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Yereth Rosen

Yereth Rosen

Yereth Rosen came to Alaska in 1987 to work for the Anchorage Times. She has been reporting on Alaska news ever since, covering stories ranging from oil spills to sled-dog races. She has reported for Reuters, for the Alaska Dispatch News, for Arctic Today and for other organizations. She covers environmental issues, energy, climate change, natural resources, economic and business news, health, science and Arctic concerns -- subjects with a lot of overlap. In her free time, she likes to ski and watch her son's hockey games.

Sand-filled Super Sacks, seen on Aug. 4, are piled along the eroding coastal bluff in the core area of Utqiagvik, the nation's northernmost community. Near the horizon is a barge delivering some of the supplies that the community will need over the coming year. Climate change, through increased wave action from the ocean and permafrost thaw on the coast, is causing serious erosion and flooding threats. At the same time, reductions in sea ice have enabled an increase in Arctic ship traffic that is expected to continue. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Arctic Commitment Act introduced in Senate seeks to raise U.S. profile at top of world

By: - August 10, 2022

A wide-ranging bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Angus King seeks to boost U.S. investment in Arctic commerce, science and defense. The Arctic Commitment Act, introduced last week, focuses on ways that the United States can become a bigger player in Arctic marine shipping and commerce, which is increasing as sea ice diminishes. […]

Buildings that once housed workshops and office operations line groomed ski trails at the Independence Mine State Historical Park. The site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is seen here on Nov. 12, 2017. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Independence Mine, a ‘gem’ in state park system, gets big donation for restoration work

By: - August 9, 2022

A private charity has donated $1.3 million to restore historic buildings at a popular Alaska state park. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided the money to restore buildings at the Independence Mine Historical Park. The site, in the Talkeetna Mountains near Palmer, once housed a thriving gold-mining operation but has […]

Visitors take in the view on Aug.4 from the roof of the newly upgraded Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory. The roof, with its unobstructed views of usually snow-covered tundra, is the site where technicians can track albedo, the measurement of solar heat reflection. As snow and ice diminish, so does albedo, and more heat is absorbed in the Arctic, feeding into a self-reinforcing warming cycle. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

On Utqiagvik’s edge, an observatory measures the gases that are warming the Arctic and the planet

By: - August 9, 2022

For nearly 50 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration laboratory on the outskirts of the nation’s northernmost community has tracked a steady rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the byproduct of fossil-fuel burning that is enveloping the Earth and trapping its heat. Now the NOAA Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory has a new, expanded, […]

A sign at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, seen on July 21, expresses appreciation for healthcare workers. UAA has several training programs, including one focused on rural Alaska, and the university is one of the partners in a $9.7 million federal grant secured by the Alaska Primary Care Association. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska health organization secures $9.7 million grant to train new workers

By: - August 8, 2022

Alaska health care organizations have an injection of federal money to help recruit and train more workers to fill a variety of in-demand positions. The Alaska Primary Care Association has won a $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Good Jobs Challenge program for a wide-ranging project to expand health care opportunities by […]

Scientists attending a conference marking the 75th anniversary of the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory walk on the beach at Utqiagvik's iconic whalebone arch during an Aug. 2 tour of the city. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Indigenous knowledge entwined with Arctic research for 75 years in Utqiagvik

By: - August 4, 2022

In the nation’s northernmost community, about 100 scientists, engineers and other Arctic experts are gathered this week to celebrate a cutting-edge research program that started in the 1940s. The event in Utqiagvik, also known by its former name of Barrow, is a conference marking the 75th anniversary of the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory, or NARL. […]

Toolik Field Station lies in the northern foothills of Alaska’s Brooks Range in 2019. The station hosts up to 150 residents at a time and supports about 500 scientists annually with 11 laboratories, six dorms and a dining hall. Photo by Jason Stuckey/Toolik Field Station

