Johanna Eurich, KYUK - Anchorage
Before it began, it already looked like it might take a while, because there were more contestants than ever in the Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners. But no one thought it would take four hours to narrow the field down to the winners.
Fewer summer chum salmon and king salmon swam up the Yukon River than expected this season. Listen now
Alaska election officials are looking for help in some of the state’s tiniest communities to provide assistance to register and inform voters in their Native language about the ballot and elections. But sometimes the phone call for help doesn’t find any… leaving few options.
The fatal Ravn Air crash near Togiak last fall was the focus of the investigative hearing held by the National Transportation Safety Board in Anchorage on Thursday. Listen now
Competition was tough and quick during the Yup’ik Spelling Bee this weekend in Anchorage. Even with four schools from two school districts, competition quickly became a battle between the former champ Daniel Ayaginag Hunter from Nunam Iqua and contenders in Kotlik. Listen now
The state government is gearing up for a major battle against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska. Listen now
The historic Iditarod Trail took center stage during a meeting held by the Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday on the proposed Donlin Gold mine. The route has been changed, but not far enough to suit some longtime mushers. Listen Now
The Yupiit School District is possibly the smallest in Alaska. It is operated by residents and serves around 660 students living in three Yupik villages in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta -- Akiachak, Akiak and Tuluksak. One of the challenges the district is teacher turnover.
Many if not most of Alaska's rural schools are not working. Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it's time for radical changes.
As Arctic sea ice has retreated north during the last decade, walruses have adapted by changing their haul-outs to take advantage of better resources and food. That's good for the walruses... but it's a problem for some Russian indigenous communities on the Chokotkan coast. Download Audio
The number of dead common murres showing up on Alaska’s beaches is growing, and the scale of the die-off is now on par with the grounding of the 1989 Exxon Valdez in Price William Sound when 22,000 birds were collected. Download Audio
The Arctic is on the front lines of climate change. Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. A group called Alaska Common Ground hosted an all-day forum in Anchorage over the weekend to answer the question, "What are we doing about it?" Download Audio
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