Alaska leads nation in new COVID cases

Alaska set a record high of 1,735 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Sept. 23, with five new cases of the pandemic virus in the Copper River Census Area, as the state’s largest hospital continued operating under crisis standards of care.

Cordova Electric joins AFN, others to regain subsidy funds

Cordova Electric Cooperative has joined with several other electric cooperatives, the Alaska Federation of Natives, and others in suing the Dunleavy administration over the current lack of funding critical for subsidizing energy costs in rural Alaska.

CRRC assesses Prince William Sound for kelp farm potential

A tribal nonprofit with a mandate to protect the subsistence lifestyle through implementation of natural resource management is assessing Prince William Sound’s potential for kelp farming.

Update: Cordova will participate in CRBAP scoping

An online meeting with the Cordova public will supplement scoping sessions in other communities as the Department of Natural Resources tackles an update of the 1986 Copper River Basin Area Plan.

Chugach amphibians under attack by fungus

Frogs and salamanders in the Chugach and Tongass national forests are being targeted by a microscopic fungus that settles on their skin, impeding their ability to absorb water and oxygen. Unlike the fungi foraged during Cordova’s annual Fungus Festival, this fungus can be a killer for many frogs and salamanders.

Legislators raise concerns of toxic chemicals in drinking water

Legislation now being considered would strengthen testing requirements for water sources statewide to determine if levels of toxic chemicals make the water unsafe for human consumption.

Northern Edge begins May 3

Northern Edge, the biennial U.S. Indo-Pacific Command joint exercise in the far north, will be back in the Gulf of Alaska May 3-14, and for now, at least, military officials are keeping details under wraps.

New legislation would benefit tribal bison herds

Tourism, industrial services and telecommunications are the investment mainstays of Old Harbor Native Corp. However, it’s the Old Harbor Alliance’s growing herd of bison on Sitkalidak Island that underscores the cultural importance of a sustainable food source.

‘Rat Island’ rid of invading rodents

“We were surprised that the level of recovery unfolded so quickly,” said Carolyn Kurle.

Hunting herons feast on juvenile Chinook, coho salmon

Salmon remains found in the scat of Pacific great blue herons nesting in British Columbia’s Salish Sea region put doctoral student Zackary Sherker on the track of a key predator of juvenile Chinook and coho salmon.

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