Category Archives: AK News

Alaska News November 14, 2017

By Kalinda Kindle: Alaska National Guard mission hits close to home for one solider
By Associated Press: Kodiak City Council raises sales tax cap by 300 percent
By Sidney Sullivan: VIDEO: APD escorts moose to safety
By Samantha Angaiak: Parks and Recreation cautions Alaskans to be wary of thin ice
By Sidney Sullivan: Black Angus Inn shooting suspect facing federal firearm charges
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Vietnam gas line deal announced on Presidential trip

By Lauren Maxwell: Anchorage searching for homeless beds
By Megan Mazurek: Teacher of the Week: Robin Wold

Chelsey Qaġġun Zibell: Keeping the Inupiaq language alive, through a website

It’s now possible to learn basic Inupiaq online, thanks to a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Chelsey Qaġġun Zibell is a master’s candidate and adjunct faculty at UAF’s School of Education. As part of a graduate fellowship this summer, she created a free website that teaches users the beginning grammar and vocabulary of the Native Alaskan language.

By Gabe Colombo, KNOM – Nome: Keeping the Inupiaq language alive, through a website

Alaska News November 13, 2017

By Associated Press: Control board to clarify ‘fun’ events at Alaska distilleries
By Beth Verge: ‘A tough couple of months’: Iditarod mushers, board gather for closed-door meeting
By Victoria Taylor: ‘Operation Wedding Gown’ connects brides with free wedding dresses

By KTUU News Team: City Planners discuss the future of Alaskan communities
By Sean Maguire: Gov. Walker lowers flags for Rep. Dr. Joshua Wright

By Associated Press: Alaska tourism businesses ask Congress to increase funding
The businesses say the U.S. Forest Service’s funding for recreation on the Tongass and Chugach national forests declined 46 percent from 2004-2014. They say that’s hurting businesses who depend on U.S. Forest Service staff to issue permits and maintain cabins and trails in the Tongass.

The Most (And Least) Toxic Places In America

Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires most large industrial facilities to report the volume of toxic chemicals they release into the environment.

The EPA takes this data and consolidates it into the Toxic Releases Inventory (TRI), which is then used to set environmental policies in place.

We analyzed this data along with Priceonomics customer Ode, a company that creates environmentally conscious cleaning products. So we got interested in the information buried in these massive, hard-to-understand reports. What are the most commonly released toxins? In which states and cities are the most chemicals emitted? Which industries contribute the most to this pollution?

Summary of findings:

As a state, Alaska produces the most toxins (834 million pounds)
Zinc and lead compounds (common products of the mining industry) are the most common toxins
Metal mining accounts for 1.5 billion pounds of toxins, while chemicals (515 million) ranks second
On a county level, the Northwest Arctic of Alaska leads the list, but multiple Nevada counties round out the top 5
Kotzebue, AK, produces the most toxins as a city (756 million pounds), and Indianapolis (10.9 million) produces the most out of the 100 most populous cities

The Most (And Least) Toxic Places In America

Alaska News November 11, 2017

By Victoria Taylor: Anchorage police investigate downtown shooting
Anyone with information is asked to call APD at 786-8900.
By Caslon Hatch: Alaskan soldier killed in Afghanistan honored at Mat-Su Veterans Day Ceremony
By KTVA Web Staff: First lady Melania Trump greets soldiers, families at JBER
By Scott Gross: Bean’s Café honors Alaskan veterans
By Mike Ross: AK Cowboys: Junior rodeo riders head to national competition
Thank you Captain Jeff Bayless and Claire Sundgren
By Samantha Angaiak: Alaskans to be honored on Donate Life float at 2018 Rose Parade
By Austin Baird: Alaska Senate adjourns session after passing crime bill
By KTVA Web Staff: Bank releasing tires held at Johnson Tire Service