A Moose Hunting Class Is Teaching Students About Food

A small group of Alaskan middle-schoolers get a hands-on lesson in hunting and processing food from the land.

#alaska, #butchers-and-butchering, #education-k-12, #food, #hunting-and-trapping, #meat, #moose

Fierce Windstorms Batter Alaska as Thousands Lose Power

Tens of thousands of people lost electricity this week, while the wind chill dipped to 35 degrees below zero.

#alaska, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #weather, #wind

Helping to Reveal a Still-Shuttered World

Our weekly photo essay series offered readers a glimpse of distant places and cultures that, for a second straight year, remained largely inaccessible.

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5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Parts of Alaska

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the earthquake, whose epicenter was about 135 miles southwest of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #earthquakes, #united-states-geological-survey

Climate Change Is Thawing Arctic Alaska

The landscape resembles frozen spinach left out on the kitchen counter too long.

#alaska, #arctic-regions, #carbon-dioxide, #caribou, #gates-of-the-arctic-national-park-alaska, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rivers, #weather, #wilderness-areas

Doctor Charged With False Report to Summon Helicopter on Denali

Federal prosecutors said the climber called rescuers to say that two other people on the mountain, the tallest in North America, were having a medical emergency. But it was a ruse.

#alaska, #anchorage-daily-news, #helicopters, #mountaineering, #national-park-service, #north-america, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rescues, #united-states, #utah

Murkowski Announces Re-election Bid, Setting up Clash With Trump

Of the seven Republicans who found former President Donald J. Trump guilty in his second impeachment trial, the Alaska senator is the only one facing re-election this year.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-senate, #mcconnell-mitch, #murkowski-lisa, #scott-richard-l, #trump-donald-j, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

This Is Where the States Want Billions in Infrastructure Funding Spent

The plan finally approved on Friday will address transportation, water, broadband, energy and public safety needs that have been building for years, sometimes decades.

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Indigenous Foods Are Part of the Healing Plan at One Alaskan Hospital

In a state hit hard by Covid, seal soup, caribou stew and other traditional dishes are prepared for patients who are often hundreds of miles from home.

#alaska, #alaska-native-medical-center, #alaska-native-tribal-health-consortium, #alaska-natives, #anchorage-alaska, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-cynthia-health-executive, #food, #foote-amy-r, #hospitals, #traditional-native-foods-initiative

Alaska Governor orders state agencies to ignore federal vaccine mandates

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) speaks at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2020.

Enlarge / Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) speaks at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2020. (credit: Getty | Jim Watson)

Though the state of Alaska currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the country, Governor Mike Dunleavy is focusing on fighting federal vaccine mandates.

Dunleavy signed an administrative order Tuesday that prohibits all state agencies from participating in or assisting with federal vaccine mandates for employers. The order also tasks the state’s attorney general with reviewing all federal vaccine mandates and looking for ways to challenge them in court.

Last week, Alaska also joined nine other states in filing a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors. And in an opinion piece published Monday on a far-right political website, Dunleavy vowed that Alaska would also take legal action against an upcoming rule by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to compel companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccination or regular testing. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday that the rule will be coming in a matter of days.

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#alaska, #covid-19, #infectious-disease, #public-health, #science, #vaccine-mandates

As Earth Warms, Human History Is Melting Away

Climate change is revealing long-frozen artifacts and animals to archaeologists. But the window for study is slender and shrinking.

#alaska, #alps-mountains, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arctic-regions, #audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-informative, #austria, #chile, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #europe, #glaciers, #global-warming, #ice, #indigenous-people, #mammoths-animals, #mongolia, #norway, #paleontology, #siberia, #university-of-aberdeen, #yakutia-russia, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

10 Republican-led States Sue Over Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

The lawsuit is being led by Missouri’s attorney general, Eric Schmitt, and the attorney general of Nebraska, Doug Peterson.

#alaska, #arkansas, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #missouri, #nebraska, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization

Chuck Bundrant, Pacific Fisheries’ ‘Henry Ford,’ Dies at 79

In 1961 he arrived in Seattle with no job, no skills and $80. Over the next 60 years, he built a seafood empire and transformed the industry.

#alaska, #bundrant-chuck, #deaths-obituaries, #fast-food-industry, #fishing-commercial, #pollock-fish, #seafood, #trident-seafoods

Fat Bear Week Winner: Otis Takes Title for 4th Time

The brown bear was named the winner of the annual contest in which people vote for their favorite chunky bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

#alaska, #bears, #fat-bear-week, #hibernation, #katmai-national-park-alaska, #weight

In Alaska’s Covid Crisis, Doctors Must Decide Who Lives and Who Dies

Amid the nation’s worst Covid-19 outbreak, patients are trapped in remote communities and doctors are prioritizing treatment based on who is most likely to survive.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #providence-alaska-medical-center, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources

Unraveling the Mysteries Hidden in Vast Glacier Caves

A group of scientists and adventure athletes are venturing into icy labyrinths to study their relationships with glacial melting and climate change.

