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Operation Santa Claus brings Christmas cheer to Akiachak

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A night at the Bethel Winter House

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Alaska Picker owners salvage antiques from abandoned Adak naval station

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Sewer service restored to Emmonak

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Moose battle preserved in ice discovered in western Alaska

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    Operation Santa Claus brings Christmas cheer to Akiachak

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 04, 17:29

    Santa Claus just couldn’t wait until Christmas Eve to deliver presents to the village of Akiachak. On Saturday, he gave his reindeer the day off and enlisted the help of the Alaska National Guard’s C-130 to get him to the small Kuskokwim community at sun up. It’s all part of the Operation Santa Claus program […]

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    A night at the Bethel Winter House

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Dec 03, 13:47

    Bethel’s homeless shelter, Bethel Winter House, opened earlier this week, providing relief from the cold to Bethel’s many in need. A story published by KYUK Public Media showed what it was like for guests on Wednesday night. Around dinnertime, Major Lonnie Upshaw checked a large convection oven. “I’m serving lasagna, and chicken alfredo pasta with rolls tonight,” Upshaw said. […]

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    Alaska Picker owners salvage antiques from abandoned Adak naval station

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 23, 19:34

    A Valley couple is on the hunt for Alaska’s most valuable antiques. Together Kelly Turney and Becky Green own the Alaska Picker store in Wasilla and travel the state searching for items to repurpose and sell. They’ve uncovered some pretty cool stuff but say nothing compares to what they found in Adak this summer. “People come into […]

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    Sewer service restored to Emmonak

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Nov 19, 15:51

    Emmonak’s damaged sewer system, which left hundreds without service this week, has been jump-started, according to a story published by KYUK Public Media. On Thursday night, a team from the Yukon Kuskokwim Heath Corporation (YKHC) and the State of Alaska’s Remote Maintenance Worker (RMW) Program managed to begin restoring the utility service. YKHC director of […]

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    Moose battle preserved in ice discovered in western Alaska

    by Joe Vigil on Nov 17, 16:05

    There are some things Alaskans experience that people in the Lower 48 may never witness — such as a brilliant aurora display or a grizzly bear. You can now add moose battle preserved in ice to that list.  Even longtime Alaskans were more than surprised to see such a rare sight recently near Unalakleet, a western Alaska village […]

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    5 ways to recover from election fatigue — the Alaska way

    by Megan Edge on Nov 10, 6:02

    Another Election Day has come and gone in the United States. But the entire election cycle, Tuesday included, put voters across the country on a emotional roller coaster, which was quite possibly the political ride of a lifetime for many. But despite which side of this country’s divided political spectrum voters sit on, most can […]

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    Results: Wolf leader of the pack in Alaska Zoo presidential election

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 08, 19:16

    Last updated at 7:23 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 It wasn’t just President of the United States that was decided Tuesday. There was also a contentious race to see who will be animal president of the Alaska Zoo. Denali the wolf won out over incumbent Ahpun the polar bear in the end. The election is a fundraiser […]

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    ‘I Voted’ stickers can mean more than a ballot on Election Day

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 08, 11:26

    While it’s called a “civic duty,” having the freedom to vote is reason enough for some companies to celebrate on Election Day. Some national and local companies are offering deals and freebies for Alaskans who voted, and for most, all you need is that blue sticker: BurgerFi – The normally pricier “Conflict Burger” is available for […]

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    Panel to consider renaming Interior river with Gwich’in name

    by Associated Press on Nov 05, 12:29

    The Alaska Historical Commission has been asked to consider renaming a 344-mile river in Alaska’s Interior from Birch Creek to its Gwich’in name. The commission also is expected to take up whether to rename one of the river’s side channels when it meets Nov. 16. The Fairbanks Daily News reports that Birch Creek flows from […]

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    Teaming up to revive an old industry: Meet Tenakee Springs’ last loggers

    by Liz Raines on Nov 01, 19:59

    When Gordon Chew first moved to Tenakee Springs with his family 17 years ago, he hadn’t planned to go into logging. But over time, he said he saw the need for a niche — harvesting wood locally from the Tongass National Forest in an eco-friendly way. Now, Chew operates Tenakee Logging Company with his 26-year-old son, Sterling. […]

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    Tenakee Springs: A source for alternative energy

    by Liz Raines on Oct 31, 19:51

    It’s that time of year — time to switch on the heat. In some rural homes, that will cost thousands of dollars. It’s the kind of electric bill that has people in Southeast Alaska getting creative. With its hot springs and tons of wildlife, Tenakee Springs is a place some people call paradise, but living on an […]

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    Native artisans worry ivory bans in other states could reverberate in Alaska

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Oct 29, 11:05

    In June, the federal government instituted a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory, but many Alaskans are concerned the backlash from this ban is affecting other ivories. St. Lawrence Island resident Susie Silook is the author of a petition to protect walrus ivory and other marine mammal byproducts from various states’ […]

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    Tenakee Springs: A source for innovation in rural education

    by Liz Raines on Oct 29, 10:25

    For some Alaska communities, keeping their schools open is a yearly challenge, one that hit hard this month as the state did its enrollment count. Communities with less than 10 students get reduced funding — 25 percent in the first year the school fails to meet the mark, 50 percent in the second, and by […]

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    Researchers look for more evidence of dinosaurs in Denali

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 9:17

    Researchers say the discovery of dinosaur bones in Denali National Park for the first time this summer has opened the door for more remains to be found. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that paleontologists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Park Service uncovered the bones during a July expedition. The trip also […]

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    Culture and cuisine bring people together at elders celebration

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 07, 19:53

    In the Athabascan Ceremonial House kitchen, Yaari Walker prepared for a potluck. The smell hit you when you walked in the door: the kind of dishes you could only find at an Alaska get-together. “Right now I’m making walrus soup,” she said. The food she’s making will feed community members at the Alaska Native Heritage […]

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    Troopers: Wasilla woman appears to have been killed by moose

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 03, 17:11

    Last updated at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 A Wasilla woman who was found dead in her front yard Sunday afternoon appears to have been attacked by a moose, according to Alaska State Troopers. The State Medical Examiner later determined she died of natural causes, but troopers noted her body showed signs of trauma. […]

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    KYUK begins airing live translated news from around the world

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Oct 02, 11:21

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission. BETHEL — You may not have heard, but KYUK has added a new service to its Yup’ik News programming. The Bethel public radio station is now airing news from around the world in Yup’ik. Their targeted audience includes elders, and people in the region who have […]

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    First official Yup’ik interpreter for Alaska Court System

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Oct 01, 11:59

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission. BETHEL — In the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, where Yup’ik is the primary spoken language, the Alaska Court System has a new Yup’ik interpreter, who happens to be the first official interpreter for the language in the country. Crystal Garrison, who recently passed the National Center for State Courts’ written exam for Court […]

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    Aurora forecast strong across much of Alaska for the next few days

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 28, 17:56

    The northern lights are expected to be on display across much of Alaska Wednesday evening and through the rest of the week. The aurora will be visible from areas as far north as Barrow to as far south as Kodiak, according a forecast from the University of Alaska’s Geophysical Institute. The predicted forecast for Wednesday, […]

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    Only in Alaska: Lake Hood runway blocked by plane, then roaming moose

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 26, 16:47

    Lake Hood Seaplane Base staff were kept busy Monday afternoon on a runway when first a plane and then a moose blocked part of the runway. The runway was temporarily shutdown while staff dealt with both incidents. A Helio H-250 aircraft attempting to make a three-point landing had a hard touchdown when the landing gear […]