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Oct 6, 2016

Oct. 6, 2016

Mat-Su Republican introduces bill to double dividend amount

by Joaqlin Estus and The Associated Press

Permanent Fund Dividends of $1,022 started going out to each eligible Alaskan Thursday [Oct. 6] morning.

Mat-Su and Copper River area Sen. Mike Dunleavy Wednesday announced he’s filing a bill to double this year’s dividend to $2,052, the amount legislators appropriated earlier this year.

Oct. 6, 2016

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Hospitals typically are not in the business of providing legal aid to patients, but several tribal health facilities in Alaska are going to start doing just that. The pilot project is being funded through a multi-state grant that's placing AmeriCorps volunteers in tribal facilities in six states.

Permanent Fund Dividend lawsuit put on fast track

Oct 3, 2016

By The Associated Press

OCt. 3, 2016 - The two sides in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Bill Walker's cut to the dividend that Alaskans receive from the state's oil wealth nest-egg are seeking a speedy resolution to the dispute. Sen. Bill Wielechowski says that under a schedule agreed to by the plaintiffs and attorney general's office, a decision would be reached by Dec. 2. The schedule is subject to approval by the judge who will hear the case. Wielechowski is a plaintiff in the case brought against the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

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.


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.


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.

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.