State would recognize Alaska Native Tribes under new bill

19 hours ago

The federal government has long recognized Alaska Native Tribes, similar to how it recognizes Tribes in the rest of the country. But Alaska’s state government hasn’t been as consistent, and state lawmakers are looking to change that.

Haines Borough to charter boat trips between Juneau and Haines

Feb 24, 2020

The Haines Borough will help pay for two private boat charters to transport residents between Juneau and Haines. During a special meeting, the borough assembly decided to take responsibility for organizing trips for the public February 23 and February 29.

Since state ferry service to the Upper Lynn Canal stopped at the end of January, the Haines Borough School District has struggled to find reliable transportation to sports competitions with other schools.

Bethel cabs no longer accepting Medicaid vouchers

Feb 24, 2020

Cab companies in Bethel have decided to stop accepting Medicaid vouchers for payment. This is important because taxis are a main form of transportation to and from medical appointments for people who travel to Bethel for healthcare.

The U.S. Mint released a coin commemorating the work of Alaska Native leader Elizabeth Peratrovich.

The 2020 Native American $1 coin is currently only available online, but Alaskans are advocating for a wider release.

Day shelter changing lives one year after opening in Nome

Feb 21, 2020

The transient population in Nome has access to more services through places like the Norton Sound Health Corporation Day Shelter. Day shelter guests and staff talk about how the shelter is impacting lives after one year of being in operation.

Robert Lincoln had exciting plans when he got his dividend check last November.

“I wanted to celebrate my fortieth birthday which happened in October.”

Andrea Gusty carries on legacy of female Y-K Delta leaders in new CEO role

Feb 21, 2020

The Kuskokwim Corporation, which represents 10 villages in the Middle Kuskokwim River area, has a new CEO. Andrea Gusty, who stepped into the role on Feb. 6, grew up in Aniak, one of those villages.

As a working mother of two young sons, Gusty is familiar with juggling familial demands with her TKC duties, which usually have her up at 5 a.m and in the office by 8 a.m.

Southeast Alaska fossil declared a new species and given a Tlingit name

Feb 19, 2020

A fossil of a marine reptile in Southeast Alaska has officially been declared a new species. The 220 million-year-old Thalattosaur is older than the dinosaurs. And as Angela Denning reports from Petersburg, Tlingit Elders have named it after a well-known creature in their traditional stories.

To conserve lichens, managers look to curb Nushagak Peninsula caribou

Feb 18, 2020

Lichens cover the Nushagak Peninsula. They range from mottled green and gray, to yellow and brown, spreading in moss-like patches across the tundra. But as the peninsula caribou herd multiplies, that lichen cover, which used to be thick and lush, is shrinking. Surveys showed that lichen cover decreased by 18 percent since 2002, extending over just 32 percent of the peninsula's tundra in 2017.

Haida master weaver Dolores Churchill named an United States Artists fellow

Feb 18, 2020

Haida master weaver Delores Churchill was named a 2020 United States Artists fellow. She was one of two Alaskans chosen for the honor.

Delores Churchill is an expert weaver, gathering and preparing her own materials for cedar bark and spruce root works, and is known internationally for her skills. She is one of 50 individuals named as a 2020 United States Artists fellow.

Alaska’s largest rural solar project set to break ground in Kotzebue

Feb 14, 2020

The high costs of diesel fuel to power energy grids has led a lot of rural utilities to offset with more renewable energy. The city of Kotzebue has used wind power for decades to supplement its fuel use, and is now about to break ground on a brand new solar project.

Martin Shroyer is the general manager for Kotzebue Electric Association (KEA), the city’s local electric utility. He says renewable energy is nothing new in Kotzebue.