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Agency reps talk oil spill mitigation in Kotzebue

December 2nd 9:21 pm

Oil spills are serious business and responses to spills can be hindered by long travel times or access issues when they happen in rural or remote communities. This week, a handful of federal and state agency representatives traveled to Kotzebue to tackle the [...]

Kotzebue artifacts preserved online

December 2nd 9:18 pm

Thousands of pieces of Kotzebue's history have a new home on the internet. More than 4,000 artifacts that were excavated during a GCI cable-laying dig starting in 2013 have been catalogued and many of them photographed, digitized, and uploaded to an [...]

Blog raises concerns about proposed restaurant business in Utqiagvik

December 2nd 9:15 pm

Subway is possibly heading to Barrow and with it, concerns over the new owners' old writing about the community. In a recent Facebook post, Christie and Justin Petersen announced they were looking forward to opening up a branch of the sandwich chain in town.

Alaska Science Forum: Bowhead whales may be world's oldest mammals

December 2nd 9:14 pm

As biologist Craig George was helping Native whale hunter Billy Adams cut sections of blubber from a bowhead whale, he pressed his knife into an old scar in the whale's skin. The knife made a crunching noise; George cut deeper, then pulled out a sharp piece [...]

Coast resilience workshop coming to Kotzebue

December 2nd 9:12 pm

The last in a series of workshops talking about coastal resilience and adaptation will be held in Kotzebue next week. From Dec. 7-8, representatives from tribes, nonprofits, and local communities will come together to discuss the drivers of environmental [...]

Governor appoints Barrow man to tribal advisory council

December 2nd 9:11 pm

A Barrow man has been appointed to fill the open seat on the Governor's Tribal Advisory Council. Gov. Bill Walker recently named George Olemaun to the subsistence seat on the council, according to a release from his office this week. Olemaun is the [...]

Three dead as outbreak of new strep bacteria hits Alaska

December 2nd 9:09 pm

A new strain of group A Streptococcus bacteria first identified in Fairbanks in early 2016 has caused an outbreak in Anchorage, mainly among the homeless population, a state health department official said Monday afternoon. At least 28 people in Fairbanks [...]

Fish Factor: Alaska leads country in wild-caught seafood harvest

December 2nd 8:47 pm

Alaska seafood goes to roughly 120 countries around the world and competes in a rough-and-tumble commodities market. Looking ahead to next year, sales conditions are looking positive for Alaska salmon, with some mixed market outlooks for other main species. 

Port sees growth as traversing the Arctic gets easier

December 2nd 8:46 pm

One of Alaska's northernmost ports has seen a significant bump in traffic in the past five years, as melting sea ice has helped more vessels, both commercial and recreational, traverse the Arctic. The Port of Nome has seen a spike in docked vessels since [...]

Central Arctic caribou herd population takes a dive

December 2nd 8:44 pm

The size of another Alaska caribou herd has plummeted, leaving biologists with Alaska Department of Fish and Game concerned — and a bit flummoxed. Since it peaked in 2010 at 70,000 animals, the size of the Central Arctic herd has fallen 69 percent [...]

Iditarod bans mushers from carrying dogs in trailers

December 2nd 8:42 pm

Iditarod mushers won't be allowed to carry dogs in trailers pulled behind their sleds in the 2017 race, after the race's board of directors approved rule changes last month. The changes have struck a nerve with some top mushers, who say that for years they [...]

Alaska faces no penalties after canceling standardized testing

December 2nd 8:41 pm

The U.S. Department of Education has granted Alaska a waiver from its standardized testing requirements for the 2015-16 school year, according to an announcement last week from the state Department of Education and Early Development. Alaska had canceled its [...]

15 Years Ago in the Arctic Sounder

December 2nd 8:40 pm

Ahmaogak to run for another term December 6, 2001 By Tim MacDonald Arctic Sounder BARROW — Incumbent North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmoagak announced Nov. 28 that he will run for another term. He said the borough is going through hard times [...]

Alaska State Troopers Report

December 2nd 8:39 pm

On Nov. 14, Alaska Wildlife Troopers made contact with Andrew Evarts, 34, of Fort Wainwright, and William Nobles, 34, of Fort Wainwright, about their caribou hunt on the Dalton Highway near Deadhorse. Following an investigation, it was found that both men had [...]

Who Done It

December 2nd 8:38 pm

James R. Pebley, 33, of Barrow, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and reached a plea agreement. He has been sentenced to 30 days in jail with 27 days suspended. The unsuspended three days are set to begin on Jan. 13. He has been [...]

Opinion: The ultimate gift in times of scarcity

December 2nd 8:36 pm

F or the first time in years, it actually feels like winter in time for the holidays. The trees in my neighborhood are blanketed with snow, the sky seems to go from sunrise to sunset in about an hour and the frost on my windshield in the morning is a [...]

Opinion: Division runs deep, Alaska remains red

December 2nd 8:34 pm

The presidential election returns make for interesting reading. They confirm just how divided the American people are. In Massachusetts, Republican Donald Trump did not carry a single county. In California, Democrat Hillary Clinton bested Trump by more than [...]

Northern Conference tournament set for Dec. 2-3

December 2nd 8:32 pm

Wrestling action will return to Kotzebue this weekend as some of the top squads in western and northern Alaska roll into town to compete in the 2016 Northern Conference Tournament. The meet will be held on Dec. 2-3 in the Kotzebue Middle School gym.

MLK Hoopfest slated for Jan. 13-15

December 2nd 8:31 pm

Some of the top amateur male and female basketball talent in the state will converge on Barrow next month for the 2016 MLK Hoopfest Basketball Tournament. The three-day tournament is scheduled to get under way on Jan. 13. The tournament, which is being [...]

Volleyball tournament to begin Dec. 8

December 2nd 8:29 pm

The Class 2A and Mixed-Six state volleyball tournament will take center stage next weekend at Dimond High School in Anchorage. The tournament will be held on Dec. 8-10. The Noatak Lynx will be representing the Northwest Arctic Conference in the Mixed-Six [...]

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