public radio reporter in interior Alaska covering mushing, Arctic science and happenings in the Far North

Archive for October, 2014

The Museum of the North: A Collection of Stories from the Basement

Kenelm Phliip collected thousand of butterfly specimens from across the arctic in his lifetime. (photo: Emily Schwing/KUAC

Kenelm Phliip collected thousand of butterfly specimens from across the arctic in his lifetime. (photo: Emily Schwing/KUAC

Museum Experts Sift through the Arctic’s Second Largest Butterfly Collection

Fairbanks, AK – It will be a few months before butterflies flit through the air in Interior Alaska, but the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was recently filled with them.

The museum is working to catalogue the second-largest collection of Arctic butterflies and moths in the world. It’s the largest private collection of its kind. Eventually most of the specimens will be passed on to the Smithsonian.

 

yukon-dinos-4Thousands of Dinosaur Tracks Discovered Along the Yukon River

Fairbanks, AK – A trip down the Yukon River this summer yielded big results for one University of Alaska paleontologist.

[this story won second place from the Alaska Press Club in 2014 for Best Reporting on Health or Science.]

 

 

 

photo credit: Theresa Bakker, Museum of the North

photo credit: Theresa Bakker, Museum of the North

Thousands of New Fish Specimens Double Museum’s Collection

Fairbanks, AK – The University of Alaska, Fairbanks Museum of the North recently acquired as many as 150-thousand fish and marine invertebrate specimens from the National Marine Fisheries Service.  The acquisition means the museum’s fish collection has doubled in size.

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National Native News Reporting Fellowship

In a press release this week, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (KBC) announced the four radio reporters they chose from across the country to spotlight tribes and key issues facing tribal and native communities during the through the 2014 election season. I am very excited to be one of those reporters. Some of the stories I’m working on have also aired on KUAC in Fairbanks, as well as stations within the Alaska Public Radio Network and on National Public Radio.

Take a minute to check out some of the issues Alaska Native voters are facing by clinking the links below.

October 14, 2014: ‘Native organizations work on Get out the Native Vote efforts in Alaska’

               a version of this story was also heard here: http://bit.ly/1zbYG1a

October 9, 2014: ‘Voters attend candidate forum in Alaska to hear about key issues’

               a version of this story was this story was also heard in Fairbanks here: http://bit.ly/1tv64lu

October 7, 2014: ‘Alaska Native language translators work on voting materials’

               a feature version of this story aired on NPR: http://n.pr/1tv5XXa