Environment

Burn and Firework Bans Still in Effect for Southwest

Jun 30, 2015
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

Smokejumpers sent to Paul's Creek fire; Kokwok Fire is nearly out; new fire burns NE of Twin Hills

Despite a bit of rain and humidity in recent days, the state says Southwest Alaska is still in extreme wildfire danger. There are 75 fires burning in Southwest as of Tuesday morning.

Division of Forestry spokesman Francis Mitchell says firefighters responded to the 8500-acre fire Paul’s Creek NE of Naknek Tuesday:

Tina Crowe / NPS

The bear cams at Brooks Camp, first installed by Explore.org in 2012, have a massive and dedicated online following.

Cleveland Volcano Heating Up, says AVO

Jun 19, 2015
USGS

Increased surface temperatures and ash indicate the Aleutian volcano has entered a period of unrest. 

Chignik Lagoon Hydro Project Now Operational

Jun 19, 2015
Dave Bendinger/KDLG

The long-awaited project has replaced diesel in supplying energy for the village's 70-some residents. 

Bill to Allow Izembek Road Moves Forward

Jun 18, 2015
Ryan Hagerty, US FWS

King Cove residents say a road through 8 miles of Izembek Wildlife Refuge is necessary for safe transportation to Cold Bay and its airport. 

How many clams do bears eat?

Jun 8, 2015
Courtesy of NPS

Researchers at Katmai National Park have embarked on a new study to explore the link between brown bears and intertidal invertebrate.

Katmai NP reports the wreckage of the F/V Northern Pride that beached on the Shelikof Strait coast last month has been salvaged.

Dept. Fish & Game

Fish and Game asking to get registration permits back from fall and winter caribou hunts before hunters lose eligibility for this year.

Earthquake rattles Southwest Alaska

May 29, 2015
Alaska Earthquake Center

6.4 earthquake struck 80 miles northeast of the Chigniks at 11pm Thursday night.

Wettest May on record for Bristol Bay

May 26, 2015
Carolyn Smith

Two weeks of near constant rain set new record and cause high water levels for area lakes and rivers.

"Summer of Blubber" now live from Round Island

May 22, 2015
Explore.org

A new set of cameras by Explore.org offers a window on some of the thousands of male walruses sunning themselves on Round Island's beaches.

Fish and Game: Don't touch 'orphaned' wildlife

May 20, 2015

Department is discouraging contact with newborns, which is illegal and can be dangerous.

Alison Eskelin / DNR

Wood Tikchik will absorb one of three personnel cuts statewide as the State Parks works with $500,000 budget reduction.

National Park Service

No major spill reported at vessel, which caught fire and capsized Apr. 21 northeast of Kodiak Island, found aground on Katmai's coast May 7.

Jack McFarland, Alaska Marine Surveyors

NPS says petroleum-like sheen emanating from 82' vessel, which caught fire and capsized on April 21.

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