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Rhonda McBride

Alaska truly is the Last Frontier of great storytelling. Although I’ve been a reporter in Alaska since 1988, my “to do” list of stories is ever a work in progress.

Stories by Rhonda McBride

  • State

    Court case weighs relationship between subsistence and spirituality

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 27, 7:23

    The Alaska Court of Appeals in Downtown Anchorage was crowded with Alaska Native leaders Tuesday, including the president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, Julie Kitka, who said it was a shame some of the Kuskokwim River fishermen convicted of illegal fishing weren’t sitting in the benches alongside her, so the judges could see for […]

  • Campaign 2014

    2014 Alaska primary: By the numbers

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 25, 22:38

    Alaska’s August primary election may be over, but political analysts are still dissecting the results – including Matt Larkin of Dittman Research. Members of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce were all ears during Monday’s luncheon presentation when Larkin gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Republican U.S. Senate primary and Ballot Measure 1. Larkin credited Dan […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Primary elections oust two incumbent lawmakers

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 20, 8:07

    Primary elections in Alaska are often sleepy affairs, but the stakes were high in several races this year. One of the big election night upsets was in House District 9, which stretches from Delta Junction to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to Valdez. In the Republican primary, incumbent Rep. Eric Feige of Chickaloon found himself in third […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Ballot Measure 1 appears defeated

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 20, 7:18

    Ballot Measure 1 was an election night roller coaster. First, the “yes” vote was up; then down. And then it was up again. Finally, the “no” vote gained momentum and remained on track for victory Wednesday morning. The effort to repeal Senate Bill 21, the oil and gas tax policy passed by the Legislature last […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Quick guide to primary election legislative races

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 18, 22:21

    Senate races overview: 13 seats up for election Three incumbents are uncontested: Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Midtown, Dist. I Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, Dist. S Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, Dist T. (Northwest Arctic and North Slope) Only one seat in which there’s a contest in the GOP primary, Senate Dist. F Senate Dist. F spans Chugiak to […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Early voting continues ahead of Tuesday primary

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 18, 14:17

    There were long lines at the State Division of Elections office in Midtown Anchorage during Monday’s noon hour. Election officials say early voting is brisk and ahead of last year. One of the big draws this primary election is Ballot Measure 1, the referendum on Senate Bill 21, the oil tax reform bill the Legislature passed […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Signs of the times: Ballot Measure 1 gets personal

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 14, 8:55

    For Alaskans with Ballot Measure 1 fatigue, take heart. The election is now just days away, and the onslaught of commercials, debates and mass-produced campaign signs will cease and desist. But not all of this political battle is boilerplate. For some, like Andrea Lang, it’s very personal. This year, her job as a music teacher […]

  • State

    Reporter’s notebook: Point Thomson tour

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 02, 14:46

    Reporters have asked to see Point Thomson for a number of years. Ever since the natural gas reservoir was discovered in 1977, it has been a field of dreams, holding one of the richest untapped sources of gas in North America. But Point Thomson has long been mired in controversy and legal wrangling between the […]

  • State

    Doyon and ConocoPhillips announce joint drilling rig venture

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 28, 12:39

    Doyon Limited and ConocoPhillips announced a joint venture Monday. Doyon Limited is the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. As part of the agreement, Doyon’s subsidiary — Doyon Drilling — will build a new $100 million rotary drilling rig for ConocoPhillips. Doyon also has a five-year contract with options to renew in the future. The […]

  • State

    Season of hope on the Yukon: A hand up

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 25, 21:30

    Community Development Quota groups are one of the legacies of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, set up to help coastal communities in Western Alaska develop an economy by giving them shares in the Bering Sea fisheries. They’ve become increasingly important as economic engines in rural Alaska. The Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association is the CDQ […]

  • News

    Season of hope on the Yukon: A taste of success

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 25, 7:40

    With so many species of salmon to eat, Alaskans have so much to choose from; among them sockeyes, silvers and kings. Chums are not a particularly popular fish. In fact, they’re often referred to as “dog salmon” because in many parts of the state, they were traditionally used to feed sled dog teams. But the […]

  • News

    Season of hope on the Yukon: A fish by any other name

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 25, 7:15

    When king salmon numbers went south on the Yukon River, it put an end to what had been a lucrative commercial fishing industry on the lower river. Fishermen then pinned their hopes on another species of salmon — the chum — which has a mixed reputation in Alaska. The Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, the […]

  • State

    Setnet ban: Judge lets ballot initiative process move forward

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 23, 23:18

    It looks like the Cook Inlet fish wars will soon ramp up to a new level. Voters may have a chance to decide whether to ban setnets in urban areas. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance (AFCA), which represents sport fishermen, has scored a major court victory. Alaska Superior Court Judge Catherine Easter ruled favorably on […]

  • State

    Season of hope on the Yukon: Two countries, one river

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 22, 22:35

    The mighty king salmon may be the icon of the Yukon River, but the fish is fighting for its future. Last summer, the salmon returned in record-low numbers. It also marked the second year in a row that Alaska failed to meet its treaty obligation to Canada. This season, fishery managers are cautiously optimistic that […]

  • State

    Kotzebue plans to open a bar and grill

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 09, 22:35

    For the first time in decades, Kotzebue will have a drinking establishment. The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board unanimously approved the license for a city-owned bar and grill at its meeting in Fairbanks this week. The city opened a liquor store almost four years ago after voters approved changes in its local option law, which […]

  • News

    Missouri Senator calls for investigation; Alaska Native Corporations push back

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 09, 14:21

    They’re fellow Democrats, but Sen. Mark Begich and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill are once again doing battle over Alaska Native Corporations. McCaskill has called for a review of ANC participation in federal contracting programs in a letter to the head of the Small Business Administration. Under the SBA’s 8(a) program for small and disadvantaged businesses, […]

  • State

    Kuskokwim salmon crisis: An anxious waiting game

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 18, 9:07

    Test fisheries on the Kuskokwim River show king salmon numbers ahead of last year’s run. But these early fish counts don’t ease anxiety, nor have they allowed for the traditional subsistence harvest of king salmon — the staple of the diet for thousands of families with fish camps up and down the river. At the […]

  • State

    Nushagak River king salmon run appears strong

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 17, 17:45

    While other king salmon runs in Western Alaska are struggling, the Nushagak River in Bristol Bay seems to be a different story. The driftnet fleet harvested 1,200 kings during a commercial opener on Monday and people in the region seem to be getting enough salmon to meet their subsistence needs. “So far, so good,” said […]

  • News

    Kuskokwim king salmon crisis spawns fears about protest fishing

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 11, 7:59

    As king salmon numbers dwindle on the Kuskokwim River, frustrations only grow – and so do worries that fishermen will not comply with the ban on fishing for kings. State fishery managers fear this year’s run could be similar to the one last season, which was the lowest on record.  A ban on fishing for […]

  • State

    Season of sacrifice on the Kuskokwim River continues

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 10, 9:42

    All you have to do is listen to KYUK, the public radio station in Bethel to hear the anxieties that permeate the region. For months, the ongoing king salmon crisis on the Kuskokwim River has dominated the airwaves. “I am going on 70,” said one man on a recent call-in. “For elders who are older […]