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September 2017

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Articles

Alaska’s New Mall Tenants

Nationally, much of the retail industry faces an existential crisis from the growth of online shopping. Locally, Alaska is headed into its second year of recession. Neither of these factors has stopped business owners, including some major national brands, from investing in Alaska malls and shopping centers this year.

Alaska’s Increasing Fitness Options

According to President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition data (which operates under the US Department of Health & Human Services), more than 80 percent of adults do not currently meet recommended guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.

Cultural Education in Alaska

Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe High School, which has a high enrollment of Alaska Native students, is one of the top educational facilities in the nation. It has a 90 percent minority enrollment, 79 percent of whom are Alaska Native students with a graduation rate of 98 percent. Yet, Alaska Native student graduation rates in other schools across the state are by far disproportionately worse than nearly all other student categories.

Koniag, Inc.’s CEO Dr. Elizabeth Perry

In May, Koniag, Inc.’s Board of Directors added to their existing core values—planning for the long term, celebrating our heritage and culture, embracing diversity, being open and honest, and having pride in our work—the newest core value: sharing the catch.

Visiting Hughes

The first thing I notice about the Koyukuk River region from my perch in the cockpit of the tiny bush plane transporting a handful of villagers, visitors, and supplies to the Koyukon Athabascan village of Hughes are the magnificent splashes of bright magenta covering the mountains. Fireweed, true to its name, has completely overtaken the burned remains of hundreds of thousands of forestland left behind after massive fires raged on both sides of the Koyukuk River in 2015.
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