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UIC sues Utqiagvik over name change

December 9th 8:18 pm

It's been linguistically rough going for the North Slope's hub community since its name change officially went into place Dec. 1, shifting away from "Barrow," with its colonial roots, to "Utqiaġvik," meaning "the place to dig wild roots." The day before [...]

Solomon receives jail time for $100K NSB theft

December 9th 8:17 pm

The woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from the North Slope Borough Police Department evidence room has been sentenced to eight months in prison. Margaret Ann Solomon, 48, of Fairbanks, was found guilty of one count of interstate [...]

Kotzebue discusses coastal resiliency

December 9th 8:07 pm

Climate change and its effects on the coastline are easy to see in the Northwest Arctic. From erosion to changing migration times and routes for animals to shifting weather patterns, changes are all around. This week, locals, resource managers, scientists, [...]

America's northernmost city to get its first Subway restaurant

December 9th 8:06 pm

Utqiaġvik will get the world's northernmost Subway sandwich shop early next year. Franchisee John Masterson, speaking Thursday via phone from Connecticut, where he was in between Subway training sessions, said the restaurant would open in late February [...]

Exploring cultural resilience on top of the world

December 9th 8:01 pm

The sun rises and goes down in our small town of Oberlin, 20 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio. This is a heartfelt thank-you note from the Oberlin College crew to everyone who so generously shared their time and wisdom with us in Barrow (Utqiaġvik), the [...]

Kotzebue boys, girls sweep Northwestern Conference titles

December 9th 8:01 pm

Ezekiel Eakin, Trevor Miller-Hickerson, Louis Edenshaw, Carmella McCall, Moira Sheldon and Angela Peacock all wrestled their way to first-place finishes on Saturday and helped power the Kotzebue High School boys' and girls' wrestling teams to a sweep of their [...]

Pet info needed for holiday travel

December 9th 8:00 pm

The North Slope Borough is reminding all travelers to make sure they have the right paperwork with them if they plan on bringing their pets along while traveling this holiday season. According to a bulletin released last month by the North Slope Borough [...]

Flags lowered statewide to commemorate Pearl Harbor

December 9th 8:00 pm

Flags across the state will be lowered this week in remembrance of the lives lost 75 years ago in the Pearl Harbor attack. "Seventy-five years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, destroying much of our Pacific [...]

Fishing ban in international Arctic waters remains elusive

December 9th 7:59 pm

More than a year ago, five Arctic nations signed a declaration pledging to keep their fishing fleets out of the international waters in the Arctic Ocean, an area increasingly ripe for exploitation as summer sea ice diminishes — and perhaps [...]

Arctic soils set to release a lot of carbon

December 9th 7:58 pm

As temperatures have risen in the Arctic and worldwide, so have worries about how much carbon might stream into the atmosphere from warmer soils. Will enough new carbon be released from the ground, potentially exacerbating the global warming cycle? And will [...]

State moves to take over LNG project

December 9th 7:57 pm

An October letter from Gov. Bill Walker to an ExxonMobil executive suggests the governor deeply distrusts the company when it says it will continue to support the $55 billion Alaska liquefied natural gas project as the state takes it over. "Please do not [...]

Copper Basin tribal group gets new power over wildlife management

December 9th 7:57 pm

An Alaska tribal group has new powers that will allow it to manage wildlife — including moose and caribou hunts — for tribal members on federal lands in a region that includes the Copper River basin and parts of two national parks. The U.S. [...]

After subsidizing health care, state hopes feds will share some of the cost

December 9th 7:56 pm

In July, the Legislature approved spending tens of millions of dollars to keep Alaska's individual health insurance market stable. Now, the state says the program is saving the federal government money, and it's asking for those savings to be passed back to [...]

Noatak, Point Hope begin quest for state volleyball title

December 9th 7:55 pm

The Noatak Lynx will kick off their pursuit of the Mixed-Six state volleyball title on Thursday when they join a handful of other teams from throughout the state at the 2016 Mixed-Six State Volleyball Tournament in Anchorage. The tournament is scheduled for [...]

Alaska Science Forum: The opposite end of the Earth

December 9th 7:51 pm

Joanna Young does not seem to fear change very much. The spunky redhead first came to Fairbanks from Egypt, where her parents were teaching English and running a school. Raised in Toronto, she knew what cold was. But this was January 2010, a [...]

Fish Factor: While Bering Sea groundfish blooms, Gulf struggles

December 9th 7:50 pm

Bering Sea fish stocks are booming, but it's a mixed bag for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska. Fishery managers will set 2017 catches this week for pollock, cod and other fisheries that make up Alaska's largest fish hauls, which are taken from 3 to 200 miles [...]

15 Years Ago in the Arctic Sounder

December 9th 7:50 pm

Lawmakers get firsthand look at Barrow spending December 13, 2001 By Tim MacDonald Arctic Sounder Four Alaska state senators and representatives of two others visited Barrow on Dec. 5-7 to get a firsthand look at how the North Slope Borough is spending [...]

Who Done It

December 9th 7:49 pm

Ronald J. Kanayurak, 51, of Barrow, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and reached a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 29 days suspended. He must pay a fine of $500, due within one year. He must also pay a [...]

Alaska State Troopers Report

December 9th 7:49 pm

On Nov. 29, Alaska State Troopers worked in coordination with the Buckland village police officer to investigate a report of an assault. They found that Marvin Barger had punched the victim in the head, causing a "superficial injury," according to troopers. [...]

Opinion: Darkness a reminder to 'do the D'

December 9th 7:44 pm

This time of year, I always feel like I've entered a tunnel. On sunny days, we get a blip of actual sunshine, with bars of light hitting unexpected spots on my walls. It's a good thing its acceptable to have a giant glowing tree in the middle of your living [...]

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