Alaska’s Emergency Alert System test that was scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. has been cancelled.
Officials called off the EAS test due to severe weather across Western Alaska.
The national weather service predicts a storm will hit the coast with hurricane force winds.
The national EAS test uses a special code reserved for the president of the United States in case of a national emergency. The test has never been conducted with all fifty states participating. The national EAS test will proceed in other states.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.
- A new study from a Alaskan epidemiologist looks at infants who were exposed to opiates before birth. Unlike previous studies, it goes beyond the sharp rise in cases for a portion of the population to explore what happens next.
- Commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska have survived two years of state budget cuts but not without some changes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources.