Margaret Bauman

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Margaret Bauman is a veteran Alaska journalist focused on covering fisheries and environmental issues. Bauman has been writing for The Cordova Times since 2010. You can reach her at mbauman@thecordovatimes.com.

Program would aid marine mammals impacted by oil spills

An agreement to develop an Oiled Marine Mammal Program to aid wildlife impacted by oil spills in Western Alaska, the U.S. Arctic and Prince William Sound has been announced by the Alaska SeaLife Center and Alaska Chadux Network.

Statewide COVID-19 infections reach 52,605

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services officials have noted that Alaska now has more people who have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine than residents who have tested positive for the virus.

Legislators plan to introduce PFAS bills in both houses

Sen. Jesse Kiehl and Rep. Sara Hannan, both D-Juneau, say they plan to introduce bills during the current legislative session to protect Alaskans from adverse health impacts of unregulated toxin substances.

Biden calls for moratorium on ANWR

A day after the outgoing Trump administration issued nine leases for oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain, the incoming Biden administration moved to halt that exploration process.

Effort to recall Dunleavy begins anew

Statewide efforts to oust Gov. Mike Dunleavy are underway with renewed effort to garner the remaining 22,000 petition signatures allowing for a special election in 2021.

Comments sought on proposed Cook Inlet lease sale

Plans for a proposed 2021 oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet were announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, along with a notice from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management soliciting comment on those plans through March 1.

Dunleavy challenges USACE decision denying Pebble permit

A decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a critical permit for the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska is being challenged by the Dunleavy administration, which says that decision has far reaching implications for development of the state’s resources.

Supreme Court will review Native corporations CARES Act cases

Several Alaska Native corporations challenging a federal appeals court decision denying them eligibility for the Coronavirus Relief Fund tribal set-aside under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act will have their case reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Education, fisheries bills are a priority for Stevens, Stutes

In advance of the upcoming legislative session a number of bills are being pre-filed, including fisheries and education bills by Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Louise Stutes, both R-Kodiak.

Update: Statewide COVID-19 infections reach 52,222

Update: Infections of the novel coronavirus in Alaska have reached 52,222, with 130 new cases and one new death confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 19, by state health officials.

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