Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon

Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon
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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.
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After a slow start, Alaska wildfire season wraps up as unremarkable

Unusual weather conditions delayed fires until waves of lightning struck in late July.
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Alaska flu cases increased last year, spiking in early winter, while vaccine rates lagged

Alaska's overall influenza case load during the 2022-23 season was much higher than in prior years, according to the state Division of Public Health.
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National political fight over electric vehicles surfaces in Alaska

The fossil fuel industry and its backers have criticized the Biden EV vision. But in Alaska, where the vehicles' use is expanding, they are winning fans.

Traditional practices blended with modern life jacket technology seen as boosting fishing safety in Alaska

A pilot program examining ways that Indigenous knowledge addresses fishing safety in Unalakleet has come up with some recommendations.
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Oil and gas companies have outsized economic impact on Alaska, says industry study

The study found that oil and gas employment, spending, tax revenues and spinoff effects supported 16% of the state’s jobs in 2022.
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Anchorage trail projects seen as modest but positive steps in 500-mile Alaska Traverse plan

The three Chugach State Park projects that won legislative funding were chosen strategically and they survived the governor’s veto pen.
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Trooper citations for salmon discards add grist to regional Alaska fishery dispute

Accusations of "chum chucking" could affect debate over Alaska Peninsula commercial harvests’ impact on Yukon and Kuskowkim salmon runs.
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Alaska construction employment statistics show uneven post-pandemic recovery, wage deflation

Construction employment in Anchorage, Mat-Su and Southeast Alaska is back up to or even exceeding pre-pandemic levels, but Fairbanks and the Interior lag.

Study: Different populations in Alaska have some of nation’s highest and lowest death rates by cause

The study, published Thursday in The Lancet, is a sweeping review of health disparities across the nation.