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CVRF kicks off $1.5 million People Propel® Program

by CVRF Staff Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) kicked off the tenth round of its popular People Propel® program this past month following the Board of Directors’ approval of the $1.5 million budget for this […]

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State, Partners request Ringed Seal delisting

The State of Alaska, along with the North Slope Borough, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope submitted a petition today to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requesting delisting of […]

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ArtsCan Circle Fund, a new addition to BCSF

by BCSF Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation is excited to announce the addition of the ArtsCan Circle Fund to our growing community foundation. The ArtsCan Circle Fund supports the outreach work of the Canadian nonprofit […]

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Alaska Delegation moves to protect Native craftsmen

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) this week (March 15th, 2019) introduced the Empowering Rural Economies Through Alaska Native Sustainable Arts and Handicrafts Act, in the House and […]

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CVRF Board finalizes budget of over $18 million in community benefits for 2019

by CVRF Staff With the approval of an extra $330,000 in spending at its March meeting, the Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) Board of Directors finalized its annual community benefits budget with over $18 million […]

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Delta Illusion’s Into the Mist Wins Platinum & Best Choreography Award

by John Sargent Sixteen dancers with the Delta Illusion Dance Company (DIDCO) competed in the Bravo! National Dance & Talent Competition in Longmont, Colorado during March 2-3, 2019 of Spring Break. The Dance Company performed […]

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WIC launches new eWIC cards

by Clinton Bennett The Alaska Division of Public Assistance’s Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has begun providing electronic benefits transfer cards to their participants, which will be known as an eWIC […]

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Early funding for Education guaranteed under new proposal

Today (March 6th, 2019), a constitutional amendment was introduced in the Alaska Senate to require early-funding for Alaska’s K-12 public education system. Senate Joint Resolution 9, sponsored by Senator Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, requires the governor […]

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House creates special committee on Tribal Affairs

Today (Feb. 25th, 2019), the House Creates Special Committee on Tribal Affairs. Creation of such a committee has long been a goal of Representative Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham), Alaska’s first Alaska Native Speaker of the House. […]

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Inuit commemorate International Mother Language Day

by ICC Staff On this day (February 21st, 2019) the Inuit Circumpolar Council honours and commemorates International Mother Language Day. It is a day to promote the preservation and protection of all languages. The day […]

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Researchers delve into unexamined world of Alaska seaweed

by Lauren Frisch Growing up near the beach, Brian Ulaski often overlooked wrack, the seaweed that washes up on coastlines. Later, as an undergraduate in California, Ulaski learned that wrack holds information about a coastline. […]

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Foundation approves projects from Unalakleet to Sitka

by Lisa Demer Cabins in the wilderness, new ways of working with Alaska’s youth, and the first assisted living home in the Bering Strait region are among the areas of investment recently approved by the […]

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The Salmon State: The International Year of the Salmon brings people together across the Atlantic and the Pacific

by Mary Catharine Martin 2018 was a mixed year for Alaska salmon. Bristol Bay saw its biggest run on record when 62.3 million sockeye returned to the bay. Other Alaska runs, in contrast — the […]

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Pick.Click.Give. program is easier than ever to participate in

It’s January of 2019 and that means it’s time to file your permanent fund dividend (PFD) and participate in Pick.Click.Give. This year the Pick.Click.Give. Charitable Contributions Program will be found within the PFD application. Instead […]

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Fairbanks International Airport designated as smokefree

The State of Alaska adopted a law prohibiting smoking in all workplaces effective Oct. 1, 2018. In order to comply with the new law, Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) has been designated a smokefree campus, and […]

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Air Guardsman returns home to western Alaska for retirement celebration

by Sgt. 1st Class Balinda O’Neal Dresel In an isolated village nestled in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region of Alaska and only accessible by boat or plane, Air National Guard Master Sgt. Ella Doak was honored […]

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Public Safety Training Academy graduates 37 Law Enforcement Officers

by Dept. of Public Safety Staff Class includes 15 State Troopers and four Wildlife Troopers. A class of 37 law enforcement officers graduated from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka on Friday, November 16, […]

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Alutiiq Basket Weaving artistry kept alive by master weaver

by K.J. Lincoln The intricate art of weaving grass into beautiful Alutiiq baskets is being propelled further away from being lost, thanks to the work and efforts of master weavers that have been teaching and […]

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AVEC holding Logo Design Contest

Get your creative juices flowing and possibly win $50! AVEC is holding a design contest to commission a special logo to commemorate our 50th year of providing power. AVEC first started energizing small villages in […]

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New Totem Pole on Prince of Wales Island honors Alaska’s veterans

by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel The west coast of Prince of Wales Island swelled with veterans, friends and family members who gathered to partake in a three-day celebration culminating with a totem pole raising […]

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The Salmon State: Upriver during a record year at Bristol Bay

by Mary Catharine Martin As fishermen leave Dillingham and canneries shut down, the Wood River system in the Bristol Bay watershed brims with sockeye salmon. The second week of August, I got to spend several […]

