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Archive for May 2012

Update News: Monday, May 28, 2012

In Monday’s news: Federal court upholds Shell Oil’s drilling plans; fisheries managers predict Yukon Chinook run to be below 2011 totals; Coast Guard rescues hunters near Port Heiden; Alaska Permanent Fund to invest $400 million in home rentals; 18 year old in Kenai shot by teenager; housing complex for chronic inebriates opens in Fairbanks.

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Profile: Emmonak Women’s Shelter

The Emmonak Women’s Shelter has been operating for 34 years and uses Yupik language and culture as the backbone of its program to protect women and children. But the shelter’s call volume and caseload has jumped this summer, just as their bank account has nearly run dry. Lynn Hootch was the shelter’s director from 1993 to 2005. She…

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Emmonak Women’s Shelter Links/Contacts

Friday’s editions of Update News and Profiles include stories on the Emmonak Women’s Shelter. You can connect with the shelter on their Facebook page; the shelter is accepting donations on PayPal and at the shelter itself: Emmonak Women’s Shelter P.O. Box 207 Emmonak, AK 99581 phone: (907) 949-1434

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Update News: Friday, May 25, 2012

In Friday’s news: Former GCI employee accused of misusing customer information; Two prosecutors in Stevens case suspended; Emmonak Women’s Shelter still struggling with funding; Murkowski’s “Frankenfish” amendment fails in senate; Finnish man dies on Mt. McKinley, second fatality; EPA takes public comment on draft watershed assessment for Bristol Bay.

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Let’s Go For a Hike

Wandering down the country roads that surround Nome is one of my favorite things to do. I love being able to meander through the magnificent Alaskan countryside and then pull over on the side of the road and hike whatever hill I please. Hiking in the spring can be a little wet and a little…

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Profile: Diomede Helicopter Pilots

Evergreen Helicopters is resuming mail service to Diomede after the ice runway went out last week. The company has a new pilot, Mike Maness, taking over the Diomede route and moving his family to Nome full time.   The outgoing pilot, Mike Kutyba, discusses the unique nature of the job and the relationships he’s formed.

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Update News: Thursday, May 24, 2012

In Thursday’s news: Rep. Joule won’t seek re-election; South African gold company and leading diamond firm announce plans for their 20-mile long stretch of 26 leases offshore; Suicide prevention training required for school personnel; Late sea ice break-up has herring fishery managers biting their nails.

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Profile: Nome-Beltz’s New Principal

Scott Handley will be the new Nome Beltz Principal this fall after current principal Steve Gast moves to a district office position. Handley has spent the past three years as a principal and teacher in the community of Nanwalek on the Kenai Peninsula. Handley grew up in South Dakota and spent most of his prior…

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Update News: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

In Wednesday’s news: Oil and oily water spill at BP North Slope facility; Evergreen to begin flying mail to Diomede today, full service should resume soon; Redistricting plan approved; Increased ship traffic adds pressure for NOAA, surveying ocean bottom and mapping

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Update News: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

19-year-old Emmonak woman charged with felony assualt; vessels docking in Snake River Area pay 1/2 rate of vessels docking in harbor; fallen McKinley climber from Germany; students say culture and mentors protect against suicide; former KNOM news reporter’s book released.

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