Johanna Eurich, KYUK - Anchorage

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Johanna Eurich is a contributor for the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Yup’ik literacy reaches new heights in spelling bee

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.

So far, seals are adapting to shrinking sea ice

Ice seals thought to be most affected by the disappearance of arctic sea ice seem to be doing well, according to data presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium last week.

Newtok is on the move

It’s taken more than 20 years, but the Newtok relocation effort is going into hyperdrive this summer, with construction planned for the community center, infrastructure, residences and more.

Col. Wayne Don’s $15M challenge

The National Native American Veterans Memorial will stand on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and is designed to teach people about the role Native Americans have played in the military throughout the nation’s history.

Fewer summer chum and kings in Yukon than predicted

Fewer summer chum salmon and king salmon swam up the Yukon River than expected this season. Listen now

Getting Alaska’s smallest communities on the phone to vote

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.

Athletes give it their all Native Youth Olympics

Anyone will tell you that strength is not enough. Skill, form, technique and concentration will win the day in most sports, including the Native Youth Olympics (NYO). Listen now

State to replace Accu-Vote machines

The State of Alaska is on target to provide election materials in Alaska’s Native languages in order to meet a court-ordered deadline in a voting rights case. Listen now

During NTSB investigative hearing, Ravn announces changes; more to come

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
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Nunapitchuk VPO shot in Napaskiak

Alcohol appears to be at the center of the shooting death of an off-duty Nunapitchuk Village Police Officer (VPO) in Napaskiak. Listen now

Annual Yup’ik spelling bee connects identity and culture in young spellers

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

Funding for opioid overdose kits offers “hope” for Alaska’s drug epidemic

The state government is gearing up for a major battle against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska. Listen now

Proposed Donlin Gold mine runs afoul of the Iditarod dog mushing community

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
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Teacher turnover affecting rural schools

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.

Educators debate responses to challenges facing rural schools

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.

Indigenous communities in Russia say retreating sea ice pushes walruses away

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

Scientists say murre die-off comparable to Exxon Valdez spill

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

New arrivals in Kotzebue Sound preying on belugas

Kotzebue Sound is changing and beluga hunters are facing new competition: killer whales. Download Audio

Alaska holding out against emission-cutting policies

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

Honey Buckets Here For The Long Haul

Governor Tony Knowles wanted to put honey buckets into a museum. 20 years later, experts meeting in Anchorage recently heard that they're not going anywhere soon. Download Audio