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Native groups argue over ANWR wealth

March 24th 11:13 pm

With some Alaskans increasingly hopeful the new Congress will open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling after decades of failed attempts, some Alaska Native corporations are arguing they deserve to share the wealth. Those Native corporation [...]

State seeks input on water protections

March 24th 11:12 pm

Alaska's waterways are an important resource for the people and wildlife that rely on them for travel and sustenance. Now, the state is seeking input from residents on how to designate waters that should be protected and preserved. In line with the Clean [...]

Incumbents return to NANA board

March 24th 11:11 pm

There are only two new faces on the NANA Regional Corp. board of directors following the annual shareholder meeting March 14 in Kotzebue. Although there were six seats to be filled at the meeting, once again the majority of those went to the same people [...]

Pilot attempted to land before crash near Nome

March 24th 11:10 pm

The pilot who died in a plane crash near Nome earlier this month had attempted to land several times before he crashed, according to the preliminary accident report released by the National Transportation Safety Board. Thomas Grainger, 28, of Wasilla, was [...]

Telecoms plan broadband expansion in rural Alaska

March 24th 11:09 pm

Telecom providers across Alaska are embarking this year on projects to improve high-speed internet access for tens of thousands of rural customers in the next decade as part of agreements to keep millions of dollars in federal subsidies from disappearing.

For rural broadband, the 'middle mile' is everything

March 24th 11:08 pm

John Wallace, a technology consultant in Bethel, is an expert in digital thrift who preaches vigilance when showing clients how to dodge the financial body blows of data overage charges. Yet when relatives arrived in December with two smartphones, a laptop [...]

Kotzebue student to be honored at Spirit of Youth awards

March 24th 11:07 pm

A Kotzebue student is being recognized this week for her dedication to healthy relationships and suicide prevention in her community. Kaisa Reese Ahluniq Kotch, who also holds the title of Miss Teen Arctic Circle, will receive the Lifesaver Award at this [...]

Fiancees Baker and Keith finish Iditarod side by side

March 24th 11:06 pm

NOME — The winners were gone, but mushers and sled dogs continued to cross the Iditarod finish line on snowy Front Street all day Wednesday, as subzero temperatures rose to zero by midday. And in their own ways, most were winners too — [...]

Iditarod dog deaths over past decade

March 24th 11:05 pm

2017: Four. Dogs on the teams of Seth Barnes, Katherine Keith and Roger Lee collapsed on the trail. A fourth died after overheating on an airplane Iditarod chartered to fly dogs from Galena to Anchorage. 2016: One. Jeff King's dog was struck by a drunken [...]

Trump budget cuts deeply into Alaska's federal funding

March 24th 11:01 pm

WASHINGTON — The White House released President Donald Trump's first budget proposal to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, and it was full of cuts to programs that send money to Alaska. In response, the members of Alaska's congressional delegation, [...]

U.S. House's health care plan could cut into Alaska public health funding

March 24th 11:00 pm

WASHINGTON — Alaska could lose about $4.4 million per year in public health funding under a proposed U.S. House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. At stake are preventive and public health measures: vaccination programs, efforts to [...]

Governor extends opioid disaster declaration

March 24th 10:58 pm

Gov. Bill Walker, on March 21, signed into law a bill that will allow for a more concentrated approach to the state's opioid crisis. Senate Bill 91 gives the state's chief medical officer statutory authority to plan a statewide response to opioid use and [...]

Inuit economic summit coming to Anchorage

March 24th 10:57 pm

At the end of the month, indigenous leaders from across the circumpolar north will gather in Anchorage to talk economics. The theme of the upcoming Inuit Economic Summit hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council is "Setting the agenda for our future."

Tuzzy librarian named next association president

March 24th 10:57 pm

A librarian at Tuzzy Consortium Library in Utqiaġvik has been named the president-elect of a statewide library organization. Erin Hollingsworth, the public services librarian at Tuzzy, will take over leadership of the Alaska Library Association for the [...]

Alaska Senate targets public broadcasting for budget cuts

March 24th 10:56 pm

JUNEAU — An Alaska Senate budget committee Tuesday proposed deleting all state spending on public radio and television, an effort that was debated last year. Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that controls [...]

Governor seeks applications for Tribal Advisory Council

March 24th 10:56 pm

The governor's office is soliciting applications from those interested in serving on the Tribal Advisory Council. There are three seats up for appointment this year: transportation, subsistence and economic development. Those seats are currently held by [...]

Ilisagvik instructors receive doctorate degrees

March 24th 10:53 pm

Lifelong learning is a concept in which Iḷisaġvik College strongly believes. It encourages its students, faculty and employees to always take that next step in learning as a way to achieve a rich and fulfilling life. Two instructors at the college [...]

Ilisagvik students travel to D.C. for education meeting

March 24th 10:51 pm

Two Iḷisaġvik College students were chosen to participate in the annual congressional winter meeting of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in Washington, D. C., from Feb. 6 to 9. The students chosen for the honor were Justina [...]

Who Done It

March 24th 10:50 pm

Jonas Ningeok, 38, of Utqiaġvik, pleaded guilty to the class C felony charge of domestic violence assault in the third degree for causing fear of injury with a weapon and reached a plea agreement. He was then found guilty of the class A misdemeanor [...]

Opinion: Spring fever cure found in dirt

March 24th 10:49 pm

My calendar says the first day of spring was earlier this week. Despite long, sunny days, it does not feel much like spring. The ground is covered with several feet of snow and the air is biting cold most of the day. But there are signs — my cat is [...]

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