Conservationists are calling on the federal government to better protect a wolf population in Southeast Alaska. A letter to the supervisor of Tongass National Forest says trappers’ record harvest of 165 animals threatens the wolf population on and around Prince of Wales Island.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has closed public schools through the rest of the school year.

For the 9,606 high school seniors across the state who make up the class of 2020 that means final sport seasons have been cut short and proms and graduation ceremonies have been postponed at best or canceled at worst.

But despite such an abrupt end to a highly anticipated school year, some seniors are taking these transitions in stride.

Amid food supply chain concerns, Tribal governments request emergency hunts

Apr 22, 2020

As uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus continues to mount, Tribal governments and remote communities across the state are concerned about disruptions in the food supply chain.

That’s led to numerous requests for emergency hunts, which are now piling up for federal and state agencies.

As the fishing season ramps up, mid-sized coastal towns are finding they have little say over who shows up to work in the industry.

An updated clarifies that only the smallest, most isolated towns and villages can restrict travel or require a mandatory quarantine period for workers in industries the state deems critical.

Mary Jane Fate was respected Athabascan leader and former AFN chair

Apr 20, 2020

Athabascan leader Mary Jane Fate has died.

She was known for her advocacy for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and her leadership of the Alaska Federation of Natives and the Fairbanks Native Association. Fate had many “firsts” at a formative time in Alaska’s history.

Mary Jane Evans was born in the Interior Alaska village of Rampart in 1933.

“She babysat, I think, about half of the village of Rampart,” said family friend Georgiana Lincoln, who grew up with Fate.

Akiak Native Community joined five other Tribal governments and filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over funding in the CARES Act.

The federal lawsuit seeks to prevent Alaska Native corporations from taking part in the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund – specifically allocated for Tribes.

Meet the team of Alaskans trying to trace and contain every case of COVID-19

Apr 17, 2020

One of Alaska’s first positive cases of COVID-19 was a person who’d been to a grocery store while they were infectious.

Normally, this wouldn’t be cause for concern, given the need for prolonged exposure to significantly increase a person’s risk of getting sick. But in this case, a long wait at the checkout kept the infectious person in line for more than a half-hour — potentially exposing the people behind and ahead of them to a deadly disease.

Seed sellers work overtime as gardeners stock up to allay coronavirus fears

Apr 16, 2020

Nick Schlosstein opens a filing drawer, reaches into a file called “Basil,” and pulls out a plastic baggie of small black seeds. He’s filling seed packets — a job he thought he finished weeks ago.

He and his wife Leah Wagner own and operate Foundroot, a small Alaska seed company. March is usually their busiest month, but this year is different. Seed orders are coming in at a rate the couple didn’t anticipate.

Norton Sound Health Corporation will increase its testing capabilities with more supplies to help fight the potential spread of the coronavirus in the Norton Sound region.

Update: The Norton Sound Health Corporation announced in their daily newsletter that they received the supplies from Samaritan’s Purse on Thursday, April 9.

Doyon Limited rebukes AIDEA for fast-tracking Ambler Road

Apr 14, 2020

Doyon Limited sent letter chastising the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority about the Ambler Road project for not completing right-of-way agreements with the Native corporation to cross its land near Evansville.