More trash traveling to Alaska

Mar 25th 12:25 am By Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News

Tons of garbage floats long distances across the ocean and winds up on national park beaches


Statewide Stories

Opinion: Medical facilities in Alaska should be required to list prices

March 9th 11:59 am

As the nation grapples with the future of its national health care insurance program, Alaska has recently taken up the issue of requiring its larger health care providers to offer up a list of the prices the various facilities charge for the top 100 [...]

Opinion: Vague state law on spending excess campaign contributions needs overhaul

March 9th 11:58 am

In 1995, more than 32,000 Alaskans signed a petition to put a campaign finance reform initiative on the ballot. A section of the initiative would have created clear rules banning candidates from treating surplus campaign contributions as income. One reason [...]

Opinion: We have ingredients for success, but need recipe

March 9th 11:57 am

State economists tell us Alaska has shed 3,640 oil and gas jobs over the past two years. The last time we saw job losses of that magnitude was in the 1980s.  And - these thousands of oil and gas jobs lost do not include the hundreds of other jobs that have [...]

Opinion: Moms of opioid addicts touched Sullivan's heart, but will he use his vote to help them?

March 9th 11:55 am

When Kim Whitaker told Sen. Dan Sullivan the story of her daughter's lifelong addiction to heroin, he was so moved he set up a summit meeting. But Sullivan hasn't taken a stand on ending the most important resource for helping addicts like her daughter.

Uncovering mysteries of North Slope lake trout

March 9th 11:42 am

In early March up on the frozen Arctic Coastal Plain, as the wind sculpts snow into drifts, it's hard to tell northern lakes from surrounding tundra. But lurking deep beneath that flat white world are toothy predators as long as your arm. In pools 60 feet [...]

Most Popular Stories

Alaska Senate again targets public broadcasting for budget cuts

March 24th 11:37 pm

JUNEAU — An Alaska Senate budget committee Tuesday proposed deleting all state spending on public radio and television, an effort that was debated last year. Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that controls [...]

Dillingham school board to consider $9.2 million budget

March 24th 11:49 pm

Despite funding uncertainties, the Dillingham City School District board will take up next year's budget in the coming week, and consider a change to how the administration is structured. The school board added a new board member at its March 20 meeting, and [...]

Washington fisherman charged for alleged assault

March 24th 11:39 pm

A Washington fishermen was sentenced this month for an alleged assault that occurred during the summer fishery. According to Alaska State Troopers, Don Iodice, a 54-year-old resident of Everett, Wash., pled guilty last fall to assaulting a co-worker and [...]

GCI receives OK for cell towers

March 24th 11:50 pm

New cellphone towers and a technology upgrade should help Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, the home of some of the world's worst weather and poor cell phone and Internet service, go beyond the reach of fiber optic cable. Two tall new cellphone towers were approved [...]

Pebble, EPA ask for extension in court case

March 24th 11:51 pm

Both sides are looking for a little more time in the lawsuit over whether a federal agency acted improperly in its efforts to block a proposed mine in Bristol Bay. In 2014, the Pebble Limited Partnership sued the Environmental Protection Agency, asserting [...]

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