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Flags to be Lowered for Slain Soldier

Flags to be Lowered for Slain Soldier

Flags were ordered lowered for slain soldier Sgt First Class Ramon S. Morris on Friday by Alaska’s governor Bill Walker it was announced on Thursday. From Manhattan, Sgt…

Obama Makes Bristol Bay Off-Limits to Oil/Gas Development

Obama Makes Bristol Bay Off-Limits to Oil/Gas Development

On Tuesday, in a video posted online, President Obama announced his plan to designate Bristol Bay as off-limits to oil and gas leasing. With this decision, Obama has…

General News

Three Month Investigation Nets Multiple Heroin Seizures/Indictments

Three Month Investigation Nets Multiple Heroin Seizures/Indictments

Alaska State Troopers report that an investigation initiated in September in cooperation with ATF resulted…

Two School Bus Accidents in One Hour on Peninsula

Two School Bus Accidents in One Hour on Peninsula

In less than one hour on Monday morning, two school buses on the South Kenai…

Fairbanks Troopers Seek the Location of Fleeing Suspect

Fairbanks Troopers Seek the Location of Fleeing Suspect

Troopers are seeking the whereabouts of a Fairbanks man after witnessing a drug transaction on…

Wasilla Troopers Arrest Mother on Unrelated Charges after Accident

Wasilla Troopers Arrest Mother on Unrelated Charges after Accident

A Wasilla woman was arrested following an investigation at the scene of a single vehicle…

Saxman Man Arrested after being Disorderly with Orderlies

Saxman Man Arrested after being Disorderly with Orderlies

A Saxman man was arrested after becoming combative with Ketchikan Medical staff following an assault…

Alaska's Arctic

Rising Air and Sea Temperatures Continue to Trigger Changes in the Arctic

Rising Air and Sea Temperatures Continue to Trigger Changes in the Arctic

A new NOAA-led report shows that Arctic air temperatures continue to rise at more than twice the rate of global air temperatures, a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification.…

Mastodons Long Gone from the North

Mastodons Long Gone from the North

A long, long time ago, a hairy elephant stomped the northland, wrecking trees and shrubs as it swallowed twigs, leaves and bark. These mastodons left a few scattered…

NANA Violated Oil Spill Prevention & Response Safety Rules

NANA Violated Oil Spill Prevention & Response Safety Rules

(Seattle) NANA Oilfield Services, Inc. violated federal oil spill prevention and response rules at its Deadhorse, Alaska, fuel storage and distribution facility, according to a settlement with the…

Alaska Blackfish in a World of its Own

Alaska Blackfish in a World of its Own

Imagine a shallow lake north of Hughes, in the cold heart of Alaska. In frigid, sluggish water, dim blue light penetrates two feet of ice. The ice has…

Alutiiq Word of the Week

Bracelet-Alutiiq Word of the Week-December 14th

Bracelet-Alutiiq Word of the Week-December 14th

Tayarnerutaq – Bracelet Tayarnerutamek nuliqa pikisk’gka. – I gave my wife a bracelet. The Alutiiq word tayarnerutaq literally means “something for…

Ice-Alutiiq Word of the Week-December 7th

Ice-Alutiiq Word of the Week-December 7th

Cikuq – Ice Nanwat cikumaut. – The lakes are frozen over. Kodiak may lie south of the frozen arctic regions of…

Rural

Togiak Clinic Suffers Shut-Down after Burglary

Togiak Clinic Suffers Shut-Down after Burglary

One teen has been arrested and the other has been identified and reported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in connection with the burglary at the Togiak…

A. Kangas Pleads ‘Guilty’ to Assault IV Charges

A. Kangas Pleads ‘Guilty’ to Assault IV Charges

Monday saw 59-year-old Arvin Kangas in Fairbanks court to answer to the charge of Assault IV in the incident that lead up to the deaths of two…

At Sea

Ocean Acidification a Culprit in Commercial Shellfish Hatcheries’ Failures

Ocean Acidification a Culprit in Commercial Shellfish Hatcheries’ Failures

The mortality of larval Pacific oysters in Northwest hatcheries has been linked to ocean acidification. Yet the rate of increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and…

Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Seafloor Methane

Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Seafloor Methane

Off the West Coast of the United States, methane gas is trapped in frozen layers below the seafloor. New research from the University of Washington shows that…

Fishermen's News Online

Coast Guard Port Access Route Study Underway

Coast Guard Port Access Route Study Underway

Public comment is being sought through June 3, 2015, on a Coast Guard port access route study aimed at reducing maritime casualties and increasing efficiency of commercial…

Cotten Appointed as Acting Alaska Commissioner of Fish and Game

Cotten Appointed as Acting Alaska Commissioner of Fish and Game

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has appointed veteran commercial fisherman Sam Cotten as acting Commissioner of Fish and Game. The governor said Cotton is among those under consideration…

Stop and Smell the Lichen

New stuff going on….

New stuff going on….

I think every writer goes through this period of enormous self doubt….and I’m struggling with it right now I think.  I have about ten posts that I…

Motherhood…..

Motherhood…..

Late May our first child was born in the wee hours of a warm muggy morning.  We happened to be adopting but I was lucky enough to…

Events/Notices

December is free, thanks to KeyBank!

December is free, thanks to KeyBank!

This holiday season, KeyBank is giving everyone the opportunity to explore 7,500 years of Kodiak’s culture, history, and art with free admission to the Alutiiq Museum. If you…

A unique way for kids to learn about Alutiiq regalia!

A unique way for kids to learn about Alutiiq regalia!

Local artist Hanna Sholl hosts this fun, all-ages workshop that explores Alutiiq clothing by decorating gingerbread people. Kids will be inspired to paint ornaments using the design…

Op/Ed

OP/ED Arctic Oil Spill Technology

OP/ED Arctic Oil Spill Technology

After reading Carey Restino’s piece published in the Arctic Sounder and then the response to her article by Rex Rock, I felt compelled to add  to the…

Saudi Arabia versus the Keystone Pipeline

Saudi Arabia versus the Keystone Pipeline

Wow, I had barely recommended repealing the laws that restrict U.S. oil exports as part of an overall ramping up of competition in global oil markets when…

Opinion

Sitka Tribe Responds to ADF&G Preliminary Guideline Herring Harvest Level

Sitka Tribe Responds to ADF&G Preliminary Guideline Herring Harvest Level

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) is alarmed but not surprised at the recent press release by Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) that the Sitka…

Dealing with barbarism: V-J Day and beyond

On September 2, 1945, V-J Day, the funeral-like solemnity of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri was shattered by the thunder of 400 B-29 bombers flying…

Letters to the Editor

Questions Remain over Governor’s Delay of Official Investigation of Sexual Assaults

Questions remain as to why Gov. Parnell waited almost four years to open an official investigation into 2010 Alaska National Guard (ANG) chaplains’ reports to him of…

Cobb: My Continued Attempts to Bring my Innovations to ‘Big Oil,’ Governments, and Other Agencies

Cobb: My Continued Attempts to Bring my Innovations to ‘Big Oil,’ Governments, and Other Agencies

Since I spoke with the Alaska Native News last, I pondered why corporations, such as “big oil,” who jump at every chance to cut costs, would not…