By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Many if not most of Alaska's rural schools are not working.  Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it's time for radical changes.

Paul Berg has taught in Alaska for more than 40 years -- ten of them in villages.

Only 10 people from across the country are getting an award on April 27, 2016 for their work to get a second chance for people with a criminal record. One of them is a Yup’ik Alaskan.

Greg Razo, is in Washington DC to accept a White House Champion of Change award.

“I’m proud to represent Alaska and Alaska Native people as we strive for equity in justice, in the criminal justice system,” said Razo.

Governor says Alaska can’t afford it

By The Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker says he would veto the purchase of a legislative office building in Anchorage if that item remains in the state infrastructure budget. Walker says he doesn't think the state can afford it. He says he thinks legislators should know as they put the budget together where he stands on that issue.


State budget cuts stymie Mat Su Port MacKenzie project

By Rachel Woldholz, APRN - Anchorage

The scheduled debate on a bill overhauling Alaska’s oil and gas tax credits never happened on Wednesday.

Speaker of the House Mike Chenault (sha-NALT) pulled the bill, saying that it didn’t have enough votes to pass.

Members of the Republican-led House majority are unhappy with a provision of the bill that changes tax credits in Cook Inlet. But members of the Democratic minority also don’t like the bill. They say it’s too generous to industry.

KNBA News for April 13, 2016

Senate Finance proposes to restructure Permanent Fund, dividends

House Majority divided on payments to oil companies

By the Associated Press

Republican House Speaker Mike Chenault said his caucus is not ready to vote on oil tax credit reform – a program that has the state paying 775 million dollars to oil and gas companies this year. Some think House Bill 247 doesn’t reduce payouts enough. Others oppose making changes as companies struggle with low oil prices.


House adopts legislation to change approach of criminal justice system

April 4, 2016

Sen. Murkowski opposes hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee until new president is elected

by The Associated Press

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she hasn't settled on which Republican presidential candidate she will support. But Steve Wackowski, the GOP senator's campaign manager, says Murkowski will not back a Democratic hopeful.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Continuing low prices pressure Legislators to consider reduced oil and gas tax credits

By the Associated Press

March 31, 2016

No ash cloud or aviation advisories in effect

By the Associated Press

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports the Pavlof volcano continues to rumble and explode but is no longer sending up massive ash clouds. Drifting ash has dispersed and there are no National Weather Service aviation or ash fall advisories in effect. However, the Observatory cautions it is possible for conditions at the Pavlov volacano to change at any time with little to no warning. 

March 28, 2016

Volcanic eruption led to dozens of flight cancellations in Interior, NW, Northern Alaska