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At the 8th annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, Byron Nicholai, of Toksook Bay, sang while Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians and Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribe, led an honoring ceremony. He [and Chief Many Hearts, Marilynn Malerba Mohegan, of Connecticut] placed a custom woven Pendleton blanket [designed by Musqueam Coast Salish artist Susan Point of Canada] on President Obama.

9/19/2016

Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Alaska have charged four men with killing walrus gathered on the state's northwest shore last year, removing the animals' ivory tusks and leaving the meat to waste. Prosecutors say the four residents of the village of Point Hope twice caused several hundred walrus to stampede, knowing that smaller animals in the herd could be crushed. Investigators found 25 animals killed a year ago at Cape Lisburne.

9/20/16

The lack of running water and flush toilets in more than three thousand Alaska homes causes health problems, but another issue looms even larger:  that’s the effects of climate change on drinking water sources. That’s according to scientists at the international Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference in Anchorage this week. 

By Joaqlin Estus

In an earlier story, KNBA quoted Dr. David O. Carpenter, the Director of the Institute of Health and the Environment at New York University at Albany, who stated, “the evidence that [cell phones and Wifi use] cause cancer in humans is very, very strong, and it comes from multiple studies, including studies done by the World Health Organization.”

Sept. 14, 2016

Dr. David O. Carpenter, the Director of the Institute Health and the Environment at New York University at Albany, was a guest on this week’s KSKA talk show Line One. Your Health Connection. He said studies show excessive cell phone and Wifi use cause brain cancer.

Office of the Governor of Alaska

9/12/16

By the Associated Press

Alaska imports 96 percent of its food, and the governor said that should change. The Juneau Empire reports Gov. Bill Walker spoke during a conference for the National Association of Farmer's Market Nutrition Programs.

He said population growth since statehood helped reduce the percentage of locally-grown food that residents consumed from half to 4 percent. He said he would like to see significant growth in the percentage of Alaska-grown food. Walker noted there are now 42 farmers markets statewide compared to 11 in 2004.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Turnagain Arm and higher elevations, as well as parts of east Anchorage and the lower Hillside exposed to winds channeled through the Chugach range.

The forecast calls for Southeast wind 45 to 60 mph decreasing to 30 to 45 mph after midnight in east, south, and west Anchorage and the lower Hillside.

Along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations, expect southeast winds of 50 to 65 mph with gusts of 70 to 85 mph.

Joaqlin Estus

Sept. 2, 2016

  By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Last year, about 45-thousand people went to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on the first Saturday it was open.  Fair organizers say they’re expecting about that many again on each of the next three days [Saturday, Sunday, Monday] because there’s so much to see and do at the fair, and the forecast is calling for sunny weather.

Just before 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage Police received calls from people, a total of four victims, who said they'd been pepper-sprayed at Town Square Park or later in the Sullivan Arena area.

The suspect is a white male riding a bicycle, wearing a black shirt with a gold emblem on it, blue jeans and bright red shoes. He's carrying a black backpack and may have a camouflage backpack too.

Police are asking any victims who have not yet called, or anyone who knows the suspect's whereabouts to call Police Dispatch at 786-8900.

Based on a story by Josh Edge, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage Gov. Bill Walker and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have issued disaster declarations due to erosion and flooding in the Butte area along the Matanuska River. The flooding is due to a change in direction in the river rather than high water. If water breaks through the embankment, as many as 75 homes could be affected. State Department of Transportation and Mat-Su borough response crews are working to bring in armor rock to contain the river.

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