This Week on Earthsongs

Earthsongs airs Thursdays at 10:00am and repeats Saturdays at 11:00am on KNBA. This week, Métis folk, roots, and americana singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume speaks with us from Ottowa, Ontario this week. Her album Keep a Fire was nominated for a Juno in 2014 for “Aboriginal Album of the Year”. We talk with her about the collection of stories from her ancestors that helped fuel this album. EARTHSONGS HOMEPAGE
Read More

Fire danger remains high

Cooler weather is helping fire crews, and there have been no new evacuations. However 314 fires are burning in Alaska, and fire danger remains high.  Eight fires, consuming 190-thousand acres are burning near the village of Tanana, which is under voluntary evacuation. Those fires are zero percent contained.

The Rex Complex fire  near Anderson, at 16-thousand acres, is 15% contained. 


State assistance applications available

  Alaska's largest tribe is boycotting FedEx, a sponsor of the Washington, D.C. NFL team whose name and mascot many consider derogatory to Native Americans. The Juneau Empire reports the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Thursday that it has told tribal employees use of FedEx services will be discontinued.  FedEx is one of the team's top sponsors and owns naming rights to the Washington D.C. stadium. 

Wayside closures will affect travelers on Glenn, Richardson and Tok Cutoff highways

Loren Dixon filling in for KNBA News Director Joaqlin Estus. 

Although Wildfires have increased, there have been no new evacuations. There are 21 new fires in the state of Alaska, bringing the total to 300 fires and burning about 945 square miles in the interior. 

Governor Bill Walker plans to pursue a name change for a census district named after a Confederate leader, Wade Hampton. U.S Senator Lisa Murkoswki wrote to Walker urging the name change, which she says she became aware of local concerns about using the name several months ago. 

Volunteers from Galena 40 miles upriver from Nulato are taking boats to Nulato to help with the evacuation. The fire was sparked by lightning on Sunday just a mile from the village of 270. 

Cart St. fire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula is now 25 percent contained after burning 11 structures. The Sockeye fire near Willow, 40 miles north of Anchorage, is 79 percent contained after burning 26 homes. 

A break in Alaska's unseasonably warm weather is helping firefighters fight fires in Southcentral Alaska. The Sockeye fire is 73% contained after burning 26 homes. Evacuees are returning to the burn area. 

Gov. Bill Walker declared a state disaster in response to damage from fires on the Kenai Peninsula.

About 200 people in Juneau met in a suicide prevention conference that started with information about the link between strong trauma and suicide, and discussions of how to provide children with care that helps build resilience.. 

Stefan Hinman, Public Information Officer / Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Evacuation area reduced, and opened to homeowners who lost homes

  By Liz Ruskin, APRN

Managers of the Sockeye Fire near Willow plan to begin letting residents back into the evacuation area today. At 10 this morning, the evacuation zone will be reduced to the fire perimeter line, controlled by nine security checkpoints. Homeowners who have lost homes will be let into the fire zone starting at 11. The evacuation is set to end entirely on Saturday but security checkpoints will remain in place through the weekend.

Nikiski Fire Dept.

      By Phillip Manning, KTNA and Liz Ruskin, APRN

Some 500 firefighters working around the clock are making good progress on the Sockeye fire near Willow, which is holding steady at just over 7-thousand-500 acres.

Sockeye Fire – the nation’s top firefighting priority – has stopped its wild growth

By Phillip Manning, KTNA; Ann Hillman, APRN; Shaylon Cochran, KDLL; and Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

The Sockeye Fire that’s burned 12 square miles is zero percent contained, but it did not grow on Tuesday. It didn’t make any aggressive runs, and it’s no longer “crowning” – or leaping from one treetop to another. Low winds kept the size steady. Firefighters are reporting “really good progress” on containing the northern portion and hope to have containment within a day or so.

A new map of the Sockeye Fire near Willow shows it grew modestly on Monday, to 7-point-5-thousand acres. Fire activity was on the northeast and southeast corners of the burn area. The fire has slowed from Sunday when it spread ten miles and burned 6,500 acres. Yesterday, Governor Bill Walker declared a state disaster in response to widespread damage from the Sockeye Fire. 



Join the KNBA Community Advisory Board!

KNBA has openings for new members on our Community Advisory Board. The C.A.B. provides community feedback on the stations programming, service to the community, service to our Mission and the advisory board assists with fundraising. If you would like to be considered, send a letter or email of interest to the KNBA Community Advisory Board c/o Loren Dixon, 3600 San Jeronimo Dr., uite 480, Anchorage, AK 99508, or send the e-mail to ldixon@knba.org. There is no formal application, but the...
Read More

KNBA Presents Portugal. The Man

Wednesday, September 2nd, at the Alaska State Fair