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Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Joaqlin Estus is a reporter at KNBA in Anchorage.

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 - 5:52 pm

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 - 5:42 pm

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 - 5:12 pm

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 - 4:05 pm

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 - 11:01 am

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 - 5:28 pm

Commission Says Alaskans Would Benefit From More Cooperation Between State, Tribes

The Tribal Law and Order Act signed into law last July created an all-volunteer Indian Law and Order Commission charged with creating recommendations on how to make life for Native Americans safer and more just. Two members of the Indian Law and Order Commission recently visited Alaska to gather information. They say all Alaskans would benefit if the state worked more cooperatively with tribes. Governor Sean Parnell says the criticism is unwarranted.

November 12, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Commission Gathers Information To Make Indian Country More Safe

Two members of the all-volunteer Indian Law and Order Commission came to Alaska last week to gather information for recommendations to the President and Congress on ways to make Indian Country safer and more just. They say all Alaskans would benefit if the state worked more cooperatively with tribes.

November 8, 2012 - 2:57 pm

AISES Convention Draws 2,000 To Anchorage

The three-day American Indian Science and Engineering Society – or AISES – convention drew about 2,000 people to Anchorage this week.

November 2, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Childhood Trauma Subject Of Anchorage Conference

The lifelong effects of childhood trauma have been the subject of talks among the 350-some participants in the Alaska Child Maltreatment Conference held in Anchorage this week, and hosted by the Alaska Children’s Alliance.

October 24, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Alaska Native Brotherhood Celebrates 100th Anniversary

A couple of hundred people joined in a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Alaska Native Brotherhood in Sitka last week.

October 8, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Anchorage Detox Center Closes

Alaska’s chronic shortage of alcohol and drug detox services recently got worse when one of only four residential detox centers in the state temporarily closed. A state Board of Nursing clarification about staffing requirements forced the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage to close its program in late July.

October 4, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Salvation Army Hosting Events Raising Awareness About Sex Trafficking

Statistics from national organizations that gather and share information on sex trafficking show it isn’t a problem in Alaska. But local experts don’t believe that’s accurate. The Salvation Army is hosting events in Anchorage this weekend to raise awareness of the problem.

September 26, 2012 - 5:56 pm

Voice of ‘Pocahontas’ Launching Film Production Company In Anchorage

Inupiaq Yup’ik actress Irene Bedard, best known as the voice of Pocahontas in Disney’s animated classics series, is returning to Anchorage, where she grew up, and launching a film production company.

August 16, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Conference Tackles Arctic Issues

Melting sea ice in the Arctic is opening the door to increased maritime traffic, which brings with it risk, opportunity and the need for safe harbors and services such as search and rescue. Those are a few of the issues participants are tackling at a conference hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Institute of the North in Anchorage.

August 15, 2012 - 5:32 pm
Long-Time Rural Supporter, Advocate Al Adams Passes Away

Long-Time Rural Supporter, Advocate Al Adams Passes Away

Former state Senator Al Adams Senior passed away this morning in Anchorage after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Adams was known for his tireless support and advocacy for rural and Alaska Native issues.

August 13, 2012 - 5:31 pm

FCC Officials Visit Rural Alaska

The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, Office of Native Affairs and Policy is visiting remote villages, hub communities, as well as Anchorage and Fairbanks to learn about the obstacles Alaska Natives face in accessing the Internet. The visiting officials also held a training session Friday in Anchorage.

July 30, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Subsistence Board Criticized For Not Giving RAC Recommendations Enough Weight

Regional Advisory Councils, or RACs, have criticized the Federal Subsistence Board for not giving their recommendations enough weight. At their meeting Wednesday, board members worked to give due deference to the input of one RAC.

July 20, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Many Rural Villages Getting Broadband Access

Dozens of rural villages are getting broadband Internet access for the first time, opening the door to new economic, employment, tele-health, and educational opportunities, and creating demand for technicians to service the computers, servers, and other equipment needed to maintain high speed connections.

July 17, 2012 - 5:17 pm

Conference Attendees Defend Small Business Administration Program

Conference attendees in Anchorage last week defended a controversial Small Business Administration program. About 280 people attended a National 8(a) Association conference in Anchorage to learn more about the program that helps small businesses compete for federal contracts, but has come under increasing Congressional scrutiny in recent years.

June 25, 2012 - 5:16 pm