In kelp forests, scientists seek climate change refuge for herring roe

Apr 19, 2019

Aerial surveys of Sitka Sound showed a lot of active herring spawn this week, stretching over 31 nautical miles to date. But that wasn’t the only place to find roe. In the basement of the Sitka Sound Science Center  researchers are incubating thousands of herring eggs to determine the effects of warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification on the species — now and in the future. 

Bill to change Wood-Tikchik Park plan a step toward Nuyakuk hydroelectric project

Apr 18, 2019

Nushagak Cooperative has been exploring plans for a hydroelectric generator at the Nuyakuk River for over a year. Last month, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham introduced House Bill 99, which would add Nuyakuk Falls as a potential hydroelectric project site in the Wood-Tikchick State Park's management plan.

Yukon says U.S. is on the hook for Alaska Highway upgrades

Apr 17, 2019

The Shakwak Highway, or Shakwak -- Lingit for "between the mountains" -- is a stretch of the Alaska Highway that connects the Interior to the panhandle.  It starts in Haines and goes north through the Yukon Territory.

Parts of this vital link are degrading and the Yukon government says the United States should foot the bill.

Yup’ik literacy reaches new heights in spelling bee

Apr 15, 2019

This weekend, the longest battle in its short history took place at the Statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage.

Before it even began, the spelling bee looked like it might take a while, because there were more contestants than ever in the Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners. But no one thought it would take four hours to narrow the field down to the winners. The 18 contestants began at 11 a.m.  Saturday, and it was after 3 p.m. when the winners were announced.

Alaska's lone U.S. congressman and senators introduced legislation in the House and Senate to pre-empt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone and other marine mammal products.  The delegation proposes amending the Marine Mammal Protection Act, or MMPA, through these new bills.

This is a step in the right direction, Eskimo Walrus Commission director Vera Metcalf said.

Regalia, stories abound at Cama-i dance festival

Apr 9, 2019

On the Yukon-Kuskowkwim Delta, Yup’ik dance has undergone a renaissance. Everything that goes along with it, from intricate beading, headdresses to mukluks, dance fans to masks, has a story.

Alaska lawmakers learn about a subsistence superfood

Apr 9, 2019

The House Resources Committee got an update on the traditional foods movement in Alaska.

It’s becoming more common for public facilities in the state to accept wild-harvested donations, such as deer or seafood. Seal soup has been added to the menu at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

What happens when wild salmon interbreed with hatchery fish?

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says public safety across Alaska is his number one priority, yet his actions to fulfill that commitment seem counterintuitive to some among legislators, like state Sen Donny Olson, and the public alike.

KNOM highlights a recent incident in a Norton Sound community to show the current state of public safety in Western Alaska.

U.S. House scheduled to vote on VAWA renewal

Apr 3, 2019

The U.S. House is expected to vote this week to renew the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, which expired in February.

The bill authorizes multiple programs aimed at reducing domestic abuse and other forms of violence.

It also includes a boost for those who want Alaska tribes to have more power to establish law and order in rural villages. It would create a pilot program to allow up to five Alaska tribes legal jurisdiction to prosecute crimes like domestic violence and stalking.