Alaska Supreme Court affirms Klukwan as home for disputed Tlingit artifacts

Nov 2, 2020

A collection of artifacts from the Tlingit Frog House Clan can continue to be displayed in a Klukwan museum. That’s despite a legal challenge that reached Alaska’s highest court. The state’s Supreme Court has apparently ended a decades-old dispute over control of art treasures. 

King̱eestí David Katzeek died Oct. 28, 2020, according to an announcement from the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Katzeek was the clan leader of the Shangukeidi, the first president of Sealaska Heritage Foundation and an educator who championed Tlingit culture and language.

He was born in Klukwan in 1942 but spent most of his life in Juneau.

The border between the U.S. and Canada has been closed to most travelers for more than seven months. People who live and work on either side of it are coping with the news that it will remain closed for at least one more month.

About a week before Election Day, as the Wind River Reservation was bracing for snow, Wyoming State Rep. Andi Clifford squeezed in some roadside campaigning outside of a community hall in Arapahoe.

"Normally we would've been inside," she said. "But we can't, so we're out here."

The reservation's public health orders prohibit large, indoor gatherings. So as Clifford seeks a second term representing Wind River, she and her team have been spending a lot of time outside in the cold.

In a quest for cheaper energy, Kake turns to biomass heating

Oct 30, 2020

Alaskans spend nearly 60 percent more on energy than the national average, and in some rural communities, that number is much higher. The Kupreanof Island village of Kake is trying to bring down the high cost of energy by transitioning to renewables. They’ve looked at solar, wind, hydro and now biomass heating, an old technology with a new design.

In September 2020, KYUK reported that approximately 130 residents living in Mertarvik did not receive a primary election ballot. After hearing this news, state lawmakers from the state House and Senate wrote letters to state election officials asking how they would fix things for the general election. The Alaska Division of Elections director and Alaska's lieutenant governor shared their response to these questions with KYUK.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is sanitizing and reusing gloves as its supply of the personal protective equipment, or PPE, runs short.

The regional health care provider issued a notice  Oct. 21 to Facebook announcing that its workers are wearing the same gloves for up to six patients, and sanitizing the gloves with alcohol-based hand sanitizer between patients.

State attorneys are asking a federal court judge to dismiss a fishing rights case brought by Metlakatla Indian Community at the southeastern tip of the state.

Operators of AC grocery stores fined $20K for child labor violations

Oct 27, 2020

The grocer Alaska Commercial Company, also known as AC, has been fined $20,490 by the federal Department of Labor for child labor violations

A Washington state resident donated a Frog button blanket to Sealaska Heritage Institute.

According to a Sealaska Heritage news release, the blanket is thought to date from the late 1800s and belonged to the late Ethel Kiley.

Kiley kept the blanket stored for years in her closet. Twenty years ago, she gave the blanket to her grandson, who kept it stored until September – when he donated it to Sealaska Heritage.