Alaska Public Radio NewsGet news from across Alaska each weekday evening from the stations of the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN). With a central news room in Anchorage and 25 stations spread across the state, we capture the news in the Voices of Alaska and share them with the world. This is the complete 30-minute program as aired on APRN stations.
Get news from across Alaska each weekday evening from the stations of the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN). With a central news room in Anchorage and 25 stations spread across the state, we capture the news in the Voices of Alaska and share them with the world. This is the complete 30-minute program as aired on APRN stations.
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 @AKPublicNews Attorney General pushes back on ACLU lawsuit over court cuts Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Department of Law says it doesn't believe the governor's vetoes are unconstitutional, and that the ACLU's suit risks elevating the judiciary above other branches of government. Hospital group sues to block emergency Medicaid payment cut Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association's president says the changes should have been handled through the normal process for changing rules. Could climate change research in Alaska be put on ice? Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska's Energy Desk – Juneau The University of Alaska system is known as a leader in climate change research, studying melting permafrost to shrinking glaciers. But there's growing uncertainty about the future of such projects with steep cuts to state funding. Locals testify for hours at Senate Finance hearing in Fairbanks Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Meeting yesterday in Fairbanks, the state House Finance Committee held the last of three marathon public hearings on a bill that would restore funding for projects, programs and services vetoed by Governor Dunleavy, and reduce the amount of this year's Permanent Fund Dividend check. Two worlds that overlap: Richard Glenn sees ANWR drilling as a boon to Inupiaq communities Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Richard Glenn is an inconvenient truth for those who want to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In congressional hearings, he presents a challenge to the narrative prevalent in Washington, D.C., that Native people oppose development in the Arctic. Glenn has been a compelling witness in favor of drilling in ANWR for almost 20 years. Planes violating airspace restrictions raise safety, operations concerns at Swan Lake Fire Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Officials say some area pilots aren't abiding by the temporary flight restriction over the fire, and that could have major consequences. Amid PCE issues, what Y-K Delta residents can expect electric bills to look like Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel Starting this month, people in rural Alaska will pay the high cost of electricity without any state subsidy. But that could still change. New ADN report details how villages hire police with criminal background Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage In some parts of Alaska, local governments are so desperate for law enforcement they've had to hire people with criminal records. In one village – Stebbins – all seven police officers have been convicted of domestic violence. The post Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, July 18, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Dunleavy calls lawmakers to Juneau to continue special session Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau In a declaration Wednesday, Governor Mike Dunleavy amended his call for the second special session to have it take place in Juneau, rather than his original choice: Wasilla. ACLU sues Dunleavy over "punitive" cuts to court system Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The civil rights group claims that the move by the governor infringes on the separation of powers laid out in Alaska's constitution. National credit rating agency downgrades University of Alaska's credit rating by three notches Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The lower rating means it will be more expensive for the university to borrow money for various projects. Alaska State Arts Council shuts down after funding loss Associated Press The Alaska State Council on the Arts has closed its doors. The Anchorage Daily News reports about 50 people turned out Monday to acknowledge the closing of the organization. Alaska sees first measles case since 2015 Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the diagnosis was confirmed Tuesday, in an unvaccinated teenager from the Kenai Peninsula. 'We're never going to surrender' — Sarah James on a life fighting oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Sarah James' desire to preserve the Neets'aii Gwich'in way of life drove her into the thick of the battle over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Owner of tug that spilled diesel in Canadian waters fined millions Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau The owner of a tug and barge that grounded and spilled diesel in Canadian waters on its return from Southeast Alaska will pay a multi-million dollar fine. Bears try to move in, Angoon sets boundaries Nina Sparling, KCAW – Sitka Furry visitors have kept the residents of Angoon on their toes for the past few weeks. Several bears have made a habit of passing through town. Author of 'American Predator' describes murder spree of Israel Keyes Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage A book out this summer takes an extensive look at Israel Keyes, the man federal authorities say admitted to kidnapping and murdering teenager Samantha Koenig in Alaska, and others in the Lower 48. The post Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Alaska Legislature sues governor over validity of school funding law Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau The dispute is over a law enacted last year and signed by former Gov. Bill Walker. The law sought to provide school funding for both last school year and the coming year. As University of Alaska faces uncertain financial future, officials focus on supporting current students Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage In the face of an unprecedented cut from the state, University of Alaska staff, faculty and students have a high degree of uncertainty about their futures. Lawmakers here from constituents at Wasilla LIO Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage For the second day in a row, members of the House Finance committee are hearing public testimony on HB 2001, a proposal that would restore budget funding vetoed by the governor. And in so doing, reduce the size of the Permanent Fund Dividend. Today's hearing was in Wasilla, one of Governor Dunleavy's largest bases of support. Draft ferry schedule shows long gaps in service to coastal communities Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines The Alaska Department of Transportation has released a draft winter schedule for the Alaska Marine Highway System with long gaps in service to coastal communities across the state. Effort to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy working to coalesce around legal grounds Elizabeth Harball, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage At the event, organizers said the governor's budget vetoes are not the sole reason they want to pursue a recall. But the vetoes were cited repeatedly. Meet the Trump administration official whose signature could formally open ANWR to drilling Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage On his second day on the job, Balash said, he was personally tasked by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt – then the deputy secretary – with ensuring the refuge oil lease sale moves ahead. Young votes against condemning Trump for racist tweets Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Alaska Congressman Don Young declined an opportunity Tuesday to criticize President Trump for tweets he wrote that are widely viewed as racist. Galvin tries again to unseat Young Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Anchorage education advocate Alyse Galvin has filed to take another run at Alaska Congressman Don Young in 2020. Containment efforts keep Swan Lake Fire away from communities Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Suppression efforts are focused on the southern section of the fire, to protect nearby communities. Fire crews have 50% of that portion of the fire contained. The post Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Legislature seeks new path to fund vetoed programs Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau A draft bill discussed Monday would set permanent fund dividends at $929 to have a balanced budget. House Bill 2001 would both reverse Dunleavy's vetoes to the operating and capital budgets and set the dividend level. Locals provide testimony at Anchorage LIO Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Lawmakers took up this new proposal today in Anchorage and heard testimony from people at the Legislative Information Office. UA Board of Regents postpones exigency vote Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks University of Alaska regents have postponed voting on a declaration of financial exigency, a contractual tool that allows more expedited cost cutting, including laying off of tenured faculty. 'This needs to stop': Murkowski rebukes Trump for tweet Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has condemned President Trump for saying that four left-wing congresswomen should go back to where they came from. All four Congresswomen are non-White. Rural Alaskans brace for impact as Power Cost Equalization funds disappear Rashah McChesney, Alaska's Energy Desk – Juneau As legislative gridlock continues over funds included in an annual sweep into state savings, rural Alaskans soon could see more expensive electricity bills. Grassroots group restores creeks in Southeast June Leffler, KSTK – Wrangell A conservation group is restoring fish habitat: one humble creek at a time. NOAA closes investigation into close call between cruise ship and humpback whales Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau NOAA Fisheries confirmed that the agency's Office of Law Enforcement determined Holland America Line's Eurdoam altered course and slowed speed as it approached the humpback whales on June 24. Rain slows some Alaska fires while others continue to burn Associated Press Rain has slowed some of the wildfires in Alaska's interior while others continued to grow over the weekend. Anchorage mayor unveils municipality's first, state's largest, rooftop solar project at Egan Center Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The project consists of 216 solar panels that are expected to power up to 9% of the center's electricity needs for the year. The city next plans to install solar panels on Fire Station 10 and the Anchorage Regional Landfill building. Molly of Denali launches nationwide Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The first nationally broadcast children's show with an Alaska Native lead character premiered today. The post Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 15, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Alaska Legislature ends efforts to overturn budget vetoes Associated Press Faint hopes of overturning Alaska budget cuts ended Friday when the state Senate and House adjourned until Wednesday. PFD fight splits Alaska GOP, leaving some aligned with Democrats Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Typically, some of the most intense fights at the Alaska state Capitol are between Democrats and Republicans. But one of the biggest ideological fractures complicating this year's legislative session is within the GOP, and that's creating some strange bedfellows. Wildfire forces evacuations in Anderson area Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Two subdivisions in the Anderson area were evacuated last night due to a fast approaching wildfire along the Parks Highway. Sec. Acosta did right by Alaska, Murkowski and Sullivan say Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. "I've been impressed with his level of attention to the details of his job," Murkowski said Wednesday, two days before Acosta announced his resignation. Pilot dies in fourth plane crash near Ketchikan this summer Leila Kheirym KRBD – Ketchikan The Coast Guard sent out small boats from Station Ketchikan, and a search and rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka. Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad crews were mobilized, and KVRS found the crashed plane. Forest Service officials keep low profile on Tongass visit Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Senator Lisa Murkowski recently hosted the U.S. Forest Service's top officials in a flying visit to Tongass National Forest. The delegation kept a low profile during its visit to Southeast Alaska. Record warm water likely gave Kuskokwim salmon heart attacks Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel Never-before-seen temperatures in the Kuskokwim River likely sent salmon into cardiac arrest. How hospital ERs in Alaska are helping patients with opioid use disorder Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau A trip to the emergency room can be a crucial window to assist people in their recovery. Now some providers are giving patients a medicine to ease the transition so they can seek additional care. Recently, a hospital in Juneau completed one year of this program with encouraging results. For Alaskans dealing with veto-induced anxiety, a therapist offers advice Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage With Alaska headed toward massive cuts to its university system, social services and other state-funded programs, many Alaskans are expressing frustration, sadness and anxiety. Simply put, the uncertainty over state politics and the cuts is getting to people. The post Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 12, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Lawmakers remain far apart, physically and politically, as clock winds down on veto overrides Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Alaska's legislators remained in different physical and political places today. And there's no likelihood of another vote on overriding Governor Mike Dunleavy's line-item vetoes. Murkowski finds EPA criticism of Pebble Mine 'substantial' Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. The Environmental Protection Agency issued harsh assessments of the proposed Pebble Mine last week, and they've made an impression on Lisa Murkowski. Warmer waters believed to be main cause for dead pink salmon in Norton Sound Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome Norton Sound residents have reported salmon die-offs in unusually large numbers during the last week. As polar bears encroach on this Alaska village, feds charge whaling captain with illegally shooting one Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage As Arctic sea ice melts, polar bears are spending more time near the Alaska North Slope village of Kaktovik. Now, federal prosecutors have charging a whaling captain there with killing one in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. 'Who are the 100?' If budget vetoes stand, Anchorage shelter says it must choose who stays and who leaves Elizabeth Harball, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage As prospects for a veto override look increasingly slim, organizations that provide aid to low-income, homeless and other needy Alaskans say they have already had to make tough choices. But if Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes stand, they say some of the choices ahead will be even more difficult. UAA students, staff respond to impending, unprecedented budget cuts Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The University of Alaska is preparing to absorb a 41 percent cut in state funding. At the Anchorage campus, administrators estimate they will have to lay off 700 employees and eliminate more than a third of the school's academic programs. Smoke fouls Fairbanks, North Pole area Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Wildfire smoke has been fouling air in many areas of the state, with some of the worst conditions in the Interior, including at North Pole. Premera Blue Cross pays states $10 million over data breach Associated Press Premera Blue Cross is paying $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a major data breach. Alaska communities debate proposed location of LNG project Associated Press An Alaska community has criticized the process used to select the terminus of the proposed $43 billion Alaska LNG Project. University cuts could hurt state earthquake center Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The Alaska Earthquake Center is among the state programs that receive funding through the University of Alaska, which is targeted for a massive budget cut if legislators do not override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes. Artists call on Legislature to fund state arts council Zoe Grueskin, KTOO – Juneau If the Legislature does not override the governor's veto, the Alaska State Council on the Arts will lose funding on Monday, making Alaska the only state in the U.S. without an arts council. The post Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, July 11, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Alaska's divided Legislature fails to override governor's line-item budget vetoes Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau The floor debate in the Alaska State Capitol focused on the consequences of the $390 million in state funding that Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed from the