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To get a count on bowhead whales, North Slope scientists head out onto the sea ice

Jun 6, 2019

This spring, the North Slope Borough conducted a census — not of people, but of the western Arctic bowhead whale population.

In death, beached Turnagain humpback offers clues, research samples and food

May 7, 2019

A humpback whale died after it beached in Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage near Girdwood. Biologists say it is an uncommon location for a humpback and they are now studying its death.

The whale became stranded twice early last week. It appeared to free itself but its body washed ashore Tuesday a few miles away from where it had first beached. Researchers carefully took measurements and samples, and subsistence users harvested blubber for food.

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.

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Today's guest on Our Community is a longtime Executive Director of the Chugach Regional Resources Commission.  At an annual award luncheon hosted by the Alaska Conservation Foundation, CRRC's Patty Schwalenberg was awarded the 2017 Caleb Pungowiyi Award for Outstanding Achievements by an Alaska Native Organization or Individual.

Patty Schwalenberg is executive director of Chugach Regional Resources Commission, a nonprofit inter-tribal organization dedicated to conservation of natural resources in the Chugach region.  

As Heard on Morning Line: Women and Subsistence

Aug 31, 2017
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Today on Morning Line, Frank and Danny visited with Karen Evanoff and Rachel Mason about an event this evening at the Mountain View Library, which focuses on Indigenous Women and Subsistence.  

The two women will be the speakers - Karen has an insider's viewpoint, and Rachel has more of a researcher's viewpoint in this case. 

Details, from a press release are below:

AUG 31

Integrating Voices: Women and Subsistence

Hosted by Tundra Vision: Public History Consultants

As Heard on Morning Line: Alaska Wild Salmon Day

Aug 10, 2017
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Today on Our Community, ​Kristen Collins, the Alaska Center Community Organizer and Gayla Hoseth, 2nd Chief of Curyung Tribal Council & Stand for Salmon spokesperson came by KNBA to share a new state holiday.  

Each year, August 10th is designated as Alaska Wild Salmon Day.  

Collins says this comes after a law was passed that started as House Bill 128 on the 29th Legislature of Alaska in 2016.   

DOI

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Edward Itta, a prominent North Slope leader, died Sunday of cancer. Itta was mayor of the North Slope Borough from 2005 to 2011, when Shell was seeking oil leases and permits for offshore Arctic development.

By Daysha Eaton, KBBI - Homer

For years, the Ninilchik tribe has been seeking — and last week was granted — approval to use a more effective method of catching its subsistence allocation of Kenai River sockeye salmon. The change in gear type has raised concerns about its take of king salmon, a fishery that's been in decline for several years.

Rather than dip netting, the Ninilchik Traditional Council can now set a gill net.

By Daysha Eaton, KBBI - Homer

For years, the Ninilchik Traditional Council has been seeking approval to use a more effective method of catching their subsistence allocation of sockeye salmon on the Kenai River. Late last week, they got that opportunity. 

On July 27, the Federal Subsistence Board approved the tribe’s emergency special action request to operate a community subsistence set net fishery on the Kenai. Approval came after a lawsuit filed in 2015. Before, the tribe was approved for dipnetting and rod-and-reel subsistence fishing on the Kenai.

April 29, 2016

Legislators to put Power Cost Equalization excess earnings to other uses

By Associated Press

House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement for use of any excess earnings from a fund set up to help rural areas faced with high electricity costs. A conference committee Thursday agreed to legislation that would allow for 70 percent of excess earnings from the Power Cost Equalization endowment fund to be put to other uses. Sen. Lyman Hoffman says the remaining 30 percent of any excess earnings would revert to the endowment.

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