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.

Humpy catch on the rise

An estimated 800,000 pink salmon were harvested in Prince William Sound on Sunday, July 19, boosting the cumulative pink salmon harvest to an estimated 5.6 million common property fish,

Army Corps of Engineers publishes environmental review of Pebble Mine

A final federal review published on Friday, July 24, finds that the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska would not cause long-term adverse environmental impact to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay.

COVID-19 hits Copper River Seafoods processing facility in Anchorage

Fifty-six of 134 employees at Copper River Seafoods’ processing facility in Anchorage have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 30 more test results are pending, municipal health department officials said on Friday, July 24.

Future of transboundary mine now rests with Canadian bankruptcy court

A Canadian bankruptcy court in Toronto is expected to decide soon whether the government of British Columbia will be able to commence cleanup of the defunct Tulsequah Chief mine, which continues to pollute the Taku River decades after it was shut down.

Feds okay gravel road for Ambler mining district

Plans for a state funded 210-mile gravel road that would provide access to a proposed Canadian mine in the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska have been approved by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Park Service.

Army Corps of Engineers to deliver final environmental report on Pebble mine

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said the final environmental impact statement for the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska would be published today, July 24, in the Federal Register, but offered few details on what the report would include.

The latest: Alaska reports 213 new COVID-19 cases

Update: Cases of the novel coronavirus in Alaska reached a new daily high of 231 people as of Sunday, July 26, including 186 Alaskans and 45 nonresidents.

Water Resources Development Act would benefit two Alaska ports

Federal legislation before Congress authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct studies and construction of 34 pending proposed water resources projects would benefit navigational improvements for Alaska ports at Dutch Harbor and Nome.

NOAA: high tide flooding will continue into 2021

A new report from NOAA’s National Ocean Service says coastal communities nationwide saw record-setting high tide flooding in 2019 and that trend is expected to continue into 2021.

Status of more icebreakers remains vague

In the wake of the award of a $745 million design and construction contract for the Coast Guard’s next generation heavy icebreaker in April of 2019 efforts have continued to procure additional icebreakers for a more significant U.S. military presence in the Arctic.

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