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Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Joaqlin Estus is a reporter at KNBA in Anchorage.

Native Corporation 8A Contracting Declines

Alaska Native corporations say they’re feeling the impacts of Congressional scrutiny and new rules for federal contracts. Previously the corporations, Native American tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations could enter noncompetitive federal contracts of any amount, and the corporations were getting contracts in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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June 13, 2013

Alaska’s Cultural Connections: Plant Medicine

Recently, a group of more than 70 elders took a bus about an hour southeast of Anchorage as part of the Southcentral Foundation’s Elders program. They were gathering and learning about the healing properties of plants. Joaqlin Estus has the latest story in our on-going series looking at culture in Alaska.

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June 10, 2013

Type 2 Diabetes Rates Tripled Nationwide Since 1990

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Type 2 diabetes rates across the nation tripled between 1990 and 2010, and rates among Native Americans are more than twice – almost three times — those of Caucasians. But demonstration projects for American Indians and Alaska Natives show there are ways to prevent or delay onset of the disease.

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May 28, 2013

Report Shows Mineral Values Tripling Since 2001

A state report shows the value of minerals produced in Alaska more than tripled between 2001 and 2011. Mining industry wages have also surged as employers seek skilled workers.

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May 16, 2013

Long-Term Unemployment Benefits To Experience Cuts

As federal agencies are beginning to furlough employees because of sequestration, the long-term unemployed in Alaska are about to see a reduction in their unemployment benefits.

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May 14, 2013

Southcentral Experiencing Chilly Spring

It’s a chilly spring in the Anchorage area. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Burling says temperatures in recent days have been just a few degrees below normal, but that comes after a winter and early spring with lower temperatures than usual.

May 13, 2013
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Anchorage Co-op Combining Ancient Qayaq Design With Education

An Anchorage-based co-op is raising money to begin after-school training that combines ancient techniques of qayaq design with education.

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April 26, 2013

Panel Discusses Alaska Tribal Courts

A panel of experts met last night at the University of Alaska Justice Center to discuss Tribal Courts in Alaska.

March 28, 2013

Sequester Expected To Impact 8a Contracts

Across-the-board federal budget cuts are coming, half from the Department of Defense budget; the other half to other federal agency budgets.

March 4, 2013

Rising Number Of Alaskans Predicted To Be Affected By Future Flooding

Studies by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Government Accounting Office show increasing numbers of Alaskans will be affected by floods and erosion in coming years due to rising waters and extreme weather events. And the studies predict some communities are likely to be destroyed by 2017.

February 26, 2013

Program Researching Chukchi Sea’s Biological Productivity

An environmental research program with a long history of working in Alaska is breaking new ground by partnering with state universities to find out why an area in the Chukchi Sea is so biologically productive.

February 4, 2013

Eastern Bering Sea Fish Survey Yields Surprising Results

About a thousand people gathered for the Alaska Marine Science Symposium last week. Dozens of scientists spoke on topics ranging from ocean acidification, and changes in the productivity of plants and animals in the marine environment to jobs in science. A survey of fish in the eastern Bering Sea had surprising results.

January 29, 2013
Scientists Unable To Determine Cause Of Seal, Walrus Illness

Scientists Unable To Determine Cause Of Seal, Walrus Illness

An international team of scientists hasn’t been able to determine the cause of an illness afflicting seals and walruses in Canada, Russia, and Alaska. And now, the mysterious outbreak may be over.

January 24, 2013

100 Turn Out For ‘Idle No More’ Rally In Anchorage

About a hundred people turned out for a rally in support of tribal sovereignty and environmental conservation held in downtown Anchorage today. The rally was organized to coincide with others being held in Canada, other states, and other countries in support of the “Idle No More” movement in Canada, in which First Nations have been protesting legislation that removes environmental protections on tribal lands.

January 11, 2013

Tribal, Environmental Groups Hold Rally Supporting ‘Idle No More’ Movement

Tribal and environmental organizations are holding a noon rally on Friday in Anchorage to show support for Canadian tribes fighting legislation they call a direct attack on First Nations. The legislation reduces environmental assessment requirements, and cuts the number of waterways protected by the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

January 10, 2013

Consultant Says Gulf of Alaska Weather Is Typical For Winter

Former University of Alaska professor and current oil spill response consultant Rick Steiner says the weather the Kulluk encountered is typical for the Gulf in winter, and he says the problem is that Shell didn’t prepare.

January 2, 2013

Federal Unemployment Benefits Will End If No Stop-Gap Measure Reached

If Congress doesn’t pass a stop gap measure that includes it, federal emergency unemployment compensation will end for thousands of jobless Alaskans on Monday. President Obama would like to see federal unemployment benefits as part of a stop-gap measure to avert the so called fiscal cliff.

December 27, 2012

School District Connects Learning with Fun!

A rural school district has figured out a way to help students connect for learning… and for fun.

December 24, 2012

Alaska VA Office Moves Off JBER

For veterans without military ID cards, several pieces of documentation were required to visit the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs located on the Joint Elmendorf-Richardson military base in Anchorage, including a driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. That’s no more, now that the office has moved off the base.

December 20, 2012

Residential Detox Center Reopens

Alaska’s chronic shortage of substance abuse detoxification services recently improved when one of four residential detox centers in the state reopened.

November 29, 2012