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Tribal and non-tribal voices discuss VAWA across jurisdictions

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Alaska Native Heritage Center feeling pinch of tough economy

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Alaska Natives discuss what ‘Eskimo’ means to them

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Iñupiaq texting app now available on iTunes store

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Colleagues help finish late scientist's butterfly guide

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    Tribal and non-tribal voices discuss VAWA across jurisdictions

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Feb 08, 21:54

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission.  BETHEL — The first day of the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, training began Monday in Bethel. The three-day session marks the first VAWA training in the state since Alaska’s Attorney General, Craig Richards, issued an opinion last summer that law enforcement must uphold […]

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    Alaska Native Heritage Center feeling pinch of tough economy

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 08, 19:24

      ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s tough economy is taking a toll on some nonprofits, including one that focuses on Alaska Native history and culture. The Alaska Native Heritage Center said it is preparing to see fewer large private donations than before, partly because of the tough economy. It’s not alone — just last week the Alaska […]

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    Alaska Natives discuss what ‘Eskimo’ means to them

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Feb 07, 11:19

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission.  BETHEL — After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for their airplanes and website many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase in their new marketing campaign. The phrase has sparked a controversy and a new round of conversations about what the word “Eskimo” means […]

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    Iñupiaq texting app now available on iTunes store

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 24, 14:46

    “It’s now as easy as ‘a, ch, g’ to type Iñupiaq on your iPhone,” say the creators of a new app that provides an Achagat-based keyboard. Named after the Iñupiatan alphabet, the Achagat keyboard was created by two brothers, Reid and Grant Magdanz. “My brother approached me this fall and asked if I knew anything about […]

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    Colleagues help finish late scientist’s butterfly guide

    by Associated Press on Jan 10, 11:18

    A Fairbanks scientist who died before he could finish a comprehensive guide to the state’s butterflies and moths has a posthumous byline on the finished project. KUAC-FM reports University of Alaska Museum of the North curator and researcher Derek Sikes says Kenelm W. Philip had 400 to 600 people statewide in his Alaska Lepidopterist Survey who sent […]

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    Russian Orthodox Christmas in Alaska: A multicultural, multilingual celebration

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 09, 10:14

    Although most Alaskans celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, members of the Russian Orthodox Church started their weeklong celebration on Jan. 7 – the date of Christ’s birth, according to the Julian calendar. In many Alaska communities, the festivities are known as “Slaaviq” or “Slavi” – slang for the Russian word for glory, “slava.” The traditions vary […]

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    NOAA discovers wreckage of two ships from fleet sunk in 1871

    by Shannon Kemp on Jan 06, 17:39

    Archaeologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe they have discovered the hulls of two 1800s whaling ships that sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska with 30 other ships more than 140 years ago. The Discovery The expedition to find the ships kicked off in September, when a team of archaeologists from NOAA’s […]

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    Dakota Meyer seeks joint custody of child with Bristol Palin

    by Associated Press on Jan 06, 15:09

    A Medal of Honor winner is seeking joint custody of the child he had out of wedlock with Bristol Palin, a former reality television personality and daughter of 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Dakota Meyer filed a lawsuit against Bristol Palin in Alaska Superior Court on Monday seeking joint custody of their child, […]

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    Governor announces contest to name two state ferries

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 04, 15:21

    Alaska students are being asked by Gov. Bill Walker to name two state ferries being built in Ketchikan. Students from sixth grade up through seniors interested in submitting a name for consideration can do so until March 15. Each submission must include an essay explaining the name. “Just like Benny Benson made history when he […]

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    Warm winter brings wacky weather to Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 30, 17:42

    A winter warm snap is causing wild weather throughout Southcentral Alaska. There have been severe windstorms and unseasonably high temperatures. Heavy, warm winds are flowing over the Chugach Mountains. Meteorologist says a strong El Niño year is responsible. Father-son duo Mike and Marty Tumey don’t mind the gusts. On Wednesday they planned to snowshoe up Flattop Mountain. “I […]

