Wesley Early, KOTZ - Kotzebue

Wesley Early, KOTZ - Kotzebue
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Wesley is the news director for KOTZ in Kotzebue. He previously worked at Alaska Public Media as a web editor, producer and education reporter.

Dozens of homes, water treatment plant are without power in Selawik

As of Tuesday morning, 150 homes, an apartment complex and the water treatment plant were without power.
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Northwest Alaska health provider cleared to serve seal oil to elders

In 2015, Congress passed the federal farm bill which allowed people to donate wild game that they’ve hunted to certified non-profits, like hospitals or food banks.
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Former Kotzebue mayor to lead National Park Service’s Native relations program for Alaska

Maija Katak Lukin, a former mayor of Kotzebue, has been selected as the Native relations program manager for the National Park Service’s Alaska region.
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Red Dog Mine employee dies in production drill incident, mine operators say

An employee at the Red Dog Mine died during an incident at a production drill, mine operators say.
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Alaska Federation of Natives leadership calls for Trump’s resignation after violence at Capitol

Alaska Federation of Natives president Julie Kitka said that she was horrified by Jan. 6’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.
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Buckland sees outbreak of 14 COVID-19 cases

Officials say the Buckland cases are connected to a cluster in the village of Kivalina, 150 miles away.
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Kivalina on ‘high alert’ as 44 residents test positive for COVID-19

The number of positive cases represents roughly 10% of the village’s 440 residents.
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Solar project in Northwest Arctic villages set to break ground next spring

Construction is set to start next spring on a solar battery project in the Northwest Arctic villages of Shungnak and Kobuk. It’s the latest renewable project for a region routinely struck by high energy costs.
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Kotzebue musher lost in Interior Alaska gets assist from troopers

25-year-old musher James Foster showed signs of hypothermia when troopers located him at a remote location off of the Steese Highway, but he refused to leave with the helicopter.
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City of Kotzebue begins mask mandate and new testing requirements

The city is instituting a mandatory mask mandate for anyone who leaves their residence. Violators are subject to a warning, with police issuing fines for subsequent violations.
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Harvard student from Noorvik awarded prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Wilfried Kuugauraq Zibell, originally from the Northwest Arctic, studies Inupiaq and Yiddish literature at Harvard and was recently accepted as a Rhodes Scholar.
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Representative-elect Patkotak says he opposes joining a caucus that seeks cuts to certain rural Alaska programs

Patkotak's position will make it much harder for a majority conservative Republican caucus to form.
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Kotzebue man accused of murdering brother, injuring housemate in knife attack

One of the victims died at the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue, while the other was medevacked to Anchorage with serious injuries.
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Kotzebue Iñupiaq dancer showcased in Biden campaign victory video

Kotzebue native Jacqui Lambert is featured dancing the Bow and Arrow Song in front of Cook Inlet in the Biden victory video, which has been viewed at least 60 million times.
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Kotzebue’s Bayside Restaurant goes down in flames during winter storm

There was one person who may have been in the restaurant who was not accounted for as of Thursday afternoon.
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‘A wake up call’ COVID-19 cases in Maniilaq service area doubled in October

Residents of Kotzebue made up a large majority of the cases, with 96 residents testing positive. The villages of Buckland and Noatak also saw spikes.
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Black teacher sues North Slope district for not addressing students’ racist threats in Nuiqsut

The lawsuit alleges students threatened the teacher using racist language and symbols, but were never disciplined.
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Operators of AC grocery stores fined $20K for child labor violations

Federal investigators found that in the AC stores in Alaska, there were 30 workers between the ages of 14 and 15 working outside of the legal amount of hours allowed by the government.
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Pandemic dominates discussions as AFN convention goes virtual

With no booths to browse hand-crafted art pieces and attendees having to settle for virtual hugs, the 2020 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention was a drier affair than usual.
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‘We need you for the future’: Elders and Youth conducts virtual conference

This year’s meeting was a little different, conducted mostly through pre-recorded messages and live Zoom calls. However, both keynote addresses highlighted the desire to keep thousands of years of Native culture moving forward, pandemic or not.