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A drought declaration for parts of Southeast Alaska has expanded to include Sitka and Juneau, which means most of Alaska’s panhandle is officially in moderate to severe drought.

Even though there's been weeks of beautiful blue skies. But fish hatcheries see a dark side to all this sunshine — diminishing water supplies.

Zulkosky begins committee work, will lead first tribal affairs special committee

Mar 5, 2019

The legislative session is almost halfway over, and House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky is just getting started with her committee work. Along with her committee memberships, she is also overseeing a special committee devoted to tribal affairs that formed for the first time this year.

A proposed budget by Alaska’s governor zeroes out funding for public broadcasting, including more than a half-million dollars to fund public radio in rural parts of the state.

Rural public radio stations stand to lose about $600,000 under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget.

King salmon swim in a dangerous ocean

Feb 27, 2019

King salmon have been returning younger and in lower numbers than predicted in much of the state, which has biologists wondering what is happening to kings in the ocean -- and research that seems to indicate that a predator may be involved.

In Stebbins, wastewater management is a community effort

Feb 26, 2019

Delayed equipment, leaking honey buckets and snowstorms have the potential to be disastrous for rural Western Alaska communities without running water or sewage.

Early this winter, a honey bucket disposal haul truck broke down in the City of Stebbins, and it has been a multiple-community, multiple-entity effort to keep the city clean.

But Stebbins is far from the only rural community looking for help in recovering wastewater. Marty Brewer is the program manager for the Village Safewater program within the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Climate warming demonstrated in ice core samples of the Alaska Range

Feb 25, 2019

While the full swing climbing season in the Alaska Range has yet to begin, the planning stages; for various groups are underway. The National Park Service, air taxi’s, and mountaineering groups are figuring out their upcoming 2019 climbing logistics. One particular group of climbing scientists from Dartmouth College have been coming thru Talkeetna for over ten years to collect ice core samples on Mt. Hunter.

An Anchorage-based podcaster collects, records and produces discussions about important Alaska Native topics with the goal of indigenizing the podcast.  

The podcast Coffee & Quaq -- the brain child of Alice Qannik Glenn -- starts with a simple phrase, “Radio check. Anybody copy?” In a recent episode, Glenn says the opening is a sendup to growing up in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, and listening to VHF radio. Users would often check to see if the radio was working using the phrase.

Now, that intro carries a new message:

Yup’ik elders share their knowledge at winter cultural camp

Feb 20, 2019

Calista held a gathering of elders at a “cultural camp” in Anchorage. KYUK was there as children, elders, families and teachers gathered to learn.

With spring whaling around the corner, sinew thread makers are hard at work

Feb 19, 2019

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In Utqiaġvik, spring whaling is still about two months away, but preparations are already in high gear.

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