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YKHC limiting visitors

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is limiting visitors to their primary care facility in Bethel. In an announcement posted yesterday (March 19th, 2020) YKHC is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. “Preventing the spread of […]

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Alaskan solace

by Mary Catharine Martin So many Alaskans are in crisis this month. Villages closed to outside travel. Restaurants and “non-essential” business shut down. People who have lost their jobs, who can’t find work. The growing […]

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Sundogs, light pillars enliven the dog days

by Ned Rozell Fairbanks’s recent mornings in the minus 30s Fahrenheit may be extending local residents’ winter fatigue, but there are some rewards that come with cold, clear skies. Sundogs are two colorful bursts of […]

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Get your REAL ID at ANC

Alaskans have a new location to receive REAL IDs. The Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will now process REAL ID applications at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). “ANC and the DMV are […]

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New Miss WEIO 2019 Named

by WEIO Staff January 22, 2020: Today, The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics announced that Geneva Wright, age 22 of Tanana, Alaska has assumed the title of Miss WEIO 2019. Lorraine Tom of Bethel has relinquished her […]

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Operation targets non-compliant sex offenders, fugitives with warrants in Bethel and 13 villages

by the Office of the U.S. Marshals Service Under “Operation (RAAVEN)” Rural Alaska Anti-Violence Enforcement, federal, state and local law enforcement officers joined together to account for registered sex offenders, and to locate and arrest […]

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Jimmy Family 5 Generations

The Jimmy Family of Nunapitchuk. From left are Sassa Jimmy, Katie Jenkins, baby Maryann Jimmy, Grace Parks, and Marlene Jimmy. Katie Jenkins will be celebrating her 90th birthday on January 16, 2020. This photo was […]

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Calista Corporation promotes Kuhns to Land VP

by Calista Staff Calista (cha-LIS-tuh) Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Shareholder Tisha Neviq’aq Kuhns to vice president of land and natural resources. Kuhns is responsible for managing lands and resources to meet […]

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Alaska Fire Service Award recipients named

Anchorage Fire Department firefighter/paramedic Christopher “Doug” Widener was off duty and driving down the Old Seward Highway this past January when his daughter pointed out smoke coming from a local business. Widener didn’t hesitate. He […]

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AFN 2019 Denali Award Winner Tim Troll

by AFN Staff Every year AFN honors those who have made outstanding contributions to their families and the Native community. The Denali Award recognizes the contributions of a non-Native person who has demonstrated strong commitment, […]

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Major grant to aid in rural youth homelessness

October 24, 2019: Today at My House in Wasilla, Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy and Dr. Tamika Ledbetter, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, announced a recurring two-year grant of $1.65 million […]

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Elders & Youth Conference Highlights

by First Alaskans Staff The annual Elders & Youth is a unique convening designed to lift up the faces of our peoples while connecting Elders to our youth. We engage in dialogues on critical issues […]

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House demolished by fire on October 1 in Bethel

City of Bethel’s Fire Department Acting Fire Chief Daron R. Solesbee released the following information about the fire incident that occurred in Bethel last Tuesday. On Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at approximately 3:05 p.m., the […]

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Man rescued safely

Fairbank AST dispatch was contacted by the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IRECC) reporting an Inreach emergency SOS activation on 09-25-2019 at approximately 2224 hours. The reporting party stated two hunters were approximately 35 miles […]

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Raccoons, wild pigs and other bad ideas

by Ned Rozell After reading my column about biologists who once stocked a Southeast Alaska island with wolves, a reader mailed me a book. In it, the author detailed peoples’ attempts to import raccoons, wild […]

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Remembering 911

Bethel Firefighter Clyde Erickson stands in memory of the 343 firefighters that perished in the line of duty on September 11th, 2001. Behind him are 343 flags representing those firefighter/first responders that died while answering […]

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Northern wheatears now on remarkable journey

by Ned Rozell Birds that spent their summer next to muskoxen are now leaving Alaska to spend winter with zebras. Northern wheatears are robin-size songbirds with tan bodies and handsome black eyebands. Wheatears are now […]

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Fall Public Safety Training Academy Commences

by Dept. of Public Safety The Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Academy’s second session of the year began Sunday, July 28, with the enrollment of 39 recruits representing police agencies. The class includes 15 Alaska […]

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K9 officer assists in drug arrest

The Alaska State Troopers’ Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in Ketchikan with the assistance of K-9 Misty, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Ketchikan Police Department arrested Christian Mathers (age 21 of Ketchikan) for […]

