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 By Alaska Beacon    News    May 17, 2023

New law will exempt low-power e-bikes from regulation

Low-power electric bicycles would be exempt from state regulation under a bill passed by the Alaska Legislature and on its way to the governor for signature into law. The state Senate and House each approved the measure by wide margins, with only... Full story

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 17, 2023

High school graduation marks new beginnings for senior class

After 12 years of studying, paying attention, taking notes, playing sports and, in some cases, goofing off, Wrangell High School's senior class will receive their diplomas on Friday night. The final...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 17, 2023

Wrangell grad Stacey Wayne named to state high school hall of fame

Stacey Wayne, Wrangell High School class of 1982, said it was an honor and a blessing to work as drama and debate coach with Sitka students for a quarter-century. The Alaska School Activities...


Wrangell High and Montana State grad Kayla Hay earns Fulbright to teach in Germany

Wrangell High School graduate Kayla Hay was always interested in learning German. Her great-grandparents emigrated from Austria to Alaska in the 1920s, she said, and she was intrigued by different...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 17, 2023

Wyoming visit, competition welds senior's decision to pursue trade school

One thing Ethan Blatchley did not want to do for another four years was sit at a desk to earn a degree. A recent trip to Western Welding Academy in Gillette, Wyoming, reaffirmed the graduating high school senior’s choice to pursue a welding...

 By Clarise Larson    News    May 17, 2023

Legislation that would require high school civics course held to next year

Alaska high school students would be required to complete a civics education course or receive a passing score on a civics assessment exam to graduate if the state House next year accepts legislation approved by the Senate. Senators unanimously appro...

 By Adam Goldstein    News    May 17, 2023

Federal agencies want to help develop outdoor recreation economies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to develop outdoor recreation opportunities near national forests and grasslands, part of a broader Biden administration push to help communities reap economic rewards from the growing... Full story

 By Anna Laffrey    News    May 17, 2023

Metlakatla leading Alaska's efforts against invasive green crabs

Forty people spread across the estuarine beach of northwest Tamgas Harbor to study the invasive European green crab that's been moving into the large bight on the southern shore of Annette Island...

 By Garland Kennedy    News    May 17, 2023

Alaska's chief medical officer points to unmet health care needs

Alaska's top health official discussed the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lessons learned and the need for Alaska to be ready for future public health emergencies. Dr. Anne Zink, chief med...

 By Nathaniel Herz    News    May 17, 2023

Alaska-Canada officials willing to talk about salmon hatcheries on Yukon River

The salmon crisis in Western Alaska is prompting new discussions in the U.S. and Canada about an idea that would have been a non-starter a decade ago: Maybe it’s time to build hatcheries to stem the steep fish declines on the Yukon River.... Full story

 By Scott Bowlen    News    May 17, 2023

Woman charged in hit-and-run that killed 2 in Metlakatla

A Palmer woman has been indicted on murder, manslaughter and assault charges for an alleged hit-and-run in Metlakatla that resulted in the deaths of her 3-year-old son and her brother, as well as injuring the child’s father. Alecia A. Henderson,...

 By Riley Rogerson    News    May 17, 2023

Alaska senators among those urging museums to return Indigenous remains

WASHINGTON — Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan were among a bipartisan group of 13 senators who jointly signed letters to five U.S. museums and universities, urging them to repatriate Indigenous remains in their collections. The letters...

 By Jonson Kuhn    News    May 17, 2023

Southeast seafood seller makes national Top 10 list

Shoreline Wild Salmon co-founder Marie Rose is feeling like a small fish in a big pond after the Southeast Alaska-based company was recently listed in Good Housekeeping magazine’s 10 Best Seafood Delivery Services & Subscriptions of 2023. “A lot...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 17, 2023

Disease-decimated sunflower sea star could be listed as threatened species

One of the world’s largest sea stars is on track to receive Endangered Species Act protections. Federal regulators are proposing a threatened listing for the sunflower sea star, a creature that has been killed off in much of its Pacific habitat by... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 17, 2023

Malaspina Glacier more susceptible to melting, adding to rising sea level

Alaska is the home of the world's biggest piedmont glacier - meaning it falls from a mountain into a flat plain. But a new study has revealed that the Malaspina Glacier is not quite as big as... Full story


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