Alaska

Alaskans pursue permanent protections for Bristol Bay
Alaskans pursue permanent protections for Bristol Bay
‘It’s time to put Pebble to rest.’
Documenting destruction from above
Documenting destruction from above
A young photographer highlights the environmental crises facing Indigenous communities at home and abroad.
Oil lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge draws few bidders
Oil lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge draws few bidders
The Trump administration succeeded in opening the refuge for drilling. The highest bidder? The state of Alaska itself.
Studying seabirds, the sentinels of the ocean
Studying seabirds, the sentinels of the ocean
Perspective from one of the longest, largest and most comprehensive seabird monitoring efforts in the world.
A wetter and warmer Alaska means dangerously slippery slopes
A wetter and warmer Alaska means dangerously slippery slopes
Climate change is making landslides more likely and preparation vital.
Will a multimillion-dollar dock help a remote Alaska community get more services?
Will a multimillion-dollar dock help a remote Alaska community get more services?
Alaska’s marine highway still faces uncertainty under severe budget cuts.
Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years
Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years
From legal decisions to on-the-ground policies, Indigenous lawyers describe the administration’s tactics as an “onslaught” removing federal protections of land and wildlife.
Drowning the derelicts: Yesterday’s boats are today’s problems
Drowning the derelicts: Yesterday’s boats are today’s problems
States and municipalities from Alaska to California struggle to dispose of old vessels without federal support.
Invocation perseverance; prolific Griz 399; errant GPS
Invocation perseverance; prolific Griz 399; errant GPS
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
20 signs that the climate crisis has come home to roost
20 signs that the climate crisis has come home to roost
From Alaska to Wyoming, evidence shows the climate is off-kilter in the West.
Pebble Mine permit denied by Trump administration
Pebble Mine permit denied by Trump administration
The Army Corps of Engineers “concluded that the proposed project is contrary to the public interest.”
Trump administration chops logging restrictions in the Tongass National Forest
Trump administration chops logging restrictions in the Tongass National Forest
But President-elect Biden could reinstate them once in office.
Climate change intensifies tsunami threat in Alaska
Climate change intensifies tsunami threat in Alaska
As glaciers retreat and permafrost thaws, massive landslides threaten coastal communities.
Bracing for unlawful militias and vigilantes at the ballot box
Bracing for unlawful militias and vigilantes at the ballot box
Emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric, armed groups plan to post up near poll sites.
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Alaska’s St. Matthew Island has had its share of human visitors, but none can remain long.
The Alaska Native village of Kake defends their right to hunt
The Alaska Native village of Kake defends their right to hunt
The state of Alaska sues the Federal Subsistence Board for approving an emergency hunt for the Organized Village of Kake, despite the tribal community’s dire food shortage.
An inaccurate census has major implications for Indian Country
An inaccurate census has major implications for Indian Country
Indigenous people are frequently undercounted, undermining political power and representation.
Eleven Alaska Native tribes offer new way forward on managing the Tongass
Eleven Alaska Native tribes offer new way forward on managing the Tongass
The proposal comes after a failed consultation process of ‘one way communication’ over the Tongass National Forest.
Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may not be drilled
Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may not be drilled
The economic, legal and political obstacles to petroleum extraction on Alaska’s North Slope.
Alaska’s salmon are getting smaller
Alaska’s salmon are getting smaller
New research finds some species diminished by as much as 10% and that the climate crisis may be a driving factor.
Now that you’ve gone West, young man
Now that you’ve gone West, young man
Toward unlearning Manifest Destiny.
Essential transportation in rural Alaska is up in the air
Essential transportation in rural Alaska is up in the air
Since Alaska’s largest regional airline went bankrupt in April, roadless communities have been searching for ways to restore service.
Teenage wolves; petticoat rulers; Alaska’s permissive hunting
Teenage wolves; petticoat rulers; Alaska’s permissive hunting
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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