Opponents pack Anchorage hearing on salmon habitat ballot measure

by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk
- A ballot initiative aimed at protecting salmon habitat is facing stiff opposition from industry groups, unions and Native corporations in Alaska. That opposition was on full display at an Anchorage hearing on the measure this week.
The population of beluga whales that live in the Cook Inlet has been steadily declining in recent years. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Commission)

A federal plan to save Alaska’s belugas starts with recruiting an army to count them

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An army of citizen scientists assembled along Turnagain Arm Saturday to count endangered belugas near Anchorage.
the meeting was held at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Sept. 14, 2018. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska's Energy Desk)

Juneau crowd questions forest service on new roads in the Tongass

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The controversial initiative, which was announced in August, is up against a November deadline.

As administration pursues ANWR drilling, Trump official accuses federal employees of creating ‘road bumps’

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In an interview last month, Balash describee what he called a "really difficult management challenge" with Fish and Wildlife Service employees. He said during a recent meeting with the agency in Alaska, he felt employees weren't eager to carry out…

Wildlife officials race to trap rogue rat on St. Paul Island

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For more than two decades, the Pribilof Islands have had a rat prevention program to keep the island rat-free. During that time, six rats have been killed near the docks, but now one is at large.

Here’s how a rag-tag group of scientists produced a paper on a 300-foot Alaska tsunami

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Imagine a wave as tall as the ConocoPhillips building in downtown Anchorage. It happened just three years ago in Southeast Alaska. A new scientific paper makes the case that climate change could increase the likelihood of these events.