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Happy 55th birthday, Alaska!

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 19:34
Happy 55th birthday, Alaska! Fifty-five years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed Alaska part of the Union, thereby establishing the 49th state.January 3, 2014

Vida Davis, Tlingit culture bearer, dies

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:58

Vida Davis played a vital role in Tlingit language revitalization in Sitka. (photo courtesy of Heather Powell)

Services have been scheduled for Vida Davis, a long time Sitka resident and Native elder. She dedicated much of her life to Tlingit cultural education. Davis died on Wednesday, January 1, in Sitka. She was 70 years old.

Davis moved to Sitka at the age of 4, after being adopted by her Tlingit parents Eddie and Mary Marshall. Her biological Inupiaq parents had passed away from tuberculosis. She was always very proud of her Inupiaq roots, but raised in a traditional Tlingit home.

Davis worked as a Tlingit language instructor at Sheldon Jackson College. She took great pride in teaching the Tlingit language, and dedicated over 35 years of her life to Tlingit cultural instruction. Through the Sitka Native Education Program she transcribed many songs for the Gajaa Heen Dancers.

In addition to sharing and partaking in Tlingit culture, she enjoyed singing in the St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox church choir, picking berries, and picnicking on the islands around Sitka.

Cultural Services will be held at ANB Hall Sunday (1-5-14) at 6pm. Following the cultural memorial she will lie in state at the Coho House.

Church services will be held at St. Michael’s Cathedral Monday (1-6-14) at noon. A reception will follow at ANB hall.

KCAW News will follow-up with a story next week that will take a more in-depth look at Davis’s contribution to cultural revitalization in Sitka.

Arctic Port Feasibility Study Expected In March

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:11

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release a feasibility study on an Arctic port in early March, according to Corps spokeswoman Lorraine Cordova.

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Election Year Ramps Up

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:09

With 2014 underway, we now entered an election year. Alaskans will be choosing a governor, a lieutenant governor and as always, deciding whether to re-elect Alaska Congressman Don Young. But national attention, and money, is already focused on the U.S. Senate race.

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Slow to Moderate Job Growth Forecasted This Year In Alaska

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:07

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development predicts that the state’s economy will grow only a little this year, with just 1,500 jobs added.

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State Urges Residents To Get Flu Vaccine

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:05

In the last two months, the Center for Disease Control has seen a rising trend in reports of acute respiratory illness in young and middle-age patients across the country. In Alaska, hundreds of cases of flu have been reported and the state is urging residents to get the flu vaccine, continuing their fee waiver to entice more participation.

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Nome Completes Annual Bird Count

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:03

This weekend wraps up the 114th Christmas Bird Count. Around 50 communities in Alaska participated in the annual event, adding to decades of data collection. Nome completed its count at sundown on New Year’s Eve.

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Mild Weather Helps Unalaska’s Christmas Bird Count Expand

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:01

The bird count in the Aleutians was also aided by mild weather.

Winter is running late in Unalaska this year – and that was good news for those helping with the annual count last Saturday. Such mild weather meant the counters were able to tally the island’s birds in places they usually can’t get to.

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AK: History

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 18:00

In December, Juneau writer and English professor, Ernestine Hayes, released her new book Juneau from Arcadia Publishing. The book tells the history of the capitol city through pictures with elaborate captions. It’s a departure from her usual writing style. But the book builds on her effort to clarify the history of Native people.

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300 Villages: Tununak

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 17:58

This week, we’re heading to the community of Tununak, on Nelson Island. James James is the tribal administrator for the Native Villages of Tununak.

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Alaska News Nightly: January 3, 2014

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 17:57

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.

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Arctic Port Feasibility Study Expected In March

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release a feasibility study on an Arctic port in early March, according to Corps spokeswoman Lorraine Cordova.

Election Year Ramps Up

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

With 2014 underway, we now entered an election year. Alaskans will be choosing a governor, a lieutenant governor and as always, deciding whether to re-elect Alaska Congressman Don Young. But national attention, and money, is already focused on the U.S. Senate race.

Slow to Moderate Job Growth Forecasted This Year In Alaska

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development predicts that the state’s economy will grow only a little this year, with just 1,500 jobs added.

State Urges Residents To Get Flu Vaccine

Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome

In the last two months, the Center for Disease Control has seen a rising trend in reports of acute respiratory illness in young and middle-age patients across the country. In Alaska, hundreds of cases of flu have been reported and the state is urging residents to get the flu vaccine, continuing their fee waiver to entice more participation.

Nome Completes Annual Bird Count

Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM – Nome

This weekend wraps up the 114th Christmas Bird Count. Around 50 communities in Alaska participated in the annual event, adding to decades of data collection. Nome completed its count at sundown on New Year’s Eve.

Mild Weather Helps Unalaska’s Christmas Bird Count Expand

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

The bird count in the Aleutians was also aided by mild weather.

Winter is running late in Unalaska this year – and that was good news for those helping with the annual count last Saturday. Such mild weather meant the counters were able to tally the island’s birds in places they usually can’t get to.

