Tag: Community Health

As the Arctic climate warms, the growing season lengthens. Will rural Alaska become more agricultural?

As winter approaches, farmers and gardeners make plans for spring crops. Climate change effects on the growing season in Alaska means new opportunities and challenges for the future. Will residents, even in the arctic, be able to grow enough food for their winter use?

LISTEN: 32 rural Alaska communities still lack running water. Infrastructure builders are trying to change that.

For most Americans, in home running water and flushing toilets are considered basic utilities, but across rural Alaska more than 30 villages are still living without piped systems. What are the challenges of providing water infrastructure to these communities?

New Ambler heat pump project aims to drastically reduce diesel costs in the village

Installing the pump, solar arrays and LEDs costs about $8,200 per home, providing an average fuel savings of $2,000 to $3,000 dollars a year. This means they essentially pay for themselves in about three years.

Newtok moves first families into new homes in Mertarvik

Throughout this month, over 130 people from Newtok — roughly a third of the village — will cross the Ninglick River to pioneer Mertarvik, their new home.

LISTEN: How dangerous are PFAS chemicals and what’s being done to clean them up?

Found in everything from firefighting foam to household cleaning products and even food containers, PFAS are persistent and bio accumulate over time. How dangerous are they to human health and what’s being done to clean them up?

Tribal Justice Summit renews focus on tribal courts in Western Alaska

Tribes from around the region met at Kawerak’s first Tribal Justice Summit in Nome to talk about what tribal justice could look like for them.

LISTEN: How restorative justice helps rebuild and repair connections to community

Restorative justice tries to correct behavior by repairing harm, rebuilding relationships, and bringing the offender back into good standing in their community. Does it work to reduce crime and recidivism?
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LISTEN: A reporter charted the harm caused by abusive priests in Alaska, a survivor lived through it

The legacy of sexual abuse perpetrated by Jesuit priests against Alaskans in rural villages has haunted families and communities for decades. An investigative series tracked some of the worst offenders from Alaska to a retirement compound outside of the state.

How Alaskans are working to address and prevent suicide

Affordable energy and access to high-speed broadband is essential for engaging in modern commerce, education, telemedicine and for economic development initiatives. How is the rural energy infrastructure need being addressed?

Study: As alcohol access increases in Bethel, so do demands on health and safety responders

The study examined more than a decade of data from law enforcement, health providers, state agencies and non-profits.

How does affordable energy and broadband affect community health?

Affordable energy and access to high-speed broadband is essential for engaging in modern commerce, education, telemedicine and for economic development initiatives. How is the rural energy infrastructure need being addressed?

Alaska Fish and Game issues emergency order for RC503 Mulchatna caribou hunt

While the Mulchatna herds have a history of fluctuation, biologists have yet to identify the cause of this year’s decline.

Alaska Division of Public Health short on nurses in Bethel

Three public health nurses left Bethel in the past four months, and it’s taking a while to train and bring new ones up to speed.

Despite Dunleavy vetoes, construction to continue at Nome Wellness Center

With Gov. Mike Dunleavy's line-item budget vetoes finalized, organizations serving Nome and the Bering Strait region are coming to terms with how these cuts will affect their services. In Nome, construction on a new Wellness Center continues.

Dealing with erosion is complicated. Who can help?

Navigating a web of bureaucracy is one of the biggest challenges eroding communities face when pursuing relocation. Here's how Akiak's handling it.

Wildfire smoke’s health impacts lingered for years, according to Montana study

This summer has been filled with smoke for communities near the Swan Lake fire like Sterling and Cooper landing. So what does this mean for people's lungs and what are the long-term health effects?

In the Alaska village where ANWR is the backyard, many see drilling as an opportunity

Many of the Alaska Native residents of Kaktovik, the one small village inside the refuge, see oil development as an opportunity -- though some remain deeply skeptical.

Justice department pledges $10.5M in emergency funds for public safety

U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska on June 28. The announcement follows a visit to the state where he saw firsthand how many rural communities have little to no public safety.

With 12 gray whale deaths in Alaska waters, biologists race to find the cause

Biologists in Southeast Alaska are racing to examine a wave of whale carcasses to try and find what’s killing gray whales up and down the Pacific Coast. Nearly 170 have been reported triggering NOAA Fisheries to launch an investigation.

Homes near Akiak’s eroded riverbank need to move, but some people choose to stay

Akiak lost a mile-long stretch of riverbank to erosion last month. Six houses are now within 100 feet of the riverbank and need to be moved as soon as possible, but some people don’t want to move.