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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.

About 100 fluent speakers of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages are left in Alaska and Canada’s Interior. And a Southeast Alaska cultural center invites them to Juneau for an Alaska Native language summit.

Voices of Our Ancestors” will invite fluent speakers of Lingit, Xaad Kil and Sm’algyax. The three-day regional summit will be Nov. 13-15.

Sealaska Heritage Institute will cover transportation and hotel costs for fluent speakers living in Alaska.

President Obama takes no questions from Alaska media

Sept. 4, 2015

By Zachariah Hughes, APRN

During his visit to Alaska, President Obama did not take a single question from Alaskan reporters. KNOM news director Matthew Smith traveled with the press pool to Kotzebue.

Construction of cables under Arctic waters between England and Japan, and overland from Prudhoe to Anchorage inching forward

8:30 a.m. Newscast: Some Alaska tribal organizations say last week's (Aug. 4) dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen closer to home. The groups say similiar dams planned for several newar-border mines could damage or destroy fish runs in both countries. But some British Columbia tribal governments strongly support development. CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports.

CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports a tailings dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries, according to critics who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaskan waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $888,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for research on climate change and contaminant shifts, and effects on human health in rural communities. The grant is one of six given out nationwide. The study will focus on traditional foods.

A hot-shot crew and smoke-jumpers headed to Tyonek to contain a wildfire as gusty winds and low humidity add to wildfire danger in south central Alaska.

Tribal leaders from Canada and Alaska say they will work together to oppose mines, affecting both sides of the border.

A Governmental Accountability Office reports calls U.S. participation in Arctic Council uncoordinated and lacking in follow-through.

Alaska Republicans have adopted a new rule requiring those elected as party chair, vice-chair to have been registered Republicans for at least four years immediately preceding the election.

Warm, dry, windy weather is creating a fire hazard in Southeast Alaska's Tongass rainforest, where wildfires are uncommon.

Also in Southeast Alaska, the state's forecast for king salmon returns this season are double those of last year.

Alaskans are saying goodbye to their longest-serving representative; Carl Moses died at age 84.

After a court ruling that the Department of Interior (DOI) improperly excluded Alaska tribes from a process long available to lower 48 tribes, DOI announced a proposal that would allow it to accept Alaska tribal lands into trust. Although any action is years in the future, the change would provide certain protections to those lands.

A study on the depletion of herring in Southeast Alaska is prompting discussions on whether and how it may be possible to replenish their numbers.

The House Resources Committee is revising a bill to advance a major liquified natural gas project with 25% state participation.

Supporters of a minimum wage initiative are worried a bill introduced on Friday is a repeat of a 2002 Legislative tactic to get their initiative off the ballot then gut the bill.

A recent archeological study supports a southeast Alaska Tlingit tribe's contention that herring populations were once much more plentiful and widespread, which is the basis for the tribe's call for a more conservative state management regime.