Tag: Rural Health Focus

LISTEN: How can we get more Alaskans teaching in their home communities?

The highest rates of teacher turnover in Alaska are with teachers who are trained outside the state. So how are educators and lawmakers working to get more Alaskans trained to teach in their home communities?

Wrangell sees a 50 percent increase in water consumption during cold snap

Water consumption has risen in Wrangell since the recent cold snap. The town is using 150 gallons per minute more than it did last month. That’s about a 50 percent increase in consumption.

Some Thunder Mountain Mobile Park residents frustrated after more than a week of water issues

On Jan. 12, water pressure at Juneau’s Thunder Mountain mobile home park dropped to a trickle. It took days to get fixed, and now they have to boil the water to use it. Some residents say they’re frustrated with how the situation was handled.

Saxman’s main water source freezes, officials urge conservation

(Creative Commons) City officials in Saxman are asking the community’s 400 residents to limit water use as temperatures...

Frozen pipes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta means going back to honey buckets and packing water

Across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, temperatures have reached far below zero for weeks, freezing pipes in homes and businesses across the region.

On remote Alaska islands with no DV shelter, victims rely on informal network of safe homes

Island communities for decades have built an informal network of safe homes. These are the personal homes of folks, mostly church-goers, willing to put up a survivor for a night or two.

Frozen pipes delay school in Shishmaref and St. Michael

The Bering Strait School District has sent in-house maintenance to both St. Michael and Shishmaref to provide support.

With a focus on wellness, Kotzebue schedules series of suicide prevention learning circles

The Alaska group Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide, or PCCARES, focuses on addressing suicide in Northern Alaska communities through community-focused listening circles.

DEC budget proposal puts small shellfish farming operations at risk

After about a decade of subsidizing shellfish testing for retailers around the state, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking to shift some of that cost back to the industry.

Meals for Angoon school children hinge on regular ferry service

In many Alaska coastal communities, ferry service is more than just a transportation link. It can also be a form of survival.

Port Alexander water tank at ‘imminent’ risk of failure

Without at least $1 million in upgrades, the aging water system in Port Alexander risks failure — perhaps catastrophically.

LISTEN: Alaska’s heath care workforce shortage threatens the growing industry. How are communities working to meet the demand?

Alaska's health care industry is growing, and the need for nurses and other health care professionals is on the rise. Studies warn of a looming nursing shortage. How are communities around the state working to meet the healthcare workforce demand?

Shaktoolik reinforces protective berm, but it may not be enough to keep stormwater away

Norton Sound storms have caused large chunks of the berm to erode this year, necessitating emergency repairs.

Dunleavy pursuing educational compact with Alaska tribes

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration plans to introduce legislation during the next session that will create the possibility of an educational compact between the Alaska Board of Education, tribes and local school districts.

Salmon returns are down in Metlakatla. These junior scientists are discovering possible reasons why.

Ocean temperatures were well above average for much of Alaska this year, spawning questions about how warm water and abnormally dry conditions could affect salmon returns. In Metlakatla, a group of young scientists are logging their own data to better understand the future they’re inheriting.

LISTEN: Spanish flu devastated rural Alaska in 1918. Are we better prepared for a pandemic 100 years later?

The 1918 viral pandemic known as the Spanish flu, killed millions worldwide and devastated rural communities in Alaska. 100 years later, what did pathologists learn from that outbreak and how prepared are we to handle a fast moving infectious disease today?

Feds to change food assistance rules, providers worry more Alaskans will go hungry

Those affected by the changes could include Alaskans living in rural communities with weak cash economies and few jobs, and people experiencing homelessness, mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders and more.

A Northwest Arctic Borough program cut water bills by about two thirds, but one village says it doesn’t need the help

The program is a partnership between the borough, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Maniilaq Association to bring local communities in compliance with state criteria for water utilities.

State moves forward with plans to address PFAS contamination in Dillingham

An Anchorage-based consulting firm tested five of six contaminated wells south of the Dillingham airport — it's now moving forward on the next phase of a potential long-term solution.

Broadband will open a host of opportunities for work, health and education in Yakutat, tribe says

The project is called NICEY — that’s an acronym for New Internet Communications for Everyone in Yakutat. The goal is to do just that — connect the town to better internet and cell phone service.