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Alaska COVID-19 Case Count Summary: Dec. 2, 2020

Alaska COVID-19 Case Count Summary: Dec. 2, 2020

DHSS today announced 689 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 679 were residents in: Anchorage (216), Wasilla (192), Palmer (39), Soldotna (33), Utqiaġvik (29), Kenai (24), Kodiak (24), Eagle River (12), Fairbanks (12), Chugiak…

Alaska Earthquake Center receives USGS funding

Alaska Earthquake Center receives USGS funding

The U.S. Geological Survey recently awarded the Alaska Earthquake Center a $2.85M one-year award to operate and strengthen Alaska’s earthquake monitoring system. The AEC at the University of…

Army Corps of Engineers, in Abrupt Reversal, Denies Pebble Permit

Army Corps of Engineers, in Abrupt Reversal, Denies Pebble Permit

In a surprise decision on Wednesday, the Corps of Engineers abruptly denied a permit for the southwestern Alaska gold and copper mega-mine. The Corps determined that “the applicant’s…

Deaths Amongst Alaskan Adults Over 60 Increases in 2020

Deaths Amongst Alaskan Adults Over 60 Increases in 2020

November 24, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Adults 65 and over are twice as likely to be killed or injured in a fire compared to the rest of the…

General News

Two Men Charged with Burglary on Prince of Wales Island on Saturday

Two Men Charged with Burglary on Prince of Wales Island on Saturday

Two Prince of Wales men were taken into custody after a report of a burglary…

Tow Truck Driver Loading Impounded Vehicle Struck and Killed on DeBarr Sunday Morning

Tow Truck Driver Loading Impounded Vehicle Struck and Killed on DeBarr Sunday Morning

Anchorage police say that a tow truck driver, while at the scene of a crash…

Coast Guard medevacs man 170 miles northwest of Saint Paul Island, Alaska

Coast Guard medevacs man 170 miles northwest of Saint Paul Island, Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel approximately 170…

Inmate at Anchorage Correctional Dies following Four Day Stay at Hospital

Inmate at Anchorage Correctional Dies following Four Day Stay at Hospital

On Wednesday morning, the Alaska Bureau of Investigation–Major Crimes Unit, was informed of an expected…

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The Arctic and Alaska Science

Alaska Earthquake Center receives USGS funding

Alaska Earthquake Center receives USGS funding

The U.S. Geological Survey recently awarded the Alaska Earthquake Center a $2.85M one-year award to operate and strengthen Alaska’s earthquake monitoring system. The AEC at the University of…

Some good news from the thin ice

Some good news from the thin ice

Ice that floats on far-north oceans has been dwindling the last few years. Scientists have described the shrinking of this solar reflector — once bigger than Russia and…

Sensors will sustain Alaska earthquake and weather data

Sensors will sustain Alaska earthquake and weather data

A new project will make it possible for scientists to better track a suite of phenomena in Alaska ranging from earthquakes to wildfires to sea ice. The five-year,…

Late-Season Arctic Research Cruise Reveals Warm Ocean Temperatures, Active Ecosystem

Late-Season Arctic Research Cruise Reveals Warm Ocean Temperatures, Active Ecosystem

SOLOMONS, MD (November 11, 2020)–Arctic researchers Jacqueline Grebmeier and Lee Cooper have been visiting the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska for nearly 30 years, collecting information about…

New Global Archive Logs Changes in Behavior of Arctic Animals

New Global Archive Logs Changes in Behavior of Arctic Animals

The Arctic’s dramatic changes — warmer winters, earlier springs, shrinking ice and more human development — are impacting native animals. Researchers have long been observing the movements and…

News from Alaska SeaGrant

Alaska Sea Grant Efforts Result in Over $8.5 Million in Economic Benefits to Alaska in 2019

Alaska Sea Grant Efforts Result in Over $8.5 Million in Economic Benefits to Alaska in 2019

  Alaska Sea Grant projects and programs produced over $8.5 million in economic benefits to the state last year, as reported to National Sea Grant. These benefits…

Alaska Sea Grant survey reveals challenges to mariculture industry caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Alaska Sea Grant survey reveals challenges to mariculture industry caused by COVID-19 pandemic

  Alaska Sea Grant recently surveyed the Alaska mariculture industry to shed light on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and response on their businesses in February…

