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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.
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State compiles first comprehensive account of Alaska children’s stress and trauma

A new bulletin presents baseline information about adverse childhood experiences in Alaska that are known to lead to poor health outcomes.
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Avian influenza death of Alaska polar bear is a global first and a sign of the virus’ persistence

The highly pathogenic influenza that has already killed vast numbers of birds and numerous mammals continues to circulate in the world’s wild populations.
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ConocoPhillips announces official go-ahead for huge Willow oil project in Alaska

Construction is already underway on the North Slope drilling project, which the company expects to create about 300 long-term jobs.
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Report details 37 known killer whale entanglements in Alaska over three decades

The report does not include this year’s unusually high tally of 10 killer whales that were found ensnared in fishing gear, with nine of them dead.

Western Arctic Caribou Herd population decline continues, with hunting expected to be affected

What was once the largest caribou herd in Alaska has shrunk nearly 70% in 20 years, but it is not the only herd experiencing dramatic drops.
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Royalty-free lease offerings in Alaska’s Cook Inlet basin draw tepid response

Results of a lease auction test the idea that royalty reductions could attract new investment in natural gas development.

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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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.