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.

Meet Sovereign Bill, the voice behind 'Molly of Denali'

Jun 27, 2019

In July, audiences across America will be introduced to "Molly of Denali," the first nationally broadcast children’s program to feature an Indigenous lead character. WGBH, the public TV station that produces the show, held a world premiere event at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where locals got to see 10-year-old Molly Mabray and the rest of the inhabitants of the fictional Interior village of Qyah for the first time.

Akiak lost a mile-long stretch of riverbank to erosion in May. Six houses are now within 100 feet of the riverbank and need to be moved as soon as possible, but some people don’t want to move.

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that part of the state’s sex offender registry violates offenders’ rights to due process – and is unconstitutional.

Under state law people found guilty of many sexual-based offenses – such as sexual assault and even some kidnapping charges -- are required to register as a sex offender.

But the court’s 3-to-2 decision says the registry provides no means for offenders to show they are not a threat to public safety.

At the center of the ruling -- a man accused of sexual battery in Virginia moved to Alaska in January 2003.

Carver and teacher shares Tsimshian traditions

Jun 25, 2019

Abel Ryan is back where he started: Teaching art in the gallery of Sitka’s Sheldon Jackson Museum. The Tsimshian carver and engraver will be a familiar face to many locals. He’s been demonstrating traditional formline art and carving at the museum on and off for 16 years.

“I’ve always doodled on stuff, longer than I can remember,” Ryan said. It was something his parents always told him: they would find Ryan drawing on his schoolwork rather than doing the assignment.

A table-side view of one of Utqiaġvik’s most animated card games

Jun 24, 2019

A card game played all over Alaska is  chaotic, competitive -- and lightning fast. While it goes by many names — on the North Slope it’s called “snerts.”

A snerts tournament even is part of the local spring festival, Piuraagiaqta, in Utqiaġvik.

It’s one of the most popular games in town. Groups of die-hard enthusiasts play on a regular basis.

Homer works with state, Army Corps to battle spit erosion

Jun 24, 2019

The Homer Spit’s future as an iconic tourist attraction is in danger of washing away. Erosion along the spit’s sea walls is not a new problem. City officials are working with state and federal agencies to find a lasting solution.

Driving onto the four-mile-long Homer Spit, you’ll notice a majority of the Sterling Highway is shielded by boulders. But as you approach the numerous restaurants and businesses that attract thousands of tourists here each year, that shield against erosion.