Trump EPA reaches deal with Pebble

May 19th 10:41 pm

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has settled an ongoing lawsuit with the Pebble Limited Partnership and says the company can apply for a federal permit for its proposed massive gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay watershed. [...]

Unalaska council board rejects Whittern appeal

May 19th 10:40 pm

In Unalaska's ongoing battle over property values between City Appraiser Mike Renfro and land owner Coe Whittern, the score is now one to one after Renfro won the latest round last week. Whittern won the first round last year, although the final outcome is [...]

Alternative cargo transportation offered due to Tustumena delay

May 19th 10:39 pm

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced that Coastal Transportation, Inc. will assist AMHS customers impacted by the delay of the M/V Tustumena. Coastal Transportation, based in Seattle, will carry cargo on an "as-able basis" from Homer and Kodiak, to [...]

City of Dillingham to raise landfill fees

May 19th 10:39 pm

A new fee structure will be in place at the Dillingham landfill from July 1. The city hopes the new fees will be simpler and encourage more efficient garbage sorting. Public Works Director Ken Morton believes the new fees will ease demand on landfill staff [...]

Alaska Senate proposes $288M for oil subsidies, cash for King Cove raod

May 19th 10:38 pm

JUNEAU — Oil companies would get $288 million in cash subsidy payments under a new capital and supplemental budget bill released Monday by the Alaska Senate's Republican-led majority. The subsidy payments were contained in the supplemental part of [...]

Dillingham P.E. classes tackle Snake Lake Mountain hike

May 19th 10:38 pm

Students of all ages have been on a lot of field trips this past month. Many have been exploring their local ecosystem or culture. One educator had something a bit more strenuous in mind. Dillingham High School physical education teacher Meghan Slagle says [...]

Katmai National Park staff take part in 'Great Migration'

May 19th 10:37 pm

A great migration is happening at Katmai National Park and Preserve, but this time it is not wildlife on the move, but staff. About 20 seasonal park rangers from around the world have arrived at Katmai in the past couple of weeks and commenced training to [...]

Cannery worker found dead on beach near Togiak

May 19th 10:37 pm

An Oregon man working at a cannery near Togiak died Wednesday, in what Alaska State Troopers believe was a fall from the cannery's dock. The body of 56-year-old James Schneider, from Warrenton, Ore., was found on a beach near the Togiak Fisheries cannery in [...]

Company familiar to Bristol Bay to boost northern summer chum operation

May 19th 10:36 pm

Following a slim couple of years, the summer Arctic keta, or chum, fishery in Kotzebue should see a significant boost this summer. Seattle-based E&E Foods, which runs both land-based and vessel operations in Bristol Bay, Southeast, and the Kenai Peninsula, [...]

Even a smaller mine could face development hurdles

May 19th 10:36 pm

Now that they've settled their case with the Environmental Protection Agency, Pebble mine developers say they plan to scale back their proposal for the Bristol Bay watershed, though they haven't yet revealed what that will look like. The EPA, though, already [...]

Free F/V drill conductor workshop offered in Dillingham

May 19th 10:35 pm

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a two-day cold-water safety and drill conductor workshop in Dillingham from 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 1 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2. The workshop will be held at the UAF Bristol Bay Campus, 527 Seward [...]

About 3,000 earthquakes have happened this month in Alaska

May 19th 10:34 pm

A series of significant May earthquakes and their aftershocks are being examined by seismologists, who say Alaska is markedly above its usual rate of earthquakes for the month. Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Natalia Ruppert said Alaska typically [...]

Fish Factor: Economic impact of seafood industry sinks slightly

May 19th 10:33 pm

The U.S. seafood industry's contribution to the nation's economy sank a bit, while Alaska's output increased slightly and dollar values held steady. An eagerly anticipated annual report released last week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric [...]

Here's what could happen to your health care under AHCA

May 19th 10:33 pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House-passed health care legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act is likely to offer little relief and ultimately higher costs for Alaskans. Alaska has some of the most expensive health insurance in the [...]

U.S. ends Arctic Council chairmanship with reluctance on climate action

May 19th 10:32 pm

FAIRBANKS — When he opened a meeting of his colleagues from all the Arctic nations, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the obvious controversy that has clouded relations in the far north: President Trump has made the United States an [...]

Brinke appointed as Alaska State Troopers director

May 19th 10:32 pm

Col. Hans Brinke has been appointed as the director of the Alaska State Troopers. Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan announced the appointment Friday. Brinke has been with the public safety department since 1991, when he [...]

Alaska Science Forum: Alaska mountains full of snow and birds

May 19th 10:31 pm

 In the early going of my second hike across Alaska along the route of the trans-Alaska pipeline, I chose to walk the highway rather than the pipe's route to get up Thompson Pass north of Valdez. The road added six miles to our day. But I tried the pipe route [...]

ATV driver arrested in crash

May 19th 10:31 pm

The driver in an all-terrain vehicle wreck near Unalakleet last week has been arrested on charges of manslaughter and DUI in the death of his passenger. The case against Ransom Bradley III, 24, stems from the Thursday death of Kevin Bradley, also 24. Alaska [...]

Under pressure and against a deadline, Alaska Legislature acts on Real ID

May 19th 10:21 pm

JUNEAU — The Alaska House passed a bill Saturday to allow Gov. Bill Walker's administration to meet the requirements of the federal Real ID Act, as the Senate advanced its own legislation to meet a Wednesday deadline. The vote, on House Bill 74, was [...]

Prepare for wildfire prevention

May 19th 10:20 pm

If you haven't noticed, it's been kinda dry around here: wildland fire season has arrived in Alaska. Governor Bill Walker has issued a proclamation declaring May 14-20 to be Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week in Alaska and is asking Alaskans to [...]

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