rural Alaska

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With assistance from the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and cultural advisors like Ethan Petticrew, theatre company Ping Chong + Company presents a huge cross-cultural and multimedia stage performance called ALAXSXA | ALASKA  Directors Ping Chong and Ryan Conarro, who also performs in the show talked about the roots of the production.


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. 

Office of the Governor of Alaska


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.

BP to Sell its Alaska Headquarters Building

BY Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO - Juneau

BP announced yesterday [Monday] it's selling its midtown Anchorage building. In a statement, the company says the sale will "reduce costs and free up capital, allowing BP to focus on its core business." BP will become a tenant in the building rather than the owner. BP spokesperson Dawn Patience declined an interview request about the sale.


Governor names Tribal Advisory Council Members

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Governor Bill Walker Thursday announced the formation of an 11-member tribal advisory council. He said the goal is to talk with tribes about issues of concern to both tribes and the state, and to find ways to join forces to address them. Walker said he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will meet with the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council quarterly, or more often as the need arises.

Jan. 4, 2016

Test aimed at most frequently diagnosed cancer among Alaska Natives 

By Associated Press

Bill to buy-out LNG gasline partner moves forward

By Associated Press

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill authorizing funding for a state buyout of a partner in a major proposed gas project. A full Senate vote is expected as early as today [Tues]. If the bill passes, it would go to the House, which has been holding hearings on the issue.


Pt. McKenzie prison farm beds may be needed

By Associated Press

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers

Thirty State Trooper positions eliminated, more cuts coming

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Rural residents already complain that state troopers are slow to respond to serious crimes and dangerous situations. But as of July first, 30 state trooper positions have been eliminated, and with more lay-offs coming, it's going to get worse--in both urban and rural Alaska.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

The slide show above gives glimpses of life in the dozens of villages in Alaska that lack flush toilets and running water. 

To find out more, click on the links below, Parts 1-5, to see and hear the series "Kick the Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska." 

“Alaska is, frankly, the best model that should be exported to other parts of the country."

Ten years ago, the American Dental Association unsuccessfully sued to get the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to halt its Alaska Dental Health Therapist (DHAT) program. Now that program has won a national award for its innovative approach to providing Alaska Natives with dental care. And the idea is expanding to other states.