The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, was created in 1995 as a scholarship program for Alaska Native students.

Now,  ANSEP is available for all Alaskan residents, supporting more than 2,000 students. ANSEP has opportunities for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, otherwise known as STEM, learning -- beginning at kindergarten all the way to Ph.D level of education.

One of their newest opportunities is called Summer Bridge

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Five more women have accused former Juneau-area chiropractor Jeffrey “Jeff” Fultz of abusing them under the guise of treating them for medical problems. 

And while several of his accusers — and the state’s prosecutor — have again asked that he be returned to Juneau to post a higher bail and be monitored, a judge decided against it in early July. 

Mabel Baldwin-Schaeffer is the first Tribal coordinator for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Communications Program

She was born and raised in Kiana, a small Iñupiaq village on the Kobuk River in northwest Alaska, and said she will bring that perspective with her. 

Home lunch delivery is vital to Haines seniors

Jul 27, 2021

When the COVID pandemic closed the Haines’ Senior Center, the lunch program turned into a daily delivery, and it’s become a vital service for local seniors in Haines and Klukwan, and there’s room for expansion.

The Haines Senior Center is still closed, due to the COVID pandemic. But each morning, meals are prepared there by a dedicated staff with Southeast Senior Services, packed in insulated bags, and loaded onto one delivery van.

Qacung Stephen Blanchett’s new album may be solo, but it has some big Indigenous pop super group energy.

Qacung, who is one of the co-creators of the Inuit band Pamyua, brought several other Indigenous Alaska musicians along for the ride on his inaugural solo album, including Juneau’s Arias Hoyle who goes by Air Jazz.

Former Bethel elementary school principal Christopher Carmichael received a 25-year sentence in Bethel on July 21, 2021, for a state charge of sexual assault of a minor in the second degree. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK) Edit | Remove

Murkowski, Energy Secretary announce energy grants for Alaska Native communities

Jul 26, 2021

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced 13 Tribal energy grants, about half of which are going to Alaska Native communities.

Granholm said the grants from the Office of Indian Energy will help meet President Biden’s climate goals. In total, she said, they will fund some seven megawatts of clean power generation and battery storage.

Kenaitze Indian Tribe to build new educational campus

Jul 26, 2021

Fifty years ago, the federal government recognized the Kenaitze Indian Tribe as a sovereign nation. This anniversary year, the Tribe is expanding.

It’s raising a new building on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Forest Drive in Kenai to house its educational programming.

“The Kahtnuht’ana Duhdeldiht Campus," said Bernadine Atchison, chair of Kenaitze’s Tribal council. "Which is called, 'The Learning Place.'"

Cold weather pushes back peony picking

Jul 23, 2021

 Weather-wise, it has been a dreary summer. If you’re a peony farmer like Wayne Floyd, that’s not really a bad thing.

“They’re at stage one," he said, gesturing to a bunch of peony buds. "They’re hard as golf balls. We sometimes call them ‘golf balls on a stick.’”

The Floyds own Cool Cache Farms in Nikiski. Their peonies are usually ready to pick in early July.

But due to this year’s colder weather and the lack of sun, they’re still not ready in the middle of the month. 

Advocates look to strengthen local food systems

Jul 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted just about everything, including food shipments to grocery stores. all over Alaska. Last year, Alaskans really felt it, with some products just not available.

Alaska depends on shipments for about 95 percent of its food, which makes the state fragile when those supply lines are interrupted.