#alaska, #caves-and-caverns, #geography, #geology, #glaciers, #global-warming, #greenland, #ice, #mount-everest, #mountaineering, #nepal, #svalbard-and-jan-mayen-norway

Barred From Flying Over Mask Dispute, Lawmaker Asks to Be Excused From Senate

Lora Reinbold, a Republican state senator from Alaska, was captured on video in April arguing with employees at Juneau International Airport about mask rules.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alaska, #alaska-airlines, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dunleavy-mike-j, #juneau-alaska, #politics-and-government, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #reinbold-lora, #transportation-security-administration

Biden Administration Moves to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The bay, home to a key sockeye salmon fishery, sits atop a massive gold and copper deposit, pitting environmentalists against mining companies.

#alaska, #bristol-bay-alaska, #clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #gold, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #salmon

Court Blocks a Vast Alaskan Drilling Project, Citing Climate Dangers

The multibillion-dollar ConocoPhillips plan, known as Willow, was approved under the Trump administration and then legally supported by the Biden administration.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #conocophillips, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Plane Crash in Alaska Kills 6 People

Five of the six people on the small aircraft had been traveling on a Holland America Line cruise, the company said in a statement.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alaska, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #federal-aviation-administration, #helicopters, #holland-america-line, #juneau-alaska, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-coast-guard

Astra targets first commercial orbital launch for August 27

Astra’s last test launch went better than expected, nearly achieving orbit — kind of a stretch goal for that specific mission. The company at the time said that it would only need to tweak software to reach an orbital destination, and now we know when it’s going to get the chance to prove it: Astra revealed a launch window today of August 27 for its first ever commercial orbital launch, a demonstration mission for the U.S. Space Force.

The contract Astra has with the Space Force also includes a second launch, set for sometime later this year, with the exact schedule for that launch yet to be finalized.

The payload that Astra’s rocket will carry for the Space Force will be a test spacecraft flown for the agency’s Space Test Program. The launch will take place from Astra’s spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska, which is where it has flown its test missions previously.

While the launch window officially opens at 1 PM PT on August 27, it will remain open all the way through Saturday, September 11, and Astra could easily shift the launch within that window based on weather conditions and other factors.

Astra, which become a publicly traded company at the start of July through a SPAC merger, builds it own launch vehicles at its factory in Alameda, California. The launch provider is targeting cheap, high-volume, low mass launches as its milieu, offering more flexible services relative to SpaceX, and a cost advantage when compared to Rocket Lab.

#aerospace, #alaska, #astra, #california, #kodiak, #launch-vehicle, #outer-space, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-lab, #space, #spaceflight, #spaceport, #spacex, #tc, #u-s-space-force

A Grizzly Bear Terrorized a Man for Days in Alaska. The Coast Guard Saw His SOS.

Down to his last rounds of ammunition, with bruises and a leg injury, the unidentified man was rescued by a helicopter crew that just happened by.

#alaska, #bears, #helicopters, #pilots, #rescues, #united-states-coast-guard

Infrastructure, Surfside, Giuliani: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #florida, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Touring Alaska in an R.V.

For a photographer based in Juneau, two Alaskan roads — the Glenn Highway and the Richardson Highway — formed the backbone of a stunning late-spring road trip.

#alaska, #automobiles, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mines-and-mining, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #recreational-vehicles, #travel-and-vacations

Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #dunleavy-mike-j, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #murkowski-lisa, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

Biden Aims to End Arctic Drilling. A Trump-Era Law Could Foil His Plans.

The administration suspended leases that were auctioned in the waning days of the Trump White House. But a 2017 law requires another sale.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate Change

Over the past month the Biden administration has defended three significant oil and gas projects, raising concerns among environmentalists that climate policy is being undermined

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conocophillips, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #national-petroleum-reserve-alaska, #native-americans, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Defends Huge Alaska Oil Drilling Project

The administration says the country must pivot away from fossil fuels but backed a project set to produce more than 100,000 barrels of oil each day for 30 years.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conocophillips, #drilling-and-boring, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-petroleum-reserve-alaska, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #reserves-natural-resources, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

How to Plan a D.I.Y. Alaska Trip

In a state the size of Texas, California and Montana combined, planning an affordable itinerary can be a challenge, especially with this summer’s lack of cheap cruises.

