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Palmer man dies in Prince William Sound floatplane crash

A 75-year-old Mat-Su borough man was killed in a Tuesday floatplane crash in Prince William Sound.

Fire season kicks off with over a dozen fires statewide

The Alaska Division of Forestry is warning Alaskans in the Southcentral region of the state about high fire danger.

As part of Dunleavy administration directive, ADF&G considered selling its hatcheries

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his budget proposal back in February, he also issued a directive asking departments to seek out state-owned properties that could be sold in an effort to save money.

Homer Rep. Vance looks into Board of Fish vote on Cook Inlet meeting location

Homer House Rep. Sarah Vance announced Friday that she is launching an inquiry into the Alaska Board of Fisheries’ January vote to move its 2020 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting on the Kenai Peninsula back to Anchorage.

Hilcorp delays seismic exploration in lower Cook Inlet

The company plans to update 40-year-old seismic data in a 370-square mile lease site offshore from Homer and Anchor Point.

Upper Cook Inlet fishermen take issue with Dunleavy Board of Fish appointee

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced four appointments to the Alaska Board of Fisheries Monday. One of Dunleavy’s picks has served on the board in the past and is likely to go through a heated confirmation process.

International study to shed light on the mysterious lives of salmon at sea

Scientists know surprisingly little about a salmon’s life outside of their freshwater and nearshore habitats, but an ambitious study is attempting to change that.
Alaska State Troopers. Photo: Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo.

Authorities declined to charge trooper who killed Nikolaevsk man, they never told his family

More than a year after a Nikolaevsk man was killed by an Alaska State Trooper, the family is still seeking answers.

DEC looks into helicopter fuel spill in Jakolof Bay

State officials are investigating whether a charter helicopter spilled fuel near a Kenai Peninsula oyster farm in Jakolof Bay.

Local residents show support after racist message spray-painted on Homer restaurant

A day after vandals spray-painted racist threats on the side of a Homer restaurant, community members have turned out to offer support.

Fish and Game seeks to understand genetic differences between pink salmon populations

A study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game looking at chum and pink salmon runs in Southeast and Prince William Sound is expanding to help biologists understand the interplay between wild runs and hatchery strays.

Homer Rep. Vance apologizes after criticizing letters from high school students

A freshman House lawmaker took to social media to criticize Homer high schoolers that had written her office over proposed education cuts. Homer Rep. Sarah Vance has since apologized and taken down the video on her Facebook page.

Predicting marine heatwaves can have economic implications

The Gulf of Alaska is once again experiencing a marine heatwave. Scientists around the world are trying to predict these events, but there are economic implications to forecasting the future.

Alaska’s seafood industry says the US-China trade war is costing it dearly

The trade war with China is impacting Alaska’s seafood industry. Alaska seafood exports to China have dropped by a fifth compared to last year.

Contentious request to release hatchery pinks in Kachemak Bay State Park denied for second time

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources denied a hatchery nonprofit’s request last week to release millions of hatchery pink salmon in a popular area of Kachemak Bay State Park.

Part of Bering Sea Pacific cod fishery could move toward quota system

About a year after federal regulators dramatically cut the Pacific Cod quota in the Gulf of Alaska, some fishermen in the Bering Sea say there are too many boats fishing for the declining species.

Questions about federal shutdown’s impact on upcoming halibut season go unanswered

As the federal government shutdown wears on, a major question is going unanswered: Does the National Marine Fisheries Service have a plan to open Alaska’s halibut and sablefish fisheries if the shutdown lasts?

Communities reliant on Coast Guard services feel the pain of the federal gov. shutdown

Most U.S. Coast Guard operations are suspended and that’s holding up commercial boat and permit sales as well as some construction of passenger vessels.

Federal fishery regulators forced to postpone official decisions during shutdown

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council may not be able to make any official decisions at its February meeting due to the partial federal government shutdown.

Dunleavy administration could revive debate over contentious Kachemak Bay State Park hatchery

About a month ago, former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack abruptly signed off on a draft management plan for Kachemak Bay State Park. After Mack left the job and a new governor was sworn in, DNR rescinded the plan.