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I Am The Bone Builder | INDIE ALASKA

You could say that skeleton building is in his bones. Lee Post's articulated creations can be found in museums and visitor centers across Alaska and the Lower 48. Every summer, Post guides students at the Peterson Bay Field Station through a mystery bone-building project.---------------INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The weekly series captures the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these videos present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska. 
Colleen Mondor
New Zealand photographers and filmmakers Richard Sidey and Aliscia Young visited Alaska last month and created this short video to share some of their experiences.Using a camera-mounted DJI Phantom 3 drone, they filmed in Katmai National Park, the Sawyer Glacier in Tracey Arm, Elfin Cove and Prince Frederick Sound, where they captured some spectacular footage of humpback whales.The drone had about 20 minutes of flying time with its battery and could cover a distance of 1.2 miles, Sidey said. The filmmakers floated in a nearby Zodiac while filming. In a recent email, Sidey characterized landing the drone in the Zodiac as "challenging," which is probably the understatement of the year.They also used a GoPro 4 to capture some underwater footage of the whales.Sidey has recently received some acclaim for his full length movie "Speechless: The Polar Realm," which also includes Alaska footage.You can learn more about Richard Sidey and Aliscia Young via their websites. The music for "Wild Alaska" is ‘Transcendence’ by Inga Liljestrom. Contact Colleen Mondor at
Scott Jensen


​The Arctic Alaska village of Kivalina has recently found itself in the news following a visit to the state from President Barack Obama -- who used the community as an example of the impacts of climate change during a speech in Kotzebue last week -- as well as talk of a new road and a new school, and even the 'R' word: relocation. But none of those things are the primary concern for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Engineering Services Director John Warren. During his many visits in the last decade to the small village on the edge of the Chukchi Sea, Warren wasn't thinking about politics, only health. And in that regard, there was no denying a problem existed.“We just simply couldn’t look the other way,” Warren said. “They had no good place to dispose of their human waste.”READ MORE: New sanitation system tested in Arctic village of Kivalina
Shelby Lum


PALMER -- The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs took off down the track at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. In the first Hogwarts heat were Ham-ione Granger in yellow, Voldepork in red and Harry Trotter in orange. Ham-ione Granger won the first heat and would face off against the winner of the second Star Boars heat, which included Luke Skyporker, Darth Bacon and Ham Solo. At the end of the race, Ham-ione Granger took home the win against Ham Solo. The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs are set to race through Saturday at the fair. 
Scott Jensen


Watch President Obama's entire speech from September 2, 2015 to a packed house at Kotzebue's middle and high school. Topics he discussed include his thoughts on being the first sitting US President to travel north of the Arctic Circle, his impressions of Alaska and Alaskans, how climate change affects Alaska and how he wants to tackle the problem as he sees it, Alaska's expanded role in public healthcare assistance and renewable energy.More coverage of President Obama's trip to Alaska 
Scott Jensen


President Obama's trip north centered on climate change. These are the last moments of his speech in Kotzebue. He left the crowd with a warning: "When it comes to climate change, there is such a thing as 'being too late.' The effects can be irreversible if we don't act," he said. "And that moment is almost here."
Scott Jensen


After laying out evidence of climate change in Alaska and beyond, President Obama outlined possible solutions.
Scott Jensen


With President Barack Obama's visit to Alaska now over, village life on the edge of the Chukchi Sea continues with uncertainty.Kivalina is wedged onto a sliver of gravel not even a quarter-mile across at its widest, between the open sea to the west and the expansive Kivalina Lagoon to the east. Regular fall storms there are about to begin again. A revetment put in place by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2010 has done well holding back pounding waves from the Chukchi Sea.But there's a continuing threat in the lagoon. Currents in the lagoon produced by the Wulik and Kivalina Rivers slowly eat away at east side of the barrier island. The closest home is now within a few feet of the water at high tide. Aside from several dozen small boulders 29-year-old Carlos Sage has placed at the foundation of the orange house where he was born, his home is unprotected.Another continuing concern: Kivalina has no running water. There is no sewer. Residents must remove their feces from 5-gallon "honey buckets" fitted with toilet seat lids and place the bags outside for pickup. It's primitive in Kivalina. And a solution is mired in politics.Most folks here look to relocation as the answer. Moving the village to a more secure site has been talked about for decades. But so far there's no firm plan.These are the primary concerns people living in Kivalina want President Obama to understand. That he came to their region, and that he mentioned their plight in his remarks to more than a thousand neighbors in nearby Kotzebue, gives hope that help is on the way.
Scott Jensen


President Obama devoted the final ten minutes of his speech at Kotezbue's middle and high school to laying out evidence of climate change and the solutions he is spearheading. The president mentioned the village of Kivalina at the edge of the Chuckchi Sea on a sliver of gravel not even a quarter-mile across at its widest point. Obama flew over the barrier island this afternoon to see it firsthand. "What's happening here is America's wake-up call," he said. "It should be the world's wake-up call."Read more: Obama touts support for Alaska in visit to Kotzebue
Scott Jensen


In his speech in Kotzebue, President Obama thanked Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott for their recent leadership in helping pave the way for thousands more Alaskans to gain health care under Medicaid next year.Read more: Obama touts support for Alaska in visit to Kotzebue
Scott Jensen


President Obama talked about programs to benefit Alaskans including new Coast Guard icebreakers, National Park improvements to boost tourism and efforts to connect schools to high-speed Internet by 2018.Read more: Obama touts support for Alaska in visit to Kotzebue
Scott Jensen


President Barack Obama took a few minutes of his speech in Kotzebue Wednesday night to reflect on his time in Alaska and the people he met here.READ MORE: Live blog -- Obama in Alaska