In the event of widespread disease, it could take several days before help arrives in a remote Alaska community like Nome.
The first cruise ship to pass through the Port of Nome will arrive in July. So far, seven ships have booked arrangements to stop in Nome this year.
Alaska’s congressional delegation has introduced legislation to pre-empt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone and other marine mammal products.
Race officials reduced the maximum team size from 16 to 14 for this year’s Iditarod. That means quite a bit for race strategies, speeds and the trade-offs that mushers face as they travel across Alaska.
With 52 dog teams slated to run the 1,000-mile race to Nome, it’s the smallest field of mushers starting an Iditarod in decades. But that doesn’t mean the competition is any easier.
Sea ice extent has been reduced to almost nothing after the latest series of storms that hit several communities in the Bering Strait region, causing concern about coastal flooding.
Winter storms and blustery weather buffeting the Bering Sea this month have reduced sea ice coverage by almost 25% since late January. Sea ice in the Bering Sea is typically solid and stable this time of year, but scientists and communities are observing large areas of open water, and where there is ice, much of it is shifting.
A 9,000-year-old child’s tooth found in a cave near Deering, Alaska, belonged to a “relative of all other Native Americans,” says archaeologist Jeff Rasic. The tooth is the oldest human remains found in the Arctic.
The facility is the first of its kind in the Norton Sound region and will have room for ten occupants. It will give elders in the region an option to receive services in a location closer to their home communities.
There’s a heavy demand from scientists to use the Coast Guard’s icebreakers to do research in Arctic waters. But with only two icebreakers in its entire fleet, the Coast Guard’s capabilities are limited.