The North Pacific right whale is one of the rarest animals in the Bering Sea. Only about 30 North Pacific right whales inhabit the eastern Bering Sea, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. This week, a NOAA researcher was able to find and collect information on not one but two of these whales.
It’s still largely a Lower 48 problem, but being bitten by a tick can have serious health consequences. There’s Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease, both of which can cause long-lasting organ, joint and neurological problems, which in some cases can be fatal.
A preschool designed to immerse children in the Alutiiq language is about to enter its first full semester of classes. The Administration for Native Americans granted the Sun’aq tribe roughly $2 million dollars to establish the nest school. It wrapped up its pilot semester in May.
Interns this summer with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute are looking at food science in Kodiak, and one is investigating a new health food fad. University of Alaska Fairbanks student Alina Fairbanks is doing market research focusing on nucleotides.
Municipal employee wage increases and other changes will cost Wrangell close to a half-million dollars over three years. That includes terms of a collective bargaining agreement accepted earlier this month and similar changes for non-union employees approved this week.