Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon

Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon
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Relocation of eroding Alaska Native village seen as a test case

The Newtok-to-Mertarvik transformation is the most advanced of several village relocation efforts prompted by climate change.
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Alaska delegation nominates longtime Native leader to be co-chair of the Denali Commission

Julie Kitka, who served for decades as president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, was tapped to be the federal co-chair of the agency.
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In seismically active Alaska, plans for statewide residential building codes are on shaky ground

Pending state bills are supported by earthquake experts and homebuilding organizations, but they have also generated skepticism.
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Russian objection to U.S. territorial claims off Alaska complicates maritime relationship

The response shows how failure to ratify the Convention on the Law of the Sea puts the U.S. at a disadvantage, says Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Bill would require Alaska beverage sellers to post warning signs about alcohol-related cancer risks

Bill sponsor Rep. Andrew Gray, D-Anchorage, says too few people know about the link between alcohol consumption and cancer.
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U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

Christmas trees displayed at the U.S. Capitol come from different national forests. This year, the Tongass will be the source.
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Alaskapox no more: Newly discovered disease and virus is to be called ‘borealpox’

The disease and virus likely exists in the environment well beyond the state’s borders, making the new name more scientifically accurate, officials say.

Project seeks to gather Alaska environmental knowledge embedded in Indigenous languages

Experts want to compile a glossary of Alaska Native words and phrases holding information that can help track climate change and other conditions.
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Bill seeks to end Alaska insurers’ cost-sharing charges for diagnostic breast screenings

Under the bill, Alaska would join other states in barring private insurers from making at-risk patients pay for more advanced cancer checks.

Alaska Long Trail advocates seek funding for improvements at popular recreation spots

Advocates of the 500-mile trail network say there has been enough progress to draw long-distance hikers this summer, as they seek state support for more.
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Alaska natural gas promoter floats new plan: Send North Slope gas to Southcentral first

The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. suggests supplying the Cook Inlet region with natural gas as a phased prelude to Asia-bound LNG exports.
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Hilcorp fined $260K for missing well integrity test on Alaska’s North Slope

Thursday's penalty came two days after the oil company was fined $452,100 over unauthorized injections into Prudhoe Bay Unit oil pools.
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Microplastics found in body tissues of walruses harvested by Alaska hunters

“It’s a reflection of the plastic age we live in," said student researcher Tony Blade. "It’s ubiquitous."

Homelessness and other stressors linked to Alaska’s continued surge in syphilis at birth

Ten 2023 congenital syphilis cases were reported in infants “born to women who experienced complex and substantial barriers to prenatal care.”
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Dunleavy seeks to name Fairbanks airport after Alaska’s late Rep. Don Young

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposal comes just weeks after Anchorage's port was renamed the Don Young Port of Alaska.
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Alaska tobacco-control efforts get mixed reviews from American Lung Association

The state's lack of an e-cigarette tax is a problem according to the ALA, which is pushing for passage of a bill aimed at reducing youth vaping.
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Alaska adults of childbearing age advised to get testing for syphilis

The state says all sexually active adults under 45 should get a test at least once this year, after new recommendations issued by federal health officials.

Oil field road traffic disrupts North Slope caribou more than previously recognized

A new study adds to mounting evidence about caribou sensitivity to roads, raising questions about further development in their habitat.

Alaska advocates submit petition signatures to put minimum wage increase on ballot

The initiative campaign would also mandate paid sick leave and protect workers from having to hear employers’ political or religious messages.
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Fur hats on shopping list for Alaska Department of Public Safety

Each year Alaska State Troopers buy about 50 fur hats as part of Interior and Western Alaska troopers' uniforms, with more sought in a recent request.