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Reactions from Utqiaġvik on a whaling quota rule change: ‘We don’t have to beg anymore’

This year, the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission and the U.S. government put forward a new proposal that would change how the International Whaling Commission renews its quota. It passed.

In a warming Arctic, October in Utqiaġvik presents an especially striking picture

Billy Adams, a hunter in his 50s, says that when he was growing up in Utqiagvik, there was almost always ice attached to the shore by now. Listen now

Fall whaling in Utqiaġvik: joy, excitement and this year, mourning too

Whaling Captain Crawford Patkotak says many in the community are still mourning the loss of two whalers in an accident this season, but the overarching dedication to continuing the tradition of whaling remains strong. Listen now

Two Utqiaġvik whaling crew members die in apparent whaling accident

North Slope Borough Mayor Harry K. Brower Jr. said that the Borough is not releasing details about the incident until all the facts are gathered and all family members have been notified. Listen now

In Utqiaġvik, a growing erosion problem may soon outpace local efforts to slow it

"We know that the berm isn’t the long-term solution," Scott Evans with the North Slope Borough said. "But that’s what we have the ability to do right now. So that’s what we’re continuing to do because we know it’s slowing everything down." Listen now

Utqiaġvik barbecue connects people to scientific research next door

A science presentation may seem like a hard sell on a Saturday night… but less so if you turn it into a chance to eat and see friends. Listen now

Arctic without borders: Inuit Circumpolar Council meets in Utqiaġvik

This week, indigenous people from all over the Arctic are gathered in Utqiaġvik for the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s 2018 General Assembly. Listen now

49 Voices: Fannie Akpik of Utqiaġvik

This week we're hearing from Fannie Akpik in Utqiaġvik. Akpik is the coordinator of Iñupiaq Education for the North Slope Borough. Listen now

Meet Utqiaġvik’s Arctic Youth Ambassador, Eben Hopson

"I feel like me carrying his name is a big deal for me because he did things for our people during his time. And I feel I need to do something for our people during this time," Hopson said about his grandfather. Listen now

High temperatures in Utqiaġvik confuse NOAA algorithm

This November in Utqiaġvik was the hottest on record, averaging 17.2°F. It was so warm that NOAA's quality control algorithms flagged the data. Listen now

Ask a Climatologist: Utqiagvik ends above normal temperature streak

Residents of Utqiagvik have experienced above normal temperatures for the last 17 months. But a cooler-than-normal June will end that streak.

Local corporation sues City of Utqiagvik to halt name-change

Just one day ahead of the official name change, a local corporation filed a temporary restraining order to halt the measure's implementation, alleging a flawed process and fiscal risk. Listen Now

Barrow votes to change name to Utqiagvik

By a margin of six votes, residents of Barrow have voted to change the name of their city back to its Inupiaq name, Utqiagvik. City council member Qaiyaan Harcharek started the process this summer. Listen Now
Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop. (USFWS)

Despite shutdown, Trump administration continues work to begin oil drilling in ANWR

As the partial government shutdown drags on, the Trump administration is making sure some Interior Department employees continue work on one of its biggest, most controversial priorities: opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Japan whaling decision may have consequences for Alaska subsistence whalers

Last month Japan announced that it is leaving the international group that regulates whaling and will resume commercial whaling in its own coastal waters.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

Big aftershocks from Alaska earthquake continue; Gruening Middle School teachers pack up their classrooms for quake-induced move to Chugiak High; Reactions from Utqiaġvik on a whaling quota rule change: 'We don’t have to beg anymore'; Several Native organization want Dunleavy to dedicate funds to helping prosecute crimes against Native women; After misdiagnosis and amputation, Anchorage woman wins $21M; Former hockey coach sentenced for abusing children; Ruling limits how Juneau can spend cruise passenger fees; Human rights complaint filed over transboundary mining in British Columbia; Anchorage museum archives earthquake with viral memes, Twitter poetry; Workshop in Anchorage seeks to empower Alaska musicians

Science and traditional knowledge converge in North Slope Borough’s bowhead whale program

Scientists have spent the past few decades catching up to traditional knowledge, documenting scientifically what whale hunters already knew. Like the fact that the whales can smell, and that they can travel under sea ice.

Shrugging off lawsuit, Trump administration forges ahead with offshore Arctic drilling proposal

If the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is going to hold an oil lease sale in the Beaufort Sea in 2019, the environmental review process needs to start now.

Report: Data lacking on murdered Native women

Many police departments didn't respond to requests for data about missing or murdered indigenous women. "You will never solve a problem you won't admit you have, that you don't have data on," says Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Dunleavy to be sworn in as governor in Noorvik; Judicial council begins process of replacing ousted judge; Fairweather gets reprieve in draft ferry schedule; Alaska firefighters sent to battle California wildfires; In a warming Arctic, October in Utqiaġvik presents an especially striking picture; What’s so special about the Mustang Field?; Haines Police once again authorized to respond to calls outside the townsite; ‘Integrated’ research merges human experience and fisheries science; Pence makes brief stop in Alaska en route to Asia; Gold exploration near Herbert Glacier excites investors; Udder surprise: Loose cow startles Anchorage cyclists Listen now