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Earthsongs Week of October 5, 2015

Earthsongs is heard on 90.3fm KNBA Thursday mornings at 10:00 am and it repeats Saturday morning at 11:00 am. This week... Ahltan and Dene from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Jasmine Netsena is a singer/songwriter whose music balances an American southern style with her northern upbringing. After many years in the making, her debut record “Take You With Me” won for “Best Folk/Acoustic CD” at the Aboriginal Peoples’ Choice Music Awards last year. We discuss how the album explores themes of...
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KNBA Newscast for October 6, 2015

Candlelight vigil honors people who died on the streets of Anchorage

By Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Radio Network

Sunday night about 70 community members gathered on the Park Strip in Anchorage to honor the seven people who died while living outside on the streets this summer. The candle light vigil was held on the same spot where people gathered 32 years ago to demand an emergency shelter for people without housing.

  The Alaska Federation of Natives has released a draft agenda for the upcoming Convention Oct. 15, 16, 17 at the Dena'ina Convention Center in Anchorage. Tune in to KNBA 90.3 FM for live Gavel-to-Gavel coverage of the conference beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday.  At noon Thur.-Sat., National Native News' Antonia Gonzales will host "Alaska's Native Voice," a one-hour discussion with guests about important Native issues. And we'll have daily news updates at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

KNBA News for Sept. 30, 2015

Mexican consulate in Anchorage to close

By Associated Press

Mexico is closing its consulate in Anchorage. KTVA-TV reports that members of the city's Hispanic community are starting a petition drive to keep it open. Daniel Esparza said nearly 4,000 Mexicans in Alaska receive services at the consulate annually. So far he has collected about 900 signatures. A representative from the consulate in Seattle will be in Anchorage today to discuss the closure.


Here's a message from the Anchorage Police Department:

The Anchorage Police Department has received over half a dozen calls today (Thursday, Oct. 1) from citizens who have been contacted by persons claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Scammers may try to contact you over the phone, via e-mail, or through letters with authentic looking IRS letterhead.  They try to get taxpayers to provide personal financial information or scare people into making a false tax payment that ends up in the pocket of the criminal. 

KNBA Newscast for September 23, 2015

Tlingit Haida Cultural Center

By Lisa Phu, KTOO

The Tlingit and Haida Central Council announced plans on Thursday to open a cultural immersion park. Next year, the shuttered Thane Ore House is expected to be transformed into a new Juneau tourist destination.

Myrna Gardner, the council's business and economic development manager, said the park could offer teachable experiences for Native youth and guests. They'll see weaving and master carvers working with apprentices on totems and canoes.

KNBA Newscast for September 22, 2015

Walrus Investigation

By the Associated Press

The federal government has opened a criminal investigation into the death of 25 Pacific walrus found on an isolated northwest Alaska beach.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Crystal Leonetti says agency investigators have not returned from the site at Cape Lisburne but that the case is now in the hands of the U.S. Attorney office.

KNBA Newscast for September 21, 2015

Walrus Deaths

By Matthew Smith, KNOM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says they received an email about the walrus deaths. They were found just off of Cape Lisburne , not far from a small manned Air Force radar site now serving as the basis for the federal wilflife agency’s investigation. Many of the animals were found headless—their tusks apparently harvested—and locals say some carcasses were found riddled with bullet holes.

KNBA News for September 18, 2015

17 BIA Settlement

By Lori Townsend, APRN

The U.S. Justice department on Thursday announced the settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by 640 tribes and tribal groups against the Bureau of Indian Affairs over payment of contract support costs. The contracts between tribes and the federal government are for services including education and tribal law enforcement.

courtesy of the Organized Village of Kasaan

KNBA News for September 17, 2015

Kasaan press release from Southeast Conference

By Ellen Lockyer

The Southeast Conference has honored the organized village of Kasaan, on Prince of Wales island, as the "Community of the Year"  at the conference's annual meeting in British Columbia.  Kasaan received the honor base on it's work to pursue cultural, economic and community development.   Some of that development includes the Whale House,  a Carving Shed where local Haida artists display their work, and a medical clinic. 


By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Science Writer

Federal scientists said summer Arctic sea ice shrank to its fourth lowest level on record this month, dispelling faint hopes of a recovery.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Tuesday that the Arctic hit its summer minimum last week with 1.7 million square miles of sea ice, down 240,000 square miles from 2014.



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