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Wed August 20, 2014

8/21/14 KNBA News - Sen. Begich emphasizes record, abortion rights

Now that former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan has won the Republican Primary, Sen. Mark Begich knows who he will face in the November general election. As APRN's Liz Ruskin reports, Begich is staking out his positions, with an emphasis on his record and on abortion rights.

Alaska Native voters in the Yukon-Kuwkokwim region of Western Alaska give the Yup'ik lanugage primary ballot translations mixed reviews. As KYUK's Charles Enoch reports, the eight Yup'ik voters KYUK talked with all said they needed help understanding what they were voting on.

Linguist Richard Dauenhauer, a former Alaska Poet Laureate, award-winning author and expert in the Tlingit language passed away Tuesday. He was married to Tlingit poet and scholar Nora Marks Dauenhauer. They authored many books together, including the "Classics of Tlingit Oral Literature" series published by the Sealaska Heritage Institute and University of Washington Press. They twice won the American Book Award, among other honors. He taught at the University of Alaska Southeast in the 1980s. UAS assistant professor of Native languages Lance Twitchell called Dauenhauer a "powerhouse," who merged the Tlingit world with the academic world. Twitchell said Dauenhauer's work changed his life and put him on the path he's on. Richard Dauenhauer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a month ago. He was 72.