Sassa Williams, 18, and her siblings, triplets Theresa, Chris and Grant, 14, work on their homework after school at their home in Dillinhgam, Alaska. But there comes a time when the phone rings, and everyone, including mom Kim, who has been cooking dinner, stops what they’re doing. They go downstairs, out the door and drive to Kanakanak Beach a few miles away. The kids’ grandfather, William Johnson, has called in reinforcements to help bring in an unexpectedly large catch of smelt. Continue reading
One of the most competitive and consequential Senate races this year is in Alaska, where voters give more than lip service to state identity and their suspicion of outsiders — and President Obama. Liz Ruskin of Alaska Public Media offers a look at the two candidates and the political lay of the land in America’s last frontier. Continue reading
A deadly disease has been wiping out West Coast starfish for more than a year. One place that has held off the disease the longest is Alaska. Researchers recently traveled there to search for new clues. Continue reading
Walruses are one of many animals who need Arctic sea ice. But when that ice melts, they must to go ashore to rest and find food. In Alaska, 35,000 walruses have been observed on one beach. Judy Woodruff speaks with Margaret Williams of the World Wildlife Fund about the consequences of disappearing ice for animals and how humans are connected to the story. Continue reading
Alaska’s glaciers are facing a warm future. Scientists are digging into the icy giants to learn more about how they have weathered past climate changes, and if they will survive. Continue reading
Unless we change our distribution of non-labor income, we can kiss our middle class goodbye, says entrepreneur Peter Barnes. In his new book, “With Liberty and Dividends for All,” Barnes proposes a nationwide dividend program, like Alaska’s, that would help the middle class and reduce the need for wealth redistribution.
Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan held off Sarah Palin-backed and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, earning the right to take on Democratic incumbent Mark Begich this fall. With the Alaska results, the stage is now set for the fall’s most hotly contested races that will decide control of the Senate. Continue reading