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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

    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 […]

  • State

    Courting the rural vote: Begich opens campaign offices in Bethel, Dillingham

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 05, 9:02

    While Alaska’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates battle it out in the primary, the incumbent, Democrat Sen. Mark Begich, is free to focus on the general election. Begich is using the lull before the storm to shore up his rural base — and with good reason. It was the rural and Alaska Native vote that helped […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cellist Zuill Bailey reaches out to Hiland Mountain inmates

    by Rhonda McBride on May 29, 22:22

    When cellist Zuill Bailey took on the job as director of the Sikta Summer Music Festival, he promised Alaskans he would reach out to audiences across the state, especially those who haven’t had a chance to experience fine classical music. At the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, a women’s prison near Eagle River, he’s made good […]

  • State

    Six Alaska Native corporations launch fight to save new oil tax

    by Rhonda McBride on May 29, 9:19

    Alaska Native Corporations are increasingly showing their political muscle: Six large regional corporations have launched a campaign against Ballot Measure 1, which will go before voters in the August primary election. The measure would overturn Senate Bill 21; oil tax reform the Legislature passed last year and that the industry said was needed to spur […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Behind the scenes at the Sitka Summer Music Festival

    by Rhonda McBride on May 29, 7:32

    Throughout next month, should you happen upon the Southeast Alaska community of Sitka, what you find might surprise you: Sounds of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, performed by well-known artists in the classical musical world. In Part 3 of our series —  Zuill! – we take you to the Sitka Summer Music Festival to see a […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sitka: A musical oasis

    by Rhonda McBride on May 27, 22:40

    From its rugged wilderness and remoteness to its extreme weather, Alaska is considered a frontier for many things. But great classical music isn’t what usually what comes to mind when people think of what Alaska has to offer, unless they’ve been to the Sitka Summer Music Festival, which gets underway Saturday, May 31. The festival’s […]

  • State

    6 Native corporations to fight repeal of SB 21

    by Rhonda McBride on May 27, 18:37

    Six regional Alaska Native corporations are lining up to oppose the repeal of Senate Bill 21, the oil tax reform measure which passed the Legislature last year. The corporations will discuss the details of their campaign on Wednesday morning. Aaron Schutt, the CEO of Doyon, Limited, confirmed reports the corporations will fight against the repeal […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sitka Summer Music Festival begins second season under new leadership

    by Rhonda McBride on May 26, 20:29

    The Sitka Summer Music Festival — one of Alaska’s best-kept secrets – begins this Saturday. For more than 40 years, the festival has attracted some of the finest musicians in the country to perform throughout the month of June. The festival was started by violinist Paul Rosenthal in 1972. Rosenthal was a rising star in the […]

  • Local

    Serial killer Robert Hansen moved for health reasons

    by Rhonda McBride on May 22, 11:16

    National news outlets have been speculating about the reason why one of Alaska’s most notorious killers has been moved from a prison in Seward to the Anchorage Correctional Complex. Robert Hansen was incarcerated in October of 1983 after being convicted of kidnapping women and flying them to remote areas, where he released them and hunted […]