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Midday Report September 01, 2023

Chris Colbert (center left) and Jenn Miller (center right) of Renewable Independent Power Producers prepare to cut the ribbon on the opening of the new solar farm located in Houston, Alaska on Tuesday. (Adam Nicely/Alaska Public Media)

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: Berry picking success varies across the state. The Alaska Board of Education voted unanimously yesterday to approve a ban on trans athletes participating in girls high school sports. And the state’s biggest ever solar farm is about to come online. Chris Colbert (center left) and Jenn Miller (center right) of Renewable Independent …

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Midday Report August 31, 2023

Artwork for sale at the Sealaska Heritage Institute shop on Friday, June 16, 2023, bears a label declaring it compliant with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. The federal government has filed several recent cases in Alaska for violations of the act. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: A man was sentenced to two years in federal prison this week for selling art made in the Philippines as authentic Alaska Native art.  Governor Mike Dunleavy has vetoed a bill that would ban firefighting foam containing PFAS.  And thousands of Alaskans are at risk of losing their Medicaid benefits this year–many …

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NTSB releases report on the sinking of F/V The Challenger

The National Transportation Safety Board released its findings on August 30 for a Kodiak fishing boat that capsized northeast of the village of Karluk on August 7, last year.  ​​​The Challenger capsizing after striking a submerged rock off the coast of Alaska. (Alward Fisheries, via the NTSB’s website) The Challenger was a total loss and damages  exceeded $600,000, although no …

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Coast Guard rescue crews responded to 5 incidents across the state last weekend

It’s been a busy weekend for the Coast Guard. Rescue teams from across the state responded to five calls for help over the weekend. Teams operated rescues for fishing vessels, a cruise ship, and a stranding.  The factory trawling vessel Northern Eagle was the first boat to require assistance on Friday morning.  A press release from the U.S. Coast Guard …

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Midday Report August 30, 2023

Dale Marshall, right, maneuvers his pumpkin toward the scale, with an assist from Ken Blaylock. (Matt Faubion/Alaska Public Media)

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: The head of the EPA says he supports the decision to block the proposed Pebble Mine , while the state has asked the Supreme Court to overturn that action. High prices in Alaska make the state a preferred location for drug trafficking. And the big pumpkin king is champion again at the …

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KIBSD starts new school year after facing massive budget cuts this summer

Kids are back to school in Kodiak. Middle and high school students had their first day on Monday, with elementary kids back Tuesday this week. But, budget cuts over the summer mean school — and parent spending — look a little different this year. The district’s main office is located near Kodiak High School’s campus, August 15, 2023. (Brian Venua/KMXT) …

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