Behnken honored for environmental achievements

Veteran commercial harvester Linda Behnken will be honored on Nov. 19 with the 25th Heinz Family Foundation Award for her advocacy for sustainable fishing practices and conservation policy while supporting rural fishing communities dependent on the ocean for their livelihood.

Update: Large earthquake off Alaska prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

Update: Wailing sirens prompted residents to seek higher ground in communities along Alaska's southern coast after a reported 7.5 magnitude earthquake that shook buildings triggered a tsunami warning.

Hooper Bay Charter School gets $500,000+ grant

Educational nonprofit Learning Point Alaska, Inc. has received over $500,000 to support the Hooper Bay Charter School.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trust Council says ‘no’ to fund transfer

Trustees of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council voted to reject a proposal to transfer millions of dollars from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Trust to the Alaska Community Foundation.

Forest Service pact will create Native stewardship program in SE Alaska

Under the five-year agreement, federal funds of up to $300,000 will be invested in a variety of programs and projects connecting community-led indigenous stewardship, technical knowledge, conservation science and natural resource management of the national forest system ad adjacent lands throughout Southeast Alaska.

U.S. Forest Service seeks ideas on 2022 projects

U.S. Forest Service officials are seeking public comment on proposed outdoor recreation and infrastructure projects in the Chugach and Tongass National Forests for 2022 and feedback on ideas for projects in 2023 through 2025.
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Concerns grow over assuring rural vote will be counted

Nine legislators representing rural constituents are asking Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer to assure that Alaska Native communities will not be plagued by mishaps and confusion that could result in votes not being counted.

Pratt Museum opens Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth

Homer’s Pratt Museum has announced a new exhibit, Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth, exploring the ocean through the eyes of Pacific region artists, to run through Nov. 28, says Jennifer Gibbins, executive director.

Alaska Native Heritage Center wins $3M Ford Foundation grant

New plans for healing, cultural and educational programming have won the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage a $3 million grant from the Ford Foundation, plus another $100,000 in technical services for the four-year project.

New ‘I Voted’ stickers show Alaska’s diversity

Colorful new 2020 “I Voted” stickers for Alaskans are now available in English, Spanish, Koyukon, Gwich’in, Aleut, Tagalog, Alutiiq, Northern Inupiaq, Nunivak Cup’ig and Yup’ik.

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