budget. University of Alaska president: Campus closures, program elimination and layoffs on the table under Dunleavy vetoes Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The University of Alaska stands to lose $134 million in state funding if Governor Mike Dunleavy's line-item vetoes are not overturned by legislators. Anchorage leaders brace for "unprecedented" budget situation Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Officials expect a broad range of impacts affecting just about every area of residential life. State's largest wildfire continues to burn across Interior Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The state's largest wildfire continues to burn in the Livengood area, north of Fairbanks. The Hess Creek fire has burned at least 149 thousand acres, but information officer Sarah Wheeler says mapping has been challenging due to smoky conditions, and the blaze's rapid growth. Dunleavy veto erases funding for local emergency planners Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Gov. Mike Dunleavy has eliminated funding for local emergency planners around Alaska. A line item veto deleted $225,000 to be distributed among 21 Local Emergency Planning Committees. How vetoes to the university system could affect climate research in Alaska Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage A massive cut to the University of Alaska budget from Governor Dunleavy's vetoes would hurt important research, particularly on climate change. Governor's vetoes cancel state funding for library broadband program Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines One of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes has canceled state funding for broadband internet in Alaska libraries. The roughly $670,000 in savings could have far-reaching consequences for Alaska's smallest towns. Nome Inupiaq School aims for 2020 launch JoJo Phillips, KNOM – Nome Bilingual schools for early-child-learning have long been a priority of those pushing for Alaska Native Language Revitalization. As debates over public education funding rage across the state, privately-funded learning initiatives—such as an Inupiaq Immersion School in Nome—push forward with their plans. The post Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Senators say time is running out on Power Cost Equalization, college scholarships and grants, and medical education Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau While much of the focus this month has been on the vetoes, state senators in Juneau raised alarms about another budget issue: the money swept from state budget accounts into a harder-to-access piggy bank, the Constitutional Budget Reserve. In 4 a.m. emails, demonstrations and in-person ambushes, Alaskans press lawmakers on budget vetoes Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage At a news conference in Wasilla yesterday, Republican lawmakers issued a request to Alaskans: Please, stop showing up at our houses to plead with us about the governor's budget vetoes. Constituents also showed up in person in Wasilla to make their case. Cuts to universities could threaten Alaska's unified library catalog Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Gov. Mike Dunleavy's cuts to Alaska's university system could dismantle a statewide library system that allows patrons to easily request more than 3 million titles from libraries across the state. Portugal. The Man returns home to protest budget vetoes Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Grammy Award-winning band Portugal. The Man is back in its home-state, playing a free concert Tuesday evening in Anchorage as part of a rally against Governor Mike Dunleavy's recent line-item budget vetoes. After public pressure Fairbanks City Council opposes Dunleavy line-item vetoes Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks The Fairbanks City Council has finally declared its support for overriding Governor Mike Dunleavy's budget-cutting vetoes. The council and Mayor Jim Matherly had been under mounting public pressure to take a stand on the issue since Dunleavy announced his vetoes on June 28th. Budget cuts cost Nome its youth facility Joe Coleman, KNOM – Nome Governor Mike Dunleavy's line item vetoes — if they are not over-ridden by the Legislature — have resulted in the closure of the Nome Youth Facility. Dry weather could exacerbate wildfire risk in Interior Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Wildfires have charred over a million acres in Alaska so far this summer. The benchmark is considered average for an entire burn season, but with large portions of the state remaining very dry, there's anticipation of more acreage being consumed during an extended wildfire season. Public safety officials discuss AG visit, rural justice Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska's Energy Desk – Bethel U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska last month after visiting rural communities facing some of the highest rates of violence without any kind of law enforcement. He is also pledging millions of dollars in emergency funds. NASA researchers' first visit to Nome focuses on satellites, Yukon River plume Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome Scientists from all over the world come to Nome each summer for various research projects. The first wave of studies this season included researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA. The post Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Alaska legislature split on budget vetoes, dividends — and even where to meet Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Alaska legislators gathered in two different places today, with different messages about state law, permanent fund dividends and Governor Mike Dunleavy's line item vetoes. Constituents use Wasilla special session to lobby Alaska lawmakers on Gov. Dunleavy's budget vetoes Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk – Anchorage Monday's special session in Wasilla gave road-system