AK: Protecting a village

Kwigillingok is preventing kids from entering foster care by intervening with families before abuse starts. Meet their Child Protection Team. Download Audio

AK: Practicing for a plane crash in Ketchikan

Every three years, always on a rainy day it seems, Ketchikan practices for a plane crash. The drill involves pretty much every emergency response agency, and a whole lot of volunteers. Listen now

AK: In rural communities, Village Police Officers face impossible job

In the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta’s villages, local law enforcement’s job can seem impossible. Alaska’s Village Police Officers are expected to arrest their own friends and family without adequate support, and for very little pay. Listen now

AK: Juneau beach yields gold to dedicated dredgers

In Juneau, a particular type of recreational mining has been picking up at a special beach in recent years. Mining histories identify the sand there as the century-old tailings of the Alaska-Gastineau Mining Company.

AK: Scavenger Hunt

Small towns like Unalaska can be pretty close-knit. Grown-ups take care of kids who aren’t their own, and teenagers have adults to turn to when they need them. One local high schooler wanted to make those relationships stronger. So she planned something special: She put students and adults into teams, and sent them on a town-wide scavenger hunt. Download Audio

AK: Sitka’s Wild Foods Potluck

Every November, the community gathers for its Wild Foods Potluck, bringing together family and friends from near and far. Listen Now 

AK: Haines students prepare to display puppets, sets at first Friday

Some young artists will be showing their work at a local art gallery during a First Friday event in Haines next week. The show will consist of handmade puppets and sets and is the culmination of a several-months-long collaboration between students and a local puppet group. Listen now

AK: A Wrangell scrounge master finds art in scraps left behind

To put it simply, Anny “Fyno” Newport is an artist. She’s known throughout Wrangell and Southeast for her collections, crafts and oddities.

Congressman Don Young releases fundraising numbers

A federal campaign funding report shows that Congressman Don Young received nearly $45,000 in contributions last quarter but paid out more than $425,000 in...

AK: An Artist On A Quest To Bring Otter To The Runway

This spring, Sitka artist Peter Williams took a trip to New York City, to show his work during fashion week. A designer and marine mammal hunter, Williams makes everything from hats to earrings from sea otter and sealskin. He's been trying to break into the lucrative fashion world for years, and he's got a larger goal in mind – bringing Alaska Native designs to luxury buyers worldwide. Williams says that one way to save a traditional art form, is to create a market for it. Download Audio

AK: New book of poetry explores indigenous thought

Juneau poet Ishmael Hope has released his new book of poetry titled “Rock Piles Along the Eddy. KTOO’s Scott Burton spoke with Hope and brings us this preview of the new collection two years in the making. Listen now

AK: Spruce tip fever brings economic boost to Southeast

Each spring in southeast Alaska the sitka spruce tip harvest happens suddenly and only lasts about a week. With the flavors growing popularity and short harvest season, Alaska businesses have to come rely on a small town commercial operation to meet the growing demand. Listen now

AK: Know the risks before you visit Mendenhall Glacier’s newest ice cave

Although the famous blue caverns from several years ago have disappeared, word of a new cave spread over social media this winter and brought crowds to the glacier. But while hiking to the cave is a remarkable experience, it also comes with some risk.

AK: Beer

It’s no secret that Alaskans love their beer, and in Anchorage it’s showing now more than ever. Established local breweries are constantly expanding and new smaller operations are always popping up. David Waldron recently tracked the adventure of one such brewery.

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.

AK: “Kicking the sky with your feet,” four teams compete in Bethel’s NYO Invitational

Bethel’s Native Youth Olympic Invitational went on as scheduled. Teams arrived by boat and small planes through thick fog to compete in the traditional games of strength and endurance at Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School. Listen now

AK: Nerdiness and fandom abound at Anchorage’s 13th Annual Senshi Con

Last weekend, thousands of people poured into Anchorage’s Dena’ina Center for the 13th annual Senshi Con, t’s Alaska’s largest celebration of nerdiness and geek culture. Listen now

AK: New Kodiak park dedicated to Alutiiq ancestors uprooted from their homeland

The Kodiak Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Repatriation Commission has been working for years to recover artifacts and human remains of the community’s ancestors. As part of that effort, a new park in downtown Kodiak is dedicated to ancestors uprooted from their homeland.

AK: A Musical Celebration

Alaskans have had some big anniversaries this year: The ‘64 earthquake and the Exxon Valdez oil spill among them. Acoustic musicians celebrated their own anniversary last month in Juneau: the Alaska Folk Festival’s 40th. The week of concerts attracts hundreds of singers, pickers and strummers and thousands of fans from around the state. Download Audio

AK: Native fashion designs dazzle catwalks

November is Native American Heritage Month. To celebrate, we’re taking you down the catwalk and into the heart of contemporary Native fashion. From seal skin corsets to gowns fringed like Eagle feathers, today’s designers are finding new silhouettes for traditional art. And their customers love it. Listen Now