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By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Alaska Natives have been struggling with the failure of public education in their villages for a long time. Today, we look at two communities taking control of their schools.

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Many if not most of Alaska's rural schools are not working.  Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it's time for radical changes.

Paul Berg has taught in Alaska for more than 40 years -- ten of them in villages.

Only 10 people from across the country are getting an award on April 27, 2016 for their work to get a second chance for people with a criminal record. One of them is a Yup’ik Alaskan.

Greg Razo, is in Washington DC to accept a White House Champion of Change award.

“I’m proud to represent Alaska and Alaska Native people as we strive for equity in justice, in the criminal justice system,” said Razo.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

  Nov. 12, 2015

A Juneau man making a film about historical trauma and Alaska Natives faces two challenges. First, he is terminally ill with A-L-S, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Second, he’s getting criticism that because he’s White, he can’t do justice to the topic. 

Nov. 6, 2015

British Columbia, Alaska Sign Cooperative Agreement

By Associated Press

Jan. 26, 2016

Lack of Funding, Equipment, and Overworked Labs Hinder Research on Changing Arctic

By Johanna Eurich

Scientists met in Anchorage Monday to try to pool their limited resources to understand what is going on in Alaska's oceans as surface waters warm and huge Fin Whales and seabirds like Murres show up dead along the coast.

Why whales died last year in the Gulf of Alaska remains a mystery because scientists could not get to the carcasses in time to study them.  The reason the seabirds are starving also remains unknown. 

Jan. 22, 2016

In his second State of the State address to the Legislature, Governor Bill Walker recapped his first year in office, and described some of his hopes for the future. His main message, though, is that legislators, through their actions, or inaction, in coming months, will make important, even historic, decisions affecting the future of Alaska.

KNBA News - NWS issues dense fog warning

Jan 14, 2016

Advisory: Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 11 A.M. AKST Friday

by the National Weather Service

...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 A.M. AKST FRIDAY FOR ANCHORAGE TO PALMER... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 A.M. AKST FRIDAY. 

* LOCATION...ANCHORAGE...ALONG THE INLET AND KNIK ARM AND IN THE PALMER AREA. 

* VISIBILITY...FREQUENTLY REDUCED TO NEAR ZERO.

* TIMING...NOW THROUGH FRIDAY LATE MORNING 

* IMPACTS...DIFFICULTY TRAVELING IN REDUCED VISIBILITY.

Jan. 13, 2016

Report Finds No Wrongdoing in EPA Study of Pebble Mine

By the Associated Press

A watchdog agency has found no evidence of bias in how the Environmental Protection Agency conducted a study on the potential effects of large-scale mining on a world-premiere salmon fishery in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The inspector general for the EPA also found no evidence that the agency predetermined the study's outcome. Pebble is challenging the EPA's role in federal court.

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Jan. 12, 2016

A bill to facilitate speedier enforcement of tribal protective orders to go before Legislators

By Molly Dischner, KDLG – Dillingham

Among the 31 bills filed in advance of this year’s Legislative session and released Friday (Jan. 8, 2016) is one that would direct the state of Alaska to recognize protective orders issued by tribal governments. That was submitted by Dillingham Representative Bryce Edgmon.

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