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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Zach Hughes is a reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

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
Alaska Dept. Fish & Game Announces Subsistence Salmon Opening

Alaska Dept. Fish & Game Announces Subsistence Salmon Opening

If you live by the Norton Sound, get ready for salmon. On Monday, the Department of Fish and Game announced subsistence and commercial openings that will begin this Wednesday, June 18th, for three subdistricts in the Norton Sound.

June 17, 2014

Subsistence Users Criticize Miners And Regulators At Nome Meeting

Subsistence users in Nome are criticizing gold miners and regulators for failing to take into account the negative impacts mining is having on other resources in the area. Officials from different agencies took public comment on the issue at a community meeting yesterday.

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June 12, 2014

AIDEA Briefs Federal Commission On Ambler Road

The state says it will cost as much as $400 million to build a controversial proposed mining road to Ambler. But some opponents of the road think that figure is too low.

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June 10, 2014

NPFMC Looking to Reduce Salmon Bycatch

This morning an advisory panel of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council heard public testimony on proposed policy changes to salmon bycatch. The panel makes recommendations to the governing board of the council, which is meeting this week in Nome.

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June 5, 2014