The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation installed a specialty water filtration system in the Tuluksak school on March 2, 2021. YKHC said that the system could provide enough drinking water for the entire Tuluksak Native Community, but soon the system was only being used by the school. 

Kruzof mystery deepens as skeletal remains determined to be modern

May 3, 2021

Human skeletal remains found on Kruzof Island near Sitka in 2020 are modern, but not especially recent.  A DNA sample will be compared to a national database of missing persons, and could shed light on who the individual was, and how they came to an end in the woods behind Shoals Point.

Alaska lawmakers are considering legalizing hatcheries to boost wild shellfish stocks like king crab and mussels. It’s an idea that’s been around since at least the 1990s, and the goal would be to replicate the economic success of Alaska’s enhanced salmon fisheries.

A lawsuit challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act received a split decision in federal appeals court on April 6, 2021. The law, the lawsuit and the split resulted in a 300-plus-page decision that confounded experts and lay people alike. The decision won’t impact Alaska directly. But legal experts  say Alaska should still keep an eye on the case.

A third of the state’s subsistence salmon harvest was caught in Bristol Bay in 2017, according to a McKinley Research Group report. Critical to Bristol Bay’s culture, the subsistence economy is remains the oldest and most continuous use of salmon.

The report, “The Economic Benefits of Bristol Bay," attempts to quantify what it would cost to replace subsistence salmon with other protein sources from stores in the region.

The arrival of the hooligan, at one time, meant the difference between survival and starvation at the end of a long hard winter in Southeast Alaska.

Traditionally hooligan, also known as eulachon, candlefish, or saak, provided not only food for the Chilkat and Chilkoot Tlingit people of the Upper Lynn Canal, but also medical, social, and spiritual well-being.  Their arrival is often forecasted by the presence of gulls, ducks, seals, sea lions, and orca.  

Alaska’s commercial fishermen have been speaking out against big trawlers for years, complaining that the large vessels in federal waters are scooping up mature and juvenile fish.

Girl, 3, recovering after dog attack in Chevak

Apr 27, 2021

On April 18, 2021 dogs attacked a 3-year old girl in Chevak. She was transported to Anchorage for surgery for her injuries. Her mother plans to file charges against the neighbors who she says own the dogs. She’s also calling on the city to put down the animals.

The first Tlingit opera in production is about the Tlingit-Russian wars at the start of the 19th century. The opera is still in the early development stages but the creators say it’s bound to be an epic production.

Sealaska Heritage Institute recently announced the opera’s development which will be based on the true story of the Tlingit-Russian wars in 1802 and 1804.

Feds designates critical whale habitat areas in Alaska and the West Coast

Apr 27, 2021

The National Marine Fisheries Service published a final rule designating critical habitat for three populations of humpback whales including some areas in Alaska. The federal ruling affects the eastern Aleutians, Kodiak, Prince William Sound, as well as the coastlines of Washington, Oregon, and California. The ruling excludes Bristol Bay and Southeast Alaska.