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March Jobs up 0.3% from Last Year; Unemployment Rate at 6.5%

March Jobs up 0.3% from Last Year; Unemployment Rate at 6.5%

  JUNEAU, Alaska—March employment was up an estimated 0.3 percent, or 1,000 jobs, from March 2018. Construction added the largest number of jobs from last March (1,100), followed…

University of Alaska Southeast Commencement 2019

University of Alaska Southeast Commencement 2019

  JUNEAU, SITKA, KETCHIKAN – On the first weekend in May, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) will celebrate student achievement and success at commencement activities on its…

Murkowski questions National Guard and Reserve Leaders on Arctic Training

Murkowski questions National Guard and Reserve Leaders on Arctic Training

 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently participated in a Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2020 Budget Request for the National Guard and…

General News

Six in Fairbanks Charged following February Mail Theft Investigation

Six in Fairbanks Charged following February Mail Theft Investigation

  Alaska State Troopers reported on Friday that they have charged six suspects involved in…

Escapee Arrested after holding up Woman at Northern Lights Bus Stop

Escapee Arrested after holding up Woman at Northern Lights Bus Stop

  Anchorage escapee, 45-year-old Elizabeth Nesbitt, who had escaped from custody while housed at the…

Three Perish in Noatak after going through the Ice on Snow Machines

Three Perish in Noatak after going through the Ice on Snow Machines

  Alaska State troopers report that three individuals from Noatak who went through the ice…

UPDATE: Anchorage Man with Federal Arrest Warrants Apprehended after High Speed Chase through Wasilla

UPDATE: Anchorage Man with Federal Arrest Warrants Apprehended after High Speed Chase through Wasilla

  Troopers in Wasilla report that an Anchorage man took them on a high-speed chase…

Seward Man Jailed on Double Counts of Murder

Seward Man Jailed on Double Counts of Murder

  Alaska State Troopers report that they have taken a Seward man into custody and…


The Arctic and Alaska Science

Carbon Dioxide Sample From Utqiaġvik Provides Wake-up Call on Climate

Carbon Dioxide Sample From Utqiaġvik Provides Wake-up Call on Climate

NOAA scientist Bryan Thomas stands outside the Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory. How does the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere measured at Hawai‘i’s Mauna Loa volcano over…

Innoko is a Long River Short on People

Innoko is a Long River Short on People

A quick comparison of two great rivers in America: One, the Wabash, runs 503 miles through Indiana, flowing past 4 million people on its journey to the Ohio…

Air Temperatures in the Arctic are Driving System Change

Air Temperatures in the Arctic are Driving System Change

 A new paper shows that air temperature is the “smoking gun” behind climate change in the Arctic, according to John Walsh, chief scientist for the University of…

Iditarod: One of the Last Gold Rush Towns

Iditarod: One of the Last Gold Rush Towns

  The mushers were gone, and so were the 640 dogs that pulled them out of town. A few days earlier, the volunteers who gave life to Iditarod…

Events/Notices

Red Cross Asks Public to Sound the Alarm, Help Save Lives

Red Cross Asks Public to Sound the Alarm, Help Save Lives

  Volunteers to install more than 800 free smoke alarms in Alaska  ANCHORAGE — Beginning this weekend, the American Red Cross will Sound the Alarm in Alaska as…

Governor Announces Roadshow Events in North Pole and Anchorage

Governor Announces Roadshow Events in North Pole and Anchorage

  (Juneau) – Thursday, the Office of Governor Michael. J. Dunleavy announced upcoming stops in North Pole and Anchorage as part of the Governor’s “Statewide Discussion for…

At Sea

Prince William Sound Sport and Subsistence Shrimp Pot Fishery Opens

Prince William Sound Sport and Subsistence Shrimp Pot Fishery Opens

  (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) –Today kicked off the 2019 Prince William Sound sport and subsistence shrimp pot fishery. Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be out patrolling and checking buoys…

