Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado Wasteland Hop has toured through our state many times, notably as it brings  front man Mickey Kenny back home to Alaska! The band shares thoughtful lyrics delivered with a Rap/Hip Hop energy and style as the band provides a soundscape created by electric fiddling, acoustic and electric guitars, keys and percussion all played live.

 Shyanne Beatty was at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics Thursday Evening to interview one of the record holders in the popular event the Alaska High Kick. Autumn Ridley holds World Records in three events as well as winner of the Outstanding Athlete Award for three consecutive years - and that isn't counting her wins in WEIO 2016 yet.

Unemployment last month held steady with the same rate as in May, at 6-point-seven percent, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s up a tad from seven months before that that held steady at 6-point-6 percent unemployment, indicating the Alaska economy is slowly responding to the decline in oil prices and production and state budget cuts. Typically, the summer season adds about 16,500 jobs in May and June.

Nationally, unemployment was 4- point -9 percent.

KNBA News - Rain helps firefighters at McHugh wildfire

Jul 22, 2016

Firefighters have gone on the offensive on the McHugh fire, south of Anchorage, aided by cooler temperatures and a light rain that is forecast to become steady and widespread today. Rainy conditions are expected to continue into next week.

Firefighters are working on steep, rocky slopes littered with downed trees. The rain is loosening rocks so the Seward Highway is open but may be closed temporarily from time to time to clear debris.

The fire has not grown since yesterday and remains at an estimated 842 acres. It’s five percent contained.

WEIO: Thursday's Update

Jul 21, 2016

World Eskimo Indian Olympics  continues on through Saturday the 23rd, and in this interview Native Voice One Network Manager Shyanne Beatty connects with accomplished Games veteran and Head Official for 2016 WEIO, Nichole Johnston at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.  

A new world record in Scissor Broad Jump was set by Nick Hanson of Unalakleet for 37 feet.

July 21, 2016

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

The rain is just the break needed to change the outlook for the McHugh fire south of Anchorage. Officials are now optimistic they can get the fire under control and protect nearby structures.

The Seward Highway is open but officials say it may be temporarily closed at any time to remove debris. Officials have closed turnouts in the area and ask motorists not to stop to watch or photograph the fire.

The World Eskimo Indian Olympics or WEIO has happens every year in Fairbanks, and this year, special to KNBA, Shyanne Beatty is reporting in each day at 10:30 during the Indigenous Music Hour.  Wednesday's report featured an interview with Kyle Worl, who went on to earn the First Place in the Kneel Jump with a 65.5 inch leap!

July 21, 2016

“Big Bob” Robert Aiken honored at World Eskimo Indian Olympics

By Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks

By Joaqlin Estus

Gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour have kept the McHugh Creek fire just south of Anchorage going, but light showers forecast for this afternoon are expected to help.

As of 7 p.m. Yesterday, the fire was 842 acres. Blackhawk helicopters have been dropping bucket-loads of water to keep it from moving closer to area structures. It’s about a mile from Potter Valley to the west and the Rainbow Valley subdivision to the east.

By Joaqlin Estus

Through the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, middle-school students learn through hands-on activities that teach them science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In a two-week academy they learned how to build a computer and test structures in earthquake simulations.

Fifty-six students are wrapping up a 5-day session in which they assemble motors, batteries and controls to create an unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone. Then they test them.