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Southwest Alaska Area Fire Updates

by AK Fire Info July 23 Southwest Alaska Area firefighters are taking action to protect several Native Alaskan Allotments threatened by area fires. Allotments are parcels of land up to 160 acres in size, designated […]

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STOP Act would prohibit exporting sacred Native items

July 18, 2019: U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase […]

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How Do They Do It?

by the Alaska Division of Forestry A Closer Look At The Fixed-Wing Ramp and Fuelers in McGrath. Fixed-wing aircraft is invaluable when firefighters mobilize and demobilize to and from incidents across Southwest Alaska. Helicopters pluck firefighters […]

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Kuskokwim subsistence fishery announcement

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group were informed of these management actions. Kuskokwim […]

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Southwest Alaska Area Fire Information Update

by the Alaska Division of Forestry July 21st, 2019: There are 143 firefighters staffing four fires in Alaska’s Southwest Area. Crews remain in place to defend the Donlin Mine, the Nixon Mine, the community of […]

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Southwest Area Wildfire Update: More new lightning-caused fires; firefighters protecting two gold mines including Donlin, one village, cabins and allotments

by Alaska Division of Forestry July 13, 2019: Eleven new lightning-caused fires were discovered in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area on Friday and more new fires are anticipated as a result of thousands […]

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Congressman Young files for Re-Election

Today (June 28th, 2019), Alaska Congressman Don Young released the following statement after he filed for re-election to a 25th term as Alaska’s sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives: “Next week, our nation […]

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FNBA wins award

For the fourth year running, readers of Alaska Business magazine have chosen First National Bank Alaska as the Best Place to Work in the publication’s annual Best of Alaska Business (BOAB) Awards. “First National’s mission […]

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Human remains found

Troopers received a report from a citizen hiking the Pioneer Peak Trail near Palmer of found human remains on 6/29/19 at approximately 1129 hours. Recovery efforts are currently underway and positive ID of the remains […]

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Remains found

Bethel AST was notified of human remains floating in the river near Napakiak on 06/21/19 at approximately 1700 hours. Bethel AST responded to the area and recovered the remains and sent them to the State […]

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Another three Gray Whales are found deceased

by NOAA Staff June 20, 2019: NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region has received reports of three additional dead gray whales, bringing the number of gray whale mortalities in Alaska to ten. The confirmed gray whale reports […]

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Eek resident Olivia Muntz studies conservation in India

Eek, Alaska resident Olivia Muntz, a current master’s student in the Global Field Program from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, will travel to India. Muntz will study the ecological, cultural and spiritual landscapes of the Western […]

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Village and Doyon Land Maps Available

Under the provisions of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), Doyon, Limited will receive approximately 12.5 million acres of land across Interior Alaska. To date, Doyon has received title to over 11.5 million acres, […]

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Ruddy ducks among many moving northward

by Ned Rozell Every spring, millions of ducks touch down on Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a spread of muskeg and dark water the size of Maryland. These days, more ruddy ducks seem to be […]

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Bolt the therapy dog breaks Alaska ice

by David Bedard JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — When Bolt, a honey-colored golden retriever, saunters into a 176th Wing office suite, he’s greeted like a star quarterback or a local celebrity. Because wing Airmen vie […]

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Missing person found

Chevak Search and Rescue notified State Troopers a body was located mostly covered in snow two miles from Chevak towards Hooper Bay on 5/12/19, at approximately 2145 hrs. Troopers responded to the scene. The remains […]

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Legislators create VPSO Working Group

Senate President Cathy Giessel and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon have announced the creation of the Village Public Safety Officer working group. Presiding officers of the House and Senate, Giessel and Edgmon, made the announcement via […]

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University of Alaska and Ravn Air Group announce nation’s first Aviation Degree & Airline Pilot Employment Program

The University of Alaska, Anchorage (“UAA”) and Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), Alaska’s largest regional airline, today (April 17th, 2019) announced the launch of the country’s first-ever program that allows students to simultaneously complete their aviation […]

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Operating budget on Senate Floor

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Happy Friday, This week in Senate Finance I got an amendment passed on the operating budget to add an additional $825,000 to UAF to add a permanent full-time position for the […]

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Day 102nd of the Legislative Session

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, We are on day 102nd. This week, the Senate Finance Committee is working on their FY20 budget recommendations to put before the full Senate for consideration. Many of you […]