Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon

the Willow project

New revenue estimate for Willow project presents rosier picture for Alaska treasury

Changed assumptions about tax credits, oil prices and other factors resulted in an estimate of early cash losses over a shorter period.
a sunflower sea star

Threatened listing proposed for sunflower sea star after population devastated by wasting disease

The creature, with a range from Baja California to the Aleutians, would be the first sea star with an Endangered Species Act listing.
seaweed cultivation

Seaweed farming inspires high hopes in Alaska for economic and environmental benefits

Seen as a bright spot in a troubled coastal economy, seaweed cultivation must overcome many obstacles to become big business in Alaska.
downtown Anchorage

Alaska’s working-age population on decline since 2013 peak, and recovery chances seen as dim

Alaska’s working-age population peaked 10 years ago, and the rate of loss since then is among the nation's highest, according to state officials.
a brown bear

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a ban on baiting of brown bears in Alaska’s Kenai refuge

The court declined to hear an appeal from the state and Safari Club that sought to strike down the wildlife refuge’s ban.
kuspuks on chairs

Rapes and aggravated assaults push Alaska’s violent-crime rates up; property-crime rates fall

Alaska’s rate of violent crimes has increased, a contrast to national trends driven by extremely high statewide rates of rape and aggravated assault.
An emergency sign outside a hospital.

Report shows wide regional disparities seen in Alaska colorectal and lung cancer rates

Rates of colorectal cancer in certain parts of rural Alaska are up to 2.5 times as high as the state average.
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Biden nominates Alaska scientist as nation’s first Arctic ambassador

Mike Sfraga is the chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
a statute outside

Alaskans will no longer need college degrees for most state jobs

Future job postings will list relevant experience that can substitute for college degrees when reasonable, according to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's order.
fishing boats in a harbor

Amputations and broken bones are among the injuries caused by winches on fishing boats

Over a 20-year period, there were 125 serious injuries to Alaska fisheries from winches, according to a newly published study.
Alaska 2005 high-school yearbooks

Catching up: Researchers track 6,000 Alaskans’ paths after their 2005 high school graduations

Nearly 18 years ago, about 6,000 young Alaskans left high school and launched into adulthood. Where did they end up?
a sea star

Diminished population of sunflower sea stars may get Endangered Species Act listing

The huge sea stars, which help conserve kelp beds by eating sea urchins, have been devastated by a wasting disease that is linked by scientists to climate change.
king crab clusters

Crab crisis in Bering Sea a sign of ‘borealization’ and big changes in the future, scientists warn

In coming decades, the ocean conditions that triggered the snow crab crash and harvest closure are expected to be common.
a woman at a health summit

Alaska health officials and providers work on strategies for responding to tuberculosis surge

Effective prevention and treatment requires an understanding of past tuberculosis-related trauma, experts at an Anchorage health summit said.
a spotted seal

Student project tracking microplastics found in Bering Strait-area spotted seals

A UAF graduate student has found microplastics in the stomachs of spotted seals harvested in the Bering Strait region.

Tuberculosis, a disease that devastated Alaska in the past, took a big jump in 2022

Documented active cases of the disease increased dramatically, and pandemic-related interruptions to medical services are getting some of the blame.
a harbor porpoise

Southeast Alaska’s porpoises have separate populations, and 1 may be vulnerable

The breakdown of Southeast Alaska’s porpoises into northern and southern populations contrasts with current management, which treats them as a single population.
people stand on the edge of a road, in the mountains

Construction to start on bridge over landslide site in Denali National Park

A contractor has been chosen to address problems at perilous Pretty Rocks, but full access to the park road is not expected until 2025.
a moose

Study analyzes moose-vehicle collision risks, with results that could be used to improve road safety

A new study, funded by NASA, analyzes the relationships between moose movements, snowpack and traffic patterns in Alaska and areas of western Canada.

In northernmost Alaska, a battle is on to limit the damages of permafrost thaw

Warming soils beneath Utqiagvik are triggering erosion that threatens homes, infrastructure and cultural resources.