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Alaska COVID-19 Case Count Summary: Sept. 24, 2020

Alaska COVID-19 Case Count Summary: Sept. 24, 2020

  DHSS today announced one death and 142 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 130 are residents in 21 communities:  Anchorage (67), Utqiaġvik (15), Fairbanks (8), Juneau…

UPDATE: Disappearance of Florence Okpealuk

UPDATE: Disappearance of Florence Okpealuk

  NOME, Alaska – Chief of Police Michael Heintzelman and Deputy Chief of Police Robert Pruckner announced an update Tuesday in the Nome Police Department’s investigation into the…

In Secretly-Recorded ‘Pebble Tapes,’ Mining Execs Reveal True Scope of 200-Year Project Planned for One of Earth’s ‘Most Pristine Ecosystems’

In Secretly-Recorded ‘Pebble Tapes,’ Mining Execs Reveal True Scope of 200-Year Project Planned for One of Earth’s ‘Most Pristine Ecosystems’

  “The Pebble Tapes reveal what we suspected,” said the Audubon Society of Alaska. “This is not a small, short-term project.” Tapes secretly recorded by the Environmental Investigation Agency…

General News

18-Year-Old Arrested in Brayton Drive Hit and Run that Killed Female Pedestrian Wednesday Morning

18-Year-Old Arrested in Brayton Drive Hit and Run that Killed Female Pedestrian Wednesday Morning

  Anchorage police responded to the intersection of Brayton Drive and Academy Drive at 1:35…

‘Pebble Tapes’ Expose Lies and a Flawed Permitting Process

‘Pebble Tapes’ Expose Lies and a Flawed Permitting Process

  ANCHORAGE, AK – A dozen videos released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) unequivocally…

Moose Hunter Killed in grizzly Bear Attack in Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Moose Hunter Killed in grizzly Bear Attack in Wrangell-St Elias National Park

  For the first time since the Wrangell-St Elias National Park’s creation, a hunter has…

Bristol Bay Tribes Shocked at Depth of Pebble’s Deception, Efforts to Rig the Process

Bristol Bay Tribes Shocked at Depth of Pebble’s Deception, Efforts to Rig the Process

  DILLINGHAM, AK – The latest news of Pebble’s efforts to get a favorable permit…

Anchorage Woman Jailed on Felony Assault after Parks Highway Road Rage Incident

Anchorage Woman Jailed on Felony Assault after Parks Highway Road Rage Incident

  Fairbanks-based troopers revealed that a 31-year-old Anchorage woman has been jailed with no bail…

Five-Year-Old Boy Dies in Hospital after being Pinned under Vehicle in Old Glenn Highway Accident

Five-Year-Old Boy Dies in Hospital after being Pinned under Vehicle in Old Glenn Highway Accident

  Alaska State Troopers report that the child pinned under the vehicle in the single-vehicle…

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The Arctic and Alaska Science

Earthquakes and Insects on Alaska Road Trips

Earthquakes and Insects on Alaska Road Trips

  A few nights ago, stretched in a tent on the blue-gray gravel of the Lowe River floodplain, I woke to a series of sharp jolts. It felt…

‘Another Alarm Bell in the Climate Emergency’ as Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Second Lowest Extent on Record

‘Another Alarm Bell in the Climate Emergency’ as Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Second Lowest Extent on Record

  “We are headed towards a seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean, and this year is another nail in the coffin.” Arctic sea ice shrank to the second-lowest extent since…

Study to Investigate Melting Malaspina Glacier, Potential New Bay

Study to Investigate Melting Malaspina Glacier, Potential New Bay

  The rapidly melting Malaspina Glacier in southeastern Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park could create a new ocean bay, one feature in what may be the largest landscape…

NOAA Bathymetric Data Helps Scientists More Accurately Model Tsunami Risk Within Barry Arm

NOAA Bathymetric Data Helps Scientists More Accurately Model Tsunami Risk Within Barry Arm

  In May of 2020, local geologists identified a steep, unstable slope that has the potential to become a tsunami-generating landslide in Barry Arm, a glacial fjord 60…

Return to Crash Site is Emotional, Healing

Return to Crash Site is Emotional, Healing

  Ben Jones recently returned to the tundra site of a plane crash that in May took the life of the pilot, and left Jones bloodied and broken.…

News from Alaska SeaGrant

Alaska Sea Grant Efforts Result in Over $8.5 Million in Economic Benefits to Alaska in 2019

Alaska Sea Grant Efforts Result in Over $8.5 Million in Economic Benefits to Alaska in 2019

