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Visiting scientists use drones to monitor Aleutians’ Makushin Volcano

Scientists can fly drones fitted with gas detectors over volcanic vents, measuring output to “smell” if a volcano’s activity is changing.
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Starlink connections among latest round of tribal broadband funding for Alaska

Alaska has received more than $400 million under the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, with more projects announced this month.
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Rasmuson-awarded artist plans to weave biggest Chilkat blanket ever

Chilkat weaver Sainteen Anna Brown Ehlers plans to fund the project with her $50,000 award as Rasmuson's Distinguished Artist for 2023.
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Wrangell wades into local impacts of Supreme Court’s wetlands ruling

The Court's Clean Water Act ruling has left communities like Wrangell wondering whether it will clear an easier path to development projects.
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With Alaska’s federal judge vacancy nearing 2-year mark, Sullivan breaks from nomination tradition

Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears skeptical about the switch, saying she’s prepared to advance nominees to President Biden.

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From hangry to chonky: Fat Bear Week is coming

Ever since the Brooks River salmon run began, brown bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve have been feasting — and ballooning in size.
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Free COVID tests by mail are back, starting Monday

The Biden administration says it is trying to prepare for the fall and winter COVID season.
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Biden is unveiling the American Climate Corps, a program with echoes of the New Deal

The American Climate Corps is modeled after a program that put millions to work during the Great Depression.


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The Port of Alaska’s modernization | Alaska Insight

Nearly 60 years ago, Anchorage became the main point of entry for building materials, consumer goods and military support after Seward’s port was destroyed by the tsunami triggered by the 1964 earthquake. There are many advantages to having the main port in the state’s largest city, but there are also challenges. In this episode of Alaska Insight, host Lori Townsend speaks with Port Director Steve Ribuffo about the plans to keep the port viable for years to come.
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Alaska’s Affordable Housing Crisis | Alaska Insight

Across Alaska, it’s a challenge to find affordable housing. Home building and vacancy rates are down, while rent, mortgage rates and home prices are up. The lack of affordable housing drives people into overcrowded homes and homelessness, or out of state. Some officials have begun referring to it as a housing crisis. On this episode of Alaska Insight, host Lori Townsend is joined by Anchorage Assembly Member Dr. Daniel Volland, and Nolan Klouda, Executive Director of the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, to discuss the causes, and possible solutions, of Alaska's housing crunch.
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I caught the worlds largest silver salmon with a pole spear | INDIE ALASKA

Katya Karankevich is breaking records in the spearfishing scene but she's doing it in Alaska while battling tides, tourists, and glacial silt.
Above: The Port of Alaska escaped the devastating 1964 earthquake relatively unscathed, which left it poised to take up much of the state’s cargo traffic as other communities rebuilt.
Sixty years later, nearly 90 percent of all goods entering the state move through the port. Now it’s undergoing a massive modernization project to keep it protected from natural disasters, erosion, and heavy use. To fully grasp the scope of this project, Lori Townsend toured the port with director Steve Ribuffo.

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