Daysha Eaton

Llur’ak, Sled.

Llurngami llukcagualleq tengelraa paagutekcak taumi mill’uni nullumini! Ayalayak ai!

Translation: While he was sledding, he took a big jump in the air and landed on his behind! Ouch!

Llur’ak, Sled.

 

ConocoPhillips’ Big Find On The North Slope Could Help Replenish Pipeline

Jan 13, 2017
Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk

ConocoPhillips today announced a major oil find in the National Petroleum-Reserve Alaska (NPR-A). The company is calling it the Willow Discovery. Experts say coupled with several other recent big discoveries in the region, it could portend a new wave of oil development on the North Slope. If developed, it could go a long ways toward replenishing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Telluride Mountainfilm Returns To Homer

Jan 13, 2017
Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

For the 15th year running, Telluride Mountainfilm Festival will make a stop in Homer.

Mountainfilm tour director Crystal Merrill says the festival has evolved and grown since it first began in 1979.

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Suicide rates in Native communities often far exceed those of other demographics – especially among youth.

The suicide rate for American Indian and Alaska Natives ages 18 to 24 was about 22 deaths per 100,000 people from 2009 to 2013. That’s nearly double the overall rate for the age group across all ethnicities.

Now, two tribes on the Kenai Peninsula are developing programs to prevent suicide in Native youth.

Two File Intent To Run For Borough Mayor

Jan 13, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

Two people have filed letters of intent to run for Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor in this fall’s election.

The filing period for the borough does not open until Aug. 1, but people who know they want to run can begin filing early with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Soldotna Man Arrested For Child Pornography

Jan 13, 2017
Alaska State Troopers

A Kenai Peninsula man was arrested Jan. 11 for child pornography.

According to a dispatch from Alaska State Troopers issued the same week, the man, identified as Remy Spring, 27, of Soldotna, faces one count of distributing child pornography and six counts of possession of child pornography.

A Novel And Play Take Center Stage In 2017 Big Read

Jan 12, 2017
Courtesy of neabigread.org

During the darkest days of winter and often the coldest months of the year, many community members find themselves hunkering down inside with a good book.

This weekend, the Friends of the Homer Public Library are kicking off the 2017 Big Read community reading program. 

“The Big Read is an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy the experience of reading two good books, said coordinator Mercedes Harness.

This is the third time Homer is doing in the Big Read, which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Out of 77 communities participating nationwide, Homer is one of only two in Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

This week the Borough Assembly invocation lawsuit  moved to federal court.

The lawsuit, filed Dec. 14 in Anchorage Superior Court by the ACLU of Alaska, claims the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s invocation policy is discriminatory.

Borough attorney Kevin Clarkson filed a motion on Jan. 9 to move the case from the state court to the U.S. District Court.

Chris Waythomas, AVO-USGS

New photos show the dramatic effect of volcanic explosions on Bogoslof Island. The Eastern Aleutian island is home to a volcano that has been erupting since mid-December. Now, the tiny island is even smaller and it’s shaped like a hook.

Skip Gray/360 North

Last year, when most Democrats were in the minority in the Alaska House of Representatives, they held regular caucus meetings that were open to the public before voting in sessions on the House floor.

Most of the Democrats who were out of power last year will be in the majority this year. But it’s not clear whether the majority caucus will hold these pre-session open meetings.


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