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    The Holy Bible now available in modern Yup’ik writing style

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Dec 30, 14:47

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission. BETHEL — The Holy Bible is now available in the modern Yup’ik orthography after nearly half a century of work put in by fluent Yup’ik speakers in the area and the American Bible Society. KYUK’s Charles Enoch spoke to a couple of elders who were […]

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    ‘Dear Santa’ letters pour into North Pole post office

    by Eric Ruble on Dec 24, 18:18

    Every year, the U.S. Post Office in North Pole, Alaska receives upwards of 500,000 letters addressed to Santa. Tens of thousands of those are directed to the Santa Claus House on St. Nicholas Drive. While the volume of letters makes it impossible for Santa to respond to all of them, he does take the time to […]

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    Fairbanks police chief comments on release of Fairbanks Four

    by Daniella Rivera on Dec 20, 9:46

    Now that the Fairbanks Four have been released, Alaskans still have questions, like who killed John Hartman? And what’s next for the investigation? Saturday evening, Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon sat down with KTVA for what he says is the last interview he’ll give on the case of the Fairbanks Four. “There’s got to be […]

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    ‘Fairy godmothers’ deliver princess wigs to cancer patients

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 16, 20:50

    This time of year many people set their sights on giving but often receive even more in return. That’s the case for Holly Christensen, the Palmer mother who started The Magic Yarn project. She and volunteers have already sent dozens of homemade princess wigs to children and hospitals around the world. But Wednesday was special. “This is […]

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    Moose with ‘sleigh hoof’ seen wandering South Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 11, 15:03

    A KTVA viewer alerted us to an unusual sight near her South Anchorage home Friday: a moose with curved hooves. “He was munching on the tree on our front lawn and then sat down to rest,” Damita Duplants wrote. ”He is the moose with the sleigh hooves!” Although it’s an uncommon sight, Dave Battle, area biologist […]

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    Young PFD recipient donates $100 to Alaska Zoo through Pick.Click.Give.

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 24, 21:21

    The Alaska Zoo is one of Haddi Lofgren’s favorite places. The two-year-old is particularly fond of the wolves. “She is a big fan of dogs and I think she resonates with the wolves because we have puppies at home,” her mom, Amanda Lofgren, explained. Lofgren takes her kids to the zoo almost every weekend. When […]

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    Alaskans embrace the bizarre at Alascattalo Day Parade

    by Eric Ruble on Nov 23, 7:09

    Fans of the alascattalo describe it as a mythical creature that is half moose, half walrus. Unfortunately, they say, there is only one of these animals left on earth, so it has no ability to mate. On Sunday, about a dozen Alaskans gathered in an alley north of Fifth Avenue to celebrate the alascattalo. Dressed […]

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    2016 Fur Rondy pin designs unveiled at Alaska Zoo

    by Hope Miller on Nov 12, 15:01

    You have not one but two new pins you can wear at the 81st Fur Rendezvous next year. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz unveiled the designs at the Alaska Zoo Thursday afternoon. The decision to reveal the pins at the zoo — next to the lynx exhibit — made sense after the first pin design was revealed. […]

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    ‘It’s been quite an adventure’: 93-year-old WW II veteran shares her story

    by Daniella Rivera on Nov 11, 23:00

    Nearly 500 World War II veterans die every day. The Department of Veterans Affairs says Alaska has the largest population of female WWII vets in the country. Hazel Johnson joined the military at 21 years old. She was one of the first women to serve and said it was one of the best decisions she […]

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    East High ‘Project Plastic Bag’ turns recycled bags into mats for Anchorage’s homeless

    by Daniella Rivera on Nov 04, 19:12

    A group of East High School students is helping Anchorage’s homeless, using plastic shopping bags. The “Interact Club” says the community has donated thousands of bags in the last few weeks. Now they’re working together to put them to good use. “We’ve been stashing them here,” said teacher Kevin Ratliff, pointing to bags of bags […]