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For SNAP and WIC recipients, buying groceries during a pandemic is complicated

Recipients of SNAP and WIC benefits are finding themselves in a tight spot trying to avoid catching the coronavirus while getting food for their families

Amalga Distillery in Juneau is making hand sanitizer for organizations in need

One Juneau distillery has gone from serving cocktails to serving its community in a different way: making hand sanitizer.

USDA opens investigation into why Forest Service grant was given to Alaska to work on Roadless Rule

The federal Office of the Inspector General is opening an investigation into how the U.S. Forest Service granted millions of dollars to the State of Alaska to work on a Roadless Rule decision in the Tongass National Forest.

‘Much of Alaska’s history is not here anymore’: The National Archives are moving again, this time even farther away

In 2014, despite public outcry, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget decided to move Alaska's federal archives to Seattle. Now those archives could be moving again, to California and Missouri.

Donald Trump Jr. is headed to Juneau for a hunting trip. The cost to join him: $150,000.

Donald Trump Jr. and his son will be embarking on a weeklong hunt for Sitka black-tailed deer and ducks in Southeast Alaska — and a spot to join them was auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Yellow cedar is dying. Can Southeast Alaska sawmills profit?

A recent study explores the business potential of salvage logging, or harvesting trees that are already dead.

State gives timber industry group $1.3M in federal money to work with U.S. Forest Service

Documents obtained by Earthjustice show a contract between the state Division of Forestry and the Alaska Forest Association worth up to $1.3 million, or $260,000 a year, for a span of five years.

State releases new guide on medication assisted treatment

As more Alaskans seek treatment for opioid use disorder, the state is taking measures to ensure enough medical providers are there to help.

Activists take to social media as comment period for Roadless Rule draws to a close

As the final deadline for public comments on a proposal to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule loomed, environmental groups increasingly tried to get the word out to encourage people to weigh-in.

Salmon returns are down in Metlakatla. These junior scientists are discovering possible reasons why.

Ocean temperatures were well above average for much of Alaska this year, spawning questions about how warm water and abnormally dry conditions could affect salmon returns. In Metlakatla, a group of young scientists are logging their own data to better understand the future they’re inheriting.

Dunleavy defends use of federal grant for Roadless Rule decision

While two Democratic members of Congress have requested an investigation into why some federal grant funds were used to pay an Alaska timber industry group, the state maintains it spent the money appropriately.

Metlakatla, which depends on water, has moved quickly to accommodate the realities of drought

Following a season of drought, the Southeast Alaska community of Metlakatla is navigating a different relationship with water, like a number of other places in the region.
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Metlakatla adapts to drought with grassroots conservation efforts

When you think of extremely dry conditions, California wildfires probably come to mind. But in 2018, some parts of Southeast Alaska were officially...

Why was fire prevention funding used on the Roadless Rule process in Alaska? Congress members want to know.

A United States senator from Michigan and a representative from Arizona want an investigation into why federal dollars typically used to prevent wildfires were given to the State of Alaska to work on the Roadless Rule.

Forest Service kicks off Roadless Rule discussion in Juneau

People who attended the meeting had a lot of questions about the process.

A new inventory of old growth trees could be coming. Will it be too late?

A proposed exemption from the federal Roadless Rule means prohibitions on logging could be removed for millions of acres of old growth trees in the region.

Forest Service substantially weighed the ‘state’s preferences’ in Roadless Rule decision

A change in the federal rule could open up over 9 million acres in the nation’s largest national forest, though the federal agency says those lands “would not be scheduled or expected to be subject to timber harvests.”

Forest Service recommends lifting Roadless Rule for the Tongass

Alaska’s congressional delegation has long pushed for the full exemption in the state — saying there needs to be more access to timber and energy opportunities in the region.

A tiny insect is causing major tree damage in Southeast Alaska. Scientists hope it’s a blip.

Bug scientists think drought conditions played a major role in a recent hemlock sawfly outbreak.

Climate change is causing yellow cedar decline. But not enough for ESA listing.

So far, about a million acres of trees have died from Alaska to California. An Endangered Species Act listing would have made it difficult to log the tree.