Margaret Bauman

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

Young issues update on COVID-19 infection

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said he indeed tested positive for COVID-19 in the second week of November, but that he is now feeling better and recuperating after being discharged from Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Final action scheduled on Cook Inlet salmon FMP

Federal fisheries board members are set to take final action on the Cook Inlet salmon fishery management plan during their December meeting and also do an initial review of Pacific cod trawl and pot catcher issues.

2020 commercial salmon catch, value took a dive

Commercial salmon harvests proved challenging for the 2020 season, challenged by a global pandemic of the novel coronavirus, with the overall fish catch and its value down considerably from a year earlier.

North Slope Borough, NOAA, UW collaborate on whale study

An aerial survey of bowhead whales just north of Point Barrow in the autumn of 2020 is being cited by biologists with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center as one of the highest densities of bowhead whales ever seen.

Gwich’in Steering Committee releases climate summit report

Officials with the Gwich’in Steering Committee at Fort Yukon have released the final report on their 2019 Arctic Indigenous Climate Summit and announced consideration of a second summit.

New seafood at home users present market opportunities

In the midst of a global pandemic that shows no sign of abating soon, with more Americans seeking ideas for healthy home cooked meals, the seafood industry is going all out to address this need with new recipes, tutorial videos and meal packages.

Update: Triple-digit new coronavirus cases now in 54th day

Update: A total 24,399 people have been infected in Alaska to date, including 23,240 residents and 1,159 nonresidents.

Pandemic prompts change of plans for Polar Star

Health precautions prompted by the novel coronavirus pandemic are steering the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star north to the Arctic this winter for an 82-day deployment, primarily in the Bering and Chukchi seas, for the first time since 1984.

Update: Alaska infection total rises to 20,832

Update: As novel coronavirus cases and deaths soar, state officials are imploring Alaskans to mask up and socially distance. A total of 20,832 people have been infected in Alaska to date, including 19,712 residents and 1,120 nonresidents. New cases have been in the triple digits for 48 days.

Thousands of absentee ballots are still not counted

It could be many days before Alaskans know the real winners in the cliffhanger general election of 2020, what with thousands and thousands of ballots still to be counted, and that doesn’t even include some 40,000 absentee ballots not yet returned.



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