A high-ranking official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the Bristol Bay region this week to discuss a seldom used program focused specifically on helping small businesses overcome challenges. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.
The National Park Service has just released this year’s group of historic preservation grants. The funds are used by a variety of Native Americans for preserving physical sites as well as culture. KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the grants as well as an Alaska village making use of one.
This August an orientation will be held at the Bristol Inn for those in Dillingham interested in the Rural Cap Elder Mentor Program.
The Rural Alaska Community Action Program was founded in 1965. It’s a private, statewide nonprofit that aims to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans. The organization created the Elder Mentor Program in the hopes of providing some financial assistance to low income Alaskans and help school children with their school work.
The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan has been picked to be the new fisheries advisory to Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. Late last year Dan Sullivan named Ben Mohr as campaign manager. Mohr has left the campaign to accept a job as Alaska Governor Sean Parnell’s fisheries policy advisor.
National Farmers Market Week is August 3rd-9th and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people visit the nearest of the 37 farmers markets in the state. The state is also working on a way to make these markets more accessible to lower income residents.
Wildfires and the caribou population are the subject of a new study released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the US Geological Survey. KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the data and its implications.
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday that excluding same sex couples the right to collect workers compensation would constitute unequal treatment under the law.
In 2011, Kerry Fadely was working at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage when she was shot and killed by a disgruntled former employee. Her partner of 10 years, Deborah Harris, was denied any workers compensation afterwards and subsequently lost their house.
The struggle between the community in King Cove and the Secretary of the Interior took a negative turn last week.
A National Council of State Legislatures event was held last week. Alaska House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt was in attendance and asked Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about her decision to refuse the construction of the Izembek Road. Pruitt says Jewell said “I wish that Alaskans would get over it.”
Although there is no recording of Jewell saying Alaskans should “get over” the Izembek Road, Pruitt says as soon as he heard it, he wrote it down.
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a detailed story about the factors that led to the much larger sockeye run than was forecasted preseason. The report also includes an update on how things are looking in the Togiak District and a review of how the 2014 season went in the eastside districts of Bristol Bay.