Aleknagik is a small community 20 miles up the road from Bristol Bay’s western hub of Dillingham. It has around 200 residents, but no local police. 

So, for years, when someone in Aleknagik called 911, the person on the other end of the line couldn’t offer direct help.

That was dangerous, said Kay Andrews, Aleknagik’s city administrator.

Alaska Native veterans of Vietnam War, heirs would receive state land under Gov. Dunleavy proposal

May 14, 2021

Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War era would be able to receive state land under a Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposal. 

Dunleavy said many veterans or their heirs would be able to receive land that’s closer to their homes than they would receive under a federal program

NOAA sets new climate 'normals'

May 12, 2021

Every 10 years, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration analyzes data from its thousands of weather stations and releases new climate “normals,” providing temperature touchstones for any given day or month of the year.

The data shows how Southcentral Alaska, and the country as a whole, is heating up. 

A state corporation is in the middle of making another big push to try to get an 800-mile-long natural gas pipeline built from the North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula.

It’s a massive and complicated project that’s been talked about for decades.

Tuluksak secures additional federal funding for permanent water plant

May 10, 2021

Three and a half months after its water plant burned down, the village of Tuluksak has secured enough funding to build a new one.

‘It’s historic, empowering and healing’: Meet the Alaska teen on cover of Vogue Mexico

May 10, 2021

Quannah Chasinghorse, a Han Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota fashion model and climate justice activist from Fairbanks, is the most recent face on the cover of Vogue Mexico

A new study from Alaska Native Tribal Health Center shows that cancer rates among Alaska Native people have gone up over the last half-century. Researchers say the data points to opportunities for prevention.

The most common cancers among Alaska Native people are breast, colorectal and lung cancer. With screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, they can be detected and treated early.

Military branches gear up for Northern Edge 2021

May 5, 2021

Thousands of troops and the latest in American military hardware will soon descend on Alaska for war games between branches of the armed forces. “Northern Edge” is a biennial, large-scale exercise held in May. And planners are looking ahead at the next decade of maneuvers in Alaska’s skies and waters. 

Northern Edge 2021 will span from the Aleutians to Fairbanks to Juneau, in the air, and on the water in the Gulf of Alaska. 

Washington law bans Native-themed school mascots — unless nearby Tribe approves

May 4, 2021

Washington public schools with Native American-themed team names or mascots have a decision to make now that Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a ban on such symbols. The schools have until year’s end to find a new mascot or try to win the blessing of a nearby Tribe for continued use under an exception.