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8:59 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

5/5/15 - Anchorage city budget puts fiscal prudence over added public safety positions

The Anchorage assembly has passed the city budget, after a mayor's veto and a last-minute deal over money for a utility the administration has proposed privatizing.

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Local News
8:07 am
Mon May 4, 2015

5/4/15 - Federal government resumes management of Kuskokwim Chinook

by Ben Matheson, KYUK

Federal staff will again manage king salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River after requests from tribes. Earlier this year, a handful of tribal governments asked the federal subsistence board to implement federal management. The Federal Subsistence Board deferred last month, but at a Friday meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working group, US Fish and Wildlife Service leaders announced a plan for federal management.

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Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
12:20 am
Fri May 1, 2015

5/1/15 Pt. 5 Kick the Bucket: The future of rural sanitation in Alaska

Water and sewer systems in communities across Alaska are threatened by flooding and erosion due to climate change. Shown here is the village of Kivalina located on a barrier island in Northwest Alaska that's facing inundation.
Joaqlin Estus KNBA

Over the past four days, we have brought you stories that go out into the field for an in-depth look at Alaska's rural sanitation situation - a series we call "Kick the Bucket."  We have seen how the lack of modern sanitation is linked to disease as people strain the limits of their clean water supply. And we have looked at the implications of decreasing funding and looming maintenance expenses in villages with a limited cash economy.   Today we’ll wrap up the series by trying to look into the future.

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Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
12:07 am
Thu April 30, 2015

4/30/15 Pt. 4 Kick the Bucket: Experts seek alternatives to costly, ineffective sanitation systems

The state of Alaska is working with the private sector to find alternatives to expensive piped water, and the labor-intensive haul systems that are less effective in meeting public health needs. Find out more at: http://watersewerchallenge.alaska.gov/
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Village Safe Water Program

What if you didn’t have piped water and sewer, and the government wasn’t picking up the tab to get you some? How would you find a low-cost system that you could keep running through the winter? In this segment of “Kick the Bucket,” find out how experts are looking for answers to rural sanitation issues in Alaska.

Villagers and people in the water and sewer business can name dozens of ways systems have failed due to parts that shattered in the cold, say, or components that had to be flown in from Europe and installed by a Lower 48 specialist.

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Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
12:16 am
Wed April 29, 2015

4/29/15 Pt. 3 Kick the Bucket: Rural Alaskans struggle to keep water and sewer systems running

Kivalina City Manager Janet Mitchell says the city's long-time water plant operator is the only person who knows all the weak points, quirks, and band-aid fixes at the plant. "If he leaves," said Mitchell, "I quit. It'll be just hopeless."
Joaqlin Estus KNBA

Even rural communities that have raised the money to build modern sanitation systems face the threat of their ultimate failure due to the lack of funding for operations and maintenance, wiping away whatever health gains were achieved.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Environmental Health and Engineering Department provides technical assistance to water treatment plant operators in the region. Here’s a bit of the conversation during a recent teleconference.

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