Toolik Field Station gets $19.7 million for next five years of operations

By: - August 3, 2022

The Arctic’s largest scientific research station, a facility on Alaska’s North Slope, has received an increase in funding for the coming five years of operations, the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced on Tuesday. Toolik Field Station, located 370 miles north of Fairbanks, has received $19.7 million in NSF funding for the next five years, UAF […]

A vial containing the monkeypox vaccine is seein on July 23, 2022, in London, England. This type of vaccine, called JYNNEOS or Imvanex, is available in Alaska for anyone who has been in contact with infected individuals. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Monkeypox arrives in Alaska with Anchorage man as state’s first patient

By: - July 29, 2022

Alaska has recorded its first case of monkeypox, the viral disease that is currently causing a global epidemic. An Anchorage man has tested positive for the disease and is isolating at home, the Alaska Department of Health and Anchorage Health Department said in a joint statement Friday. The patient had not traveled recently but was […]

Alaska Health Commissioner Adam Crum, speaking at a Wasilla news conference on May 3, explains how fentanyl's extreme potency makes it possible for even a tiny dose to be fatal. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Report details Alaska demographics hurt most by 2021 spike in drug-overdose deaths

By: - July 28, 2022

In Alaska, the state with the nation’s biggest increase in drug overdose deaths from 2020 to 2021, certain demographic groups have been at higher risk, according to a newly released report: men more than women, Alaska Natives more than other ethnic groups and Anchorage and Gulf Coast residents more than those in other parts of […]

An Aleutian tern flies over the beach in Yakutat. The coastal community holds the largest colony of Aleutian terns, a long-distance migrator with a population in steep decline. (Photo by Christine Cieslak,/Student Conservation Association and U.S. Forest Service)

Scientists team up to solve mysteries about dwindling Aleutian tern population

By: - July 28, 2022

Yakutat, a coastal community on the northern edge of Southeast Alaska’s temperate rainforest, is something of an Alaska refuge for a bird that may be on the brink: the Aleutian tern. Its wide, sandy beaches – and particularly, a peaceful site called Blacksand Spit — holds Alaska’s biggest concentration of Aleutian terns, a long-distance migrator […]

A pinto abalone rests on the rocky seafloor of Southeast Alaska. Of all abalone species found along North America's west coast, the pinto abalone is the only one in Alaska waters. A multiagency project is examining ways to boost the depleted population. (Photo by Ashley Bolwerk/Alaska Sea Grant)

Alaska abalone population, important to Indigenous traditions, gets new attention

By: - July 27, 2022

There is only one species of abalone native to Alaska waters, and a new project is underway to try find ways to boost its depleted numbers. An Alaska Sea Grant program is examining ideas for strengthening the state’s vulnerable population of pinto abalones, also known as Northern abalones or, to the Indigenous peoples of the […]

Denali, North America's tallest peak, is the most famous feature in 6 million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve. The campground at Wonder Lake and other sites along the second half of the park's 92-mile road will remain closed at least through the 2023 season because of landslide problems at the road's midway point. The park's new superintendent, Brooke Merrell, will have to coordinate responses to that and other thaw-caused landslides. (Photo provided by the National Park Service)

Denali gets permanent superintendent as park, a top tourist destination, copes with disruptions

By: - July 23, 2022

Denali National Park and Preserve, one of Alaska’s top tourist attractions, has a new superintendent, the National Park Service said on Friday. Brooke Merrell, a deputy superintendent who had been filling in for the last nine months as acting superintendent, has now been promoted to the top job in the 6 million-acre park, famous for […]

Sun reflects off the waters of Norton Sound, as seen from Nome on Sept. 4, 2021. Norton Sound is connected to the Bering Sea and part of a marine ecosystem undergoing transformation as the climate warms. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

NOAA Fisheries wants public to weigh in on climate change studies of Alaska’s marine waters

By: - July 22, 2022

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking public input to help guide its climate-change research in waters off Alaska. Members of the public interested in having input on the future of federal research on Alaska’s fisheries face a deadline next week. Comments will be accepted through July 29 on plans drafted by NOAA’s Alaska […]