Alaska News Nightly Monday May 27 2019

first_imgSouthern Kenai Peninsula residents and visitors in town for Memorial Day Weekend were woken up by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake early Monday morning. Kenai Peninsula rocked by early morning 5.8 quake Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna To get a count on bowhead whales, North Slope scientists head out onto the sea ice Associated Press Southeast Alaska experiencing first recorded extreme drought Zoe Grueskin, KTOO – Juneau Marine Highway cuts could mean trouble for aspiring Susitna Valley ranchers Using local foods, a Juneau middle school teacher demystifies cooking for kids In the Northern Susitna Valley, things like the Alaska Marine Highway System don’t often come high on the priority list, but for one family, cuts to the state’s ferry system could have a significant impact on their new business. A wildfire that has burned in Alaska since April has expanded due to high winds. 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 High winds expand west perimeter of ongoing Alaska wildfire The wettest region in Alaska is experiencing the first extreme drought recorded by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer In Kipnuk, seniors finished on May 10, concluding a difficult school year in which senior basketball star Keoni Aliralria passed away from cancer. At graduation, diplomas were awarded to all the graduates, including Aliralria. House Bill 156 would allow municipalities, University of Alaska employees and school districts to opt-in to the state’s health care program. Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel “They’re just so graceful and beautiful. Every time I see a whale I get excited,” said biologist Craig George. “I’ve seen thousands and thousands. It’s always like seeing a bowhead for the first time.” Kipnuk celebrates life of late high school basketball star Keoni Aliralria at graduation For kids who’ve never cooked, smoking their own salmon might seem out of reach. But a Juneau teacher believes it’s just another life skill his students can master — and he shows them how to do it. Bill aims to make health care coverage for school districts cheaper Renee Gross, KBBI – Homer Associated Press Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbankslast_img