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K300 Challenge Winner and Auction results

by K300 Staff Stephen Maxie, of Napaskiak, is the sole winner of the first ever “K300 Challenge”. Maxie guessed that Richie Diehl would win the race with an elapsed time of 36 hours, 58 minutes […]

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Marking the Ice Road

Zack and Brian Guest work on installing Kuskokwim Ice Road markers below Bethel. The official markers for the Kuskokwim Ice Road are provided by the State of Alaska Department of Transportation. The markers are being […]

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SAR successful in Emmo

Alaska State Troopers received a report of 3 overdue individuals on a snow machine on 12/31/2020 at approximately 2103 hours. A Kotlik resident advised family and friends that he would locate the overdue party, but […]

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AFN strongly supports condemning violence

The Alaska Federation of Natives stands solidly behind our Alaska Congressional Delegation, and in particular our Senior U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, in condemning the January 6th violence in the capitol against democratically elected officials and […]

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Spotlight on K9 Balu – AST

K9 Balu-Mocha is a 3 year old Belgian Malinois and began his career with AST in May of 2017. K9 Balu has primarily been assigned to SDEU (Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit), working with a DEA […]

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Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Postponed

by the K300 Race Committee In light of the ongoing “lockdown” mandates and recommendations in effect throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has decided to postpone the 2021 K300. Originally scheduled to […]

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Doyon Shareholders to receive two distributions

The Doyon Settlement Trust Board of Trustees approved the Doyon Settlement Trust (DST) distribution amount of $6.71 per unit (share), or $671.00 per 100 shares on November 21st,2020. The first of these two non-taxable distributions […]

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Legislation introduced to include Haines, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, and Tenakee under ANCSA

Delegation’s Landless Legislation Rectifies 50-Year Injustice. Bill Would Provide Lands and Rights Under ANCSA to Five Southeast Native Communities. U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today (Nov. 10th, 2020) […]

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Fishing at the Seawall

Jerry Riley of Bethel (and originally from St. Mary’s) was jigging through the crusty river ice for lush fish at the Bethel Seawall across the Slough last Sunday afternoon.

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Search ongoing for missing boaters

Alaska State Troopers (AST) in Bethel received a report of overdue boaters from Quinhagak on 10/21/2020 at about 1200 hours. It was reported that Chad Chadwick, Sr., Elizabeth Wassillie, Michael Sharp, Alexie Nose, and Wilson […]

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Fireball in the sky over Alaska

by Ned Rozell Katie Kangas operates a bed-and-breakfast in Ruby, Alaska. On the morning of October 15, she turned to look out her picture window, toward the cabin next door. She was waiting for her […]

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One COVID-19 death in the YK Delta

by YKHC Staff It is with profound sadness YKHC reports that on October 17 a YK Delta resident in their 80’s died due to complications of COVID-19. The next of kin have been notified. YKHC […]

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Human remains found

Alaska State Troopers were contacted by a concerned family member of Donald R. Evans (age 89 of Palmer) on 5-27-20 at approximately 0956 hours. The family member reported that Evans was supposed to have traveled […]

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Alaska Employ People with Disabilities

Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued the following proclamation, dated October 4th, 2020. WHEREAS, Alaska Statute recognizes the first full week of October as Alaska Employ People with Disabilities Week to celebrate and foster the integration […]

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YK Delta Regional Tribal Government Process Continues

Calista Corporate Governance Committee Shares Updates and Facts on Discussions October 9, 2020: Willie Kasayulie, Chair of the Calista Corporation Corporate Governance Committee, shared an update on the process of forming a Regional Tribal Government […]

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Howard Pass an extreme, inviting place

by Ned Rozell Howard Pass, a rock-stubbled tundra plateau in the western Brooks Range, is one of the lowest points in the mountains that arc across northern Alaska. It is a broad gateway between the […]

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Orange trees in the Alaska Range

by Ned Rozell While wandering middle Alaska this summer, I noticed orange spruce trees along the entire length of the Denali Highway, from Paxson to Cantwell. In what looked like a dendrological case of frostbite, […]

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Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government to meet

The Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government will be meeting telephonically on August 27th, 2020. The number to connect with is: 1-907-308-8050, ID: 649 955 074#. The revised agenda will be emailed on August 24, 2020 out […]

