Wendi Jonassen, APRN - Anchorage


The Alaska Sea Life Center, in Seward, is caring for its first whale. The newborn beluga calf turned up in Naknek Bay yesterday. Center staff flew to Naknek to rescue it.

The University of Alaska Anchorage is revising its incredible airfare deal for the Great Alaskan Shootout during Thanksgiving weekend. Last week, the University offered free plane tickets to residents from rural hubs like Barrow and Cordova, with the purchase of a shoot out package. Not even a week old, the deal stirred up so much controversy UAA is making it a little less sweet.

The American Astronomical Society convention landed in Alaska for the first time ever this week. It’s bringing over a thousand scientists and astronomy lovers from all over the world to Anchorage. At a public event last night, NASA scientists from the Kepler Mission spoke about their findings in their quest to discover habitable planets outside earth.

The International Whaling Commission is meeting next month in Panama City to set whaling catch limits around the world. The commission is supposed to set a quota for Alaska’s subsistence whalers for the next five years. But the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission is concerned their subsistence quota will fail to pass in the heated climate surrounding international whaling. So the AEWC is pushing for legislation that would allow the U.S. to set the subsistence catch limit in Alaska.

For the second time this century, Venus is making its way across the sun. Alaska and Hawaii are among the best spots to view the transit in the world. And in Anchorage, hundreds of people are lining up behind telescopes to see it, including an astronomer at the University of Alaska.