmon are showing up in unexpected places around the Homer area.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now Seismic work in ANWR: Can they do that? Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. The Interior Department is trying to let industry into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to conduct seismic exploration on the coastal plain. Is that legal? Watchdog group scrutinizes rough-weather training for new tanker escorts in Prince William Sound Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Next year, a whole new fleet of tugboats and barges will arrive in Prince William Sound with a big responsibility: to prevent another oil spill like the Exxon Valdez in 1989. PFD announcement fanfare is gone, as dividends are cut in half Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau If the state budget didn't lower Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year, they would have been among the highest in state history, at more than $2,300. Instead, they will be $1,100, deposited or mailed on Oct. 5. Wildfires pop up near Chisana and Tanana Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Recent warm, dry weather in the interior has resulted in two late season wildfires. Critical drugs in short supply for AFD and hospitals Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The nation-wide problem with shortages in basic medicines is almost a decade old. As it worsens, first responders and hospitals in Anchorage are spending more resources just trying to keep up. Alaska Eskimo group seeks hike in whaling harvest quotas Associated Press The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission is seeking a significant increase in the number of bowhead whales that can be harvested annually by subsistence hunters from 11 villages. Dog training provides prisoners lessons that people can't Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Staying calm and taking responsibility are some of the keys to success both inside and outside of prison. But sometimes it takes more than a person to teach that. Meet the dogs of Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai. Family returns to Kodiak after 10 years sailing around the world Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak This summer, a couple returned to the City of Kodiak after roughly 10 years of sailing the world. Mike Litzow and Alisa Abookire raised two sons while living a seafaring nomadic lifestyle.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now Walker to add crime bill to October special session Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau A rise in crime in Alaska has led Governor Bill Walker to seek a bill in the special session next month (October) that would allow more jail time for some thefts and other crimes. How more communities can follow Kodiak's renewable energy model Rachel Waldholz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Kodiak generates almost 100 percent of its power with renewable energy.The local co-op has managed to do that while keeping electric rates stable. In fact, the price of electricity in Kodiak has dropped slightly since 2000. Former Alaska first lady passes, remembered as "frank and friendly" Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Ermalee Hickel, the wife of former Governor Wally Hickel, died yesterday. Though her husband's outsized personality may have overshadowed her at times those who knew her say she was a strong woman of faith and family. Trump administration moves to lift ban on oil assessment in ANWR Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage The Washington Post is reporting that the Trump administration is trying to allow more in-depth studies of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's oil potential. PFD amount announced: $1,100 Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The State of Alaska has announced the dollar figure for this year's Permanent Fund Dividend. UAV industry reps discuss the vehicles' future in Fairbanks Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the north is the focus of meetings in Fairbanks this week. The University of Alaska Fairbanks "Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Integration" is hosting industry representatives to talk about UAV based operations in Alaska and the Arctic. Two killed in highway accident near North Pole Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Two drivers were killed last night in a two-vehicle accident on the Richardson Highway near North Pole. Alaska regulators to revisit onsite marijuana use proposal Associated Press Alaska regulators plan to revisit onsite use of marijuana in cannabis shops around the state in November. On-site pot consumption resolution voted down in Fairbanks Assembly Robert Hannon, KUAC – Fairbanks A resolution supporting on-site consumption of marijuana at licensed establishments was voted down by the Fairbanks Borough Assembly at a meeting Thursday night. A majority of assembly members thought the resolution was going too far, too fast. AK: At Katmai's Brooks Camp, tourists and bears mingle mostly carefree Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham PS has recorded only three bear-related incidents dating to 1950 at its most famous viewing spot. Park rangers attribute that to good orientation, supervision, accountability of food and gear, and abundant supply of Bristol Bay sockeye. 49 Voices: Jody Dillon of Anchorage Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage This week we're hearing from Jody Dillon in Anchorage. Dillon is an environmental scientist who was born in Juneau.