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 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 30, 2022 

Republican and Democratic state senators organize in coalition

Seventeen of Alaska’s 20 state senators and senator-elects have banded together to form a bipartisan majority coalition that members promise will be moderate and consensus-focused. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican and veteran lawmaker known as a m... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 23, 2022

Ongoing worker shortage drags down Alaska economy

Alaska’s economy shows signs of prosperity. But it’s also facing an emerging crisis. A veteran economist described these contradictory forces in a presentation Nov. 16 at an industry conference in Anchorage. “We have the strangest and weirdest... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 16, 2022

Murkowski, Peltola wait for final count, but both appear headed to re-election

Alaskans may have decided to re-elect Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Mary Peltola to Congress, but the final outcome will not be known until the last ballots are tallied next week and, in one or both races, ranked-choice voting is factored into the... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 19, 2022

Metlakatla working to prevent spread of invasive green crabs

Natalie Bennett was walking surveying a beach on Annette Island as part of a team trying to defend Southeast Alaska from marine invaders when she made a major but ominous discovery: the state’s first documented shell of an invasive European green... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 19, 2022

State task force focusing on possible answers to salmon bycatch

The stakes in Alaska are high in the search for a solution to the problem of bycatch, the unintended at-sea harvest of non-target species, such as hundreds of thousands of salmon a year, by commercial fishermen that are going after pollock or other f... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 19, 2022

Quakers apologize for Native boarding schools, including one in Juneau

The Alaska Quakers apologized to Alaska Native communities for the boarding schools it ran in Alaska and the United States, which forcibly assimilated and abused Indigenous children, separated them from their families and caused intergenerational... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 12, 2022

NOAA report sees opportunities and challenges for Alaska mariculture industry

Alaska has special opportunities for developing a thriving aquaculture industry, but also special challenges that stand in the way of such ambitions, according to a new strategic science plan issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 5, 2022

Modeling saw the storm but not the surges that devastated coastal Alaska

When the remnants of Typhoon Merbok were barreling toward western Alaska to unleash what turned out to be the region’s strongest storm in more than half a century, meteorologists knew what was coming. What they could not predict was the exact...


State requests 100% federal disaster funding to pay storm costs

Alaska officials are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide 100% of the funds necessary for Western Alaska communities to recover from damages inflicted by Typhoon Merbok. That would match the 100% funding that was committed to... Full story


To encourage more young fishermen, look to farm programs as models, new study argues

Young Alaskans seeking to break into commercial fishing face a lot of the same barriers that confront young farmers in the Lower 48 states, but they have far fewer resources to help overcome those...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    September 7, 2022

Project will look for ways to boost abalone numbers

There is only one species of abalone native to Alaska waters, and a new project is underway to try find ways to boost its depleted numbers. An Alaska Abalone Recovery Working Group is brainstorming ideas for strengthening the state’s vulnerable...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    August 31, 2022

Most marine mammal deaths due to fishing gear, marine debris

Over a five-year period, 867 Alaska sea lions, seals, whales and small marine mammals like dolphins died or were gravely injured from interactions with humans, according to a report newly released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 27, 2022

Record harvest in Bristol Bay and the opposite along the Yukon

For Alaska salmon fishing, the summer of 2022 is the best of times and the worst of times. In the Bristol Bay region, the sockeye salmon run and harvest amounts set new records, as was predicted in the preseason forecast. As of July 18, the run had t...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 6, 2022

Report finds increase in whale entanglements in fishing gear

Alaska was the only U.S. coastal region to have an increase in the confirmed cases of large whales entangled in fishing gear in 2020, a contrast to a national trend of declining cases over the past six to eight years, according to a report issued...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 6, 2022

Researchers learn more about Alaska's deep-sea corals

Scientists are on the water this summer, gathering information about a once-mysterious habitat - the large and varied gardens of colorful corals that cover parts of the Alaska seafloor. What they lear...


Advocates question high ballot rejection rate among Native voters

As election officials count votes in Alaska’s first-ever statewide election by mail, they have rejected thousands of submitted ballots, including one in six from a Western Alaska state House district, causing concern from observers who say the...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    June 22, 2022

Council declines to impose new salmon bycatch rules on trawlers

Western Alaska villagers have endured the worst chum salmon runs on record, several years of anemic Chinook salmon runs in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, harvest closures from the Bering Sea coast to Canada’s Yukon Territory and such dire...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 25, 2022

State's chief doctor wants to return focus back to wellness

When Dr. Anne Zink began working as the state’s chief medical officer in the summer of 2019, she had a vision of transforming the state’s health system into one that promotes health holistically...


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