Wesley Early, Alaska's Energy Desk - Kotzebue


FCC opens priority access for tribes to get broadband licenses

The new program is designed to get remote tribes more broadband access.
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15,000-gallon heating oil spill reported in Kobuk River village of Shungnak

The spill puts the Kobuk River at risk, as well as the village's source of drinking water.

AFN will hold in-person annual convention this year with the theme ‘Good Government, Alaskans Decide’

House Speaker Bryce Edgmon will deliver the keynote address of the first AFN convention to be held since the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation withdrew from the organization.

Northwest Arctic Borough continues effort to fill vacant VPSO positions

Communities say that finding housing is the hardest part of hiring a qualified VPSO.

State offering rent and mortgage relief for Alaskans struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

In an effort to keep Alaskans in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state housing authority is offering assistance with mortgage and rent payments.

Western Alaska just had the toastiest May on record

This year, Western Alaska had its warmest May on record. It was the fourth warmest May for the state as a whole. Certain conditions aren’t as blistering as last year, but maintain the recent trend of a warming Arctic.
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Kotzebue sees third case of COVID-19 in Northwest Arctic Borough

The person arrived in the community on Monday but their test didn't come back as positive until Thursday.

As Maniilaq details Kotzebue’s first COVID-19 case, city officials worry over enforcing testing

Officials are worried that without the power to force people coming into the community from outside, they may be missing cases of the coronavirus.

Northwest Arctic Borough village resident tests positive for COVID-19 in Anchorage

The borough didn't know whether the patient had spent time in their home village before traveling to Anchorage, where they tested positive.

Red Dog Mine employees permitted to return to home communities

In March, flights in the Northwest Arctic Borough to surrounding communities were suspended.
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First positive coronavirus case reported in Kotzebue

The patient had traveled from outside the city on Tuesday and immediately began self isolating, according to the regional healthcare provider.

Using space-based radar, researchers develop new method for measuring Arctic lake methane emissions

Methane, which can trap 30 times more heat than carbon dioxide and contribute to global warming, has been hard to study in the Arctic.

After a warmer than normal April, Utqiagvik sees first record low temperature in over a decade

On Wednesday morning, temperatures in the North Slope hub community of Utqiagvik reached 20 degrees below zero, a record low for April 29th.

Alaska airports to get $124 million in federal relief

The Ralph Wien Memorial Airport in Kotzebue. The airport will receive $1.2 million in federal funding to offset business lost due to the coronavirus. (Wikimedia commons photo) The...

Race for Northwest Arctic and North Slope House seat heats up

Two candidates have filed to run for the seat vacated by John Lincoln, who announced in February that he wouldn't be seeking reelection.

How coronavirus travel restrictions actually led to more cops in Kotzebue

Officials asked Kotzebue officers whether they would be willing to 'weather the storm' in the Northwest village. And they did.

Despite backlash over coronavirus timing, Alaska’s investment arm puts $35M into fund for Ambler Road

Critical public testimony didn’t stop the AIDEA board from putting $35 million toward the controversial Ambler Road project Friday.

Native groups object to prison sentence of Kaktovik man who shot and wasted polar bear

After a Kaktovik man was found guilty of killing and wasting a polar bear in a small North Slope village, several prominent Alaska Native organizations are calling the sentence “inappropriate.”
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Western Arctic caribou populations stable, though officials worry about warming climate

Wildlife biologists say the Western Arctic caribou herd numbers have stabilized in the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge near Kotzebue.

Dramatic ocean changes are coming ‘a couple decades too early,’ scientists say

Arctic ocean temperatures are rising at rates faster than previously thought by the scientific community. That’s the finding of a new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which shows warming waters having an effect on everything from sea ice growth to marine ecosystems.