Laura Kraegel, KUCB - Unalaska

Laura Kraegel covers Unalaska and the Aleutian Islands for KUCB . Originally from Chicago, she first came to Alaska to work at KNOM, reporting on Nome and the Bering Strait Region. ( / 907.581.6700)

Department of Fish and Game seeks to prevent closing of caribou hunting to outsiders

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has asked the Federal Subsistence Board to repeal its controversial decision to close caribou hunting in the Northwest Arctic to all non-local hunters. Download Audio

Nearing graduation, musician Byron Nicholai looks to college and new challenges

Byron Nicholai began posting fun, silly music videos on Facebook when he was 14 years old. Now, the Toksook Bay musician is 18, and his drumming and singing is celebrated for sharing traditional Yup’ik culture.

Federal Board closes caribou hunting to non-locals in the Northwest Arctic

In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline, while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters. Download Audio
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Emmonak public safety official arrested for pointing gun at residents

A village public safety officer from Emmonak was arrested Wednesday for pointing a firearm at three residents of the community. Alaska State Troopers say they responded to the incident last Friday and their investigation led to the arrest of 68-year-old Jay Leroy Levan. Download Audio

AK: Iñupiaq photographer documents life and culture in Alaska Inuit communities

From Teller and Kaktovik to Shungnak and Tuluksak, Inupiaq photographer Brian Adams has traveled all over rural Alaska for “I Am Inuit.” The project aims to document Alaska Inuit culture and share it with the world through portraits and stories of local people. Download Audio

Emmonak declares disaster after fire threatens fishing industry

The City of Emmonak has issued a disaster declaration after a fire destroyed five commercial fishing buildings last month, causing $3 million of damage. Download Audio

2016 Cama-i Dance Festival starts in Bethel

The 2016 Cama-i Dance Festival starts Friday night in Bethel. The festival will feature performers from all over the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and beyond. Download Audio

Zirkle and King thank Nulato community after snowmachine incident

At the Iditarod Banquet in Nome Sunday night, mushers, fans, and race officials celebrated the 44th running of the Last Great Race. Before they announced awards, though, organizers presented Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King with a special donation from the community of Nulato.

Arctic Winter Games to start on Sunday with nine Nome athletes

The Arctic Winter Games start Sunday in Greenland. Nine athletes from Nome are representing Team Alaska at the international tournament. They’ll compete in four events: Dene Games, Arctic Sports, Biathlon Ski, and Alpine Skiing. Most of Nome’s athletes have competed in indigenous games since they were little kids. But at today’s practice, Coach Marjorie Tahbone has them trying something new.

State lawmakers recommend closing the Nome Youth Facility

A subcommittee for the Alaska House of Representatives has recommended closing the Nome Youth Facility. The closure would save more than a million dollars outright, but some say it would come at the expense of kids who live in western Alaska.

Rep. Foster fights proposed cuts to rural services, supports state income tax

With Alaska’s budget deficit nearing $4 billion, Representative Neal Foster (D-Nome) says cuts are coming and they’ll have major repercussions for the Bering Strait Region.

Winter storm brings strong winds, blowing snow to Nome, Bering Strait region

A low-pressure system southwest of Saint Lawrence Island is producing snow and strong winds around the region.

Winter crab commercial fishery opens for Norton Sound

Norton Sound’s winter crab fishery finally opened Monday after poor sea ice delayed commercial crabbers for about a month.

Local internet costs still unclear for fiber optic cable project

This summer, Quintillion will lay undersea fiber optic cable from Prudhoe Bay to Nome. The project is scheduled to bring high-speed internet to western Alaska by March of 2017, but local providers won’t say how much it will cost for residents in the Bering Strait Region.

Quintillion plans to deliver fiber optic cable, high-speed internet by early 2017

After delays last year, Quintillion Networks has an update on the fiber optic cable project that will bring high-speed internet to western Alaska.

U.S. Marine Mammal Commission visits Nome to share new research

Alaska’s marine mammal population is stressed, according to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. One member of the federal agency will share new research on marine mammal health and discuss how the commission is helping conserve animals like walrus and seals on Monday in Nome.

Mongolia looks to Alaska for help handling domestic violence

Efforts to end domestic violence brought a delegation from Mongolia to Nome on Monday. The group — made up of social workers, shelter managers, police officers, and more — was there to learn how Alaska is addressing high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence. Download Audio

NSHC works to finalize designs for new regional treatment center

With construction estimated at $18 million, Angie Gorn says it’ll be a while before the Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) can break ground on a treatment center in Nome. But with 35 percent of the building designs done, she says plans are slowly coming together for an intensive facility for those fighting addiction around the Bering Strait Region.
The community of Kotzebue photographed in July 2012. Photo: ShoreZone via Flickr Creative Commons.

Three teens charged with the murder of Kotzebue man

In Kotzebue, three teenagers have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder following the shooting death of Joshua Sours III.

25 mushers registered for 2016 Yukon Quest

In one month, mushers will set off from Fairbanks for the start of the 2016 Yukon Quest. At the final deadline on Monday, 25 mushers had registered for the 1,000-mile international race to Whitehorse.