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Federally funded project will search for rare earth elements in Southeast Alaska seaweed

The University of Alaska Fairbanks-led project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a push for domestic rare earth elements.
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Deadly Wrangell landslide is part of a pattern in vulnerable Alaska mountainous terrain

Scientists say climate change increases precipitation and extreme rainfall, adding to risks, and that more knowledge is needed for public safety.
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Steller sea lions top list of Alaska marine mammals killed by human activities

According to a federal report, 710 of 819 human-mammal interactions reported from 2017 to 2021 caused the animals' removal from the population.
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Western Alaska salmon crisis affects physical and mental health, residents say

The message was emphasized on Friday at a field hearing held by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Bethel, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta's regional hub.
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Federal judge rules against state of Alaska in lawsuit challenging COVID emergency hunt

Other disputes between state and federal fish and game managers are pending in Alaska’s federal courthouse.
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Environmental group grants lifetime award to former President Carter for his Alaska work

The Alaska Wilderness League award recognizes Carter’s role in creating and passing the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

Salmon runs in Alaska’s Kuskokwim River show some positive signs, but totals remain low

Preliminary numbers show chum salmon returns were better this year than last year and better than the record-low conditions of 2021.
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Extreme flooding on Alaska’s Arctic highway caused thaw-induced sinking in later years

A 2015 flood that closed the Dalton Highway to the North Slope triggered permafrost thaw even miles away from the road, UAF research finds.
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Alaska vital statistics show declines in both deaths and births in 2022

There are signs that the worst COVID-19 effects may be easing, while fertility continues its yearslong downward trend.
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Alaska syphilis case numbers drop a bit after years of increases, but concerning signs remain

Epidemiologist Julia Rogers cautioned against interpreting the decrease in case numbers as a sign that Alaska’s syphilis outbreak is being resolved.
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As the once-lucrative Bering Sea crab harvest resumes, Alaska’s fishers face challenges

Reopened Bristol Bay red king crab harvests provide only a temporary reprieve from long-term environmental and economic difficulties.
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Humpback whales increasingly sighted in Arctic Alaska waters better known as bowhead territory

An author of a study citing climate change as a possible factor in the move says its results are both "fascinating" and "a little terrifying."
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Bering Sea crab surveys show populations still low a year after marquee Alaska harvests closed

With snow crab and red king crab stocks still ailing, state officials are due to decide soon whether harvests will be allowed in the coming year.
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Donlin Mine project in Southwest Alaska facing legal challenges over water impacts

State permits allowing water use by the proposed Donlin Gold mine face new legal challenges from opponents of the huge project in Southwest Alaska.
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Environmental group plans lawsuit over 2 species of Arctic Alaska ice seals

The Center for Biological Diversity says the National Marine Fisheries Service has failed to create recovery plans for ringed and bearded seals.
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U.S. Justice Department monitoring elections on North Slope and in Dillingham and Kusilvak areas

The department says it's monitoring the three rural Alaska regions to ensure compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act.
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Report: Alaskans dogged by chronic diseases and many lack healthy lifestyles or regular screenings

Two-thirds of Alaska adults are overweight or obese, nearly a third have high blood pressure and 27% have high cholesterol, a state report says.

Alaska Federation of Natives sides with federal government in Kuskokwim salmon dispute

AFN filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the federal government over management of fishing in the Kuskokwim River.
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Arctic sea ice patterns put on display during New York’s Fashion Week

Images captured by a University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist were incorporated into clothing, showing how brittle new sea ice contrasts with less-abundant old ice.
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North to the future? Alaska’s ranked choice voting system is praised and criticized nationally

The system is seen by advocates in the Lower 48 as a model for advancing civility and moderation, but it is vulnerable to repeal at home.