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By Casey Kelly, KTOO
The Alaska Supreme Court has ordered the state Redistricting Board to redraw its proposed map of legislative boundaries. A day after hearing oral arguments in the case, the Supreme Court issued its order late Wednesday.
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By Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB, Unalaska
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council held a public hearing Friday on its plans to try to control bycatch of chum salmon by the pollock trawl fleet in the Bering Sea. After some apparent improvement, chum bycatch shot up again last year.

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By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA, Anchorage

In 2006, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted that in ten to fifteen years, the village would be lost to erosion. Villagers were concerned about erosion as early as the 1980s and started working to relocate…despite a projected cost of $80 to 125 million.The work of villagers and a couple of dozen federal, state, and regional agencies is starting to pay off as Newtok prepares to move people to the
new site.

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Fiber laying diver emerges from the Kvichak River. Photo courtesy of GCI

The Alaska based telecommunications company GCI plans to activate the “Terra Southwest” network next month. When that happens the company is going to begin moving existing GCI customers in the Y-K Delta to the network. From KDLG public radio in Dillingham, Mike Mason has this update:

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Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The State of Alaska is trying to improve the Yupiit School District on the Kuskokwim River after it failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress for eight straight years, but the district’s administrator, and lawmaker both say the state should lay off and let the communities lead the way.

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An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the fatal plane crash that killed two people near McGrath. The plane was carrying all three teachers for the tiny village of Anvik when it went down Saturday night, killing one of the teachers just days before classes were set to begin. The pilot- Ernie Chase- also died. He was flying for Inland Aviation out of Aniak. Talkeetna resident Amanda Randles knew Chase her whole life, as a pilot and a friend, as has this remembrance:

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Construction on the massive infrastructure project to bring true broadband internet to Southwest Alaska is underway and should be completed by the end of the year. That project has prompted quite a bit of enthusiasm among business leaders, educators, and health care professionals who believe that it could help bring Southwest Alaska into the modern age. Mike Mason with KDLG in Dillingham has the story:

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Mike Mason, KDLG -Dillingham
John and Teresa Pingayak of Chevak spoke to a large crowd at the 28th annual Rural Providers Conference happening in Dillingham this week. The conference features experts and stakeholders in the Alaska Native Sobriety Movement. KDLG Dillingham reporter, Mike Mason, attended the keynote address:

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A forklift drives next to frozen overflow in Napaskiak near the Kuskokwim River. The Alaska Coastal Management Plan provides the State control over development permits.

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Legislators are coming to the conclusion that they do not have time this year to convince the Governor of the importance of the state’s Coastal Management Program. That’s the program designed to coordinate developers with local, state and federal entities to avoid delay and litigation over details of project plans. Read more →

Matt Miller – KTOO, Juneau
The panel charged with redrawing legislative boundaries has its first meeting Wednesday. Rural Alaskans and Alaska Natives are worried they’ll lose representation in the 60-seat Legislature after the Redistricting Board comes up with a final map this spring.

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