Environment

Jeanne Schaaf

The 2004 discovery of a small spear-tip dating back 6,000 years helped lead to National Historic Landmark designation at the iconic island near Togiak.

KDLG

 Burying trash is costly, as is burning it through the new incinerator. Sorting helps, if residents will do so, but the council seems poised to raise rates to help offset the expensive problem of managing trash.

Mother Nature made a rare cameo Saturday as exactly 100 people turned out at one of ten (known) March for Science rallies in Alaska Saturday.

Zoe Sobel / KUCB

Large clubhook squid washed ashore in Unalaska Monday, bringing a steady stream of onlookers for the rare sighting.

Alaska Department of Fish & Game

In the last few weeks, area wildlife biologist Neil Barten has seen several bears awake in the area and anticipates more in the coming weeks.

Liz Ruskin

Rep. Young's legislation to facilitate a land transfer to allow construction of a road between King Cove and Cold Bay was discussed at a House Natural Resources subcommittee on federal lands Wednesday.

USFWS

An injured bald eagle found in Togiak Sunday was transported to Anchorage for treatment. The bird was improving until Wednesday, when its condition rapidly deteriorated and it was euthanized.

Bristol Engineering Service Corporation

The possible route and impacts of a road between Dillingham and Manokotak will be discussed at a a series of meetings at the end of the month. 

Laura Kraegel / KUCB

Jack, a young ringed seal later identified as a female, was found in Unalaska and transported to Seward, where she became the first of her kind admitted to the Alaska SeaLife Center this year.

UAF Bristol Bay assistant professor Tom Marsik believes in the benefits of energy efficiency. He teaches the principles to students, and  has helped the campus gain recognition for its recent “green” retrofit. 

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Pruitt has long criticized.

The Senate approved Pruitt on a 52-46 vote Friday afternoon, with two Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — voting for his nomination. Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted no.

US National Park Service

Fish and Game planning to limit spring hunting and scale back bag limit in GMU 9 in effort to conserve dwindling numbers of game bird, which has apparently been hammered by low snow winters.

USGS

St. George Island is waiting on an emergency water delivery after falling ice damaged the community’s reservoir on Monday.

In St. George, water is stored in a 280,000-gallon steel tank that draws from an aquifer. The reservoir isn’t insulated, so when cold winds batter the island from the north, water freezes inside the tank, usually near the top.

Eric Keto / Alaska's Energy Desk

KUCB, Unalaska:  Across Alaska there are monitoring instruments on 31 of the most active volcanoes, but there’s nothing on the one that’s erupting now.

Bogoslof is a volcano on a tiny uninhabited island in the middle of the Bering Sea. Since mid-December, Bogoslof has erupted more than two dozen times.

ADF&G

KYUK, Bethel:  She was a wanderer.

Instead of sticking with her herd, Wood Bison 124 headed out on her own, traveling hundreds of solitary miles from the Alaska Yukon, down the Kuskokwim, to the sea.

Friday, near Quinhagak, a bullet ended her journey.

She was shot illegally. 

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