District 11 Coast Guard Offloads more than 7.1 Tons of Cocaine in San Diego

District 11 Coast Guard Offloads more than 7.1 Tons of Cocaine in San Diego

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offload contraband at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego April 5, 2019. The 7.1 tons of drugs were seized during…

NOAA Fisheries and Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Alaska NOAA Team Examines Dead Endangered Sperm Whale

Alaska NOAA Team Examines Dead Endangered Sperm Whale

It was a rare find: a dead sperm whale washed up on a beach in Alaska’s famed Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska. Sperm whales, which are endangered, usually hang out…

Bering Sea is the Focus of a New NOAA Effort to Deliver Science to Fisheries Managers

Bering Sea is the Focus of a New NOAA Effort to Deliver Science to Fisheries Managers

  New approach will deliver more timely, actionable data on changing ocean conditions. The Bering Sea is home to some of the nation’s largest and most profitable…

Fishermen's News Online

Bristol Bay Fishermen Sue BBRSDA Over Pebble Mine

Bristol Bay Fishermen Sue BBRSDA Over Pebble Mine

  Six Bristol Bay fishermen, funded by developers of the proposed Pebble mine, are suing the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) over its contracts with…

Sockeye Harvest Down, But Possible Record Chum Catch

Sockeye Harvest Down, But Possible Record Chum Catch

  Forecasts for the 2019 Alaska commercial salmon season released in early April project a harvest of 213.2 million fish, mostly due to increases in pink and…

Rural

Alaska Air Guardsmen Rescue Pilot near Pish River

Alaska Air Guardsmen Rescue Pilot near Pish River

  JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a pilot of a Cessna 185 aircraft…

Yute Air PA-32 Crashes Northeast of Bethel

Yute Air PA-32 Crashes Northeast of Bethel

  A Bethel Alaska Army Guard UH-60 helicopter responded to a location 30 miles northeast of Bethel late Thursday afternoon in reference to a commercial aircraft crash…

Alutiiq Word of the Week & Museum News

Play-Alutiiq Word of the Week-April 14th

Play-Alutiiq Word of the Week-April 14th

esson 2142 Wamluni, Salirluni—Play Wamqutartut.—They are going to play. Education in Alutiiq communities focused on training children the essential skills of adult life. Young people learned these…

Sea Cucumber-Alutiiq Word of the Week-April 7th

Sea Cucumber-Alutiiq Word of the Week-April 7th

Anaqiitaq—Sea Cucumber Allrani guangkuta nertaartukut anaqiitanek.—Sometimes we eat sea cucumbers. The sea cucumber is an echinoderm, a creature related to sea urchins and sea stars. There are…

Acid Society

Cleanup Continues at Buskin River Oil Spill Site

Cleanup Continues at Buskin River Oil Spill Site

  Oil spill responders are continuing the cleanup at the American President Lines facility near Anton Larsen Bay Road and Old Tom Stiles Road, the Buskin River, its…

Environmental Advocates Sue EPA over Outdated Response Plan for Oil Spills

Environmental Advocates Sue EPA over Outdated Response Plan for Oil Spills

  Warning of “Next Big One” Under Trump Administration’s Expanded Drilling Plans, Advocates Seek Urgent EPA Action on the Toxic Dispersant Corexit San Francisco, CA-March 25—The University…

Op/Ed and the Editor

If You Know Youth who Vape, Help them Understand the Risks

If You Know Youth who Vape, Help them Understand the Risks

  Remember Joe Camel, the 1980s and 90s advertising mascot for Camel cigarettes? Or the Journal of the American Medical Association study that found children were just…

The Corrupt Bastard’s Club is Alive and Well

The Corrupt Bastard’s Club is Alive and Well

  Today BP is in a joint venture with a Chinese company. Together, they are producing 3 million barrels per day from Iraq’s Rumaila field. The two…


Statewide Weather

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Why Alaska Uses Old Planes

Alaska has some of the roughest terrain and weather on earth. But you'll find the planes up here are commonly 20, 40, even 50 years old! Video-Larry Csonka/Youtube