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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, Guy Runco, director of the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, releases a common murre near the Anchorage small boat harbor in Anchorage, Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of common murres, a fast-flying seabird, died from starvation four winters ago in the North Pacific, and a new research paper attempts to explain why. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave

Jan. 15, 2020 2:07 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Common murres look like skinny penguins but fly like F-15 fighter jets. The North Pacific seabirds can quickly cover hundreds of miles searching for schools of small forage fish. Their powerful wings let them dive more than 150 feet (46 meters) under water to gorge on capelin, sand...

This Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, photo provided by Aaron Merculief shows lava flowing from a vent on the Shishaldin Volcano, as seen from Cold Bay, Alaska about 58 miles North East of Shishaldin. The volcano, in Alaska’s Aleutian Island erupted at 5 a.m. Tuesday. A few hours later, another eruption pushed an ash cloud to 25,000 feet, and the National Weather Service issued a warning for passing aircraft. Seismicity significantly decreased after noon. (Aaron Merculief via AP)

Aleutian volcano spews up ash cloud in two strong bursts

Jan. 7, 2020 7:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands spewed ash into flight paths, prompting a warning to pilots by the National Weather Service. Shishaldin Volcano erupted at 5 a.m. Tuesday, the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced, and sent up an initial ash cloud to 19,000 feet (5791.2...

Alaska tribal groups oppose federal plan to allow mining

Jan. 6, 2020 10:14 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than two dozen tribal groups oppose a federal land-use proposal that could open large areas of wilderness to future mining in rural Alaska. Th opposition is in response to a proposed Bureau of Land Management update to its resource management, The Anchorage Daily News reported...

A ball cap with the name of the crab fishing boat Scandies Rose rests at the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Seattle. The search for five crew members of the Scandies Rose in Alaska has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said after two other crew members of the vessel were rescued after the 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Survivor of boat disaster: 'Sleeping to swimming' in minutes

Jan. 4, 2020 1:07 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A survivor of an Alaska crab boat sinking that left five fellow fishermen missing said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming" in minutes as rough seas and ice battered their vessel on New Year's Eve. “On the 31st, we just started listing really hard on the starboard...

Iowa officer helping to equip colleagues on Alaskan island

Jan. 3, 2020 1:04 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A six-member police force on an island in the Bering Sea soon will be equipped with stun guns, vests and other police equipment, thanks to the efforts of a fellow officer more than 3,400 miles (5,479 kilometers) away in Iowa. Officer Peme Canas is a 16-year veteran of the Davenport...

This undated photo shows the Scandies Rose vessel in Seattle. The search for five crew members of the Scandies Rose in Alaska has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said after two other crew members of the vessel were rescued after the 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank on New Year's Eve.(Mike Fancher/The Seattle Times via AP)

5 crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

Jan. 2, 2020 8:26 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five fishermen missing after a crab boat sank in the frigid waters off Alaska were feared dead after authorities called off a search for those working in the one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. Two other crew members were rescued after the disaster Tuesday, telling...

Rural Alaska community aims to help with REAL IDs

Dec. 21, 2019 11:16 AM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Leaders of the remote Alaska community of Toksook Bay want to make it easier for residents to obtain REAL ID licenses. The community, on the coast of the Bering Sea, is a $190 plane ticket from the nearest state Division of Motor Vehicles office in Bethel, KYUK radio reported....

Alaska island volcano erupts, sends ash cloud to Bering Sea

Dec. 12, 2019 3:07 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A short eruption of a volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands sent an ash cloud soaring into the sky Thursday near a lightly populated area. Shishaldin Volcano erupted for about three minutes at 7:10 a.m., the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced. It produced an ash cloud that reached...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, large icebergs float away as the sun rises near Kulusuk, Greenland. Rising temperatures and diminished snow and ice cover in the Arctic are imperiling ecosystems, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday, Dec. 10 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Arctic habitats and cultures on thin ice as region warms

Dec. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “A lot of people think of the Arctic as being a faraway place, but...

In this Nov. 14, 2019, photo provided by John Guillote and taken from an aerial drone shows the U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq as it makes its way through sea ice in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast. University of Washington scientists onboard the research vessel are studying the changes and how less sea ice will affect coastlines, which already are vulnerable to erosion because increased waves delivered by storms. More erosion would increase the chance of winter flooding in villages and danger to hunters in small boats. (John Guillote via AP)

Warm ocean water delays sea ice for Alaska towns, wildlife

Nov. 19, 2019 5:59 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet (0.76 meters). In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with floes, its limits likely won’t be tested. University of Washington researchers left Nome on Nov. 7 on...