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October Issue 2 2014

Board of Fisheries readies for annual work session

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet in Juneau Oct. 15 and 16 to discuss Southeast and Prince William Sound escapement goals and agenda change requests for the upcoming meeting cycle. The board is meeting for its annual work session, where it hears preliminary reports on escapement goals for each of the regions it will discuss as part of its regular meeting cycle for 2014-15.

Senate, House candidates focus on fish topics in Kodiak October Issue 2 2014

Senate, House candidates focus on fish topics in Kodiak

KODIAK — Candidates to represent Alaska in the U.S. House and Senate weighed in on a variety of fisheries issues at the Oct. 1 fisheries debate in Kodiak. Incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan answered questions from a media panel, the audience and each other during the first hour of the debate.

HUD awards $7 million to Native housing organizations October Issue 2 2014

HUD awards $7 million to Native housing organizations

​Alaska Native groups have been awarded nearly $7 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing projects across the state. HUD Secretary Julian Castro made the announcement during an Oct. 6 visit to Anchorage hosted by Sen. Mark Begich.

Judge orders state to remedy Native language assistance October Issue 1 2014

Judge orders state to remedy Native language assistance

A federal judge has scolded the state Division of Elections over the state’s poor assistance to voters who speak Native languages. The state has promised to better in the upcoming November general election to comply with her order. Yup’ik and Gwich’in-speaking Alaskans sued the state over inadequate translation efforts. The two languages are historically unwritten, so the majority of the assistance in those two languages is oral.

Budget crunch biggest challenge for bush caucus in 2015 October Issue 1 2014

Budget crunch biggest challenge for bush caucus in 2015

The biggest challenge facing rural legislators in 2015 will be the tightening of state revenues and pressures to cut budgets, says Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, who headed the House “bush caucus” in the 2013-14 state Legislative session. Rural lawmakers on the House and Senate Finance committees will have to keep an eagle eye on the budgets to ensure that, if reductions have to be made, rural programs aren’t singled out unfairly.

Keynote speakers come together for AFN ‘Rise as One’ theme October Issue 1 2014

Keynote speakers come together for AFN ‘Rise as One’ theme

A horrific crime brought Miriam Aarons and Mao Tosi together. On Oct. 23, the pair of community organizers will share a message of collaboration as co-keynote speakers at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. “I never thought in a million years I would ever be an AFN co-keynote speaker,” said Aarons, 32.