Environment

Chasen Cunitz

Port Heiden’s road to its harbor and old village site is crumbling into the sea and the lake on the other side of it will likely breach soon.

S. Huffman/ NPS

Mercury builds up in older, predatory fish that live in some lakes  in Katmai National Park and Preserve and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Continuing research suggests mercury in these ecosystems has both natural and anthropogenic sources. 

Alaska Region USFWS/ Katrina Mueller

As salmon stir up sediment to build redds, they can cause erosion nearby and downstream. Over millennia, that erosion could make some landscapes up to a third shorter than they would be otherwise.

ADF&G

Neil Barten breifed the Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee about recent predation on caribou calves, and how the state is moving to expand the intensive wolf control area to 10,000 sq. miles, covering most of Unit 17B.

NWS Climate Prediction Center

It looks increasingly likely that the Pacific Ocean cooling trend known as La Niña will continue at least through the coming winter. That’s according to the latest analysis from the Climate Prediction Center, which now says it’s up to 75 percent confident that a weak La Niña in place will persist perhaps through April.

KDLG

Proposal 148 would allow hunters to position the animals (plus wolves and wolverines), rather than position the hunter, which most admit is currently common practice. But biologists say chasing vulnerable Nushagak Peninsula caribou in the spring could be dangerous to the health of the herd.

KDLG

With a new population estimate for 17A moose showing numbers higher than the managed range, advisory committees and state, federal biologists support request for an extra week at the end of the fall hunt.

Alaska SeaLife Center

Sable and Angel, both rescued as pups this summer in Bristol Bay waters, were released into the Naknek River after a few months of rehabilitation at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

A more "normal" winter in store for Bristol Bay?

Oct 19, 2017
KDLG

NWS three month climate outlook suggests slightly above average temps, and slightly above average precipitation through January. (Not the well-above average temps and rain in 2014/15.) After that, La Niña may produce colder, drier conditions through late winter.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

Harsh conditions and funding setbacks are among the obstacles the small village faces as they seek to reduce diesel consumption and rely on alternative energy sources.

Hladick tapped for EPA Region 10

Oct 17, 2017

Former Dillingham, Unalaska city manager picked by Trump administration to lead agency's work in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Jaclyn Christensen

Some areas of Port Heiden's coast eroded six feet during storms in recent weeks. It's a problem the community has been dealing with for decades.

NWS

As first big low pressure storm moves east towards Russia Thursday and Friday, second storm now looks to stay south of Bering Sea and Bristol Bay. NWS downgrading threat of high seas and coastal erosion in weekend forecast.

Kristine Sowl/ Alaska Region USFWS

With reports of a fox behaving aggressively near Wood River Road, ADF&G area management biologist encourages caution.

  

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dillingham has received reports of a fox behaving oddly along Wood River Road this week. A bicyclist reported that the animal has been somewhat aggressive, snarling and snapping its teeth. It has followed a car and tried to bite the fender, and it has also been seen foaming at the mouth.

John Lyons/AVO/USGS

In keeping with a pattern that repeats a handful of times every year, Cleveland Volcano is building pressure and will likely erupt soon. Scientists at the AVO say that it could be a matter of days or months.

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