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    New plan issued to help polar bears survive in Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 09, 20:35

    A new plan to improve polar bear survival was released Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage. Their research shows the biggest risk for polar bears continues to be Arctic warming and loss of sea ice habitat, but the bears face other risks as well, which Fish and Wildlife officials believe would […]

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    Obama bans future oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic

    by KTVA / AP on Dec 20, 12:03

    Last updated at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 As Alaska faces economic challenges, President Barack Obama has designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing. The Alaska Congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Walker say the decision could […]

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    Obama issues executive order protecting Bering Sea region

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 09, 13:32

    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday protecting parts of the Bering Sea from shipping, and oil and gas development, while also giving locals a voice in federal government. “It’s a historic moment for us,” said Harry Lincoln of Tunanak. “This is the first time in our lives, in all these years, hundreds of […]

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    Bethel residents show solidarity with their brothers and sisters at Standing Rock

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Nov 07, 17:48

    Bethel was one of many places where there were rallies and vigils in support of members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, according to a story by KYUK Public Media. The tribe fears that a leak from the pipeline could have devastating […]

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    State, Alaska Native corporations petition US Supreme Court to review polar bear habitat designation

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 06, 19:32

    The state of Alaska and a number of Alaska Native corporations filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. The February decision upheld the polar bear habitat designation for 187,000 square miles of Alaska land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced its plan […]

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    Early morning fire rips through three Kobuk structures, including home

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 30, 18:34

    Last updated at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 Three buildings were destroyed by fire early Sunday morning in the village of Kobuk. The fire was first reported to officials in Kotzebue just before 1 a.m., according to Silvano Viveiros, the Northwest Arctic Borough fire chief. An online trooper dispatch said the fire started at […]

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    UN agency to hear from Arctic indigenous leaders

    by Lauren Frost / KNOM on Oct 25, 19:59

    A panel of representatives from Arctic indigenous communities will address the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London on Wednesday afternoon. The IMO is a United Nations specialized agency that regulates shipping worldwide. This may be the first time that Arctic indigenous leaders have appeared in front of the IMO. One of the organizers of this session is […]

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    Appeals panel finds protections for ice seals reasonable

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Oct 24, 10:45

    An appeals court panel has ruled that a federal agency acted reasonably in proposing to list a certain population of bearded seals as threatened by the sea ice loss. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reverses a lower court ruling that found the decision […]

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    Panel: No indication of Russian aggression in Arctic

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 8:51

    A panel of national security experts says that while Russia has built up its military on its side of the Arctic, there is no evidence of Russian aggression there. Julia Gourley is the senior Arctic official at the U.S. State Department. During a briefing of congressional staff in Washington, D.C., she said it appears Russia […]

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    AVCP energy conference reveals big plans for the region

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Oct 04, 22:20

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission. BETHEL — The Association of Village Council Presidents kicked off a busy week with an all-day Bethel workshop focused on improving how energy is used in Western Alaska. At yesterday’s workshop, one elder compared energy in the region to a family: a series of intricate […]

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    Arctic Science Ministerial Brings International Representatives, including Nome’s mayor

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Oct 04, 14:35

    This September marked the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska in which he witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change in the Arctic. And on Sept. 28, the first ever Arctic Science Ministerial was hosted in Washington, D.C., last week. The focus: creating more scientific initiatives and international collaboration on Arctic issues. Attendee of the event and Mayor […]

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    First luxury Northwest Passage cruise completed

    by Melissa Frey on Sep 17, 20:32

    After four years of planning, building, coordinating, selling and inspecting, the first large luxury cruise ship just finished its tour through the recently opened water of the Northwest Passage. Arriving in New York City after 32 days at sea and about 8,000 nautical miles, the crew and their guests made history and left with a […]

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    Networking with Arctic neighbors: Alaska rejoins the Northern Forum

    by Liz Raines on Jul 26, 7:06

    Alaska is looking to its neighbors in the north for support on some of the challenging issues unique to the Arctic. On Monday, Gov. Bill Walker signed a declaration making Alaska a member of the Northern Forum, a nonprofit organization made up of regional governments from eight countries, which includes Russia. The symbolic union also […]

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    Obama administration sets rules for future Arctic drilling

    by Associated Press on Jul 07, 12:21

    With no new drilling planned in the Arctic waters off Alaska, the Obama administration is setting rules to ensure that any future energy exploration in the Arctic meets safety and environmental standards. The Interior Department says rules issued Thursday do not authorize any Arctic offshore drilling either now or in the future, but they set […]

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    U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Kotzebue for summer

    by Margaret DeMaioribus / KNOM on Jun 25, 16:46

    The U.S. Coast Guard is setting up for activities in Kotzebue this summer and summers to come. The Coast Guard signed a five-year lease with the Alaska Army National Guard facility in Kotzebue. It’s the first long-term lease for the Coast Guard above the Arctic Circle and will serve as a station for Arctic operations. U.S. […]

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    Russia launches world’s largest icebreaker, Arctic coast guards work to keep the peace

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on Jun 20, 14:51

    Activity in the Arctic is on the rise. Retreating sea ice and rising ship traffic have some worried the region could serve as the next stage for international conflict, but coast guards across the Arctic are busy laying the groundwork for cooperation. Russia just launched the largest, most powerful icebreaker in the world. Blue and […]

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    Scientists: Drop Arctic from plans for offshore drilling

    by Associated Press on Jun 14, 21:44

    Nearly 400 scientists are urging President Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling in the near future by taking Arctic waters out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan. The 388 scientists include Jane Lubchenco, Obama’s former administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Now a researcher and teacher at Oregon […]

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    Nome won’t receive federal disaster training until after arrival of Arctic cruise ship

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on Apr 02, 10:27

    The Arctic is set to see its first large cruise ship this summer, but Nome and many other communities along its route may not be ready for a major disaster at sea. The Crystal Serenity will carry over 1,000 passengers through the Northwest Passage. The historic voyage has the industry buzzing, but it also has people worried. […]

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    Arctic sea ice reaches new record low mark

    by Associated Press on Mar 28, 12:40

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say the winter maximum level of Arctic sea ice was the smallest they’ve seen, thanks to extraordinarily warm temperatures. The National Snow and Ice Data Center says sea ice spread to a maximum of 5.607 million square miles in 2016. That’s 5,000 square miles less than the old record […]

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    Obama reappoints Juneau man to Arctic Research Commission

    by Associated Press on Feb 19, 18:05

    President Barack Obama has reappointed a Juneau man to serve on the Arctic Research Commission. David Benton, a marine research consultant, says he is pleased to be reappointed. He says he will continue working to find ways to expand international cooperation on research in the Arctic. Benton has been on the commission for the last […]