AK: History

Scott Burton, KTOO – Juneau

In December, Juneau writer and English professor, Ernestine Hayes, released her new book Juneau from Arcadia Publishing. The book tells the history of the capitol city through pictures with elaborate captions. It’s a departure from her usual writing style. But the book builds on her effort to clarify the history of Native people.

300 Villages: Tununak

This week, we’re heading to the community of Tununak, on Nelson Island.  James James is the tribal administrator for the Native Villages of Tununak.

New Year's walk turns into sexual assault; 18-year-old jailed on $1 million bail

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 17:38
New Year's walk turns into sexual assault; 18-year-old jailed on $1 million bail The incident took place New Year's Day in the Oceanview area of Anchorage. Jessye Potts, 18, faces six counts of sexual assault. January 3, 2014

For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 17:02

Braille hasn't changed much in the nearly 200 years it's been around. But with tablets, smartphones and e-readers, how we read things has. Judy Dixon of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped talks with NPR about how technology has changed Braille — and whether it can endure.

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KIC Tribal Council member responds to complaints

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 16:30

One of the two Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council members named in a letter of complaint answered some of the allegations on Friday.

Andre “Skip” Lecornu rejects the letter’s claims, which include allegations of interference with personnel matters, including demanding access to confidential information, and encouraging employees to circumvent the chain of command.

Lecornu said that all the accusations listed come from one employee.

“The 11 people that signed never once asked the other side of the coin,” he said. “Other than to hear from one person what they thought happened.”

The Nov. 22 letter was signed by 11 KIC administrators. It doesn’t provide details related to the accusations, but it does demand that the Tribal Council remove Lecornu and Tribal Council Member Norman Arriola from their elected positions. Arriola declined to comment on the issue.

Lecornu said he and the rest of the Tribal Council were concerned about the accusations, and asked those who signed the letter to provide more details.

“When you take nebulous statements like this and try to formulate a response, it makes it very difficult, that’s the reason the Council asked for specifics, which were not forthcoming,” he said.

Regarding the issue of personnel records, Lecornu said he did not ask for any files. He said he requested a form that he and a specific former employee could sign, after which point the file would be available for Lecornu to look at with that former employee.

The KIC Tribal Council has eight members. The annual election is Jan. 20th. Four seats are up for election, and are currently held by Lecornu, Delores Churchill, Donna Frank and Rob Sanderson.

The letter was sent anonymously to KRBD, and Lecornu says he suspects the timing of the letter’s release.

“I think it could be an ulterior motive,” he said. “I felt pretty disheartened about the letter, and decided not to run, but by golly I don’t feel like I want to be run out of office, either, so I’m seriously considering another strong write-in campaign.”

Lecornu won his current term with a write-in campaign two years ago.

Citizen Ski Racing

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 16:00

Tour of Anchorage 2013 from ATMI on Vimeo.

You don’t have to be an Olympian to participate in a Nordic ski race. Anchorage has races for the rest of us, where fast skiers can duel at the front while older and less competitive skiers push their personal limits. The Tour of Anchorage is the biggest race of the year, with up to 2,000 contestants covering up to 50 kilometers, but local volunteers organize many other cross-country ski races during the winter that are open to anyone willing to try.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth

GUESTS:

  • Diane Moxness, race director, Tour of Anchorage
  • Adam Verrier, former Olympian, citizen ski racer

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BROADCAST: Thursday January 9, 2013. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm AKT

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Permit for Herring Cove tour operators?

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 15:24

A few public hearings will kick off Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting. The hearings provide the public an opportunity to comment on ordinances, including two that would expand development options at the borough-run airport, and appropriate about $62,000 in cruise ship head tax funds to the City of Ketchikan for improvements at the downtown dock.

Also on the agenda is a presentation about ways to improve congestion at Herring Cove, a popular destination for summertime tourists. An earlier report suggested infrastructure improvements, but the Assembly directed staff to come up with options.

The proposed solution would establish a program to issue permits for commercial tour operators taking passengers to Herring Cove. The permit would require the operator to have an off-street parking area at the destination and proof that the driver is trained in pedestrian safety. A permit fee or cruise head-tax funds could pay for the staff position needed to administer the program.

Another option would be to establish a new service area. Then that service area would hire an enforcement officer to make sure parking and safety rules are followed.

Also on Monday, the Assembly will consider a resolution reiterating the borough’s opposition to a “no-action” alternative for the state Department of Transportation’s Gravina Access Project. State DOT and Federal Highway Administration officials are scheduled to start preparing the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for that project next week.

The Assembly meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.

Housing plans a long time coming: coalition

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 14:32
The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition approves of the territorial government’s plan for more social housing.

Mentorship program may sprout careers in computers

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 14:29
It’s not difficult to get lost in a conversation with Sam Fleming and Mannie Sharma about computers.

‘We have been waiting for this moment for a long time’

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 14:25
They’re back, for the first time in more than 50 years.

This Week's Massive Winter Storm, Seen From Space

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 14:19

On Friday, NASA tweeted a composite image of the storm that has covered large areas of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. with a blanket of snow.

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