Quakers formally apologize to Alaska Native communities for residential schools

Jan Bronson of Anchorage and Cathy Walling of Fairbanks, representing the Alaska Friends Conference, apologize to Alaska Native communities for the boarding schools it ran in Alaska and the United States. The apology took place at Sayéik Gastineau elementary school in Juneau, the former site of a Quaker mission school, during Orange Shirt Day on…

Coronavirus (booster) FAQ: Can it cause a positive test? When should you get it?

(Stephanie Carter/Getty Images/Imagezoo) We regularly answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you’d like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: “Weekly Coronavirus Questions.” See an archive of our FAQs here. A few weeks ago, my friend Ashley was…

2 propositions still too close to call following preliminary results in Juneau election

A voter fills out a ballot inside Assembly chambers at City Hall on Oct. 4, 2022 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Tasha Elizarde/KTOO) The results of two ballot measures in Juneau’s Oct. 4 municipal election are too close to call as of Tuesday night.   Five candidates were unopposed on the ballot, with vote tallies still…

Challengers fillet Dunleavy’s fish policies at Kodiak debate

Democrat Les Gara and independent Bill Walker are two progressives in the 2022 race for Alaska governor. (Mizelle Mayo and Valerie Kern/Alaska Public Media) Kodiak’s fisheries debates kicked off Monday night with two challengers in the governor’s race, Les Gara and Bill Walker. The need for more science to manage Alaska’s fisheries came up early…

15th inmate dies this year in Alaska Corrections custody

Goose Creek Prison. (Ellen Lockyer/KSKA) A 15th person has died in Alaska Department of Corrections custody this year. William Ben Hensley III, 34, was pronounced dead Sunday at Goose Creek Correctional Center. He had been in Corrections custody for one month. No foul play is suspected, according to the department. A cause of death was…

North Korea fires a ballistic missile over Japan

Updated October 3, 2022 at 9:05 PM ET A man watches a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on October 4, 2022. – North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile on October 4, which flew over Japan, Seoul and Tokyo…

A storm is on track to hit a portion of Western Alaska pummeled by last month’s typhoon remnants

Nearly 90 of the 100 boats people use for hunting and fishing out of Chevak were damaged or destroyed after a powerful storm hit Alaska’s west coast in September 2022. Nearly all of the sheds that store the tools for subsistence harvest in the community were also destroyed. (Emily Schwing for Alaska Public Media &…

Anchorage School District says rotating bus schedule will continue until further notice

Michael Herzog on his way to drop off students on Aug. 30, 2022. (Mizelle Mayo/Alaska Public Media) Students in the Anchorage School District will have bus service on a rotating basis until further notice, the district told parents Friday. The district is currently 56 drivers short. District leaders had previously hoped to end its rotating…

‘An egregious act of spiritual abuse’: Behind the closure of Juneau’s Memorial Presbyterian Church

Rev. Walter Soboleff preparing to go on the radio. (Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society) This summer, the national branch of the Presbyterian Church issued a formal apology and committed to pay $1 million in reparations for closing a church in Juneau in the 1960s.  The Memorial Presbyterian Church had a Native congregation led…

‘It’s a lot’: Homeless residents at Anchorage campground get ready to move out following days of uncertainty

Notices of campsite closure have been posted around the Centennial Campground in Anchorage for two weeks. (Elyssa Loughlin/Alaska Public Media) More than 200 homeless residents must leave Anchorage’s Centennial Campground on Saturday. City officials are closing the area for the winter. And they now say they’ll transport campers back to the Sullivan Arena — the…

Alaska musher and reality star Jessie Holmes injured while cleaning up storm damage

Jessie Holmes races into Unalakleet on Sunday, March 13, 2022. (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media) A reality television star and Iditarod musher was injured this week while helping clean up storm damage along Alaska’s western coast. Jessie Holmes, who since 2015 has starred in “Life Below Zero,” a show about life in rural Alaska produced by…

