Alaska’s Western stock of Steller sea lions is critically endangered. The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Lori Polasek is trying to figure out why. She and her colleagues hope that breeding sea lions in captivity will help them better understand those in the wild. Although recent sea lion pregnancies at the SeaLife Center haven’t been successful, scientists say the latest one could go exactly as planned.
With only two decision days left for the Supreme Court, rulings that could impact same sex marriage could come as early as tomorrow. But for same sex couples in Alaska right now, the only option is to head out of state if they want to get married and some say that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
Some relief from the heat is in the forecast, followed by even hotter weather. National Weather Service forecaster Carey Freeman in Fairbanks says high pressure that’s brought record warmth to mainland Alaska this week will be briefly interrupted this weekend.
Glacier Bay Lodge may shut down after this season. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve put out a prospectus for concession services in January but received no bids by the March 26 deadline. Closing Glacier Bay Lodge could have rippling effects on the economy of Gustavus.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor is proposing a new deal that would allow Chena Hot Springs to expand. But first it has to be approved by the assembly. It’s unclear whether assembly members will support it.
Murkowski Endorses Gay Marriage; Alaska Couples Await Supreme Court Decision On DOMA, Prop 8; Sullivan Says He Will Run For Lieutenant Governor; State To Receive Brief Relief From Heat Wave; Steller Sea Lion To Give Birth To New Pup; Glacier Bay Lodge May Shut Down; New Deal Proposed For Possible Chena Hot Springs Expansion
The United States House passed a restrictive abortion measure last night that has no chance in the Senate.
The equipment from Adak’s fish processing plant was auctioned off in one piece Tuesday morning. The City of Adak and the Adak Community Development Corporation jointly submitted the winning bid of $1.8 million.
The Coast Guard is searching the waters near Hoonah for a crewman who went overboard from the fishing vessel “Swift” late Monday night. The 34-foot boat is reportedly based in Juneau, but state records show it registered to a Sitka captain.
A state lawmaker is raising privacy concerns about signing petitions, but signature gatherers are calling it a scare tactic that could affect next year’s ballot.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s version of the Sealaska lands bill has passed out of its only committee of referral. That’s a major step toward a Senate floor vote. But there’s no guarantee it will move any further in Congress. Its best chance is as part of a package of lands legislation.
A wildfire east of Fairbanks is drawing a massive air and ground response. The Kanuti fire started in a neighborhood off Chena Hot Springs Road, near Mile 17.
Fairbanks Natural Gas has released details of a North Slope to Fairbanks gas trucking project proposal. The documents lay out costs and components of a system to treat and liquefy gas, including propane, and load it onto tanker trucks for shipment south.
The long time tug of war over the name of North America’s highest peak was back in front of the U-S Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee on Tuesday.
The village of Chignik Lagoon on the Alaska Peninsula, with a year round population of around 70, hopes to break ground this season on a small, long-awaited hydroelectric project. For a price tag of about 2.5 million dollars, the simple system may produce as much power as the village typically needs. This is one of several alternative energy projects the Lake and Peninsula Borough has undertaken in an effort to lower costs and ease off of fossil fuels in its villages.
More than 20 kids graduated from Bethel’s Alaska Youth Academy’s summer camp last Friday. The idea is to encourage kids in the area to consider law enforcement careers.
Treadwell To Run For Senate; Sealaska Lands Bill Passes Senate Committee; Legislation Would Keep Petition Signatures Off Public Record; Wildfire Near Chena Hot Springs Road Prompts Massive Response; Fairbanks Natural Gas Releases Trucking Project Details; Federal Regulators Crack Down On Fish Fraud; McKinley To Denali Name Change Legislation Passes Out Of Senate Committee; Chignik Lagoon Hopes To Break Ground On Hydro Project; Youth Camp Teaches Rural Teens Public Safety Skills