Towns in Southeast Alaska are suffering as a result of ferry chaos — increased freight costs, barren grocery store shelves, late mail. Another issue is sanitation. Not all rural communities have normal sanitation systems like city sewer and water treatment  plants. They rely on septic systems that need to get pumped periodically. And while the Alaska Marine Highway is closed, pump trucks cannot get to some small towns that rely on them.

Tensions between Curyung Tribe and BBAHC raise worries about healthcare

Mar 3, 2020

The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation held a February public meeting to discuss its healthcare services in Dillingham. The meeting came several months after the Curyung Tribal Council said it was withdrawing from BBAHC because of its concerns about patient care and the corporation’s administration.

Residents of the Northwest Arctic village of Noorvik, where there is no village public safety officer, say their town is feeling increasingly unsafe. Describing a “dangerous escalation of violence,” villagers have drafted a letter to local, state and federal officials asking for permanent law enforcement.

It takes a lot of help to plow the longest ice road ever

Feb 28, 2020

The ice road on the frozen Kuskokwim River has been plowed to its longest length ever: 355 miles.

That’s longer than most traditional highways in the state, but it’s likely a bit rougher in places since that the road is a frozen river. Still, it allows for snowmachine and vehicle traffic in a region that otherwise relies on unpredictable airplane travel in the winter.

Ferry service gaps create food shortages in Southeast Alaska communities

Feb 26, 2020

Empty grocery store shelves are becoming a common sight in coastal communities that rely on the Alaska Marine Highway System to stock food.

As the shutdown in regional ferry service continues, private business owners are trying to keep up with the demand as desperate customers look for options.

Elleana Elliott is a mother of two in Hoonah. She said the town’s stores stocked up on groceries in anticipation of reduced ferry service.

State would recognize Alaska Native Tribes under new bill

Feb 25, 2020

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.”