Alaskans a chance to offer their opinions about the huge budget dilemmas facing state lawmakers right now. Juneauites turn out to protest budget cuts on first day of special session Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau More than 750 protesters packed the street in front of the Alaska Capitol on Monday, calling for the state Legislature to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes. Following boat explosion, Coast Guard searching for missing man in Whittier Maggie Wall, KMXT – Kodiak The Coast Guard continues to search for a man missing from a fishing boat after an explosion and fire last night that has caused major damage to Whittier's number one salmon loading dock. Malaspina and Montana Creek Fire update for July 8th Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna The following is the latest update on the Malaspina and Montana Creek Fires from the Alaska Division of Forestry. Efforts shift away from Sterling as crews battle Swan Lake blaze Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai The Swan Lake fire has been burning on the Kenai Peninsula for more than a month and has now covered nearly 100,000 acres. As the fire continues to move east, efforts are shifting away from the Sterling community and toward Cooper Landing. Conditions improve in fire containment for Shovel Creek Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Burn out operations resumed last night on the Shovel Creek wildfire northwest of Fairbanks. Heavy smoke prevented helicopters and planes from flying for much of Sunday, but conditions improved late, allowing for safe ignition of back burns along a fuel break protecting neighborhoods from the over 11,000-acre fire. Barricaded man commits suicide in Denali National Park Dan Bross + Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna On Sunday evening, Denali Park Service Rangers found a man dead after barricading himself in a tent, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Children rejoice as roaches invade Ketchikan Public Library Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan They're creepy, they're crawly, they're about two-inches long – not including feelers – and they recently invaded the Ketchikan Public Library, much to the delight of about 100 kids and parents. Katmai National Park unveils new permanent Brooks River Bridge Sage Smiley, KDLG – Dillingham For years, Katmai National Park has had a problem with "bear jams." On June 30, the park opened a new, permanent, elevated bridge aimed at fixing the problem for good. The post Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 8, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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 @AKPublicNews Alaska Senate president says lawmakers to meet in Juneau for special session Associated Press Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel says there's "no question" lawmakers will meet in Juneau for Monday's start of the next special session. The location is at odds with the one Gov. Mike Dunleavy picked. Alaska court system responds to governor's vetoes Associated Press The Alaska Court System has responded to a pair of vetoes by the state's Republican governor, including a budget cut related to a ruling on abortion funding. Fires update for July 5th, 2019 Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Wildfires continue to burn around the state, keeping fire crews busy in Southcentral and the Interior, even prompting warnings to hundreds of additional residents to be ready for possible evacuations near Fairbanks. Ask a Climatologist: Alaska sites reach record high temperatures on Independence Day Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Alaska's largest city and two other state locations reached record high temperatures yesterday on Independence Day. University of Alaska Fairbanks climatologist Brian Brettschneider says breaking a summer high temperature record by a full five degrees is almost unheard of. First class of veterinarians graduate from UAF-Colorado State program Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks The first graduates of a new veterinary-medicine program offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks have all been hired by clinics and other facilities here in Alaska and the Lower 48. UAF officials say that shows the program is needed to fill a strong demand for veterinarians in Alaska. Families along Kuskokwim River report high amounts of parasites in salmon Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel Warm water conditions in the Bering Sea and Kuskokwim River have increased the level of parasites in Kuskokwim salmon. Subsistence families along the River are cutting open fish to find higher levels of what looks like small, white balls or white streaks deforming the meat. The marks are formed from two different parasites. Australian mining firm explores potential vanadium deposit near Juneau Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau An Australian mining company proposes a round of exploratory drilling for a rare element near Juneau. Northern Colbalt, Ltd. is looking for vanadium, a mineral that's sought for high-capacity batteries. AK: A floating veterinary clinic goes to the dogs — and to all other pets — in Southeast's remote island towns Ari Snider, KFSK – Petersburg Outside of the larger cities, veterinary services are practically nonexistent in Southeast Alaska, leaving island residents with limited and expensive options when it comes to caring for their animals. Seventeen year ago, however, a veterinarian in Petersburg came up with a novel solution to this problem, and he's spent nearly every summer since putting it into practice. 49 Voices: Ivan Simonek of Wrangell Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer This week we're revisiting an interview with Ivan Simonek of Wrangell. Simonek emigrated from Czechoslovakia in the 60s. The post Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 5, 2019 appeared first on Alaska Public Media.