An aerial view of a beluga and a baby beluga in gray water

Judge suspends controversial federal Cook Inlet lease sale, citing impacts on beluga whales

The landmark Inflation Reduction Act mandated the federal oil and gas lease sale. But the agency offering it fell short, the judge ruled.
storm clouds

Arctic air brings historically cold July temperatures to Bethel

This summer is the first time in more than 50 years that Bethel has seen back-to-back July days with highs that didn’t top 50 degrees.
king salmon

9th Circuit to hear oral arguments on Southeast king salmon troll fishery lawsuit

Federal judges will hear oral arguments Thursday in an appeal of a ruling that threatened to halt the Southeast troll fishery for king salmon.

A 3D reconstruction of the woolly mammoth genome might help revive the extinct species

A skin sample from a 52,000-year-old woolly mammoth offers new insights into what made the animals tick — and could help de-extinction efforts.

Applications open for Norton Sound and Kuskokwim, Yukon River salmon disaster relief

Households may only qualify for disaster funds in one of the eligible areas. The deadline to apply is Sept. 28.
a fisherman

As a mining project moves ahead, Southeast Alaska tribes say Canada denies their human rights

A Canadian firm wants to reopen a large gold mine – but Southeast Alaska Natives downstream are still recovering from its impacts in the 1990s.
a creek

New federal program aims to speed restoration of damaged Alaska streams and rivers

A new program has a toolbox of techniques to be used as the Bureau of Land Management seeks to restore waterways damaged by mining.
a burned forest

Denali National Park set to reopen Wednesday as downpour helps wildfire crews

Parts of the park near its entrance, including the Riley Creek Campground and Horseshoe Lake Trail, will remain closed as crews fight the Riley Fire.

Alaska Pacific University to receive millions from NASA to study microplastics

APU is set to receive roughly $5 million from NASA to establish a microplastics research and education center.
A white truck that says "Alaska Plastic Recovery Home of the Grizzly Wood" is parked in front of an oversized garage with a red door. Two big white plastic bags and two people in camping chairs are next to the truck.

Company provides new Anchorage option to recycle more types of plastic

Alaska Plastic Recovery is opening a drop-off location in Anchorage where people can recycle four types of plastic for free.
a fire

Denali and Fairbanks-area fires disrupt tourists and communities in Alaska

Wildfires around the state have accelerated, with fires at the entrance of Denali National Park and around Fairbanks causing the most problems.
a firefighter

Alaska firefighters tackle a wave of Interior wildfires

State wildfire crews have been fighting smaller blazes than those on federal land, as rain could reach much of the Interior later this week.

Gov. Dunleavy trims $225M with budget vetoes but leaves school funding boost intact

Dunleavy trimmed funding for Head Start, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and rural broadband, among other line-item vetoes.

‘We will be made whole’: Land exchange meant to right an Exxon Valdez oversight

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's proposal addresses problems that stem from a massive land buyout after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Many Southeast Alaska salmon runs expected to be fairly good this year

As commercial salmon fishing gets under way in Southeast Alaska, projections for salmon returns are up.
the McDonald Fire

More than 100 wildfires are burning in Alaska, many of them in the Interior

Smokejumpers are responding to some of the fires, which are largely burning in remote areas of the state.

Much of Juneau’s king salmon fishery will close this summer, because of a 2020 landslide

Most of the chinook that were supposed to come back this year were killed after the landslide severed a hatchery's freshwater supply.

Relief applications open for Alaska’s 2019 and 2020 crab fisheries disasters

Years after two crab fisheries disasters occurred in the Norton Sound and Bering Sea, millions in relief funds are finally available to affected fishers.
a proposed mine site

Federal case challenging Donlin mine’s environmental impact statement heads to court

Six Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribes continue to fight against federal permitting for the proposed Donlin Gold mine project.
The community of Ambler along the Kobuk river as seen from the air

Sullivan amendment to defense bill would revive Ambler Road

The Biden administration nixed a proposal to build a road to the Ambler mining district. Sen. Sullivan wants to override that decision.
a woman

Climate change is muddying the future of trail maintenance in Southeast Alaska

Crews face more intense mud, erosion and wash-outs wreaking havoc on trails as human-caused climate change makes rainstorms more extreme.
two men

Petersburg wolf trapper featured on hunting show ‘MeatEater’

A guide reluctantly showcased his talent for trapping wolves, along with his love and respect for them, on a popular hunting program.
the Red Dog Mine

Red Dog’s dwindling ore is forcing the entire region to consider its future

The mine — an economic engine in Northwest Alaska — could close as soon as 2031.
the outside of a multi-story building at night.

New Alaska water quality rules are coming. Here’s what that could mean for wastewater systems.

Some difficult-to-treat compounds could present costly challenges, said the head of Alaska's largest water system.
an icebreaker

Coast Guard icebreaker Healy headed to Alaska for 3 Arctic research missions

This year's cruises by the nation's biggest icebreaker will support long-term ocean research and help train young scientists.

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