Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
11:45 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Kick the bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska

Kivalina City Manager Janet Mitchell at the village landfill where people dispose of the contents of their honey-buckets. A few years ago, the landfill flooded during a storm. The water overran the landfill and flowed, spreading pollution, into a lagoon.
Joaqlin Estus KNBA

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KNBA News Director Joaqlin Estus is producing a series of stories about rural sanitation in Alaska. The stories will air the last week in April 2015. For the project, she traveled to Kotzebue and Kivalina in Northwest Alaska in October 2014, then to Bethel, Kwethluk, and Tuntutuliak in Southwest Alaska in February 2015.  The slide show above has photos from the trips.

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Local News
2:37 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

3/2/15 - State faces huge gap between need and funding for rural sanitation

State contributes 25% required match for federal funds

Members of the Legislative Bush Caucus last week in a “Lunch and Learn” session on rural sanitation were told about 900 million dollars is needed to build, replace and maintain rural sanitation systems. Last year the state put about $9 million, and federal agencies put $51 million, toward rural sanitation in Alaska. The combined 60 million dollars is less than half the amount allocated ten years ago.

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Local News
7:16 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

12/5/14 - Walker's nominee for Attorney General will look at same-sex marriage law, National Guard

Gov. Bill Walker's pick for Attorney General says he will review litigation over same-sex marriage strictly on is constitutionality. He says he will also review National Guard matters to ensure misbehavior was prosecuted, and former Governor Sean Parnell shared public records diligently.


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1:46 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Climate Change and Alaska Natives 2014

Approaching Kivalina, Alaska
Photo by Joaqlin Estus KNBA

KNBA presents a radio series: Climate Change and Alaska Natives, broadcast December 8-12, 2014 during KNBA Morning News at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. The five-part series builds on our past climate change coverage.  

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The focus of the series is on the effects of climate change on Alaska Native homelands, and the traditional practice of gathering and sharing food from the land and sea. 

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Local News
9:46 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

12/4/14 - Royal relief for oil company; Sealaska land bill; Seal, Walrus gut rain coats


Gov. Bill Walker's administration is reviewing a proposal to offer temporary royalty relief to an oil development company. Supporters say the move could cost the state more than $40 million but bring in a billion dollars plus over the life of the planned project.

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