  Alaska Sea Grant projects and programs produced over $8.5 million in economic benefits to the state last year, as reported to National Sea Grant. These benefits…

Alaska Sea Grant survey reveals challenges to mariculture industry caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Alaska Sea Grant survey reveals challenges to mariculture industry caused by COVID-19 pandemic

  Alaska Sea Grant recently surveyed the Alaska mariculture industry to shed light on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and response on their businesses in February…

At Sea

Coast Guard Medevacs Crewmember near Dutch Harbor

Coast Guard Medevacs Crewmember near Dutch Harbor

  A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevacs a 48-year-old crewmember from the 653-foot merchant vessel Morning Peace approximately 130 miles southwest of…

Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman Near Cold Bay

Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman Near Cold Bay

  The Coast Guard medevaced a 40-year-old fisherman with a back injury from fishing vessel Atlantico 40 miles west of Cold Bay, Alaska, Sept. 16. Coast Guard…

NOAA Fisheries and Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Rare Albino Fur Seal Pup Stands Out

Rare Albino Fur Seal Pup Stands Out

  NOAA Fisheries Affiliate Vladimir Burkanov discovered an albino fur seal on a recent research trip to the remote island of Tyuleny in the Sea of Okhotsk,…

Pink Salmon May Benefit as Pacific Arctic Warms

Pink Salmon May Benefit as Pacific Arctic Warms

  New research provides a glimpse into the future to help Arctic fishing communities prepare for change. The Pacific Arctic is undergoing a rapid transformation. As temperatures…

Fishermen's News Online

Salmon Harvests in Alaska Generally Below Expectations

Salmon Harvests in Alaska Generally Below Expectations

  Commercial salmon harvests in Alaska are off to a slow start in the 2020 season, with year-to-date statewide landings at just over three million fish –…

Copper River Seafoods Initiates New Cost Saver Cold Storage Plan

Copper River Seafoods Initiates New Cost Saver Cold Storage Plan

  After years of storing large quantities of its flash frozen seafood with a Seattle cold storage firm, Copper River Seafoods is investing in its own cold…

Acid Society

Japan-Owned Oil Tanker Breaks Apart off Mauritius Coast

Japan-Owned Oil Tanker Breaks Apart off Mauritius Coast

  A Japanese bulk carrier that struck a coral reef last month off the Mauritius coast broke apart Saturday afternoon, the country’s National Crisis Committee said in…

Smart Sponge Could Clean Up Oil Spills

Smart Sponge Could Clean Up Oil Spills

  A team funded by the National Science Foundation has developed a porous smart sponge that selectively soaks up oil in water. With an ability to absorb more than 30 times…

Alutiiq Word of the Week & Museum News

Snare-Alutiiq Word of the Week-September 20th

  NEGAQ – SNARE MIKLLUMNI PAPAAMA NEGANEK PILITAAKIINGA, AMITATUGNEK PISIURLUTA. – WHEN I WAS SMALL MY DAD MADE ME SNARES SO WE COULD CATCH WEASELS. Fall and…

Clothing-Alutiiq Word of the Week-September 13th

Clothing-Alutiiq Word of the Week-September 13th

  ARUNAT, AUNAT, ATKUT – CLOTHING ARUNANEK PILIYUQ. – SHE IS MAKING CLOTHES. Sewing in classical Alutiiq society was often a social activity. Women enjoyed each other’s…

Events/Notices

2020 Alaska Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

2020 Alaska Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

  The Alaska Fallen Firefighter Memorial Committee, the Alaska State Firefighters Association, and the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association in conjunction with Fire Agencies from across Alaska will…

AMHS Winter 2020-2021 Schedule is Open for Booking

AMHS Winter 2020-2021 Schedule is Open for Booking

  Schedule provides reduced service due to low revenues (KETCHIKAN, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) released its 2020-2021 winter schedule today. Reservations are available…

Op/Ed and the Editor

Alaska State Parks offers open space to meet COVID challenges

Alaska State Parks offers open space to meet COVID challenges

  Those looking for a silver lining in the “summer of COVID” might find one in a variation on the old “good news/bad news” story. The bad…

Dan Sullivan Finally Taking a Position on the Pebble Mine Project

Dan Sullivan Finally Taking a Position on the Pebble Mine Project

  Senator Sullivan has had 6 years to come out against the pebble mine—and saying the bare minimum against it now after the National Republican Party gave…

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Alaska’s Pollock Fishery: A Model of Sustainability

Alaska pollock is the second largest fishery in the world and the biggest in the United States by volume. It’s worth an estimated $1.9 billion, supporting nearly 30,000 U.S. jobs. It’s also recognized worldwide for being well-managed and sustainable.

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