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Alaska COVID-19 Case Count Summary: Oct. 23, 2020

Alaska COVID-19 Case Count Summary: Oct. 23, 2020

  DHSS today announced 242 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 239 are residents in: Anchorage (143), Wasilla (24), Fairbanks (21), Juneau (6), Kenai (7), Palmer (6), Chugiak (5), Bethel…

Rushed, Reckless Seismic Testing Imperils Wildlife, Stifles the American Public’s Voice

Rushed, Reckless Seismic Testing Imperils Wildlife, Stifles the American Public’s Voice

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 23, 2020) — The Department of Interior’s headlong rush to conduct seismic testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge threatens iconic wildlife and Indigenous…

Following FMC Report, Congressman Young Calls on Congress to Act in Support of Alaska’s Travel & Tourism Industry

Following FMC Report, Congressman Young Calls on Congress to Act in Support of Alaska’s Travel & Tourism Industry

  Washington, D.C. – This week, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) released a report following a fact-finding investigation into the effects of COVID-19 on the cruise industry in Alaska, Washington, and…

General News

Coast Guard Saves Sinking Fishing Vessel Near Icy Bay

Coast Guard Saves Sinking Fishing Vessel Near Icy Bay

  A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew delivers a dewatering pump…

Five APD Officers Involved in Toakoana Drive Shooting, Investigation Continuing

Five APD Officers Involved in Toakoana Drive Shooting, Investigation Continuing

  While authorities as yet have not divulged the name of the suspect shot during…

Coast Guard Medevacs Man 100 Miles off Cold Bay

Coast Guard Medevacs Man 100 Miles off Cold Bay

  KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel Tuesday…

UPDATE: Suspect Shot in Eagle River SWAT Situation, Declared Deceased on Scene

UPDATE: Suspect Shot in Eagle River SWAT Situation, Declared Deceased on Scene

  UPDATE: The SWAT standoff in Eagle River has since gone deadly on Thursday morning.…

Oct 25, 2020, 11:56 am
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9 mph
real feel: 41°F
current pressure: 30 in
humidity: 81%
wind speed: 9 mph NNE
wind gusts: 9 mph
sunrise: 9:11 am
sunset: 6:30 pm
 
The Arctic and Alaska Science

Fireball in the Sky over Alaska

Fireball in the Sky over Alaska

  Katie Kangas operates a bed-and-breakfast in Ruby, Alaska. On the morning of October 15, she turned to look out her picture window, toward the cabin next door.…

Wildfires Are Changing Forest Communities in Interior Alaska

Wildfires Are Changing Forest Communities in Interior Alaska

  As boreal forest wildfires increase in severity and frequency, new patterns of post-fire recovery are emerging. Research led by Jill Johnstone and colleagues at the U.S. National Science…

Ravens and Crows are Hard to Fool

Ravens and Crows are Hard to Fool

  Biologist Stacia Backensto has fooled a raven. When trying to recapture birds on Alaska’s North Slope during her graduate student days at the University of Alaska Fairbanks,…

Cold tolerance not the same for everyone

Cold tolerance not the same for everyone

  This message once came from the grandfather of 5-year-old Ben, who lived near Inverness, Scotland: “Even in winter he will rapidly strip off and often plays in…

Fall Equinox and the Big Turn

Fall Equinox and the Big Turn

  On the first day of October, a little girl pulls on her rubber boots and rushes outside into crisp fall air. She knows the days are getting…

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 Saves Sinking Fishing Vessel Near Icy Bay

Coast Guard Saves Sinking Fishing Vessel Near Icy Bay

  A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew delivers a dewatering pump to a vessel in distress six miles south of Icy Bay Oct.…

NOAA, Local Council to Improve Marine Navigation Near Valdez

NOAA, Local Council to Improve Marine Navigation Near Valdez

  A new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, also known as PORTSⓇ, aims to improve maritime safety and efficiency off Valdez, Alaska. NOAA and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’…

NOAA Fisheries and Alaska Fisheries Science Center

First Direct Evidence of Killer Whale Predation on Bowhead Whales in the U.S. Pacific Arctic Documented by Scientists

First Direct Evidence of Killer Whale Predation on Bowhead Whales in the U.S. Pacific Arctic Documented by Scientists

  A new study provides essential information to conserve an endangered species and supports subsistence communities own observations. For the first time, scientists have direct evidence that…

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,…

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

Smoke-Alutiiq Word of the Week-October 18th

Smoke-Alutiiq Word of the Week-October 18th

  PUYUQ – SMOKE MECUUSQANEK KENERQAT PUYURNARTUU’UT. – WET FIREWOOD IS VERY SMOKY. In Alutiiq communities, wood smoke is best known for its ability to flavor and…

Puffin-Alutiiq Word of the Week-October 11th

Puffin-Alutiiq Word of the Week-October 11th

  TUNNGAT – PUFFINS TUNNGAT MANIGTUT P’HNAMI. – THE PUFFINS ARE LAYING EGGS ON THE CLIFF. Puffins, also known as sea parrots, are members of the auk…

Events/Notices

2020 Virtual Annual AFN Convention

2020 Virtual Annual AFN Convention

  Happy Indigenous People’s Day! As we prepare to host the largest gathering of Indigenous peoples in the United States on Thursday and Friday, October 15 and…

Kohanic Broadcast Corp. Brings Traditional Stories to Life With the Storyteller Radio Series

Kohanic Broadcast Corp. Brings Traditional Stories to Life With the Storyteller Radio Series

  Stories of Alaska’s original people hit public radio waves on Indigenous Peoples’ Day   Kohanic Broadcast Corporation is amplifying the voices of Alaska’s original people this…

Op/Ed and the Editor

Ballot Measure 2 Offers a Better Path for Rural Alaska

Ballot Measure 2 Offers a Better Path for Rural Alaska

  This November 3rd, we urge rural Alaskans to vote YES on Ballot Measure 2. Our current election system of closed primaries and uncompetitive general elections does…

Dear Friends and Alaska Neighbors

Dear Friends and Alaska Neighbors

  Dear Friends and Alaska Neighbors:   We don’t have to accept Governor Dunleavy’s decision to oppose needed revenue to run our state. He has been clear…

Alaska Weather

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Meet Your Alaskan Farmer: Meta Mesdag, Salty Lady Seafood Co.

Mariculture in Alaska is a growing industry with lots of economic potential for the state. Farmers like Meta Mesdag of the Salty Lady Seafood Company are working hard to bring world-class Alaska-grown shellfish straight from the farm to your table.

Alaska Sea Grant