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Posts by JoJo Phillips

Alaska Native Language Speakers to Be Counted by New Iñupiaq Survey

The 2020 Census is not the only counting effort in Western Alaska this year. Debuting in the beginning of February, a comprehensive language survey of Iñupiat will project speaker counts and gauge attitudes of Alaska’s Iñupiaq community. KNOM’s JoJo Phillips reports on the importance of the survey as well as the coalition behind it. In…

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Frozen Pipes in Shishmaref and St. Michael Delay School

A building under construction in a rural Alaska village

The holiday break has been extended for students in two Bering Strait School District (BSSD) schools at the start of the new year, because of frozen pipes. St. Michael cancelled school Monday and Shishmaref has told students to stay home until at least Wednesday of this week. According to a teacher in Shishmaref the classroom…

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A KNOM Radio Play: The Year of Fog

For over six months, young Henry’s world has been shrouded in dense fog. He tries to help out his neighbors and spend time outside, but with Christmas fast approaching, it’s looking like a lonely Noel in his small town. Little does Henry know, his year of fog has just begun. To join Henry on his…

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Savoonga Water Operator Honored for Work, “Keeping the Toilets Flushing”

Scott Kingeekuk, the primary Water Plant Operator in the village of Savoonga, has been named Alaska Rural Water Association’s Wastewater Operator of the Year. KNOM’s JoJo Phillips reports on how Kingeekuk positively impacts his community: Two weeks ago, a representative from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) traveled to Savoonga to personally hand deliver…

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Newest Native Veteran Allotment Act Requires Further Implementation

Last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks, Senator Dan Sullivan met with veterans from around the state. The discussion centered around newly enacted legislation that will allow Alaska Native Vietnam War veterans to receive allotments of land.  In March of 2019, President Donald Trump signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management,…

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UAF Radar Systems Offer a Variety of Uses for Bering Strait Region

For years, coastal cities across the lower 48 have been using high-frequency radar systems to monitor and track ocean currents. Now, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Fisheries and Sciences are bringing similar technology to the Bering Strait Region. KNOM’s JoJo Phillips spoke with a researcher from UAF about the potential benefits high-frequency radar could offer to Western Alaska.

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Seward Regional Advisory Council Recommends Changes to Moose Regulation

Photo credit: Douglas Brown via Flickr Creative Commons.

Early last week, the Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council (RAC) met in Nome and voted to recommend several changes to the Federal Subsistence Board regarding moose regulation in Unit 22D Remainder. On Tuesday the RAC meeting began with a series of local and regional subsistence reports. Council Member Elmer Seetot Jr. of Brevig Mission…

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