Daysha Eaton, KMXT - Kodiak

Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.

AK: Sublime summer rafting down the Klehini River

The Klehini River near Haines is about 42 miles long, from its source in British Columbia to its mouth at the Chilkat River, of which it is the largest tributary. It is also one of the most accessible and sublime summer rafting experiences to be had in Southeast Alaska. Listen now

Kodiak farmers market kerfuffle results in market move, addition of new market

After allegations that farmers market vendors were selling food that violated state food safety laws, the biggest farmers market in Kodiak is moving. And a new market is springing up where the old one used to be, bringing the number of markets in town to three. Listen now

49 Voices: Lani Hotch of Klukwan

This week we're hearing from Lani Hotch in Klukwan. Hotch is a traditional Chilkat weaver who was born in Klukwan, and traveled the country before returning home. Listen now

49 Voices: Carol Waldo of Haines

This week we're hearing from Carol Waldo in Haines. Waldo owns Glacier Bay Farms, which is set to become one of the first pot businesses in the city. 70 years ago she left Iowa with her family, and drove up the Alaska Highway. Listen now

AK: Haines students prepare to display puppets, sets at first Friday

Some young artists will be showing their work at a local art gallery during a First Friday event in Haines next week. The show will consist of handmade puppets and sets and is the culmination of a several-months-long collaboration between students and a local puppet group. Listen now

Klukwan, Takshanuk Watershed Council unite for baseline water quality testing

The Takshanuk Watershed Council and the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan have been working together to collect baseline water quality data in Glacier Creek and the Klehini River, which flow into the Chilkat River. Listen now

Haines Mining and Water Forum draws dozens, critics question objectivity

The Palmer Project, a potential hard-rock underground mine was the focus of a forum on water and mining attended by dozens of residents at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Haines on Wednesday. Listen now

Haines marijuana business inches closer to operating, brings together grandmother, millenials

Glacier Bay Farms is set to be among the first legal marijuana businesses in Haines. Listen now

AK: Haines recycling group promotes zero waste as part of Earth Week events

The community of Haines is already doing a lot to promote less waste, but this Earth Day a recycling organization in the Southeast Alaska town is trying to take it to a whole new level. Listen now

University of Alaska extends comment period for proposed timber sale near Haines, Klukwan

The University of Alaska on Monday, April 9 announced they are extending the deadline for comment on a controversial timber sale near Haines and Klukwan by 10 more days, until May 7. Listen now

Juneau-Whitehorse flight to connect sister cities

Alaska Seaplanes recently announced that they will add a new flight between Juneau and Whitehorse. This is a big deal for travelers in Southeast Alaska because it opens up international travel directly from the capital city, which hasn’t existed for some time. Listen now

Haines Raptor Center plans new aviary

The American Bald Eagle Foundation Raptor Center and Natural History Museum in Haines houses three American bald eagles: Arden, Vega and Bella. But the existing spaces where the largest birds live are less than ideal, and so the center will build a new aviary.

Mentoring program to close in Haines, Homer, Hoonah, Sitka

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska will no longer make new matches between youths and volunteers in four Alaska communities: Haines, Homer, Hoonah, and Sitka. The organization that matches volunteers and youth for one-on-one mentoring, says it’s a matter of reduced federal and state grant funding. Listen now

New Pebble advisory committee meets indoors, while mine protesters gather outside

On Monday, a new advisory committee on the proposed Pebble Mine met in-person for the first time. It happened while simultaneously a protest against the project was staged in downtown Anchorage. Listen now

Enstar Natural Gas asks for permission to boost residential rates

Southcentral Alaska’s only gas supplier wants to boost residential bills by 4.6 percent to pay for mostly infrastructure investments. Listen now

AK: From tree to cream; how birch syrup makes its way to dessert bowls

The chartreuse leaves of the birch tree are one of the first signs of spring in Southcentral Alaska. But for a few weeks before the leaves unfurl the trees offer a sweet treat –a watery liquid that when tapped and boiled down turns into a rich, nutty syrup. Birch syrup is becoming a favorite flavor in the state's budding local food scene. Listen now

Kenaitze Tribe launches joint-jurisdiction court

Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai is partnering with the State of Alaska to develop the state’s first joint-jurisdiction therapeutic court. Proponents say it’s a step towards better support for community members -- both Native and non-Native -- who are struggling with substance abuse and the legal system. Listen Now

HEA members vote against deregulation

Homer Electric Association members voted overwhelmingly against deregulation, and the cooperative will remain under the oversight of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Listen Now

Kenaitze Tribe promotes traditional values through Moose Camp

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai is taking an innovative approach to drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention. In addition to more overt prevention efforts, like signs and education, the tribe is offering culturally-relevant healthy activities through their Yaghanen Youth Center located in Soldotna, including a moose camp in the fall for young men. Listen Now

Two Athabascan men join Standing Rock protest

On the chilly plains of North Dakota, organizers estimate that around 2,500 people are now gathered near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to support the Great Sioux Nation, or Oceti Sakowin in their efforts to stop an oil pipeline from crossing under the Missouri River near their reservation. The demonstrators who call themselves water protectors have been facing increasing violence from local law enforcement. Recently, two Athabascan men from Alaska visited the camps in Cannonball, North Dakota.