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I Am A Bethel Cab Driver

Mon, 2014-01-13 00:59

Bethel, Alaska is home to the most taxi cabs per capita in the United States – with 66 cars serving a population of just over 6,000.

Naim Shabani is the manager of Kusko Cab, the largest cab company serving this unique bush Alaska city.

Video:
Travis Gilmour

Story:
Slavik Boyechko & Travis Gilmour

Music:
Starship Amazing

Dead moose in the middle of an Alaska yard, stinking to high heaven?

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:49
Dead moose in the middle of an Alaska yard, stinking to high heaven? Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists are keen on using wild meat if it can be salvaged. But first a biologist will attempt to determine if the carcass is edible. If it died more than a day ago, the meat has already started to decompose. January 12, 2014

Killing wolves with burgers? Study blames livestock boom for predator declines

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:30
Killing wolves with burgers? Study blames livestock boom for predator declines In much of North America, livestock production is partly to blame for the widespread decline of large, carnivorous species, according to a new study. Could the slump come to Alaska's apex predators?January 12, 2014

From whale tail bobbleheads to ice cream, grants given to array of North Slope businesses

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:30
From whale tail bobbleheads to ice cream, grants given to array of North Slope businesses Alaska Growth Capital announced seven winners of the North Slope Marketplace small business plan competition. The program, which has been offered since 2009, gives a maximum of $25,000 to burgeoning businesses in far northern Alaska.  January 12, 2014

Arctic hunters aren't all celebrating 40-year-old Endangered Species Act

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:30
Arctic hunters aren't all celebrating 40-year-old Endangered Species Act Last month the Endangered Species Act, signed into law by President Nixon, reached its 40th anniversary. A North Slope scientist and hunter reflects on the acts successes and challenges as viewed from the Arctic.January 12, 2014

In dip net drama, there's more than one side to the story

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:09
In dip net drama, there's more than one side to the story COMMENTARY: Dip-netters could help their cause greatly by paying attention when they're on the river, chatting up the people next to them, and reporting suspicious fishermen to the authorities. Even more than that, though, dip-netters could help their case by cleaning up their act.January 12, 2014

Photos: Powerful portraits from Russia's Chukotka region

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:08
Photos: Powerful portraits from Russia's Chukotka region

In the winter of 2011, Fresno-based photographer Sasha Leahovcenco traveled to Chukotka, the remote region of Russia that lies closest to Alaska. The portraits he took there of indigenous reindeer herders have a spare, breathtaking beauty.

January 12, 2014

Begich urges caution on potential ivory restrictions

Sun, 2014-01-12 15:15
Begich urges caution on potential ivory restrictions In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Alaska's junior senator called on a task force charged with making wildlife trafficking recommendations to be careful not to harm Alaska Native traditional crafts and the economic benefits they provide.January 12, 2014

Kotzebue father-son team will compete in Iron Dog together

Sun, 2014-01-12 15:15
Kotzebue father-son team will compete in Iron Dog together Calvin Shaeffer, who has competed in the grueling 2,000-mile snowmachine race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks once before, will team up with son Gabriel Lie-Shaeffer this year.January 12, 2014

Post-surgery, community rallies around mushing legend Lance Mackey

Sun, 2014-01-12 14:14
Post-surgery, community rallies around mushing legend Lance Mackey As four-time Iditarod and Yukon Quest winner Lance Mackey recovers from oral surgery to remove his teeth -- a lingering result of his 2001 battle with throat cancer -- a fundraising page has been set up on his behalf to help cover his expenses.January 12, 2014

Health problems, medical expenses mount for mushing legend Lance Mackey

Sat, 2014-01-11 19:20
Health problems, medical expenses mount for mushing legend Lance Mackey Amid the latest fallout from his long bout with cancer, the world's first Idita-Quest mushing champion finds himself sitting out the racing season, toothless and facing steep medical bills -- but with his sense of humor as intact as ever.January 11, 2014

Global warming winners? North Slope brant thriving amid changes

Sat, 2014-01-11 19:20
Global warming winners? North Slope brant thriving amid changes Climate-induced habitat changes on Alaska's North Slope such as coastal erosion and permafrost thaw have produced more food for migrating brant, a study says.January 11, 2014

Photos: Goose habitat in NPR-A

Sat, 2014-01-11 19:19
Photos: Goose habitat in NPR-A

PHOTOS: Meet the brant, a North Slope bird that appears to be thriving amid climate-induced habitat changes on Alaska's North Slope.

January 11, 2014

Bill would strip revenue agency of cattle branding requirement

Sat, 2014-01-11 19:18
Bill would strip revenue agency of cattle branding requirement COMMENTARY: A bill filed by Rep. Mike Chenault would eliminate the requirement for the Alaska Department of Revenue to register cattle brands. And that's just one of the unusual bills pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session.January 11, 2014

Anchorage legislators get an earful on education

Sat, 2014-01-11 19:17
Anchorage legislators get an earful on education Alaskans packed the Loussac Library assembly chambers Saturday to bring their concerns to Anchorage lawmakers, and most of them had just one thing on their minds: education funding.January 11, 2014

Doubts raised about lead poisioning on 1845 northern expedition

Sat, 2014-01-11 13:21
Doubts raised about lead poisioning on 1845 northern expedition Lead from canned food -- an innovation at the time -- had been blamed for the demise of all 129 Franklin expedition crew members, but new analysis suggests that many of the men already had accumulated the deadly metal in their bodies from living in Britain's lead-polluted environment. January 11, 2014

Let's pass toxic chemical reforms -- but let's do it right

Sat, 2014-01-11 13:21
Let's pass toxic chemical reforms -- but let's do it right OPINION: Communities in Alaska that suffer disproportionately from toxic chemicals need protection -- more than the changes in the proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act give.January 11, 2014

AK Beat: High school athletes headed home after bus crash

Sat, 2014-01-11 11:34
AK Beat: High school athletes headed home after bus crash A coach for one of the high school ski teams on board a charter bus that crashed said the teams "feel very fortunate about how everything turned out."January 11, 2014

Video: She found him dead, clutching spice pipe

Fri, 2014-01-10 21:25
Video: She found him dead, clutching spice pipe

The state has ruled 18-year-old Kurtis Hildreth’s cause of death as “undetermined.” But his family believes he was killed by the synthetic drug called "Spice" -- and they plan to fight for answers.

January 10, 2014

In the wake of a teen's unexplained death, answers about Spice are hard to come by

Fri, 2014-01-10 21:24
In the wake of a teen's unexplained death, answers about Spice are hard to come by The state has ruled 18-year-old Kurtis Hildreth’s cause of death as “undetermined.” But his family believes he was killed by the synthetic drug Spice -- and they plan to fight for answers.January 10, 2014

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