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On Day 27 and still waiting to get paid

Every village in the YK Delta depends on the runway for groceries, important people, mail orders, mail, snow machine parts, hospital trips, health products for the patients, student travel, vacations, and so on. The very […]

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Alaska House Majority Member Rep. Thomas Baker Responds to Biden Administration’s New Rule Regarding NPR-A

In response to the new rule issued by the Biden Administration that prohibits petroleum development in 13 million acres of the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A) and 2.8 million acres of the Beaufort Sea. […]

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HB200 undermines the separation of powers and grants to the Executive Department of Revenue total and unbridled discretion to approve all forms of gambling

Governor Dunleavy has introduced HB200 to bring electronic pulltabs to Alaska and more importantly to move the power to expand gambling from the Legislature to the Executive. The Governor’s unbridled enthusiasm to bring gambling to […]

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AFN launches President search

Julie Kitka will be transitioning out of the President role at the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) later this year. The AFN board is thankful for her 33 years as President and for announcing her […]

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Governor vetoes Senate Bill 140

Governor Dunleavy has announced that he has vetoed Senate Bill 140, the broadly supported bipartisan education bill which passed overwhelmingly on a vote of 56-3. The governor’s decision to veto this comprehensive and bipartisan education […]

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Stand for truth right now

Rep Kevin McCabe (R) Big Lake has introduced HB107, a bill that establishes legal definitions for “person” and “life” for criminal law definitions and it’s getting it’s first hearing at 1:30PM TODAY (Feb. 26th, 2024) […]

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Ranked choice voting

Dear Fellow Alaskan, In the past few days, we observed both Elizabeth Peratrovich Day and Presidents’ Day – holidays that allow us to honor and reflect on the contributions of leaders who shaped our country. […]

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Stop wanton waste of bycatch

Dear Leaders of Bristol Bay and Calista: Bristol Bay Forever salmon will not be able to survive if the protection of our ecosystems in Bristol Bay AND the ecosystems of the Gulf of Alaska and […]

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January Benefits announcement

My name is Priya Helweg, and I am the US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Regional Director for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and 272 Federally Recognized Tribes in Region 10. The new year […]

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Martin Luther King Day

In remembering Martin Luther King Jr.’s words — Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?’ — we are reminded of the profound impact of giving back to our community. […]

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Discarding bycatch destroys ecosystems

Ecosystems in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea are being destroyed by Wanton Waste discarding of bycatch in the offshore fishing industry. IF there is not a Writ of Mandamus and Injunctive relived […]

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Hello out there!

You know, you guys can laugh at me all you want. I am trying to think of OUR future. I have tried to tell you all that WE HAVE precious land and Future Generations to […]

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Have you ever experienced racism?

The following is one student’s reflection of a writing prompt while reading the novel ALL AMERICAN BOYS, a novel written by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely in Mary George’s English 2 class in Akiachak. I’ve […]

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Backhaul Project thanks

Quyana to the Yukon-Kuskokwim communities for the most successful Backhaul Project yet. The impact of a multi-year partnership has reduced the potential for hazardous materials to cause water contamination in our Y-K communities. To all […]

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Energizing Alaska

Dear Honorable Mary Sattler Peltola: It is great that we have one of our own representing us in Washington DC. We finally have a seat at the table. I would like to comment on your […]

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Subsistence concerns for salmon and moose

I have two concerns regarding my subsistence fishing and moose hunting. First of all, the fish collapse in the Yukon River and partially in the Kuskokwim River where restricted fishing is being forced by your […]

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The nature of colony

Immediately following the American Civil War, Russia sold Alaska to the United States dirt cheap. Why? The Russians were fighting the British in Crimea. The Russians had no army in Alaska. Canada was a colony […]

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Passport delays, what’s the deal?

Airlines are seeing international travel peak this summer with families feeling comfortable traveling internationally with the COVID pandemic slowing down. Many countries have reopened in 2023, including the tourist hot spot of Japan. With these […]

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Rep. Peltola et al:

You have a mountain to climb as you watch the bottom trawls take out our kings and chums with the Bering Sea bottom trawl fishery for pollock. I know this is a touchy issue since […]

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2023 AFN Photo Contest

The theme of this year’s AFN Annual Convention is Our Ways of Life. Please help us kickstart the planning effort by sharing photographs that capture your region’s landscapes, hunting, fishing, regalia, families, elders, youth, and […]

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Support for ranked choice voting

There is a group of extreme conservatives that are sponsoring a petition to get rid of the State of Alaska ranked choice voting system and non-partisan primary. The State of Alaska regulations say that petition […]

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Good tips for bad reviews

Customer service is an integral part of a company’s success; however, sometimes the customer is not happy with the results. When this happens, consumers seek ways to remedy the situation. From a social media post […]

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Possible effects of mine waste

One of the biggest negative impacts of the Donlin Creek gold mine would be Mekoryuk out on Nunivak Island since they depend on the ocean for a big majority of their subsistence resource. All the […]

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Murkowski Applauds Alaska’s Kuskokwim Consortium Library on Winning Nation’s Highest Honor

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) made the following statement after the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded Kuskokwim Consortium Library in Bethel, Alaska, the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service – […]

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Horse Sense

The proposal presented by our governor and some in the legislature leveling a statewide sales tax on all Alaskans defies logic. Nor does it even make horse sense. The governor appears to support a $2700 […]

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Corrupt process makes for bad government

We appreciate the arduous task legislators are charged with to assemble a balanced budget in order for Alaskans to live, play, work, and study in this great state. However, the Alaska Public Interest Research Group […]

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Thank you

First off I want to thank Tad Lindley for all the verses he be writing down, once again thank you. I want to share Romans 8: 1, 2. Can you please read Mark 11:25, 25 […]

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Love for you all

Juliana, Alice, Rose Crawford, sharing such extended words that are true to our Yupik people across Alaska. It will not be an easy journey, but one that we must work together and continue to instill […]

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We live in a real world—or do we? 

