Updated 1:56 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Doyon Limited goes virtual for its annual shareholder meeting

Doyon Limited’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday (March 20) will be virtual.

The announcement made on the Alaska Native corporation’s Facebook page is part of a continued effort to reduce the risk of spreading illness.

Alaska Native and Tribal health organizations take the wellness of their communities pretty seriously. Many of them are taking a precautionary approach to coronavirus – but their biggest piece of advice is – don’t panic.

About 130 miles northeast of Fairbanks, in the city of Fort Yukon -- health providers at the Yukon Flats Health Center diligently wash their hands, use hand sanitizer -- and continue to pass along healthy hygiene recommendations to patients.

Debra McCarty has been the clinic director at the health center for about 10 years.

Despite postponement, Cama'i Dance Festival plans to come back this fall

Mar 13, 2020

The Cama’i Dance Festival in Bethel has been postponed until Fall 2020 out of concerns over the coronavirus. The festival normally brings Indigenous dance groups from all around the country to Bethel during March.

Linda Curda is the coordinator for the festival, and met with 17 volunteers on March 10 to decide whether to cancel Cama’i altogether.

"And from the very beginning, we took off the table canceling," Curda said.

Study: Dramatic ocean changes are coming ‘a couple decades too early'

Mar 13, 2020

Arctic ocean temperatures are rising at rates faster than previously thought by the scientific community. That’s the finding of a new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which shows warming waters having an effect on everything from sea ice growth to marine ecosystems.

Kaktovik is crawling with polar bears. Now a man is going to prison for wasting one.

Mar 12, 2020

At the southern edge of Kaktovik, a tiny village on Alaska’s North Slope, the polar bear came around Chris Gordon’s yard on a winter night in 2018. He’d left whale meat out that was being prepared for a village feast, a common practice.

The bear wouldn’t go away. Gordon shot and killed it. Polar bears are a federally protected marine mammal listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Richard Watts moved from Philadelphia to Anchorage around Thanksgiving 1949 with his family. He was 3. His father had sold his stake in a nightclub and came a few months before his family to take a construction job, inspired by promising talk from soldiers who had returned from the territory.

“He had heard about this place called Alaska where you could make some money,” Watts said of his dad. “You had to work for it, but there was jobs available.”

Tribal officials press lawmakers on getting REAL IDs to villages

Mar 9, 2020

Starting in October, if you want to fly on a commercial flight anywhere in the United States, you will need a federally-compliant REAL ID, or an official alternative like a passport.

Getting one of those IDs can be burdensome. It requires a lot of documentation and lines at the DMV can last three hours or longer. And that’s if your community has a DMV in the first place.

Organizers of the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon, made a decision to cancel the event over coronavirus concerns.

Kyle Khaayák'w Worl has been participating in Native games for the past 11 years. And for about the four years, he’s coached young athletes and helped reintroduce the sport in Juneau.

A veteran of the three Arctic Winter Games, Worl was saddened by what the cancellation means for his athletes -- who were looking forward to the international competition.

BLM urges public to comment on Red Devil mine cleanup plan

Mar 6, 2020

The Red Devil mercury mine used to be the largest in the state. But once it was no longer profitable, the owners walked away, leaving behind a toxic mess for someone else to clean up. The federal government has laid out how it wants to clean up the site, and it wants to make sure the affected communities weigh in.