Hannah Colton, KDLG - Dillingham
AK: Knowing the unknown
What’s less visible today than Orthodox crosses and golden cupolas are the Alaska Native belief systems that existed before European contact. KDLG’s Hannah Colton has this story about one Dena’ina man who came to embrace his traditional spirituality, and why he's choosing now to speak up about it. Listen now
Researchers study webcams to look at human connection with bears
It’s peak bear season at Katmai National Park. That means visitors to Brooks Camp are waiting their turn to get on crowded viewing platforms, while this season over 10 million viewers have watched the action via web-cam. Listen now
Authorities investigate shooting death in Ivanof Bay
A convoluted murder investigation is underway in the remote Alaska Peninsula village of Ivanof Bay.
Walker’s veto saves $2 million for pre-K education
$600,000 is on the table to help start new pre-kindergarten programs across the state -- unless the legislature decides otherwise.
AK: The Dena’ina culture camp of Kijik
On the north shore of Lake Clark, there's a place called Kijik. It's the historic homeland of the Dena'ina Athabascans of the area, and also the site of a culture camp where youth and elders from the village of Nondalton came together last week. Listen now
Coast Guard to reconsider “common-sense” guide regs for Western Alaska
With prodding from Alaska's congressional delegation, USCG leadership will "revisit" licensing rules that Western Alaska lodge owners say are unreasonable. Listen now
Park Service pushes for more Native representation in top-level jobs
The National Park Service has two top-level jobs open in Alaska right now. One of those is here in Bristol Bay – Katmai National Park and Preserve out of King Salmon is hiring for a superintendent, and so is Western Arctic National Parklands out of Kotzebue. Download Audio
Dillingham woman missing after leaving Juneau treatment center in March
LoriDee Wilson's family has not heard from her since she was reported missing in late March from the Rainforest Recovery Center. Download Audio
Board of Education interviews candidates for education commissioner
The State Board of Education met this morning to interview two candidates for Alaska’s top education post. Download Audio
Cooler weather eases burden of Medfra Fire
The state’s first major wildfire of the year near McGrath has grown to nearly 10,500 acres. But efforts to fight the Medfra fire on Thursday are being helped by cooler, wetter weather. Download Audio
Medfra fire spreads rapidly, encompassing over 8,000 acres
Dozens of firefighters are battling a wildfire northeast of McGrath that has grown rapidly over the past few days. Download Audio
Brown bears draw hundreds to Alaska Peninsula for spendy spring hunt
For hunters like Wayne Hott, this $15,000-$25,000 trip is the hunt -- and the trophy -- of a lifetime. Download Audio
BBAHC on the frontlines against bed bugs in rural Alaska
Two Native Corporations are using a $100,000 EPA grant to get rural communities the tools they need to combat bed bug infestations.
Alaska House approves restrictions on sex ed in schools
The Alaska House voted to put restrictions on sexual education in Alaska schools. The bill had been voted down three times before being approved. House Bill 156 would also suspend statewide standardized testing for two years. Download Audio
AK: Bristol Bay artist paints to create hope for young offenders
Bristol Bay artist Apayo Moore has painted murals in Anchorage and Juneau. Moore recently received a grant from the state’s “Percent for Arts” program to paint two 60-foot murals that will be shipped up to Bethel in the fall to be installed in the youth detention center there.
Far-ranging education bill fails in House
A wide-ranging education bill emphasizing local and parental control has died after a vote in the state House on Wednesday.
Dillingham wins first overall and sportsmanship at state NYO
The statewide Native Youth Olympics tournament wrapped up Saturday after three days of competition. Dillingham earned the rare distinction of winning both first place overall and the top sportsmanship award. Download Audio
Ban on Planned Parenthood from teaching sex ed fails in House Committee
A bill to ban organizations like Planned Parenthood from teaching sex education in public schools failed in a House Committee Tuesday. Download Audio
Alaskans are testifying more than ever… but does it matter?
Since January, thousands of Alaskans have called in to speak before the Alaska Legislature. Their testimony is facilitated by 23 Legislative Information Offices around the state, and then channeled into the legislative process. Download Audio
Senate Finance puts public employee retirement bill on hold
Late last month, the Senate Finance Committee introduced bills to cut back the Community Revenue Sharing grant program, and up the amount schools and municipalities pay towards employee’s pensions. But it appears those bills are on hold, at least for the moment. As KDLG’s Hannah Colton reporters, the bills were pulled from Monday’s scheduled hearing with less than a day’s notice. Download Audio