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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Zach Hughes is a reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

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

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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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