Events taking place today in the energy world should be of critical concern to our country, our Congress and our President. The recent announcement that the Saudis are to cut their oil production by 1M […]

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A helping hand in a cold Alaska winter

While those of us in Western Alaska regularly face unique challenges because of where we live, it was a very trying holiday and winter season for the people of our little, remote village. Quite literally […]

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Ukraine war has an impact in Alaska

Spring planning is well underway for the 2023 open water season. Unfortunately, there is no relief in sight from last year’s higher fuel prices. The oil market has seen some decrease in crude oil prices, […]

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Calista Corporation’s Comments to Board of Fisheries

Calista Corporation is deeply concerned about our state and federal regulators allowing commercial fisheries to intercept too many salmon returning to our region’s rivers and wasting our most precious food as bycatch. Until recently, salmon […]

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Have you filed for your 2023 PFD?

Alaskans, we are halfway through the 2023 filing season! If you haven’t done so already, please file for your dividend online today! You can file for your Permanent Fund Dividend at https://pfd.alaska.gov. After you have […]

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What good would a Borough do?

Before the Alaska Municipal League and clueless legislators get to wound up on forcing unincorporated areas into Boroughs, I’m incorporating a reply I made on another post. Boroughs only work where you have private property […]

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Alaska’s Income Tax Premium

Jared Walczak, Tax Foundation Alaska’s decision to forgo an individual income tax serves an important role in offsetting above-average federal income tax burdens in Alaska. At first blush, this sounds confusing. Alaskans face the same […]

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Beware of phone scam

Currently, there is a scam involving scammers impersonating police officers. They claim a judge has ordered the police to serve an arrest warrant for failure to appear for jury service. They request that individuals purchase […]

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Presiding Judges appointed for 2023

Chief Justice Daniel E. Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court announces the re-appointment of three of the four presiding judges: Superior Court Judge Amy Mead for the First Judicial District; Superior Court Judge Paul A. […]

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Gratitude from the Qasgirmiut Yuraq Group

Thank you for your generous donation and support from the Qasgirmiut Yuraq Group. Your contribution not only ensure traditions of our culture will continue, but thrive. That songs and dances will not be forgotten. Nor […]

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Waqaa YK delta people,

My name is Steven M. Alexie, running for YK RTG president. I grew up in Akiachak AK – very first village in the State of Alaska to dissolve its city status in favor of tribal […]

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Get out and Vote!

The 2022 General Election is around the corner, and it’s more important than ever for rural Alaskans to make their voices heard and get out and vote. In the race for U.S. Senate, I’m ranking […]

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Vote Yes for a Constitutional Convention

As an Alaska Native woman, I’m voting yes on Ballot Measure 1 for a Constitutional Convention on November 8th for two main reasons. First, I believe we can have better representation from Alaska Natives and […]

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Deaths in prisons ought to be rare

A letter to Governor Dunleavy from the ACLU of Alaska demanding answers to deaths in DOC custody. Dear Governor Dunleavy, The ACLU of Alaska writes to you with grave concerns over the fact that 15 […]

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Qiayugturngatleq

I wonder how it is that our body knows when someone is going to pass? How is it our spirit knows when there is a calamity approaching? It was the week of in-service, I could […]

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Support for a drug-sniffing dog for Bethel

Bethel Friends of Canines fully supports the City of Bethel Police Department’s future K-9 Program. We are an animal rescue organization that works closely with the City of Bethel Police Department to manage animal control […]

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Childhood vaccinations

When I first worked as a YKHC health aide in 1989, I worked with two ladies who were elder health aides. They really taught me and the other health aides a lot. They showed us […]

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Love never fails

Kenkuraulluta atak unuamek piniartukut I remember going to school in Nunapitchuk in the late 80’s. We used to have Elders come in and talk to us every Wednesday morning. Something that I really think should […]

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Protect subsistence salmon

As a former member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the North Pacific Management Council, I am concerned about the salmon interceptions. And the Donlin Gold Mine – that will destroy what is left […]

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Let’s revisit this issue

Our elders do remember the days when mind altering drugs were not a part of life. Survival was the focus in every part of the lives of the people. Respect was a way of life […]

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In Honor of Independence Day

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today shared the following Fourth of July message with Alaskans: As we celebrate Independence Day—whether that’s cheering on the Mount Marathon runners, watching one of Alaska’s many Fourth of July […]

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Please help us get our children back

We have children and have fought OCS here in Anchorage, we did everything they asked and more. OCS kept closing every avenue to get our children to native Foster parents in the Bethel Region, they […]

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Tara for Alaska Campaign

Alaska, thank you. Ten weeks ago I answered the call from Alaskans and embarked on a campaign journey with an amazing team of dedicated volunteers. I stood before Alaskan voters ready to be judged on […]

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Doug Massie for Alaska

Newly retired head of Alaska State Wildlife Troopers, Doug Massie, has filed for Alaska State Senate Seat O. Senate District O was recently redrawn, and now covers a significant portion of the Northern Mat-Su Borough, […]

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Planting the seed

Suicide hurts everyone from the top of the earth to the bottom. I myself am amongst the millions that are hurting and so I write of this undesirable topic. I have heard on the news, […]