Restrictions on the ivory industry are multiplying in the U.S., causing concern for artists in Alaska. Alaska Native carvers do have a degree of protection under federal law. But, non-Native carvers who only work with fossilized ivory are not shielded in the same way.
Testing connected to the former Army tank farm in Haines found what investigators say is a “surprising” amount of underground contamination at Tanani Point Beach. Recent testing appears to solve the mystery of where exactly those pollutants come from.
The U.S. Department of Energy issued an emergency alert Tuesday morning at the Hanford site north of Richland, Washington, after a tunnel at a radioactive cleanup site caved in. Workers at a former chemical processing plant were evacuated and thousands more across Hanford were directed to take shelter indoors.
Tribal leaders around the region are trying to get a handle on one factor that may contribute to declining returns in the Chilkat River and its nearby waters, which are a major source of food for subsistence fishermen in Haines and Klukwan.