Tag: Alaska

The Treaty’s Dead. Now Level the Field.

After more than 30 years, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (I.N.F.) Treaty ended last week, with an American withdrawal on Friday and a Russian withdrawal on Saturday. Although the United States abided by the terms of the treaty, Russia violated it by fielding more than 100 banned intermediate-range missiles, and China, which was never bound by […]

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With ‘Molly of Denali,’ PBS Raises Its Bar for Inclusion

When two children’s television producers from the East Coast set out to make a show about an Alaska Native girl whose parents run a rural trading post, there was no question that they would need some cultural guidance. Dorothea Gillim, who was executive producer of the “Curious George” television series, grew up in Rochester, N.Y., […]

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Alaska’s Trumpian Governor Just Threatened the Health of the Entire State

A family rides home in a remote Alaskan village. Isolated communities will be impacted by the governor’s cuts. Image: Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton/Wikimedia Commons Alaska is the largest state in the union, bigger than Texas, California and Montana combined. And it’s in trouble: The state has been grappling with a budget crisis triggered by a […]

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Blindsided by a ‘Devastating’ Veto, Alaska’s University System Pleads for a Lifeline

More than a month after Alaska lawmakers settled on a plan to cut $5 million in support for the state’s universities, Gov. Mike J. Dunleavy shocked the state last month by using a veto to cut much deeper, taking away $130 million more from the system that gave him his master’s degree. Mr. Dunleavy, a […]

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Anchorage Has Never Reached 90 Degrees. That Could Change This Week.

In more than 100 years of Anchorage history, weather stations have never recorded a single 90-degree reading. If current forecasts hold, it could happen multiple times in the coming days. With the combined forces of climate change that has disrupted temperature trends around the state, a remarkable dearth of ice in the Bering Sea and […]

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What’s Killing Pacific Whales?

MONTEREY BAY, Calif — Tourists come here from around the world to watch whales. It’s common to see humpbacks leaping out of the water and fin whales slapping the waves with their flukes. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a gray whale poking its head out of the water to scope out the surroundings. And if […]

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Alaska Teenager Plotted Best Friend’s Murder for $9 Million, Police Say

Duped by a man she met on the internet who lived nearly 4,000 miles away, an 18-year-old Alaska woman lured her best friend to a popular trailhead and carried out a murder-for-hire plot on the promise of millions, the authorities say. The woman, Denali Brehmer, even took Snapchat photos and videos of the homicide as […]

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Reparations Are Rare in America, but They Have Been Paid Before

Ever since a Union Army general announced in Galveston, Tex., that “all slaves are free” on June 19, 1865 — a day now commemorated as Juneteenth — the question of how to compensate the country’s formerly enslaved people has hung over the United States. Lawmakers in Washington are scheduled to address reparations for slavery for […]

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Tons of Dead Seals Are Washing Up In the Arctic and Nobody Knows Why

A dead seal found near Kotlik, Alaska. Image: Harold Okitkun A mysterious string of seal deaths along an Alaskan coastline has triggered a federal investigation. The carcasses of at least 60 ice seals—bearded, ringed, and spotted seals—have been discovered near the Arctic’s Bering and Chukchi seas on Alaska’s western coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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Who Were the Ancestors of Native Americans? A Lost People in Siberia, Scientists Say

A skeleton in Siberia nearly 10,000 years old has yielded DNA that reveals a striking kinship to living Native Americans, scientists reported on Wednesday. The finding, published in the journal Nature, provides an important new clue to the migrations that first brought people to the Americas. “In terms of peopling of the Americas, we have […]

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The Climate Crisis Likely Caused Mass Die-Off of Puffins

Carcasses of tufted puffins, October 2016. Image: Aleut Community of St Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office As many as 8,800 birds in the Bering Sea starved to death in late 2016, in part due to the climate crisis, says a new study. The die-off was catalogued by local volunteers who identified more than 350 carcasses […]

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