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Rivers U-turn through Alaska range

by Ned Rozell Alaska’s landscape has an unusual feature that allows us to enjoy cheap bananas in Fairbanks and other things that make life better in the subarctic.  The Nenana River, born on the south […]

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White killer whale spotted in Southeast

by Ned Rozell People in an 80-foot charter boat out of Petersburg recently saw what a biologist described as a “less-than-once-in-a-lifetime” event: a white killer whale swimming through the sea. UAF graduate student Stephanie Hayes […]

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Berry Baby

6 month old Claire Paukan traveled 120 miles up the Yukon River from St. Mary’s to Chakaktolik Creek to pick salmon berries with her family. The photo was taken on July 22nd, 2020.

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GCI announces sale of broadcast business

GCI announced today (July 31, 2020) that it has decided to exit the broadcast television business so that it can focus on its core business of providing data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to […]

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Introducing The 2020 First Alaskans Institute Summer Interns

First Alaskans Institute (FAI), a statewide Alaska Native nonprofit focused on advancing Alaska Natives for the next 10,000 years, is pleased to introduce the 2020 Summer Internship Program (SIP) cohort, including Brittany Tunrall’aq Sallison (Yup’ik) […]

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38th Annual RAHI Graduation

Many RAHI alumni will tell you that the summer they spent amongst their peers at UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ campus changed the course of their lives. Comments like “best summer ever!” and “most challenging, yet rewarding […]

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Molly of Denali wins George Foster Peabody Award

The critically-acclaimed television series MOLLY OF DENALI has been recognized with a 2020 George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting in 2019. The PBS KIDS series, produced by WGBH Boston, premiered nationwide in July […]

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Air Guardsmen deploy to Africa

Alaska Air National Guard members of 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons, supported by mechanics and other support Airmen of 176th Wing, are scheduled to deploy June 8 to the Africa Command area of operations. Airmen […]

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Dinosaurs striding across the land bridge

by Ned Rozell The recent discovery of the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in Japan suggests the duck-billed creatures once stomped across the Bering Land Bridge. The dinosaur found in Japan is very similar […]

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Additional COVID-19 case identified in YK Delta

by YKHC On Thursday, June 11, YKHC confirmed an additional COVID-19 case in Bethel. The positive case was identified through screening and testing of inbound passengers at the Bethel airport. The individual is currently self-isolating […]

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Girl Scouts of Alaska announces virtual camps

Girl Scouts of Alaska (GSAK) will host virtual summer camps in lieu of traditional, in-person camps. Camp sessions will open at different times throughout the summer, but once they are open, they will remain available […]

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Beaver invasion on the Baldwin Peninsula

by Ned Rozell Scientists have documented a recent population explosion of beavers on the Baldwin Peninsula near Kotzebue. Using satellite images, the researchers counted an increase from two to 98 beaver dams near Kotzebue between […]

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Owners of Diamond Point deny Pebble Use of Property

Igiugig, AK – Igiugig Village Council (IVC) responded today (May 25th, 2020) to the news that the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) applied to alter their Project Description to “Alternative 3 – North Road Only.” IVC […]

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Pederson wins National Distinguished Principal award

The Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals is proud to announce our National Distinguished Principal for 2020 is Eric Pederson, Principal of Paul Banks Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. The 2020 National Distinguished Principal Celebration […]

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Love to Learn

Andrew Frye, 5 years old, with his very first Lagiq caught on May 7, 2020 with his bb-gun at Utngucigtalek between Atmautluak and Nunapitchuk. He also caught his first beaver on May 6, 2020 near […]

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Flood Watch

National Weather Service Anchorage AK 924 PM AKDT Wed Apr 29 2020 Lower Kuskokwim Valley-Kuskokwim Delta- Including the cities of Aniak, Sleetmute, Bethel, Hooper Bay, and Nunivak Island 924 PM AKDT Wed Apr 29 2020 […]

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Lessons from bones, dusty and stinky

by Ned Rozell Nicole Misarti has gagged in the name of science. The University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist uses new and old bones of animals to determine what their lives were like. Those bones are […]