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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Zach Hughes is a reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

After three decades, the Anchorage School District says goodbye to an educator. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Teacher’s Pet: A Four-Legged Educator Retires

The Anchorage School District recently said goodbye to one of its longest-serving and most unusual educators. What’s more, the departure leaves the district with a gap not likely to be soon filled.

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October 17, 2014
Michael Brubaker (left), discusses climate change's effects on public health with Lori Townsend (middle) and Zachariah Hughes (right). (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

How Does Climate Change Affect Public Health?

A series of reports that seek to define the potential changes to public health in rural Alaska communities based on the impacts of Alaska’s rapidly changing climate. But, why are the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the North Slope Borough looking at the issue through the lens of climate change?

KSKA: Friday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m.

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October 17, 2014

Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage

As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.

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October 14, 2014
New Exhibit Puts An Alaska Twist On A Familiar Building Block

New Exhibit Puts An Alaska Twist On A Familiar Building Block

Legos—the small, colorful plastic blocks—have grown into the most common place toy in the world, with more than 5.2 million manufactured every hour. And they are not purely for toy-stores and playroom carpets anymore. A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum focuses on Lego fine arts, and how the building blocks fit in with Alaska’s own artistic traditions.

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October 8, 2014
A Big Comeback For Kotzebue’s Commercial Fishery

A Big Comeback For Kotzebue’s Commercial Fishery

Kotzebue is in the midst of one of its best commercial chum seasons ever. That’s due to an exceptionally strong run size. Dockside economics are playing a role, as well.

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August 13, 2014
As Project Chariot Clean-Up Ends, Legacy Lingers for Point Hope

As Project Chariot Clean-Up Ends, Legacy Lingers for Point Hope

During the Cold War, the U.S. Atomic Energy Agency made plans to detonate nuclear bombs a few dozen miles from Point Hope. The idea–part of Operation Ploughshares–was to make an Arctic deep draft port by harnessing war-time technology for civil engineering projects with strategic value. Strong opposition from Point Hope halted those plans, but not before secretive experiments were conducted.

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August 8, 2014

Human Remains Found Believed to be Missing Brevig Mission Man

Alaska State Troopers say human remains found in western Alaska are believed to be those of a missing 21-year-old Brevig Mission man.

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August 1, 2014

Gold Miners Push Back Against Nome Over ‘Negative Social Impacts’

A vocal show of frustration from Nome’s mining community took center stage at this week’s City Council meeting. The miners were angry about a letter the city sent to the State Department of Natural Resources complaining about impacts from the recent gold mining boom.

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July 31, 2014

Report Finds Beaufort Sea Oil Spill Response Inadequate

A report released today by the World Wildlife Fund in Canada finds the capacity for oil spill response in the Beaufort Sea is woefully inadequate, even as Canadian regulators consider relaxing safety standards for offshore exploration.

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July 25, 2014
Commercial Chum Bustling, But Causing Anger on the Yukon

Commercial Chum Bustling, But Causing Anger on the Yukon

With chum salmon surging through much of Western Alaska, commercial openings are having dramatically different effects from a price spike in Kotzebue, to frustration towards managers in the upper Yukon.

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July 24, 2014
Oil Spill Drill Conducted Near Teller

Oil Spill Drill Conducted Near Teller

Even as marine traffic increases past the Bering Strait, no one knows how well an oil spill could be cleaned up in the case of an accident. Stakeholders traveled to the region last week to conduct the region’s first spill response exercise, and learn more about the challenges posed.

July 21, 2014
(Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KNOM - Nome)

Musk Ox Killed After Attacking Sled Dog

Living with wildlife isn’t always easy, as a recent incident with a musk ox attack in Kotzebue makes clear.

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July 17, 2014
The Nulukataq event at WEIO in Fairbanks. Photo: Ronn Murray Photography, WEIO.

World Eskimo Indian Olympics Start Wednesday

The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics start Wednesday in Fairbanks, with qualifiers for events like one-armed reach and the Race of the Torch ahead of opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. inside the Carlson Center.

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July 15, 2014
Pacific walrus. (Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)

Preliminary Figures Show Dismal Walrus Harvest From Poor Weather

For the second year in a row, the number of walrus harvested for subsistence on St. Lawrence Island is far below normal.

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July 10, 2014
Residents and visitors celebrated the opening of a new Search and Rescue facility in Golovin. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KNOM)

Foundation Hears Funding Aims of Bering Strait Communities

The Rasmuson Foundation awarded more than $30 million in grants in 2013. But in the last few years only about one percent of that money has gone for projects in the Bering Straits Region. Foundation members traveled to small communities in the region last week to see what kinds of programs residents would like to see funded.

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July 9, 2014
Diomede, seen from the west. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Helicopter Service To Diomede Halted Amid Contract Snag

Transportation to one of Alaska’s most remote communities has stopped, because of a contract delay that’s tying up funds.

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July 8, 2014
Bear Urine Tested as Musk Ox Repellent in Nome

Bear Urine Tested as Musk Ox Repellent in Nome

A unique smell has been wafting through parts of Nome this past week, but it’s not your typical summer fragrance. It’s the smell of bear urine, and it’s part of a new plan being tested to keep musk oxen herds out of town. Tony Gorn is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Nome.

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July 3, 2014
Chum salmon leaping near Cold Bay, AK. (Photo: K. Mueller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on August 28, 2011)

Strong Chum Runs Mean Salmon Openings In Norton Sound

As severe restrictions on Chinooks continue to hit subsistence users, early signs of strong chum runs are leading the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to announce some unanticipated commercial openings.

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July 2, 2014
The Nullagvik Hotel in Kotzebue. (Photo by  Zachariah Hughes, KNOM - Nome)

Future of Tradition and Development Weighed at Ambler Road Meeting

How will small Native communities in rural Alaska balance traditional life with the pressures of modernization? That was the question community leaders focused on during the second day of discussions on the proposed road to the Ambler Mining District.

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June 27, 2014
AIDEA is holding a large community meeting, it’s 30th in the outreach process ahead of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. Earlier this month there was a tri-village meeting in Kobuk. (Photo by  Zachariah Hughes, KNOM News)

Community Leaders Flying to Kotzebue for Meeting on Ambler Road

Starting Wednesday, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority—or AIDEA—is holding two days of meetings in Kotzebue about a proposed 200-mile road through the interior to the Ambler Mining District.

June 25, 2014