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Tikigaq hunters sentenced in walrus deaths

April 28th 2:34 pm

Four Tikiġaq hunters have been sentenced for the deaths and waste of several walruses near Cape Lisburne in 2015. Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Ryan Noel made the announcement on April 20.

Fire burns 2,000 acres on Selawik refuge

April 28th 2:33 pm

A tundra fire has burned nearly 2,000 acres on the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge over the past week. Called the Zane Hills fire, it was first spotted by the Bureau of Land Management on April 18. It has not changed much in size in the week since, the [...]

Northern lights planetarium show coming to Kotzebue

April 28th 2:33 pm

Don't whistle too loud. Next week "Kiuġuyat" will be bright overhead in Kotzebue, onscreen in a portable planetarium. The film, of that title, is part of a grant-funded project called "Learning through cultural connections: The northern lights."

Russian military planes approach Alaska for 4 straight nights

April 28th 2:32 pm

Russian military aircraft approached the coast of Alaska four days in a row last week, with the latest encounter last Thursday night when two long-range Russian bombers flew near the state's northern coast, according to U.S. military officials. Two [...]

Oil explorer plans first test of fracking potential on North Slope

April 28th 2:31 pm

An oil explorer hoping to bring the Lower 48's fracking revolution to Alaska will take a big step this week when it launches an effort to determine the production potential of crude oil locked in North Slope shale. The process is expected to start Wednesday, [...]

In Your Words: Local students take top honors in calendar contest

April 28th 2:31 pm

The 2018 Migratory Bird Calendar contest is in the book. Congratulations to Kiana Norton, a Kotzebue High School senior who won the statewide grand prize with her poster, "Elegant Hello." Her work will grace the cover of the 2018 calendar which will be [...]

In Your Words: Play teaches students more than theater skills

April 28th 2:30 pm

When Captain Hook sends his right-hand man, Smee, on a quest to capture Peter Pan, it's seemingly business as usual ... at first. Little does Hook realize what fantastic adventures await him and his pirate posse in their search for the elusive Peter Pan.

Fake money circulating in Kotzebue, police warn

April 28th 2:29 pm

The Kotzebue Police Department is asking locals to keep an eye out for fake money. Over the past week, several fake $100 bills were given to businesses in the Kotzebue area, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. "The fake movie bills appear [...]

Group challenges constitutionality of move to revoke hunting rule

April 28th 2:29 pm

WASHINGTON — An environmental group has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a congressional resolution that repealed a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule governing hunting practices on refuges in Alaska. The Center for Biological [...]

Alaska Rep. Don Young files to run again in 2018

April 28th 2:29 pm

Don Young isn't sitting on the 2018 election. Alaska's sole congressman went by election headquarters in Anchorage this week and filed to run again next year, offering a warning to any brewing opposition. "Now, keep in mind, we're doing this because I [...]

Correction, April 27

April 28th 2:28 pm

An article in last week's edition of the Arctic Sounder incorrectly indicated Barrow's Rose Mongoyak played for the Blue All-Stars in last weekend's 2017 Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches' Senior All-Star Game. Mongoyak helped lead the Gold team to a win.

Who Done It

April 28th 2:28 pm

James Phillip Judkins II, 29, of Utqiaġvik, pleaded guilty to the class A misdemeanor charge of assault in the fourth degree for causing reckless injury and reached a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 344 days suspended and credit [...]

Dismal Alaska education statistics prompt effort to 'transform' public schools

April 28th 2:27 pm

About a hundred people seeking to transform Alaska's public schools in the face of high rates of truancy, low standardized test scores and high teacher turnover began their efforts Thursday as part of Gov. Bill Walker's "Alaska's Education Challenge."

Opinion: Cutting education will hurt, not help Alaska's economy

April 28th 2:26 pm

The current proposal by the Alaska Senate majority to cut education 5.7 percent while failing to offer up any new solutions to the state's fiscal crisis should infuriate every Alaskan, not only those with children currently in school or college in the state [...]

Opinion: Safe, sound Alaska means no tolerance for domestic or sexual violence

April 28th 2:25 pm

As governor and lieutenant governor, our decisions are influenced by the roles we held long before we took office. As husbands, brothers and sons, we cherish the strong women in our lives. As grandfathers and fathers, we want to ensure a safer Alaska. It is [...]

Opinion: Alaskan fights to ban chemical that poisoned her childhood

April 28th 2:25 pm

Pamela Miller boarded a plane Wednesday morning bound for Geneva, Switzerland, where she hopes the world will ban a chemical she believes may have killed five members of her family. She grew up next to a plant in Ohio that produced vast quantities of [...]

Stranded seal found far south of usual habitat

April 28th 2:24 pm

The rescue season for Alaska marine mammals officially got underway with the year's first ailing animal, a stranded ringed seal, getting treatment at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. The young female seal was found in late February at Dutch Harbor, about [...]

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Creating a subculture of people who don't have full rights

April 28th 2:23 pm

In America, like the rest of the world, we are expected to work in order to earn a living. But, what happens when you aren't allowed to work? I've noticed something very disturbing in the last several years. Laws and rules put into place to "protect" [...]

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Public should be aware of trash on Alaska beaches

April 28th 2:23 pm

I recently read the article "Tons of trash from across ocean is fouling Alaska national park beaches." Here are my thoughts on the subject, which are that there have to be more that the people of Alaska can do to help keep the national park beaches clean.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: It's a good think to learn more about cultures in your life

April 28th 2:22 pm

I have recently read the article "Facebook Introduces Inupiatun Interface." In my opinion, when you talk in your own language you don't have to be left out. It is a good thing to learn from other people in your own culture, you don't have to be the only one [...]

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