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Record warm water likely gave Kuskokwim salmon heart attacks

Jul 17, 2019

As record high temperatures swept Alaska, many people said that the heat was killing them. For Kuskokwim salmon, it was actually true. Never before seen temperatures in the Kuskokwim River likely sent salmon into cardiac arrest.

New senate majority leader denounces cuts to public broadcasting

Jul 16, 2019

The ongoing feud among Alaska’s legislators over where to hold the current special session has had its first political casualty.

Republican senator Mia Costello of Anchorage was ousted from her position as Senate Majority Leader, and the job instead was given to Bethel Democratic senator Lyman Hoffman, who wasted no time voicing his objections to the governor’s massive veto package.

Hoffman is the only Democrat in the otherwise all-Republican senate majority.

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation and its subsidiaries, such as KNBA, National Native News and Indigefi, recently won several national awards. The Native American Journalist Association recently announced the list of winners for its 2019 awards.

Alexis Sallee won two awards for Indigefi’s Definition of Resilience projects.

Alutiiq artist rediscovers Alaska’s original raingear

Jul 10, 2019

Picture the kind of waterproof jacket we all depend on in Southeast Alaska: long sleeves, a hood, maybe a drawstring. The best ones use some variety of next-generation plastics to keep the rain out while staying breathable and light. But these are far from the first of their kind. Alaskan Natives have been making raincoats for centuries, without synthetic materials. How? By carefully sewing seal guts.

Juneau Assembly renames downtown district to honor original residents

Jul 9, 2019

A downtown Juneau neighborhood has a new name. Formerly known as the Willoughby District, the area will now be known as the Aak’w Village District, paying homage to its original residents.

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, tribal and village police officers are often hired without training. Many communities lack officers, and turnover can be high. This month, about a dozen of the region’s officers attended a two-week rural law enforcement training course at Bethel’s Yuut Elitnaurviat.

The Trump administration will soon take a big step toward drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It hopes to sell leases to companies before the end of the year.

New Kodiak park dedicated to Alutiiq ancestors uprooted from their homeland

Jul 5, 2019

The Kodiak Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Repatriation Commission has been working for years to recover artifacts and human remains of the community’s ancestors. As part of that effort, a new park in downtown Kodiak is dedicated to ancestors uprooted from their homeland.

Federal researchers in the Bering Sea have released recordings of songs by some of the rarest whales in the world. While this is exciting news for marine science, it could point to heartache for North Pacific right whales.

Alaska’s governor announced a 182-line item veto to the state operating budget. Those cuts include more than $2 million for public radio and $600,000 for public television.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy spoke about his cuts to public radio and television during a June 28 news conference in Juneau.

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