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US To Assume Arctic Council Chair Amid Dispute Over Russian Military Moves

US To Assume Arctic Council Chair Amid Dispute Over Russian Military Moves

The United States will take over Friday as chair of the Arctic Council, the international body of representatives from eight nations with territory in the region. U.S. delegates they’ll focus on the impact of climate change on the Arctic and its peoples. And despite divisions between some members, observers say they don’t believe council’s work will be disrupted.

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April 23, 2015

US Senate Confirms Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

The U.S. Senate today voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Both Alaska senators voted against her, saying she has not shown she has the independence to stand up to the Obama White House.

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April 23, 2015

Alaska Miners Dispute Claim That ‘Much’ Of Alaska’s Federal Lands Are Open To Mining

Alaska mining advocates are taking issue with something Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said last week, while defending federal resource management in Alaska.

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April 23, 2015

Jury Convicts Tanana Man In Evidence Tampering Case

A jury has convicted a 59-year-old Tanana man on evidence tampering charges after two Alaska State Troopers were shot to death.

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April 23, 2015
The two young women show their matching tattoos. Hillman/KSKA

The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth, Together

This week we’re exploring the Blind Spot, it’s a focus on the teens who are abusing substances but aren’t being caught by the system that’s set up to help them. In this story, KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with two young women who are relying on each other rather than an organization to end their methamphetamine addiction.

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April 23, 2015

UAF Announces Academic Program Cuts, Changes

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has released a list of academic program cuts and changes in response to reduced state funding. The cost saving measures are the first of numerous expected as UAF tries to cover a more than $20 million budget hole.

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April 23, 2015
Cessna 185 Makes Emergency Landing In Nome

Cessna 185 Makes Emergency Landing In Nome

A privately-owned Cessna 185 airplane made an emergency landing at Nome’s City Field airport on Thursday afternoon.

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April 23, 2015
AmeriCorps volunteer Esther Kennedy is helping STA launch an early warning system for beaches in Southeast, so harvesters can know when it’s safe to dig and when to steer clear. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

PSP: With New Lab, STA Takes A Gamble On Shellfish Testing

Despite the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning — or PSP — Southeast Alaska has a robust dive fishery that includes geoduck clams. The entire industry hinges on weekly testing results from the Department of Environmental Conservation laboratory in Anchorage.

This scenario could change in the not-too-distant future. In part 1 of our 2-part series, KCAW’s Emily Kwong reported on efforts by Sitka Tribe of Alaska to monitor the waters of Southeast for PSP. In part 2 today, she tracks their plans to launch a commercial testing lab.

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April 23, 2015
Gov. Bill Walker Adopted Into Tlingit Clan

Gov. Bill Walker Adopted Into Tlingit Clan

Gov. Bill Walker was recently adopted into the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan Clan. The ceremony happened during the 80th Assembly of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, where Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was also given a lifetime achievement award.

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April 23, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: April 23, 2015

US To Assume Arctic Council Chair Amid Dispute Over Russian Military Moves; US Senate Confirms Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch; Alaska Miners Dispute Claim That ‘Much’ Of Alaska’s Federal Lands Are Open To Mining; Jury Convicts Tanana Man In Evidence Tampering Case; The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth Alone, Together; UAF Announces Academic Program Cuts, Changes; Cessna 185 Makes Emergency Landing In Nome; PSP: With New Lab, STA Takes A Gamble On Shellfish Testing; Gov. Bill Walker Adopted Into Tlingit Clan

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April 23, 2015

I Am An Iñupiaq Carver | INDIE ALASKA

Iñupiaq artist Ross Schaeffer spent most of his life hunting, trapping, and fishing around Kotzebue, Alaska. Only in recent years has he transformed his lifestyle into creating artwork and carvings that blend traditional and modern techniques. Using age old materials such as woolly mammoth bone, Ross works on carvings inspired by his culture and natural environment, and encourages young folks to try artwork themselves.

April 23, 2015

With Legislature In Limbo, Walker Calls For Action On Bills

Gov. Bill Walker is calling on lawmakers to do work on bills for as long as it continues to be in extended session.

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April 22, 2015

Sullivan Wins Amendment to Let States Prosecute Mann Act

Sen. Dan Sullivan added an amendment to the human trafficking bill the U.S. Senate passed today. It addresses a problem he faced as Alaska’s attorney general, when the feds declined to prosecute Bill Allen on sexual abuse charges.

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April 22, 2015

Rep. Young Advocating For Transfer Of Air Force Land To Galena

The Yukon River community of Galena could be relocated out of flood danger if a land transfer being pushed by Alaska Congressman Don Young goes through. The village, which is still recovering from a major flood 2 years ago, will likely approach moving with multiple steps over time.

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April 22, 2015
The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center

The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center

If you’re a teenager in Anchorage struggling with homelessness, hunger, or addiction there are few places to turn. One of the few organizations in Anchorage helping at-risk teens on their own terms is hidden in plain sight in one of the city’s busiest buildings.

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April 22, 2015
Unalaska’s Geothermal Hopes Stall Without City Backing

Unalaska’s Geothermal Hopes Stall Without City Backing

A years-long effort to bring geothermal power to Unalaska may be on its last legs. The city government is draining its accounts for exploring Makushin Volcano, saying the project is too expensive and risky to pursue any further.

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April 22, 2015
Two Face Felony Charges for Alleged $25,000 Theft from Nome Schools

Two Face Felony Charges for Alleged $25,000 Theft from Nome Schools

Two Nome residents—a man and woman—are facing felony charges for theft and falsifying business records after allegedly stealing more than $25,000 from Nome Public Schools.

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April 22, 2015
Bethel Team Envisions Greywater Recycling

Bethel Team Envisions Greywater Recycling

A Bethel team is re-envisioning how household water is treated. They hope to build and test a custom greywater recycling system for hauled systems in Western Alaska that could steeply cut the amount of water households need to buy and reduce the amount of sewage they produce.

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April 22, 2015
Esther Kennedy of the Resource Protection Department collects water samples every week from Starrigavan. Along with six other tribes in Southeast, the group is working to create an early warning system to protect shellfish diggers from PSP. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

PSP: Tribal Partnership Seeks Modern Solution To An Ancient Problem

Of all the traditional seafoods in Southeast Alaska, none are more shrouded in myth — and genuine risk — than clams and mussels. Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP)killed two people in Southeast in 2010 and dozens more have fallen ill over the recorded history of the state. For subsistence harvesters, there has been no way to measure the risk of clam digging — until now. In part 1 of a two-part series, KCAW reports on a partnership among Southeast tribes to create a regional water monitoring program.

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April 22, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: April 22, 2015

With Legislature In Limbo, Walker Calls For Action On Bills; Sen. Sullivan Adds Amendment To Human Trafficking Bill; Rep. Young Advocating For Transfer Of Air Force Land To Galena; The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center; Unalaska’s Geothermal Hopes Stall Without City Backing; Two Face Felony Charges for Alleged $25,000 Theft from Nome Schools; Bethel Team Envisions Greywater Recycling; PSP: Tribal Partnership Seeks Modern Solution To An Ancient Problem

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April 22, 2015