#alaska, #budget-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #travel-and-vacations

Airline Bars Alaska State Senator Over Mask Policy Violation

Alaska Airlines said it had suspended State Senator Lora Reinbold from flying because she refused to comply with its mask rules.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alaska, #alaska-airlines, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #reinbold-lora

10 Queer Indigenous Artists on Where Their Inspirations Have Led Them

While wide-ranging in scope and style, these pieces are alike in their power and depth.

#alaska, #art, #british-columbia-canada, #gender, #hawaii, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indigenous-people, #mexico, #new-mexico, #spokane-wash, #transgender-and-transsexuals

On the Water in Alaska, Where Salmon Fishing Dreams Live On

Each summer, salmon begin their journey back to the rivers where they were spawned. Alaskan fishermen, along with whales, eagles and bears, share in the abundance.

#alaska, #bristol-bay-alaska, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #fishing-sport, #pacific-ocean, #salmon, #travel-and-vacations

How About a Luxury Tour of Your Own Backyard?

Many group tour companies are trading their international itineraries for souped-up domestic trips aimed at nature-loving Americans.

#alaska, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #glacier-bay-national-park-alaska, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #organized-tours, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #yellowstone-national-park

China’s Sharp Words in Alaska Signal its More Confident Posture

The Biden administration’s strategy to curb Beijing’s behavior faces a stiff challenge as China uses its economic, diplomatic and military might to deflect criticism.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #state-department, #wang-yi, #xi-jinping, #yang-jiechi

Blinken Will Meet Chinese Officials After Asia Tour Next Week

In his first foreign trip, the secretary of state will visit Japan and South Korea before the first in-person diplomatic encounter between the United States and China in several months.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #house-committee-on-foreign-affairs, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pompeo-mike, #psaki-jennifer-r, #state-department, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

In the Junior Iditarod, Teens and Dogs Race Through Alaska

The Junior Iditarod, the longest race in Alaska for competitors under 18, is a chance for young mushers to prove their skills.

#alaska, #iditarod-trail-sled-dog-race-alaska, #photography, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Alaska’s Remote Villages Race Against Time and History

The coronavirus has spread into the most remote villages, a reminder of earlier pandemics that ravaged the state. Now there is a rush to deliver vaccines in time.

#alaska, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yukon-kuskokwim-health-corp

For Planet Earth, No Tourism is a Curse and a Blessing

From the rise in poaching to the waning of noise pollution, travel’s shutdown is having profound effects. Which will remain, and which will vanish?

#air-pollution, #alaska, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruises, #glacier-bay-national-park-alaska, #global-warming, #noise, #ships-and-shipping, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations, #wales, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

How to Keep Extremists Out of Power

Every political reform proposal must be judged by its ability to fuel or weaken extremist candidates.

#alaska, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Lessons on Resilience From Dogs and Dog Sledders

The adventurer Blair Braverman has led a team of sled dogs over a 900-mile race in Alaska, seen her skin dissolve in the desert and overcome Covid-19. What makes it all less terrifying? Accepting the unknown.

#alaska, #athletics-and-sports, #braverman-blair, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dog-sledding, #global-warming, #iditarod-trail-sled-dog-race-alaska, #mushing

Covid Restrictions Might Factor Into Avalanche Deaths, Experts Say

In the first week of February, avalanches in the United States killed at least 14 people, an extraordinarily high number. Experts say one explanation might be increased interest in outdoor activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

#accidents-and-safety, #alaska, #avalanches, #colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #skiing

Avalanche Kills Three Hikers in Alaska, Officials Say

The bodies of the hikers were found near Anchorage on Wednesday. An avalanche in Colorado this week also killed three people.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #avalanches, #deaths-fatalities, #hikes-and-hiking

Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Another Alaska Attorney General Resigns

Ed Sniffen’s resignation came less than six months after his predecessor, Kevin G. Clarkson, resigned amid revelations that he had sent hundreds of text messages to a female state employee.

#alaska, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #clarkson-kevin-g, #dunleavy-mike-1980, #sex-crimes, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel

Rocket startup Astra is going public vis SPAC

Rocket launch company Astra, which just reached space this past December with a test launch from Alaska, will be going public on the NASDAQ via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) called Holicity. The recent SPAC craze has already extended to the New Space sector, and Virgin Galactic was among the in this wave of a new path to public listing, so there is precedent for space launch in particular, but Astra will be the first to list on the NASDAQ.

The terms of the deal will result in an anticipated $500 million in cash for Astra, from a combined $300 million held by Holicity in trust and a $300 million injection via a PIPE (private investment in public equity) from funds under management by BlackRock. The arrangement sets a pro forma enterprise valuation of Astra at around $2.1 billion – that valuation of the company minus the $500 million in cash the SPAC merger brings in. Astra expects it to complete by the second quarter of this year, after which the company will trade under the ticker ‘ASTR.’

