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Economic forecast for 2017 looks grim

January 13th 6:16 pm

Continued losses expected in Alaska's oil and gas sector

White House releases tribal nations progress report

January 13th 6:13 pm

Obama administration's decisions have been lauded and critiqued by Native communities

Stabbing victim recovering in Anchorage

January 13th 6:09 pm

Boonmee Maolichart says two young men stabbed him more than 20 times the morning of Dec. 29 after he drove them in his taxi to Iḷisaġvik College on the outskirts of Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow. During the attack, he grabbed a knife [...]

Alaska gulls' antibiotic resistance could infect people

January 13th 5:43 pm

Seagulls flocking to a garbage dump and to an often-crowded fishing site on the Kenai Peninsula are carrying away something more ominous than food scraps, new research has found. The gulls are acquiring E. coli bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, a [...]

Republicans seek legal strategy to restore Alaska drilling options

January 13th 5:42 pm

WASHINGTON — Alaska's congressional delegation is aiming to find whatever options are available to roll back President Barack Obama's restrictions on Arctic drilling — onshore and off. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced [...]

Family Fun Day offers week of healthy living events

January 13th 5:40 pm

For the fifth year in a row, Utqiaġvik will launch into a healthy new year energized by activities at Family Fun Day and the Week of Healthy Living sponsored by the Diabetes Prevention Program at the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital. "We want [...]

Alaska's Congressional delegation returns to work

January 13th 5:38 pm

WASHINGTON — Alaska's congressional delegation joined a busy opening week in Washington for the 115th Congress, packed with early votes and meetings with nominees to President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet. Alaska's delegation met with a slew of Trump [...]

Legislation seeks to open ANWR, rein in monument designations

January 13th 5:37 pm

Gov. Bill Walker last week voiced his support for a pair of bills put forward by the members of the Republican Congressional delegation. The first, called the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, was introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Jan. 5.

Ivalu Gala to be held in February

January 13th 5:35 pm

The Arctic Education Foundation will be holding its third annual major fundraising event in Anchorage next month. The Ivalu Gala is scheduled for Feb. 3 at the Hotel Captain Cook downtown. According to a release from the foundation, this year's event [...]

State looking for water quality projects

January 13th 5:33 pm

The State of Alaska is soliciting applications for projects that address water quality. The Alaska Clean Water Actions grant program is focused on projects that address certain pollutants and waters of top concern. The pollutants are turbidity, sediment, [...]

Savoonga seeks state aid after storms

January 13th 5:26 pm

Alaska officials are traveling to the Bering Sea village of Savoonga to assess widespread damage done by hurricane-force winds during successive winter storms at the close of 2016, one of the initial steps in a potential state disaster declaration.

Savoonga storm draws experts

January 13th 5:18 pm

From the safety of his home, Delbert Pungowiyi watched winter storms blow into his home village of Savoonga last week, ripping off roofs, damaging interiors with rain and sending some number of people to huddle with relatives or in the school gym. Now [...]

Buckland, Noatak off to quick starts in NWA play

January 13th 5:17 pm

The Buckland Sissauni and the Noatak Lady Lynx both had plenty of reason to smile this past weekend. Both leaped to the front of the Northwest Arctic Conference standings by pounding out impressive wins during the opening weekend of conference action.

Kotzebue boys, girls claim Subway championships

January 13th 5:15 pm

The Kotzebue High School boys' and girls' basketball teams might want to consider "The Den" at Nome-Beltz High School their home away from home. They have, after all, won more games on Nome's home court than they have on their own through the first few weeks [...]

Whalers nab pair of wins in Wasilla

January 13th 5:14 pm

The Barrow High School Whalers went into the 2017 Doc Larsen Roundball Classic looking to prove to themselves — and everyone else — that they could hold their own against some of the state's larger Class 4A programs. Consider that mission [...]

In Your Words: Mushers gather, share skills in Greenland

January 13th 5:11 pm

Greenland! It never ever entered my mind that someday I would be going to Greenland. But I have and here's our story. It all started a few years ago when I got invited to the Nahdezda (Hope) Sled dog race in Chukotka, Russia. Mille Porsild a very good [...]

In Your Words: Shungnak celebrates new year

January 13th 5:10 pm

The Shungnak community started the year off with a bang by celebrating the opening of the 2017 year with a community engagement get-together to welcome everyone into the new year. Shungnak ended the 2016 year with a New Year's Eve Bash that was hosted by [...]

Alaska sees seasonal rise in rate of flu, other viruses

January 13th 5:08 pm

Influenza infections in Alaska were on the rise leading up to the new year, according to state health officials, who emphasize the value of getting vaccinated - although other respiratory infections were making their way around the state as well. Dr. Jay [...]

Opinion: Martin Luther King's dream now more important than ever

January 13th 4:57 pm

This Monday, our nation honors civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a day in his honor. It couldn't come at a better time, as this nation deals with extreme polarization and a resurgence of negativity of all kinds, from racism to political [...]

Opinion: Native voices continue to be ignored

January 13th 4:51 pm

In the name of climate change initiatives President Obama has, over the course of his presidency, marginalized the voices of the Arctic Iƃ±upiat while destroying our ability to develop a stable economy in Arctic Alaska. He has used our region as a platform [...]

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