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  • PenAir Flight into Unalaska Crashes on Landing, One Deceased Oct 18, 2019
    A PenAir flight to Unalaska crashed shortly after landing at that airport just before 6 pm as it left the runway and came to a violent stop at the edge of Captain’s Bay taking the life of one passenger, Alaska State Troopers reported. The aircraft operated by PenAir, a twin-engine Saab 2000, had  39 passengers […]
  • Congressman Don Young Leads Legislation to Strengthen Safety Programs for Alaska’s Fishermen Oct 18, 2019
    Washington, D.C. — This week, Alaska Congressman Don Young and Congressman Jared Golden (D-ME-02) introduced the Funding Instruction for Safety Health, and Security Avoids Fishing Emergencies (FISH SAFE) Act today. The FISH SAFE Act is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would increase the federal funding available for grants to support fishing safety training and research programs. […]
  • Alaskans Rally for Justice at AFN in Fairbanks Oct 18, 2019
    Image-Photos of rally at Carlson Center AFN convention in Fairbanks by Defend the Sacred AK Larger imagery available for viewing at: Defend the Sacred AK Fairbanks, Alaska – Alaskans rallied Thursday, October 17 in front of the Carlson Center at Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention to voice the urgent need for climate action and […]
  • Three Rollovers, One Fatal, Caused by Icy Sterling Highway Conditions Oct 18, 2019
    Alaska State Troopers revealed at least three accidents, one fatal, that occurred on the Sterling Highway within an hour on Thursday morning as a result of icy highway conditions. The first call came in at 6:55 am on Thursday reporting that a vehicle had rolled over near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Longmere […]
  • Brian Smith Indicted in Murder of Second Alaska Native Woman Oct 18, 2019
    Brian Smith, age 48, the man charged with the videotaped death of Alaska Native woman, 30-year-old Kathleen Henry, was indicted for the murder of a second Alaska Native woman that occurred a year prior. The indictment was the result of a confession by Smith during the police interview in the death of Henry after his […]
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  • It’s Alaska Day! Oct 18, 2019
    One hundred and fifty-two years ago, Alaska was formally transferred from Russia to the United States after it was purchased from Russia for the sum of $7.2 million on March 30th, 1867. It took several months for commissioners to arrive in the territory of Alaska to formally transfer ownership. And so, on October 18th, 1867, […]
  • AFN 2019 Quyana Oct 18, 2019
    FAIRBANKS, AK – The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) invites you to Quyana Alaska on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 during 2019 AFN Convention.  Our traditional dances remain the lifeblood of our culture and our communities. They sustain us and connect us with our rich cultural history. Passed from generation to generation, our dances ensure that the many distinct […]
  • Murkowski Introduces Legislation to Address Alaska’s Rural Public Safety Crisis Oct 18, 2019
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In her continued effort to address the public safety crisis in rural Alaska, U.S Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Alaska Tribal Public Safety Empowerment Act, legislation to empower tribes in Alaska to exercise the special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction on a pilot basis. Among domestic violence victims in Alaska, Native women […]
  • Anchorage Man Jailed on Drug/Weapons Charges and Warrants Oct 17, 2019
    On October 1st, swing-shift officers opened an investigation and requested and received a search warrant to a residence on the 4400-block of Juneau Street after receiving tips from two callers reporting drug activity taking place there. APD officers learned from the callers that the suspect, identified as Bruce A. Bishop was dealing meth and heroin […]

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Middle Alaska Once Again Part of the Cryosphere

Middle Alaska Once Again Part of the Cryosphere

With a whisper, middle Alaska is undergoing its biggest change of the year. Billions of snowflakes waft to the dark, wet ground, linking their spiky, broken arms as they collide, settling into a white cushion. The great albedo change of 2019 might be here. Snow is covering this…

Sifting Volcano Paydirt to Help Forecast Eruptions

Sifting Volcano Paydirt to Help Forecast Eruptions

More than 100 volcanoes pimple the adolescent skin of Alaska, spreading from ear to ear. Some are loud, flamboyant and obnoxious. Others are sneaky and quiet, escaping notice until a pilot sees a gray plume that wasn’t there yesterday. Because people live on the slopes of these volcanoes…

Alaska Pacific University Joins the University of the Arctic

Alaska Pacific University Joins the University of the Arctic

Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska Pacific University (APU) has been accepted as a member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic), the international network of research and educational organizations concerned with issues affecting the Circumpolar North. The membership approval came during the UArctic Council meeting held in Stockholm, Sweden,…

UAF-led Study Finds Safe Mercury Levels in Kotzebue Sound Fish

UAF-led Study Finds Safe Mercury Levels in Kotzebue Sound Fish

A new analysis of Kotzebue Sound fish has found that mercury levels in a variety of its subsistence…

Raccoons, Wild Pigs and Other Bad Ideas

Raccoons, Wild Pigs and Other Bad Ideas

After reading my column about biologists who once stocked a Southeast Alaska island with wolves, a reader mailed…

New Tsunami Map Tool Empowers Alaskans to Plan for the Worst

New Tsunami Map Tool Empowers Alaskans to Plan for the Worst

September is national preparedness month and, for many Alaskans, that means thinking about tsunamis. With the most earthquakes and the…

Planet Walk puts Things in Perspective

Planet Walk puts Things in Perspective

It is a pleasant day for a walk in middle Alaska, with blue sky overhead, sandhill cranes croaking…

Thermometers at Work Everywhere in Alaska

Thermometers at Work Everywhere in Alaska

Every Alaskan owns at least one version of a sensitive scientific instrument: the thermometer. But what is it…

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