HUD Grants Aimed at Alaska Native Housing Projects
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced Monday the award of millions of dollars in housing grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes nationwide. Castro made the announcement while in Anchorage.
Gwitch’in Translators Scramble to Ready Election Materials
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
After a U.S. district court order, the Alaska Division of Elections has until October 10 to provide outreach and poll workers in three remote regions of the state with election materials and voting information that has been translated from English into either Yupik or Gwich’in.
Gov. Parnell Rescinds Termination Order for 2 Guard Officials
The Associated Press
The acting top official of the Alaska National Guard fired two high-ranking officers last week but reversed the action a day later at the direction of Gov. Sean Parnell.
Conservation Group Sues to Block Controversial Southeast Timber Sale
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The Forest Service awarded a contract this last week to log two-thirds of a controversial Southeast Alaska timber sale. Officials say it’s the first of several contracts for what’s called the Big Thorne timber sale.
Texas Police Chief Chosen To Lead In Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Mayor the City of Fairbanks has chosen a man with extensive law enforcement experience in the south to lead the police department.
55 Left Without Care After Juneau Daycare Abruptly Closes
Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau
Infant and toddler care facility Spunky Sprouts Too in Juneau shut down abruptly at the close of business Wednesday after key staff members quit. Its preschool, Spunky Sprouts Learning Center, is closing at the end of the month.
Alaska Book Week: ‘Pup & Pokey’ and A Journey Into Kid Lit
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Author Seth Kantner has published his first children’s book. Pup & Pokey tells the story of a wolf pup and a young porcupine that strike up an unusual friendship. Kantner chose first time illustrator Beth Hill to bring the characters to life. Hill worked out of her home in the village of Kokhanok on a tight deadline, producing oil paintings that took two weeks to dry for each illustration.