This week, Dillingham Dems report back from Philadelphia, a local adoptive mom on Alaska's new child welfare laws, snagging bear hair for science, and an outsider waxes poetic about the subsistence bounty of Bristol Bay.
Bristol Bay and Beyond, July 29: Two new child welfare laws were signed into Alaska law this week. We’ll speak to an adoptive mother in Dillingham on what that means for youth in need of homes in Bristol Bay. "While adults determine what's right or best or legal, these children are growing and developing and learning and establishing relationships," says Robyn Chaney, "and I think that's the hardest part of this whole system."
A handful of Dillingham Democrats traveled to Philadelphia this week. We’ll hear from state party secretary Julie Baltar and delegate Pete Andrew: "I never ever thought that, coming from rural Alaska, going to that simple little caucus in the middle school gym, to eventually end up to be so lucky to come here to the national stage to see what I saw."
Plus, we head to Lake Aleknagik to the Fisheries Research Institute to check out some camera traps set up to keep an eye on bear activity.
And we'll hear from a Yup'ik Yuraq teacher at the end of Dillingham's summer youth culture camp. Those stories, after a look back at some of the week's news.