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Arctic peoples' climate pleas fell on deaf ears

Fairbanks - When ministers from the eight states of the Arctic and representatives of the region's native peoples met last month in Alaska, evidence of global warming was all around them.

Alaskan whale deaths in 2015 could have been due to toxic algae

Anchorage - Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are saying a toxic algae bloom could have caused the deaths of 44 whales in 2015 in the Gulf Coast of Alaska, but they are not ruling out other possibilities.

Fracking comes to Alaska, triggering new oil boom

Prudhoe Bay - The Arctic region hold great allure for global oil companies, despite opposition from green groups and Obama's 2016 ban on drilling in federal Arctic waters. However, over the past year, huge oil reserves have been found on Alaska's North Slope.

Oil well in Alaska shut down after oil spill — still spewing gas

Prudhoe Bay - Federal regulators are preparing to shut down an oil well on Alaska's North Slope near Deadhorse tonight. The wellhead cracked Friday and sent up a plume of crude oil before it froze and the initial leak stopped. It is still spewing natural gas.

Cook Inlet is dealing with yet another Hilcorp pipeline leak

Anchorage - Hilcorp Energy is already under investigation for two underwater pipeline leaks in Alaska's Cook Inlet. On Friday, the company confirmed they are now dealing with a third pipeline leak.

GOP lawmakers try to revive Pebble mine project under Trump EPA

Some GOP lawmakers and mining companies are banking on the EPA's new head, Scott Pruitt reversing an earlier veto by the agency of a controversial mine project in Alaska's Bristol Bay, despite local opposition and the threat to sockeye salmon fisheries.

USDA: Bird flu strain that hit U.S. last year found in wild duck

The same strain of avian flu virus that led to the deaths of 50 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. last year has been found in the country for the first time in nearly 14 months, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sanders beats Clinton in Alaska Democratic caucuses

Los Angeles - Bernie Sanders soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in Alaska's Democratic caucuses on Saturday, giving his campaign a much-needed boost as he seeks to disrupt Clinton's path to the party's presidential nomination.

Commercial salmon fishing off California facing tougher limits

San Francisco - Northern California salmon fisherman face severe restrictions on catch this spring after lower-than-expected numbers of the fish have been counted offshore.

Alaska hit by 6.8-magnitude earthquake: USGS 

Washington - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Alaska early Sunday, US seismologists said.The US Geological Survey, updating its earlier location for the quake, said it struck at 1030 GMT and was centered about 83 kilometers (51 miles) east of Old Iliamna....

Photo Essay: Creek Street, Ketchikan historic red-light district Special

Ketchikan - Ketchikan, a historic town built along the seafront on Tongass Narrows, is known as "the salmon capital of the world," but its past evokes an infamous village which in the first half of the 19th Century was known as “the Pacific Coast's wickedest city".

Death of Juneau, Alaska mayor under investigation, police say

Juneau - Alaskan authorities in the capital city are investigating the death of Juneau's recently-elected mayor, while simultaneously deflecting rumors surrounding the mysterious case.

Five fascinating facts you might not know about sea otters

Sea otters tickle our imaginations. Their charming antics make them the clowns of the sea, and for those of us fortunate enough to live alongside them, they are enchanting. The sight of mother otters cuddling young ones make them even more endearing.

Review: 'Life-lessons' book is an easy read that made it to best-seller Special

Haines - Amid the long tally of books that emerge each year, it's always a surprise to see a little book of just over 150 pages make it to a best seller's list.

Shell halts controversial oil exploration in Alaska

London - Royal Dutch Shell is ending its controversial offshore exploration in Alaska after failing to find sufficient amounts of oil and gas, the energy giant said Monday.

New species of dinosaur discovered in Alaska

According to a new report that was published on Tuesday, researchers have unearthed a new species of plant-eating dinosaur.

Obama, in Alaska, says world must speed climate change fight

Anchorage - US President Barack Obama has warned that climate change is no longer a problem of the future, but rather a challenge for now and one that will define the next century as he made a landmark visit to Alaska.

Nine dead in Alaska sightseeing plane crash

Juneau - A sightseeing plane crashed into a granite rock face in southeast Alaska killing all nine people on board, US police said.

Alaska wildfires 'human-caused' — Resources stretched thin

An Alaska wildfire along a main highway between Achorage and Fairbanks grew by a thousand acres on Wednesday. The Sockeye fire, named for a street in Willow where it started on Sunday, has now blackened 12 square miles.

Alaska wildfires destroy dozens of homes, menace highway

Two fast-growing Alaska wildfires have already destroyed 45 homes and forced a number of evacuations as well as restricting traffic on a major highway connecting two of the state's largest cities on Tuesday.

Temperature in Alaska hits record high

Juneau - Perhaps unfairly known for dark, cold and bleakness, Alaska has recorded its hottest weather in 91 years, and this is only the start of the summer.

Yukon fossil bones provide DNA, shakeup camel family tree

Ice age camel bones, discovered in the Yukon, are rearranging the camel family tree. Until their extinction around 13,000, western camels were quite common in western North America.

Alaskans are seeing 'flesh-eating fish' falling from the sky

Fairbanks - At least four Fairbanks residents called the Alaska Department of Fish and Game this past week reporting some rather strange sightings. Lamprey eels were falling out of the sky, leaving some people to wonder if this was a new weather phenomenon.

Op-Ed: GOP Rep. Don Young: Wolves would solve the homeless problem

It seems that being a politician these days is really tough. Alaska GOP Rep. Don Young found out how the hard way when he suggested Thursday that the best way to solve homelessness was wolves. Would this be considered shooting yourself in the foot?

Marijuana legalization takes effect in Alaska

Los Angeles - Alaska became the third American state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, following in the steps of Colorado and Washington state -- and soon to be joined by Oregon.

The Alaskan Pebble Mine debate getting too hot to handle

Lying just north of Lake Iliamna and Lake Clark in southwest Alaska is Bristol Bay. It is home to half the world's sockeye salmon. Below the marsh and shrub of the bay lies another kind of wealth, ore, several kinds of ore, including gold.

Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on hunters' use of 'unfair drones'

While some states have already banned or regulated the use of drones for hunting, even more states have bills on the books regarding the use of this controversial procedure. Alaska is one such state that has banned the use of drones for hunting wildlife.

Arctic offshore drilling company pleads guilty to crimes

Anchorage - A drilling company has pleaded guilty to environmental and maritime crimes in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, after reaching an agreement with prosecutors earlier this month.

Independent Walker ousts Parnell and is Alaska's new governor

Anchorage - After a tense race, Independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska race for governor, and that's largely due to the fact that he launched an aggressive campaign against Republican Governor Sean Parnell, The Huffington Post reports.

Review: The eerie Skagway Gold Rush Cemetery and 'Soapy' Smith’s story Special

Skagway - The Gold Rush Cemetery in Skagway, Alaska, contains the remains of many ill-fated gold-seekers who lost their lives in search of wealth. It also holds the remains of a town’s hero and the tomb of one of the most infamous con men of the American West.
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