Alaska's legislature is still searching for ways to connect King Cove and Cold Bay by building a road through a federal wildlife refuge.
Their latest effort is a joint resolution introduced by Aleutians representative Bob Herron. The six-page resolution urges Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to reconsider a land swap plan she turned down in December.
Alaska’s legislature has passed a bill that would tie the validity of driver’s licenses to immigration visas.
Usually, an Alaska driver’s license is good for five years after it’s issued. Legislation introduced by Republican representative Bob Lynn of Anchorage would make licenses expire on the same day as a foreign driver’s visa.
If the driver has an indeterminate immigration status, meaning they can stay in the country indefinitely, their license will only last for one year. Their renewal fees will be waived every year for up to five years.
Unalaska's mercury monitoring center. / Courtesy of ADEC
For five years, a group of scientists from all across the country has been quietly monitoring Unalaska to find out how much mercury travels here from Asia across the Pacific Ocean.
But now that program has stalled for lack of a local volunteer.
Anna Breuninger is an air quality specialist with the state of Alaska, and part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program. Breuninger says their goal is to protect seafood from mercury contamination.
The United States is gathering support for an international moratorium on commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean.
The Globe and Mail reports that Denmark and Canada are prepared to back the ban at a meeting of Arctic states in Greenland this week. The other nations -- Russia and Norway -- are not currently on board.
Several Delta Western employees and ILWU members picketed on Sunday. / Credit: Pipa Escalante
After a visit from the company’s president, a handful of Delta Western fuel supply employees are pressing ahead with an effort to unionize.
It’s the same group that staged a walkout on February 16 to protest alleged mistreatment by managers. They want to join the Inlandboatmen’s Union -- the marine division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
Kirk Payne is the president of Delta Western. He flew in from Anchorage this week to visit the Unalaska office. In an interview with KUCB, Payne said he had spoken with employees about alleged mistreatment.