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now How Kodiak got to almost 100 percent renewable power Rachel Waldholz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Since 2014, Kodiak has gotten more than 99 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, using a combination of wind and hydropower. It's part of a growing trend, as cities around the nation aim for a hundred percent clean energy. Strategic Pathways on the docket of UA Board of Regents meeting Robert Hannon, KUAC – Fairbanks The University Of Alaska Board Of Regents meets in Juneau Thursday and Friday. Today's agenda includes an update from UA President Jim Johnsen on the university's Strategic Pathways, downsizing initiative. UA president calls for action on DACA ahead of regents meeting in Juneau Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau Earlier this week, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen wrote Alaska's congressional delegation urging it to quickly resolve the Trump administration's directive to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Fire marshal: Butte fire that claimed the lives of five girls was "cooking related" Phillip Manning. KTNA – Talkeetna The Alaska Fire Marshal's Office has determined the fire that claimed the lives of five girls in the Mat-Su Valley Butte area last week was accidental and "cooking-related." HUD sends money to Alaska communities, including 'Middle Spenard' Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced $7 million in grants to 14 Alaska tribal organizations, much of it for housing. One grantee aims to redevelop a commercial building on Spenard Road. Two new contracts could ship Sitka water to potential buyers soon Emily Kwong, KCAW – Sitka Raw water may be shipped out of Sitka within the next three years. At least, that's the promise of two bulk water contracts — approved by the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night. One came from start-up in the business of bottling, while the other is a repeat customer who has spent decades trying to sell raw water to countries around the world. Freeride ski and snowboard competition not returning to Haines in 2018 Emily Files, KHNS – Haines An international big mountain ski and snowboard competition that brought an economic boost to Haines for three winters is not returning to Alaska in 2018. Crew abandons F/V Akutan in Unalaska's Captains Bay Zoe Sobel, Alaska's Energy Desk – Unalaska After a disastrous fishing season as a processor in Bristol Bay — the F/V Akutan's owner went broke, the crew went unpaid and now the ship is disabled and unable to move. GCI looks into bringing fiber to Unalaska Zoe Sobel, KUCB – Unalaska GCI is looking into what it would take to bring faster internet to Unalaska. The telecommunications company is evaluating if fiber would be a financially feasible solution. Right now, they are in the exploratory process. Kodiak College nursing program adapts to hospital policy change Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak Kodiak College, which is part of the University of Alaska Anchorage, will soon make a bachelor's degree the go-to for aspiring nurses.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now Beneath political firestorm on Arctic Ocean drilling, two projects make steady progress Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Yes, Shell's multi-billion dollar effort to find oil in federal Arctic waters is a thing of the past. And yes, the Obama administration then took several steps to cut back on drilling in Arctic waters — actions the Trump administration is now working to undo. But there is movement to get oil out of federally-owned parts of the Arctic Ocean. For third year in a row, Alaska seabirds wash up dead Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska's Energy Desk – Juneau For the third year in a row, seabirds are washing up dead along the coastline in Alaska. Hundreds of birds have been discovered along a stretch of the Bering Sea, on the Pribilof Islands and as far north as Deering. Stampede suspected in dozens of walrus deaths Associated Press The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 64 walruses died on a northwest Alaska beach, and the animals may have been killed in stampedes. National labs to field test microgrid tech in Cordova Rachel Waldholz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Several national labs and universities will partner with the Alaska community of Cordova to field test new technologies on the city's power grid. State denies ballot initiative on salmon habitat Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg Alaska's Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has denied a proposed ballot initiative designed to offer greater protections for salmon habitat from mining or other development. Arctic climate change researchers still conflicted over UAF's coal-fired powerplant Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks The University of Alaska Fairbanks is building a heat-and-power plant to replace the old facility that went into service in 1964. The new $245 million powerplant, scheduled to come online next year, will feature updated technology that'll reduce most pollutants – but it will continue to emit greenhouse gases blamed for warming the planet. Ahtna rejects continued public use of Klutina Lake Road Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The Ahtna Native Corporation board has rejected a proposed settlement with the State to allow continued public use of Klutina Lake Road. The 25-mile road off the Richardson Highway near Copper Center, crosses Ahtna land, to the Klutina River and Klutina Lake. Terror Lake hydroelectric project expansion gets the go-ahead Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak The Kodiak Electric Association received a permit to start its Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project expansion, which would increase the lake's clean energy production. Igiugig is set to embark on its Native Foods Challenge Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham Nutrition related health concerns plague the United States as a whole, and rural Alaska is no exception. People in village of Igiugig are aiming to improve their health this fall with a Native Foods Challenge. Unalaska-bound cruise ship changes destination to Sitka Zoe Sobel, KUCB – Unalaska A 2000-passenger cruise ship was supposed to dock in Unalaska today [WED] instead it decided to go to Sitka. Although Unalaska is known as America's top fishing port, tourism — in particular the cruise ship industry – is a growing source of revenue especially for small businesses and non-profits.