Bristol Bay bears coming out of hibernation

Apr 10, 2017
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.

Togiak's final flight

Mar 31, 2017

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.

Meetings scheduled to discuss Dillingham Manokotak road

Mar 14, 2017
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.

Small changes creates big savings for UAF-Bristol Bay

Mar 8, 2017

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.

Ptarmigan numbers "alarmingly" low on Alaska Peninsula

Feb 16, 2017
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.


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.


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. 

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

Fisheries biologist,  Mark Lisac, is retiring after 32 years with the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.

John Ryan / KUCB

Northern fur seal pup production on St. Paul Island has hit its lowest level since 1915.

Every other year members of Seattle’s Marine Mammal Laboratory travel to the Pribilof Islands to estimate how many pups are born. Scientist Rod Towell has been a part of the counts since 1992. He says the difference at the rookeries on St. Paul is striking.

More snow should flush some ptargmigan out, says biologist

Jan 27, 2017

Fish and Game says perceived lower numbers of ptarmigan and hares are probably related to the low snow winters. More snow might push small game down from hillsides, and allow more hunter access.

State biologists to study the large and elusive Alaska hare

Jan 25, 2017
Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife

Research planned on larger cousin of more common snowshoe hare found only in Western Alaska. Biologists say they don't know much about Alaska hare's abundance, habitat, or behavior.