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  • Wildfires May Send Permafrost Protections up in Smoke Jan 28, 2020
      Across much of Alaska, permafrost is thawing. In most locations of interior and south Alaska, what permafrost exists is protected by the ecosystems around it. Trees, moss and peat shade the ground from summer heat and help slow thaw. At the same time, scientists predict that wildfire seasons in Alaska will increase in duration and […]
  • DVPO Suspect Injures Wasilla Trooper During Arrest Jan 28, 2020
      AST revealed that a trooper received minor injuries during the arrest of a Domestic Violence Protective Order suspect on Tuesday morning. Troopers received a call-in at 5:19 pm on Monday reporting that 27-year-old Tyler Jimenez was violating a DVPO on Unalaska Drive in Wasilla.  At 7:30 am on Tuesday, troopers went to the Mat-Su […]
  • Congressman Young Announces 2020 Service Academy Nominations Jan 28, 2020
      Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young announced his official list of Alaskan students nominated for appointment to a United States Service Academy for the Class of 2024. “It is a tremendous honor to represent so many talented young students who are willing to serve our country in uniform,” said Congressman Young. “I am delighted to once again nominate […]
  • Global Efforts to Contain Coronavirus Epidemic May Not Work, Experts Warn Jan 28, 2020
      The coronavirus outbreak in mainland China is spiraling out of the country’s ability to control it and spreading across the world as health experts warn that it may be impossible to fully control what could be turning into a global epidemic.  Experts in infectious diseases told Scientific American‘s health vertical STAT on Monday that despite the efforts of […]
  • Mosquitoes are Drawn to Flowers as much as People — and now Scientists Know Why Jan 28, 2020
      Without their keen sense of smell, mosquitoes wouldn’t get very far. They rely on this sense to find a host to bite and spots to lay eggs. And without that sense of smell, mosquitoes could not locate their dominant source of food: nectar from flowers. “Nectar is an important source of food for all […]
  • Fairbanks Victim Hospitalized after being Shot by Unknown Assailant Jan 28, 2020
      A 37-year-old man in Fairbanks was transported to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound after calling in the incident early Tuesday morning, troopers report. The victim, whose name was not released called AST at 1:21 am on Tuesday morning to report that he had been shot by an unknown person while at […]
  • NTSB: Pilot of Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Climbed to Avoid Cloud Layer Jan 28, 2020
      The pilot of the helicopter that crashed and killed basketball superstar Kobe Bryant climbed to avoid a cloud layer just before slamming into a hillside, federal investigators say. Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday the pilot received special clearance to fly in heavy fog, then minutes later advised air traffic […]
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Prepared to Protect Health of Travelers, Staff and the Public Jan 28, 2020
      (Anchorage) – Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) has taken additional precautions to protect the health and welfare of travelers, airport staff and the public, from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). ANC is coordinating its efforts with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). Since the first of the year, six cargo flights from Wuhan, China have landed at ANC. These cargo flights […]
  • January 28th, 1908 Jan 28, 2020
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  • Forest Service Paying Timber Industry to Pick Which Trees It Wants in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest Jan 27, 2020
      Documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act detail close collaboration linking logging interests, Forest Service, and State of Alaska JUNEAU – Up to $1.3 million in U.S. Forest Service (USFS) dollars will wind up in the hands of the Alaska Forest Association – a timber industry group – for work that entails selecting old-growth […]

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DOT&PF Seeks Public Review of 2020 Summer Ferry Schedule

DOT&PF Seeks Public Review of 2020 Summer Ferry Schedule

  (JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities proposed Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) schedule for May 2020 through September 2020 is now available for public review. Communities and interested people can review and comment on the proposed schedule through February 3, 2020.  The draft…

‘The Blob,’ Food Supply Squeeze to Blame for Largest Seabird Die-off

‘The Blob,’ Food Supply Squeeze to Blame for Largest Seabird Die-off

  The common murre is a self-sufficient, resilient bird. Though the seabird must eat about half of its body weight in prey each day, common murres are experts at catching the small “forage fish” they need to survive. Herring, sardines, anchovies and even juvenile salmon are no match…

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Overdue Boater near Sitka

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Overdue Boater near Sitka

  SITKA, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for an overdue kayaker near Sitka. Missing is 36-year-old Kale Pastel. The search spanned more than 45 hours, 111 square miles, and included the following assets: MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka 26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation…

Coast Guard, Sitka Mountain Rescue searching for overdue kayaker near Sitka

Coast Guard, Sitka Mountain Rescue searching for overdue kayaker near Sitka

  SITKA, Alaska — The Coast Guard and Sitka Mountain Rescue are searching for an overdue kayaker near…

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Five Missing from Scandies Rose

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Five Missing from Scandies Rose

  JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 6:08 p.m. for five missing fishermen…

Coast Guard Searching for Survivors After Boat Sinks Near Sutwik Island, 5 Still Missing

Coast Guard Searching for Survivors After Boat Sinks Near Sutwik Island, 5 Still Missing

  JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard crews are searching for five people in the water Wednesday after their boat…

Coast Guard Experiencing Communication Degradation in Prince William Sound

Coast Guard Experiencing Communication Degradation in Prince William Sound

  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders are experiencing intermittent communications within the 3,745 square-mile area of Prince…

Microplastics Million Times More Abundant in the Ocean Than Previously Thought

Microplastics Million Times More Abundant in the Ocean Than Previously Thought

Mini-microplastics uncovered in the stomachs of filter-feeding marine organisms Nothing seems safe from plastic contamination. A new study…

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