Alaska News

IGAP coordinators train on data collection in Dillingham

Residents of Togiak, Illiumna, Port Heiden, among others, came to Dillingham for scientific training. It’s part of the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program or IGAP. The researchers are looking to set a baseline data set of water quality and temperature in the region.

“Summer of Blubber” now live from Round Island

Walrus fans everywhere can now watch the thousands of walruses sunning on Round Island live via a new set of walrus cams.

APICDA-owned Fish Company Opens Processor in Washington State

A new fish processor opened its doors in Kent, Washington this spring. It is operated by the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association. Revenue from the processor is expected to help fuel economies in remote communities along the Aleutian chain.

Eielson Air Force Base Investigates Potential Ground Water Contamination

Ground water contamination at Eielson Air Force Base may have spread off the facility. The Air Force has contacted private property owners in the nearby Moose Creek area offering to test well water for presence of a chemical presumed to be from firefighting foam formerly used at the base.

Heroin Hits Home: One Woman’s Struggle to Get Clean in Bethel

Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.

Police Investigate Body Found in Bethel Park

Alaska State Troopers and Bethel Police are investigating after a body was found in a Bethel park. A press release from the Bethel Police Department Sunday said, in the early morning hours, around 4 a.m., witnesses reported a dead body near Pinky’s Park Boardwalk. Police responded and found the remains of a female in nearby bushes.

Sleetmute Man Arrested on Sexual Abuse Warrant

Alaska State Troopers arrested a Sleetmute man Friday on a warrant for sexual abuse of a minor. Aniak-based Troopers arrested Sakar N. Zaukar of Sleetmute at his Housing Road residence around 3 p.m.

Researcher Leaves Homer for Studies in the Arctic

Sixteen researchers from the United States, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden will participate in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative. The group will meet in three countries for three different seminars. Each person will join a team to research developments in one of four specific areas: health, water, energy, and infrastructure. Individuals will also make international trips for their specific areas of study.

Fast response, wary public keeping Alaska wildfires down

Aggressive response and the public's adherence to good fire practices are keeping forest fires down in Alaska despite tinderbox conditions in much of the state.

Tok man arrested, charged with shooting into sporting store

A Tok man has been jailed after troopers say he fired a gun into a sporting goods store while his wife was locked inside.