Emily Schwing, KYUK - Bethel

Emily Schwing, KYUK - Bethel
a teacher

Visa programs draw foreign teachers to Alaska’s rural school districts

“I consider this already as my family, the community here, the kids here," said Filpino special education teacher Dale Ebcas in Upper Kalskag.
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A utility room under Mertarvik’s public school is full of raw sewage

Excrement has been backing up into the building for months, but the tribal council that owns it had no idea how bad things were until recently.
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2 Alaska health care providers sue feds over millions in unpaid costs

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. and Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium are seeking about $34 million in contract support costs.
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As their public school deteriorates, Sleetmute residents worry their community isn’t far behind

"I feel like us upriver people are just being neglected," said Agnes Sanford, vice president of the Sleetmute Tribal Council.

Alaska’s recent cold snap tested critical infrastructure, including in Mertarvik

The entire community was without electricity for more than three days, as subzero temperatures sapped the local generator's batteries.
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Chevak hardware store and corporation headquarters lost in fire

Residents who live in about a dozen homes were evacuated to the local school after the Monday blaze, which partially knocked out local power.

The 2024 Kuskokwim 300 is expected to be cold, but it certainly won’t be the coldest

Deep in the race archives, there’s a story about a race so cold it froze a half gallon of rum.

‘Inequitable and inefficient’: New report criticizes feds’ climate change response system

For the dozens of Alaska Native communities weighing relocation because of climate change, the path forward isn’t clear.
Merbok debris

Sweeping FEMA changes aim to eliminate red tape, financial burdens for disaster survivors

The changes won’t apply to hundreds in Western Alaska who are still cleaning up from spring floods and Typhoon Merbok.
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Peltola says she’ll dig in on salmon crisis during report to the Alaska Federation of Natives convention

The congresswoman tried to deliver a "business as usual" report but the crowd of hundreds delivered their own message of comfort and support.

More than two dozen resolutions pass at AFN with minimal debate or disagreement

Debate over previous years' resolutions, on issues including subsistence fishing and climate change, has been heated and contentious.
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AFN attendees urge unity at convention as underlying tension simmers

With former members visibly absent, the Alaska Federation of Natives highlighted strategic planning and spoke with convention attendees.
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Hooper Bay families displaced by Merbok could lose housing this month

Two of the three families who lost their homes and most of their possessions during Typhoon Merbok are still trying to find a permanent solution.
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A year after Typhoon Merbok, some coastal Alaskans struggle to find subsistence foods

A massive storm in 2022 brought flood waters to this part of Alaska, and the tundra was inundated with salt water for days.
Merbok debris

FEMA under investigation after ‘unintelligible’ Merbok relief information was sent to Alaska Native communities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's work with Alaska’s Indigenous communities is being checked for possible systemic problems.

New ‘berry booklets’ for Alaska pickers combine traditional knowledge and science

The first booklet, focused on cloudberries, is part of a larger project that digs into the future of Alaska’s wild berries as the climate warms.

100 million years ago, dinosaurs lived in Interior Alaska. A research team went looking for them.

Paleontologists Tony Fiorillo and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi spent many hours considering footprints left behind by at least half a dozen ancient species.
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A deep dive into the Yukon River’s ancient history could result in a new name for a rock formation

The rocks are exposed along a more than 100-mile stretch of the middle section of the Yukon River, between Galena and Kaltag.
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Local stories mean Yukon River ‘treasure trove’ is more than just a lot of dinosaur footprints

Residents in the region say they've been finding ancient footprints left by giant reptiles their entire lives.
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Scientists find a ‘dinosaur bonanza’ during Yukon River trip

In a single week, the researchers found at least two dozen footprints left by at least five different ancient species.