Alaska

Artist Sarah Davies leads the 100 Stone project. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Artist Sarah Davies leads the 100 Stone project. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

An artist is creating life-sized sculptures of Alaskans to tell the story of those who struggle with mental health. Sarah Davies travelled to one of the state’s most vulnerable regions, recently for a project called, ‘100 Stone’. She’s attempting to highlight the toll that depression takes and what people can do to help those in need.

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Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

State troopers arrested a man in Shageluk who was reportedly intoxicated and shooting a rifle in the air.

On Friday Troopers arrested 22-year-old Ezra B. Golilie Junior. They responded with a VPSO after they received word in the early morning that he was walking through the village and shooting the gun. Read more →

The Bethel air monitoring station has been online since mid-July. Photo courtesy of Andrea Nick.

The Bethel air monitoring station has been online since mid-July. Photo courtesy of Andrea Nick.

After smoke from this summer’s historic fire season forced partial evacuations of middle Kuskokwim communities, federal air quality experts have stationed an air monitoring device in Bethel. Read more →

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Sunday evening around 8:20, Bethel fire fighters put out to a blaze at the old senior center in the Housing neighborhood. Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell said the fire appeared to have started in an old appliance outside the building.
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Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

UPDATE – 7/26 11:15 a.m.: Alaska State Troopers say a Chevak man has admitted to killing Roxanne Smart last summer. The announcement was made Saturday through an online dispatch that they had arrested 20-year-old Samuel Atchak, of Chevak. Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says investigators were waiting on lab results.

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Margaret Pohjola is Calista Corporations' new chair. Photo courtesy of Calista.

Margaret Pohjola is Calista Corporations’ new chair. Photo courtesy of Calista.

The Calista Corporation board has elected the first woman in its 44-year history as chair. Margaret Pohjola was voted to the job on Thursday. Pohjola has ties to Chuathbaluk. Chair Willie Kasayulie of Akiachak had served the limit of three consecutive year-long terms.
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New PATC Rises Again

by Ben Matheson on July 22, 2015

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The skeleton of the new Phillips Ayagnirvik Treatment Center, PATC, is coming up quickly and aims to be closed in for a winter of work. Kris Manke is Director of Construction for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which is leading up the project. He says about 15 crew members are working now, including close to 70 percent local Alaska Native hires.

“We do all of our own electrical, mechanical, framing, siding, we self perform all of that,” said Manke. Read more →

The North Aniak fire continues to burn. Crews are taking advantage of wet weather to get ahead. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The North Aniak fire continues to burn. Crews are taking advantage of wet weather to get ahead. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Wet weather has given firefighters a much-needed break as they work to contain Kuskokwim area wildfires. 83 are still considered active in the southwest area, where Norm McDonald is the Fire Management Officer.
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At a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, announces the introduction of a bill that would overhaul and expand Medicaid. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North

At a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, announces the introduction of a bill that would overhaul and expand Medicaid. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North

Alaska Governor Bill Walker made the announcement that he would be moving ahead with Medicaid expansion at the Alaska Native Tribal Healthcare Consortium in Anchorage, Thursday. He made the expansion by executive order.

“This is the final, this option for me. I’ve tried everything else. And one thing people have to learn about me, I never give up and I won’t give up, and it’s good for Alaskans,” said Walker.
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Courtesy of USFWS

Courtesy of USFWS

The 2015 Kuskokwim moose quota will grow by over 50 percent this year. State and federal managers say that recent surveys show there are enough moose for more hunting. Read more →