The Alaska Legislature last month passed a resolution urging Gov. Bill Walker to declare a linguistic emergency for Alaska Native languages. Now, advocates from across the state are collaborating to help breathe new life into some of these languages.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Daniel White announced that Anupma Prakash will serve as the university’s next provost and executive vice chancellor.
Programs aiming to reduce Alaska’s suicide rate will receive thousands of dollars of funding this year through the GCI Suicide Prevention Grant Program. GCI has donated an additional $100,000 to the program in 2018 in response to the success of its 2016 grant.
Once again, the Alaska Zoo will host Access Zoo Days on May 16 and 23, providing accommodation for guests with mobility difficulties.
Rasmuson Foundation has named 35 artists in 11 Alaska communities as Individual Artist Award recipients for 2018. This celebrated group includes eight Anchorage residents and a writer from Wasilla who will receive Project Awards of $7,500. Seven Anchorage artists will receive $18,000 Fellowships.
On June 28, 2018, Afognak Native Corporation will host their third annual Afognak Youth Charity Golf Tournament at the Anchorage Golf Course.
Alaska will partner with national non-profit EducationSuperHighway to work on bringing high-speed broadband to schools across Alaska.
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) recognized outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention in Alaska in 2017-18 at their annual awards banquet held at the Kincaid Park Chalet in Anchorage. ALPAR always has a theme for the event and many attendees come in costume. This year the theme was “Pollution Pirates – Into the Bin, Matey!”
Molly of Denali is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the US to feature an Alaska Native lead character.