Enthusiasm swells for Cook Inlet tidal project after summer study

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After studying the tides near Nikiski this summer, researchers said they’ve confirmed it would be a world-class place to put a tidal power generator.

And they said the measurements they took will help them develop technology that can withstand the harsh conditions of Cook Inlet’s tides — some of the largest in the world. 

It’s been six years since the Kilbuck school burnt down in Bethel. Since then, the students of Ayaprun Elitnaurvik, the Yup’ik immersion school, have been learning in what used to be a grocery store.

Juneau’s board of education has approved new oral narrative standards for its Tlingit Culture, Language and Literacy program

These are the first oral narrative standards to be developed for Lingít language to be taught to school children.

The literacy program is available to kindergartners through fifth graders in the Juneau School District. It requires an application and acceptance through a lottery process.

Governor Mike Dunleavy is proposing additional hunting opportunities in the Matanuska-Susitna region by bringing in Sitka black-tailed deer. A state document obtained by the Anchorage Daily News points out a number of potential issues with that plan.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with ADN report Zachariah Hughes about the story.

Dunleavy’s office announces formation of Alaska Bycatch Task Force

Nov 29, 2021

Fishing vessels cast wide nets, and they often catch more than the species they’re targeting. That’s bycatch: one of the longest-running controversies in the fleet and a vexing problem for fisheries managers. Now, the Dunleavy administration is wading into the debate by naming a task force to study the issue and find ways to make it better for everyone working on the water. 

'It's doing something that I should've learned as a little girl'

Nov 26, 2021

When warm and wet, birch bark can be folded into baskets — a container for berries or a cradle for babies. 

But when it’s not fresh off the birch tree, bark can be unyielding. And folding can be the hardest part, according to the dozen women making baskets Monday at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai.

Still, despite the technical difficulties, their instructor was singing their praises.

When the Southeast’s tribal health organization built Wrangell’s new hospital, elected officials were left with a question: What to do with the old city-owned hospital building? It’s not as simple as scrapping the facility. And at least one firm has stepped forward with interest in it.

The old, red and beige community hospital on Bennett Street sits mostly empty, nowadays, except for storing medical equipment loaned out by Hospice of Wrangell. 

How learning an Indigenous language leads to healing

Nov 23, 2021

With a Christmas tree lighting up her dark apartment, Nancy Barnes logs in to join her advanced Tsimshian language class. She’s the first one there, even before the instructor Donna May Roberts.

With university class Mondays and Wednesdays, Tsimshian lullabies on Sundays and Tsimshian games on Fridays, Barnes is learning the Tsimshian language, Sm’algya̱x, almost every day of the week.

President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on Monday, November 15. The Senate passed the $1.2 trillion dollar bill in August. Thirteen Republicans -- including at-large Alaska Congressman Don Young --  joined the majority of Democrats to pass the bill . 

Glacier Bay’s geology reads kind of like a recipe for giant waves: It’s a recently glaciated area that’s still rebounding from ice cover. It freezes and thaws. There are steep slopes above deep water in an active fault zone.

In fact, the biggest wave ever recorded anywhere was on the park’s outer coast, in Lituya Bay in the 1950s. Geologists say the conditions that can lead to landslides are only getting more pronounced in Alaska.