Astra manufactures its own rockets, which are designed to carry small orbital payloads, at a facility in Alameda, California. Thus far, it has then shipped its launch vehicles to Kodiak, Alaska for flight – requiring just a handful of people on the ground at the actual spaceport to mount and launch the rocket, with the majority of the team overseeing the flight operating remotely out of a mission control facility back in California. The company’s model focuses on high output production of relatively inexpensive rockets, which can be responsively shipped and launched virtually anywhere depending on needs.

With its successful test in December, Astra achieved a pay-off of years of quiet work building and iterating its launch model. The startup was originally pursuing a DARPA-funded competition to achieve rapid response launch capabilities, but that contest expired with the prize unclaimed. The successful test in December still proved out the viability of Astra’s model – though it fell slightly short of achieving orbital velocity for actual payload delivery. The company said that this was a relatively easy remaining issue to fix, wholly manageable via software tweaks, and it intends to deliver its first commercial satellites beginning this summer.

Ultimately, Astra aims to be launching payloads on a daily cadency by 2025, and in a blog post accompanying the SPAC news, Astra founder and CEO Chris Kemp said that it’s also intent on “building a platform of space services” that implies ambitions beyond its work today on rockets.

#aerospace, #alaska, #astra, #blackrock, #california, #cars, #ceo, #chris-kemp, #kodiak, #nasdaq, #spac, #space, #space-launch, #special-purpose-acquisition-company, #tc, #transportation, #virgin-galactic

Archaeologists Discover Spot in Alaska Where Indigenous Fort Once Stood

The location of the fort, which was used by the Tlingit people to ward off Russian invaders in 1804 and was destroyed by the Russians, has eluded researchers for decades.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #russia

Finding a Foothold for Nordic Skiing in Rural Alaska

The harsh wind-hammered tundra sometimes complicates the prospect, as do the polar bears. But the children are enthusiastic pupils.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #arctic-regions, #kaktovik-alaska, #nulato-alaska, #photography, #polar-bears, #rural-areas, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

Marc Lore leaves Walmart a little over four years after selling Jet.com for $3B

Marc Lore, the executive vice president, president and CEO of U.S. e-commerce for Walmart, is stepping down a little over four years after selling his e-commerce company Jet.com to the country’s largest retailer for $3 billion.

Lore’s tenure at the company was a mixed bag. Walmart instituted several new technology initiatives under Lore’s tenure, but the Jet.com service was shuttered last May and other initiatives from Lore, like an option to have customers order items via text, was also a money-loser for the Bentonville, AK-based company.

“After Mr. Lore retires on January 31, 2021, the U.S. business, including all the aspects of US retail eCommerce, will continue to report to John Furner, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart U.S., beginning on February 1, 2021,” Walmart said in a filing.

Walmart has continued to push ahead with a number of tech-related initiatives, including the launch of a new business that will focus on developing financial services.

That initiative is being undertaken through a strategic partnership with the fintech investment firm, Ribbit Capital and adds to a startup tech portfolio that also includes the incubator Store N⁰8, which launched in 2018.

“Reflecting on the past few years with so much pride – Walmart changed my life and the work we did together will keep changing the lives of customers for years to come. It has been an honor to be a part of the Walmart family and I look forward to providing advice and ideas in the future,” Lore said in a statement posted to Linkedin. “Looking forward, I’ll be taking some time off and plan to continue working with several startups. Excited to keep you all up to date on what’s next.”

 

 

 

#alaska, #e-commerce, #ecommerce, #financial-services, #jet-com, #linkedin, #marc-lore, #retail-ecommerce, #retailers, #ribbit-capital, #tc, #united-states, #walmart

Sale of Drilling Leases in Arctic Refuge Fails to Yield a Windfall

Just half of the 22 available tracts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge got bids, and big oil companies stayed away.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bureau-of-land-management, #drilling-and-boring, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake: An Update

The story of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America and the voice that gave Anchorage’s account in the aftermath.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #books-and-literature, #chance-genie-1927-98, #earthquakes, #mooallem-jon, #ohio-state-university, #research, #the-daily-radio-program, #university-of-delaware

Sale of Arctic Drilling Leases Draws an Unusual Taker. It May Be the Only One.

With a deadline looming and weak interest from oil companies, the state of Alaska may step in and buy leases in the hope of reassigning them later. Some analysts saw that as a long shot.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #arctic-regions, #environment, #global-warming, #murkowski-frank-h, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government