Watch the debate on whether Alaska should hold a constitutional convention

Alaska’s state constitution was ratified in 1956. While the document has been amended numerous times since then, it has never been revisited in its entirety. That could change if voters approve a ballot measure this November asking whether Alaska should revisit its constitution by holding a convention with elected delegates. Whether or not the measure…

Infusing language and culture into Alaska education | Alaska Insight

September 30th-Orange Shirt Day is an annual remembrance of the painful legacy of the boarding school era on Native people when children were torn away from their families. The trauma and loss of that time in history should not be forgotten, but moving into a healthier educational future is important for the wellbeing of all.…

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 30, 2022

Flooding in Newtok on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Lucinta Ivon) Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to news@alaskapublic.org. Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and on Twitter @AKPublicNews. And subscribe to the Alaska News Nightly podcast. Friday on Alaska News Nightly: Storm damage in Newtok increases the pressure for residents to relocate.…

A new generation of Alutiiq speakers fight language loss in Kodiak

Half of the people whose first language is Kodiak Alutiiq have died over the last few years. The Sun’aq tribe estimates that fewer than 20 remain. It is a heavy blow to the endangered language. But that’s not stopping new speakers from learning Alutiiq and passing along a distinct culture and worldview to the next…

Southeast Alaska wolves eat over 60 prey species, study finds — including sea otter

An image of a wolf dragging a sea otter carcass is captured on an Alaska Department of Fish and Game game camera. Southeast Alaska’s wolves tend to favor deer and moose at mealtime, but in a pinch they won’t say no to black bear – or even sea otter. A study – now in its…

‘There’s no help’: Anchorage homeless campers face uncertain future as Centennial Campground closure looms

Notices of campsite closure have been posted around the Centennial Campground in Anchorage for two weeks, but many campers say they don’t know where they will go once the water and electricity is set to be shut off this Saturday. (Elyssa Loughlin/Alaska Public Media) Updated, 4 p.m. Thursday: The city is preparing to move homeless…

Juneau man took an extra shift at work, missing landslide that destroyed his home

Juneau Emergency Programs Manager Tom Mattice assesses landslide damage on Gastineau Avenue on Sept. 27, 2022. (Photo by Paige Sparks/KTOO) A man whose home was destroyed by a landslide this week in Juneau said the outcome could have been worse had he not picked up an extra shift at work. “Fortunately, I wasn’t at home…

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Gryffin Husleton stands outside the tent he shares with his cousin in Centennial Park campground in Anchorage. Husleton says they moved to Centennial after losing their apartment three months ago, but he has plans to move into more permanent housing through Catholic Social Services. (Elyssa Loughlin/ Alaska Public Media) Stories are posted on the statewide news page.…

Here’s how to track campaign cash in Alaska elections

(Getty Images) Because of a federal court decision last year, the state’s failure to appeal that decision, and the Alaska Legislature’s failure to approve a new law, candidates for Alaska state Legislature and governor can accept unlimited amounts of money from individual donors. Those donations may be unlimited, but each must be disclosed and published as public information. Donations to…

State health department ends COVID data summaries, will track COVID and flu side by side

Fairweather’s clinic at Tikahtnu Commons in Anchorage now offers the bivalent COVID booster. A sign outside the clinic advertises COVID vaccines on Sept. 29, 2022. (Katie Anastas/Alaska Public Media) The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services sent out its last COVID-19 data summary on Wednesday via email and social media. It marks a shift…

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A partially eroded dune in Hooper Bay. (Will McCarthy/KYUK) Stories are posted on the statewide news page. Send news tips, questions, and comments to news@alaskapublic.org. Follow Alaska Public Media on Facebook and on Twitter @AKPublicNews. And subscribe to the Alaska News Nightly podcast. Wednesday on Alaska News Nightly: Erosion from last week’s storm has left Hooper Bay without protective sand…

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