At Sea

Coast Guard medevacs man 170 miles northwest of Saint Paul Island, Alaska

Coast Guard medevacs man 170 miles northwest of Saint Paul Island, Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel approximately 170 miles northwest of Saint Paul, Tuesday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air…

Warrant Service on Man Aboard Fishing Vessel Turns into Drug Bust in Waters near Klawock

Warrant Service on Man Aboard Fishing Vessel Turns into Drug Bust in Waters near Klawock

The AST dispatch reported on Sunday morning that Prince of Wales-based troopers, Wildlife Troopers, and Craig police boarded a vessel in the waters near Klawock to serve…

NOAA Fisheries and Alaska Fisheries Science Center

First Direct Evidence of Killer Whale Predation on Bowhead Whales in the U.S. Pacific Arctic Documented by Scientists

First Direct Evidence of Killer Whale Predation on Bowhead Whales in the U.S. Pacific Arctic Documented by Scientists

  A new study provides essential information to conserve an endangered species and supports subsistence communities own observations. For the first time, scientists have direct evidence that…

Rare Albino Fur Seal Pup Stands Out

Rare Albino Fur Seal Pup Stands Out

  NOAA Fisheries Affiliate Vladimir Burkanov discovered an albino fur seal on a recent research trip to the remote island of Tyuleny in the Sea of Okhotsk,…

Fishermen's News Online

Salmon Harvests in Alaska Generally Below Expectations

Salmon Harvests in Alaska Generally Below Expectations

  Commercial salmon harvests in Alaska are off to a slow start in the 2020 season, with year-to-date statewide landings at just over three million fish –…

Copper River Seafoods Initiates New Cost Saver Cold Storage Plan

Copper River Seafoods Initiates New Cost Saver Cold Storage Plan

  After years of storing large quantities of its flash frozen seafood with a Seattle cold storage firm, Copper River Seafoods is investing in its own cold…

Acid Society

Japan-Owned Oil Tanker Breaks Apart off Mauritius Coast

Japan-Owned Oil Tanker Breaks Apart off Mauritius Coast

  A Japanese bulk carrier that struck a coral reef last month off the Mauritius coast broke apart Saturday afternoon, the country’s National Crisis Committee said in…

Smart Sponge Could Clean Up Oil Spills

Smart Sponge Could Clean Up Oil Spills

  A team funded by the National Science Foundation has developed a porous smart sponge that selectively soaks up oil in water. With an ability to absorb more than 30 times…

Alutiiq Word of the Week & Museum News

Cousins-Alutiiq Word of the Week-November 29th

Cousins-Alutiiq Word of the Week-November 29th

ILUWAQ – COUSIN AMLESQANEK ILUWANGQ’RTUA. – I HAVE MANY COUSINS. The term cousin can be applied to a confusing array of relatives. In American society, a cousin…

Hair-Alutiiq Word of the Week-November 22nd

Hair-Alutiiq Word of the Week-November 22nd

NUYAT – HAIR SUK UKSURTUWIQAMI NUYAI QAT’RITAARTUT. – WHEN A PERSON GETS TO BE AN ELDER THEIR HAIR TURNS GRAY (WHITE). Before the adoption of western hairstyles…

Events/Notices

Polar Bazaar 2020 / now through Nov. 30

Polar Bazaar 2020 / now through Nov. 30

Anchorage Museum’s Winter Marketplace goes online      The Anchorage Museum presents its first virtual Polar Bazaar, an online winter marketplace presenting a curated mix of dozens…

Public invited to virtual Alaska Veterans Day Ceremony

Public invited to virtual Alaska Veterans Day Ceremony

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will…

Op/Ed and the Editor

Op-Ed-Alaska Subsistence Hunting

Op-Ed-Alaska Subsistence Hunting

  Hunting is an important way to pass on family traditions and fill our freezers with healthy wild game meat. As we begin the 40-Mile Caribou winter…

Ballot Measure 2 Offers a Better Path for Rural Alaska

Ballot Measure 2 Offers a Better Path for Rural Alaska

  This November 3rd, we urge rural Alaskans to vote YES on Ballot Measure 2. Our current election system of closed primaries and uncompetitive general elections does…

Alaska Weather

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Weekly Update Update from Alaska’s Dr. Zinke

The holidays are a time of joy and connecting with friends and family, but also of giving thanks. Alaskans are creative and tough, so let's find ways to celebrate but also protect each other from COVID-19.

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