Lovesick seals struggle to be heard above Arctic industry

In the rapidly changing Arctic, where industrial activities are predicted to rise dramatically over the next 15 years, bearded seals may need to adjust their mating calls to be heard above noise generated by ships and commercial activities.

Conservationists want closer look at war games’ environmental impact

Conservation entities concerned about the environmental impact of future military exercises are urging the U.S. Navy to update information compiled to date with new data and impose stronger mitigation to protect marine life in the Gulf of Alaska.

Pebble mine project is subject of federal grand jury investigation

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., the Pebble Limited Partnership and its former chief executive officer have been subpoenaed to provide documents for a grand jury investigation apparently involving conversations about a proposed mine project in Southwest Alaska.
Shepard Point, a deep-water access site near Cordova. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved construction of oil spill response facility with access to the all-weather airport at Shepard Point, Native Village of Eyak announced on Oct. 16. Photos courtesy Native Village of Eyak

Construction to begin in 2022 on Shepard Point project

Construction is set to begin in early 2022 on an oil spill response facility at Shepard Point, funded through a $40 million federal transportation grant to the Native Village of Eyak.

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.

‘Entirely un-American’: Murkowski, Sullivan, Dunleavy condemn attack on Capitol

"This was not a peaceful protest – this was an insurrection," read a statement issued by a bipartisan group of 10 legislators, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Update: New case numbers climbing again in triple digits

Update: Infections of the novel coronavirus in Alaska have reached 46,483, with 374 new cases and two new deaths in Alaska, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Congress authorizes six polar icebreakers

“The reality is there is a race on for the Arctic passageway and we need to be ready,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA. “This formal authorization of six polar icebreakers will send a strong message to the rest of the world: The United States is showing up In the Arctic.”

Update: COVID-19 infection total in Alaska reaches 42,473

Update: Infections of the novel coronavirus in Alaska keep rising, with 616 new infections confirmed on Wednesday, Dec. 16, including two in Cordova and four in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, plus two more resident deaths, state health officials said.

Update: COVID-19 infection total in Alaska reaches 38,707

Update: Infections of the novel coronavirus pandemic keep rising, with 580 new infections confirmed on Monday, Dec. 7, after a record 933 cases earlier in the week, state health officials said.



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