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Zachariah Hughes, KNOM - Nome

Kobuk Meeting on State-backed Ambler Mining Road Weighs Promise of Jobs against Local Concerns

Yesterday evening residents from Kobuk, Shugnak and Ambler gathered in the Kobuk community school for meetings about the status of a state-backed industrial road that would pass through the region.

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June 3, 2014 - 5:11 pm
A walrus haul-out in the Serdtse Kamen Cape on the Chukotka Peninsula. (Photo: Anatoliy Kochnev, Haulout Keepers)

Amid Green Peace Protests, ExxonMobil Readies for Summer Project in Russian Chukchi

Norwegian police and Special Forces cleared Green Peace protestors off an oil rig in the Barents Sea this week. Activists have since been using a boat to block access to the proposed drill site, which could become the world’s Northern-most offshore oil well. The action is part of increasing efforts by environmental groups.

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May 30, 2014 - 4:11 pm
Rep. Young Pushing Land Bill for Port Clarence Site

Rep. Young Pushing Land Bill for Port Clarence Site

Congressman Don Young is introducing a bill in Washington, D.C. to speed up development in an area of the Seward Peninsula that many are eyeing as one piece of a future Arctic Port.

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May 22, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Ammo Shortages Still Hampering Rural Subsistence Hunters

Ammo Shortages Still Hampering Rural Subsistence Hunters

With the return of marine mammals and migratory birds to the Bering Straits region, subsistence hunters are still struggling to find certain kinds of ammunition.

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May 20, 2014 - 5:25 pm
Working Group Discusses Caribou Decline, Ambler Road

Working Group Discusses Caribou Decline, Ambler Road

Caribou users in the Northwest Arctic Borough were told Wednesday that North America’s largest herd declined by more than a quarter in just two years. The group also questioned state officials on how a proposed road to the Northwest Arctic Borough would impact subsistence resources.

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May 15, 2014 - 5:43 pm
Two potential routes for the the prosed Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road, (Photo by AIDEA)

As State Advances Unprecedented Mining Road to Ambler, Local Support in Question

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, AIDEA, meets in Kotzebue today with a game management group to discuss a proposed 220-mile road to a copper deposit in the Northwest Arctic Borough that’s potentially valuable.

May 14, 2014 - 10:15 am

State Hurrying To Update Rural Infrastructure Before Federal Dollars Diminish

Federal money for rural infrastructure is drying up, and state agencies are overhauling projects while they still can. With Alaska’s brief construction season about to begin, state officials are hurrying to bring airfields, roads, and other Bush infrastructure up to standard before funds get scarce.

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May 5, 2014 - 5:54 pm
Breakup Creating Havoc For Ice Dredgers

Breakup Creating Havoc For Ice Dredgers

The early break-up of sea ice has left winter gold-dredging operations scrambling to haul equipment back to shore – and not everyone has fared well so far.

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April 29, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Bill Arming VPSOs Goes To Governor’s Desk

Village Public Safety Officers will soon be able to carry fire arms if Governor Sean Parnell signs a measure approved this morning in the Senate.

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April 16, 2014 - 5:49 pm

Study Investigates Potential Impacts Of Road Development On Western Arctic Caribou Herd

In March, a group of researchers announced the results of a multi-year study assessing the impacts to caribou habitat of a potential service road from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District.

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April 7, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Graphite One Resources Purchases Promising Seward Peninsula Claim

Vancouver-based Graphite One Resources announced this month they’ve finalized all land purchases for a promising graphite claim on the Seward Peninsula. But village residents in the area are concerned the proposed mine could harm subsistence resources. And they’re frustrated they haven’t yet heard from company officials.

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March 26, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Rural Communities Get Help With Tax Prep

The Alaska Business Development Center spent last week coordinating free tax assistance across the state. Teams of two and three volunteers travel to small bush communities to help residents prepare tax returns.

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March 24, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Red King Crab Harvest Abysmal In Bering Straits

Earlier in March, 1.2 million pounds of Tanner crab were caught in the Southeast’s commercial fishery, the biggest haul in over a decade. But in the Bering Straits region the winter season for Red King Crabs has been abysmal.

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March 18, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Nome Health Groups Hold Vaccination Drive Amid Iditarod Festivities

Health groups took advantage of Iditarod visitors last week by holding a vaccination drive at the Nome Recreation Center.

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March 17, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Feds Seeking Local Advice On Environmental Protocols

Members of the federal agency that oversees marine mammals held a teleconference in Nome on Wednesday to solicit region-specific advice on emergency response. It’s part of a process to draft environmental protocols for the Arctic that incorporate local expertise.

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March 13, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Bill Arming VPSOs Passes House

A bill providing funding and support for some Village Public Safety Officers to carry firearms passed unanimously in the house this morning.

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March 10, 2014 - 4:42 pm
AK: Rural Recycling

AK: Rural Recycling

The city of Nome just bought a new recycling shed online. It’s another step towards diverting more waste from the landfill, and either re-purposing it or shipping it out of Alaska. Rural recycling presents some unique challenges for environmental management. And the city is finding some unique solutions.

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February 21, 2014 - 4:48 pm

VPSO Firearms Bill Moves Ahead

A legislative proposal creating a path for qualified Village Public Safety Officers to carry firearms has cleared another hurdle. SB 98 was passed on Thursday by the Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee. But some serious concerns were raised about the proposal.

February 17, 2014 - 4:04 pm

2 Minors Charged In Illegal Musk Ox Killings

In January, two minors were charged in the Nome Court House with 11 counts of wanton waste of big game. The case comes from an incident a year-and-a-half ago near Brevig Mission in which a herd of musk ox were illegally killed and not harvested. At the time of the incident the defendants were 13 and 10-years-old.

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February 5, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Stebbins Planning To Fix Long-Standing Problems Using Recovery Funds

Two-and-a-half months after severe flooding ruined homes and vital infrastructure, Stebbins is organizing to put recovery funds towards fixing long-standing problems exacerbated by the storm damage. President Obama declared November’s storms in Western Alaska a natural disaster last month, unlocking federal funds to help the community.

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February 3, 2014 - 5:47 pm