Principal's arrest blindsided district, LKSD says, except he’d been investigated twice before

For some parents, it was the gifts from the principal to young girls and their families that gave them pause. A few too many presents that cost a little too much money. Then began the late-night Facebook messages . Through most of it, the principal of one of the largest elementary schools in rural Alaska remained on the job and in close contact with students. Then, in December, Gladys Jung Elementary Principal Christopher Carmichael was arrested by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force and...

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Returning to roots: Indian Health Service seeks traditional healers

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Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice root.

After 10 years, the campus garden within the Fort Belknap reservation in northern Montana now holds more than 60 species that take up almost 30,000 square feet. Morales adds new plants annually. This year, she is testing Oregon grape root and breadroot.

Tribal groups, Pebble opponents object to change in access route to proposed project

May 27, 2020

Announcement of a major change in the access route to the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska is met with resistance from Tribal groups and other opponents. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday the “least environmentally damaging” access to the mine site is a road along the northern end of Iliamna Lake.

Previous plans called for a route that included crossing the lake via ferry.

The new preferred route means the mine backers will need to secure land rights from groups that oppose the project.

Almost a year ago on June 5, 2019, a lightning strike ignited the Swan Lake fire on the Kenai Peninsula. The fire burned more than 167,000 acres.

The remnants of that fire likely created prime habitat for morel mushrooms. And one ecologist hopes to crowdsource where hunters are finding them to understand more about the fungi.

But how do you get people who are inherently secretive about where they find morels --  to tell you where they find their morels?

In Anchorage, emergency room visits were down 30-50 percent in Alaska’s largest hospitals in March and April, according to hospital managers.

That might sound like a good thing, but emergency room doctors say that the statistic is evidence of a dangerous problem: patients not seeking medical care they need because they are afraid of catching the coronavirus.

Canadian border closure extended until June 21

May 26, 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian border will  remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month.

The U.S. and Canada agreed March 20th to close their border to non-essential traffic for 30 days. That closure was extended in April for another 30 days.

During a news conference, Trudeau told reporters that it’s too soon to say if the border closure could extend past June 21.

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