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Northern snowshoe hares eat lots of dirt

by Ned Rozell The evidence is in: Snowshoe hares near Wiseman eat lots of dirt. “I have thousands and thousands of photos of hares eating soil in this one little spot,” said Donna DiFolco, a […]

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Successful Backhauling in Akiak

by Akiak EPA IGAP Staff It all started back in May and into June when the Tribal Landfill Operator trained EPA/IGAP crew and began staging the landfill in preparation for backhauling. All Freon was first […]

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Anchorage has world’s 5th busiest cargo airport

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) reports strong air cargo growth for the first half of 2018. Air cargo tonnage is up 5.2 percent, to more than 1.34 million metric tons, for January thru June. […]

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Greetings from Russia

by Vicki Malone July 10,2018: I am in Suzdal, Russia, two and a half hours by train from Moscow. Our Russian/American hosts, Marina and Phil, insisted my daughter, Rosie’s family and I see “the real” […]

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Kuskokwim River Chinook Salmon Forecast/Outlook

by the ADF&G This is a joint announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. The 2018 Kuskokwim River Chinook Salmon forecast […]

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Alaska hot springs, far and wide

by Ned Rozell KANUTI HOT SPRINGS — After a few hours of skiing through deep snow, Forest Wagner and I smelled a tuna sandwich. We knew we were closing in on warm pools of water. […]

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AVEC awards Top 10 Power Plant Operators of 2017

by Amy Murphy Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) announced the Top Ten Power Plant Operators of 2017 during its recent annual meeting in Anchorage. The following plant operators received recognition for their outstanding achievements: Freddie […]

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Y-K Delta to have plenty to cheer for at state tournaments

by Tommy Wells Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta basketball fans will have plenty of action to keep themselves occupied over the next two weeks as the 2018 Class 1A/2A and Class 3A/4A state tournaments get underway at the […]

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ADF&G opens Resident Moose Hunt RM621

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces an Emergency Order opening and season extension of the RM 621 resident winter moose season in GMU 18, in the portion south and including the Goodnews River […]

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Andrews wins February 50 Sled Dog Race

by K.J. Lincoln Maurice Andrews of Bethel is the February 50 sled dog race champion for 2018. He mushed his team from the Simons Family Glare Ice Kennel for another win this season. Coming in […]

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Bichon and German Shorthaired Pointer win Best in Show

by K.J. Lincoln “Brody”, a white Bichon and “Kimber”, a German Shorthaired Pointer took Best in Show honors at the 13th Annual fun and entertaining Bethel Dog Show on Sunday afternoon. The crowd oohed and […]

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Kuskokwim Youth as Future Fisheries Leaders

by Janessa Esquible and Dan Gillikin A fundamental need for tribal organizations in rural Alaska is to build “capacity” to sustain a natural resources program that addresses the needs of stakeholders, engages stakeholders in resource […]

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State declares Alaska’s Tribes as sovereign entities

Attorney General issues AG Opinion on Tribal Sovereignty Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth issued a formal Attorney General Opinion today (Oct. 20th, 2017) on the topic of tribal sovereignty. The Opinion outlines the laws and cases […]

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AFN 2017 Citizen of the Year and Denali Award Winners

by the Alaska Federation of Natives Every year AFN honors those who have made outstanding contributions to their families and the Native community. Each year, the Citizen of the Year award recognizes the contributions of […]

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Historic agreement signed by Tribal Organizations and the State of Alaska

“The Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact” Will Help Endangered Children Across Alaska Earlier today (October 19th, 2017), Alaska Governor Bill Walker used an appearance at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage to […]

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CVRF completes record-breaking Summer Youth-to-Work Program

Coastal Villages Region Fund’s summer 2017 Youth-to-Work (YTW) program has concluded with record participation from Western Alaska youth. This year, over 775 young Alaskans from the CVRF region were hired through the YTW program, shattering […]

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Breeding Bird Surveys on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

Aerial bird breeding surveys for waterfowl and other birds conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Bird Management will be taking place approximately May 24 – June 5th. The surveys will […]

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State asserts ownership to disputed portions of the Knik River

Today (April 19th), the State of Alaska filed suit against the United States to assert ownership of the land underlying portions of the Knik River. After failed attempts to have the federal government recognize the […]

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Should birds stay, or should they go?

by Ned Rozell Biologist Susan Sharbaugh, formerly of the Alaska Bird Observatory, once spoke about the strategies birds employ to survive in our season of darkness and cold. She talked about the flighty birds that […]

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GCI’s Channel 907 to broadcast Alaska high school “March Madness”

Alaskans can watch basketball state championship games live, exclusive on Channel 907. GCI’s Channel 907 will be the place to catch Alaska high school basketball action throughout the month of March, bringing local sports coverage […]

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Recycle those old denim jeans into a nice rug

Your old jeans can be made into a useful beautiful rug for your floor this winter. The seams from your jeans can be cut out leaving four panels which are cut into strips and crocheted. […]