The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is one small step closer to figuring out the difference between how many offspring hatchery fish produce versus wild stock. The department released a second batch of results this month as part of a long-range study. But there’s some disagreement over how much weight the results should carry.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking at pink salmon in five streams in Prince William Sound in hopes to answer crucial questions about hatchery fish. The most recent results look at 2014 pink salmon spawners in Stockdale Creek.

Australian mining company PolarX Limited recently fully funded its exploration programs located about 150 miles north of Anchorage. Those programs include potential exploration for copper and gold in the Alaska Range.

In January 2018, PolarX Limited identified a copper-gold target in its Alaska Range Project. Later that year, regional geophysical data confirmed high-grade mineralization.

A graduate student with the University of Alaska Fairbanks is installing air-quality sensors in rural and remote areas around the state to monitor wildfire smoke and other types of air pollution. A UAF professor heading up the project says the sensors will for the first time provide publicly accessible real-time data on air quality outside of cities – data that could help rural residents protect themselves from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke.

A junior mining company from Canada is searching for gold in eastern Alaska properties. The largest private landowner in the state, Doyon Limited, an Alaska Native corporation, owns two of the properties.

Scientists from all over the world come to Nome each summer for various research projects. The first wave of studies this season included researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA.

“One of the instruments that we deploy has these cameras that point up and point down. And then we put that into the water, and it sinks through the water column.”

Igiugig's hydropower launch a major step toward independence from diesel

Jul 31, 2019

The RivGen commercial generator sitting on the beach of the Kvichak River is massive: Twin turbines connected to two giant pontoons, painted bright blue and yellow and shining in the midday sun.

AlexAnna Salmon, Igiugig's village council president, is speaking on the beach in front of the device. It is the hydrokinetic generator’s launch ceremony, the culmination of years of work.

An Australian mining company has applied to the U.S. Forest Service for a round of exploratory drilling for a rare element about 35 miles southeast of Juneau.

Alaska State Council on the arts is forced to close doors

Jul 29, 2019

Editor's note: The state's final operating budget, signed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, included funding the Alaska Legislature restored $3,869,600 for the Alaska State Council on the Arts.  

Rural Alaskans brace for impact as Power Cost Equalization funds disappear

Jul 25, 2019

It’s salmon fishing and berry picking season in Unalakleet. It’s also the first month of the new operating budget year for the state.

Right now, when residents get together to swap stories about fishing, salmonberry pie recipes and the unseasonable heat, they are also talking about the impacts of a decades-old accounting quirk that could have far-reaching impacts in rural Alaska.

Nome plant symposium finds sustenance in Indigenous roots (and flowers, too)

Jul 25, 2019

Norton Sound Health Corporation held its first ever Plant Symposium in Nome, funded by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.