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now Lawmaker seeks audit of village public safety officers Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau A state lawmaker wants the Village Public Safety Officer program audited. He is concerned that the program isn't spending money efficiently. While lawmakers weigh whether to proceed, program supporters say it plays an important public safety role in villages. Seeking investment, Alaska goes open source with oil & gas data Rashah McChesney, Alaska's Energy Desk – Juneau Alaska's Oil and Gas division is releasing valuable oil exploration data from leases on the North Slope and Cook Inlet. GOP shakeup marks Alaska governor's race Associated Press Two high-profile Republicans signaled their interest in the governor's office on Tuesday, while another suspended his campaign. 3 die in shooting at Alaska precious metals shop Associated Press Three people are dead following a shooting at an Alaska shop that buys and sells precious metals. Can an Anchorage start-up lure renewable energy investors to rural Alaska? Rachel Waldholz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Most renewable energy projects in rural Alaska have been funded with state and federal grants. But as state money dries up, an Anchorage start-up wants to bring private investors to the table. NTSB releases preliminary report of investigation into Juneau-area commuter flight accident Abbey Collins, KHNS – Haines Some new information is available about an August commuter flight accident in the Juneau area. The Haines-based pilot made an emergency water landing and he, along with four passengers, swam safely to shore. An investigation into the accident takes a close look at the aircraft's fuel sources. Proposed public intoxication ban fails in Nome Associated Press A proposed prohibition on intoxication in public places has failed in Nome, which has long grappled with hard drinking. Ask a Climatologist: Summer sea ice minimum near record low again Annie Feidt, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Brettschneider says this year's Arctic sea ice retreat won't break the record set in 2012, but is not too far behind. He says it's strikingly low compared to two decades ago. Can a Southeast mine battle lead to a trade war? Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau A Southeast Alaska tribal organization is using a trade-sanctions threat to push federal officials into providing stronger protections for regional fisheries.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN's newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now Judge approves sale of Alaska Dispatch News to Binkley family Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage A bankruptcy court judge today approved the sale of Alaska Dispatch News, the state's largest newspaper from Alice Rogoff to the Binkley family of Fairbanks. The judge still needs to sign the official paperwork on the deal, which is set to close on Friday. As demand for opioid remedy skyrockets, police train for overdose treatment with Naloxone Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Naloxone — a medication that rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose — has long been used by emergency medics, but now it's being deployed to police departments and non-profits at the front line of the state's opioid crisis. Even with millions of new federal dollars being spent, the demand in outpacing the supply. Ft. Yukon and Ninilchik tribes submit applications for trust status Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Two Alaska tribes have submitted applications to place lands into trust with the federal government. Anchorage medic mobilizes to help residents of Houston Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Gray and one of her Mobile Medics International teams recently returned from Houston where they found the greatest need was in areas where undocumented immigrants were living. Most UA campuses see lower enrollment Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Fall enrollment is down at most University of Alaska campuses. Early numbers show the UA headcount off 4.5 percent, or over one thousand students, from last fall. The highest declines are at Southeast and Fairbanks campuses. Building a future after prison through vocational education Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage In Alaska, two-thirds of people who leave prison end up going back within three years. But former inmates who can find decent jobs within a year of release are half as likely to re-offend. So how does the Department of Corrections want to cut recidivism? By teaching the trades. Alaska teens ask state to stop delaying action on climate change Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska's Energy Desk – Juneau The teens hand delivered a petition to the state's Department of Environmental Conservation, asking for reduced carbon emissions and a strategy moving forward.