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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.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy hugs his wife, First Lady Rose Dunleavy, after being sworn in to a second term on Monday.Behind them is Kit Dahlstrom, husband of Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom, who was also sworn into office at the Monday ceremony. Dunleavy, a Republican, is the first Alaska governor to be reelected since Democrat Tony Knowles won a second term in 1998. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Dunleavy, after cruising to reelection, is sworn in for historic second term

By: - December 5, 2022

Mike Dunleavy kicked off his second term as Alaska’s governor on Monday with a swearing-in ceremony and a pledge to help Alaska take advantage of its global position in a time of rapid change. “Alaska’s in an interesting position on the globe. And what’s happening internationally is going to put Alaska even more so on […]

Children walk to school on a boardwalk in the village of Newtok in 2012. Residents have been moving in phases from the old site, which is undermined by erosion, flooding and permafrost thaw, to a new and safer village site called Mertarvik. (Photo provided by the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs)

Villages chosen for relocation grants singled out for climate-change threats — and progress

By: - December 2, 2022

Grants awarded to tribal governments in Alaska and the Lower 48 are only a start in what is expected to be a long process of funding relocation of Indigenous communities that are threatened by climate change, a top Interior Department official said Thursday. Interior on Wednesday announced that tribal governments in the Yup’ik villages of […]

A notice posted on a bulletin board at the University of Alaska Anchorage's School of Allied Health, seen on Wednesday, warns about rising rates of syphilis. The notice provides information about prevention and treatment. Alaska has some of the nation's highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis, and the escalating trend is continuing, according to newly released state statistics. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Syphilis cases in Alaska continue to climb, compounding the state’s STD challenges

By: - December 1, 2022

Syphilis cases in Alaska increased dramatically last year, continuing a pattern in a state that in recent years has had some of the nation’s highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, health officials said. Alaska recorded 447 cases of syphilis last year, a 24% increase over the 2020 total, according to a bulletin released Wednesday by […]

A basket star is seen on the Alaska seafloor. If ocean warming continues on its current trajectory, marine life at the bottom of the Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea will look a lot different in coming decades, according to a new study. The seafloor environment will be too warm for the snails, worms, clams and mussels that make up diets of walruses and some seabirds and fish species. But basket stars like this one and related brittle stars -- species that do not currently play much of a role in the food web -- are expected to thrive in the warmer temperatures. (Photo provided by NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

The bottom of the Bering and Chukchi seas could become too warm for some important species

By: - November 30, 2022

There is danger lurking on the floor of the Bering and Chukchi seas for mussels, snails, clams, worms and other cold-water invertebrates, according to a new study led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. If climate change continues its current trajectory, the Bering and Chukchi seafloor areas will be too warm for those creatures […]

Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Friday announcing the formation of a 17-member bipartisan majority caucus. Stevens, a Republican, will be president of the body and Republican Cathy Giessel, sitting next to him, will be majority leader. Matt Claman, an Anchorage Democrat who is moving from the House to the Senate, will chair the Judiciary Committee, Stevens announced. In all, the caucus will hold nine Democrats and eight Republicans. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

In new bipartisan Alaska Senate majority of 17, members vow compromise and consensus

By: - November 25, 2022

Seventeen of Alaska’s 20 state senators and senator-elects have banded together to form a bipartisan majority coalition that members promise will be moderate and consensus-focused. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican and veteran lawmaker known as a moderate, will be president, returning to the role he held from 2009 to 2012. “It’s a pleasure for me […]

An inflatable mock colon is displayed on Oct. 20 at the Southcentral Foundation booth at the 2022 Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The display is the smaller of two inflatable, walk-in mock colons that the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation use to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. New statistics show that cases are increasing among adults younger than 50, especially among Alaska Natives. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon

Statistics show rise in colorectal cancer among younger Alaska adults, especially younger Natives

By: - November 25, 2022

Colorectal cancer, which hits Alaska Natives harder than any other demographic group in the world, is often thought of as a disease of older people. But newly released statistics in Alaska show increasing rates of early onset colorectal cancer affecting younger adults – and especially younger Alaska Natives adults – suggests that such thinking might […]

A ringed seal pup peeks out from its protective snow cave near on sea ice near Kotzebue on May 1, 2011. Ringed seals depend on sea ice and on snow atop that ice. The pups are protected from the cold and from predators in lairs dug into the snow. (Photo by Michael Cameron/ NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

State, North Slope Borough file lawsuit seeking to remove ringed seals’ threatened listing

By: - November 23, 2022

The State of Alaska and the North Slope Borough have sued the federal government to remove ringed seals’ Endangered Species Act protections. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. It follows an unsuccessful attempt in 2020 to convince the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service to delist […]

A polar bear rests in a field on Barter Island in 2016. Polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea population are spending more time on land as sea ice diminishes, and studies indicate that they are becoming more exposed to terrestrial disease pathogens. A newly published USGS-led study calculates exposure of polar bears and other animals on the Arctic coastline to the bacterium that causes tularemia, a tick-borne disease more commonly found in Interior Alaska. (Photo by Cordell Johnson/U.S. Geological Survey)

Study tracks Arctic animals’ exposure to disease better known in Interior Alaska: tularemia

By: - November 22, 2022

A wide variety of Arctic animals including polar bears are being exposed to a tick-borne pathogen normally associated with rabbits and hares, a newly published study said. The findings are intended to help scientists track what is expected to be a northward spread of the disease into the warming Arctic. The study, led by scientists […]

A red king crab is seen in the water at Kodiak in 2005. (Photo by David Csepp/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Alaska, Washington senators team up to seek disaster declaration for closed crab harvests

By: - November 17, 2022

Alaska’s two Republican U.S. senators joined with Washington state’s two Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday to request an immediate disaster declaration to help fishers and fishing-dependent businesses and communities cope with an unprecedented shutdown of Bering Sea crab fishing. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of […]

A board at the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union, seen on Wednesday, holds hotices of employmnet opportunities. Industries throughout Alaska are coping with a decrease in the state's population of working-age adults. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska’s economy is recovering, but it is hampered by negative demographic trends

By: - November 17, 2022

Alaska’s economy shows signs of prosperity. But it’s also facing an emerging crisis.  A veteran economist described these contradictory forces  in a presentation Wednesday at an industry conference in Anchorage. “We have the strangest and weirdest economy that I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been following the economy for a long, long time,” Neal Fried of […]

Sugar-sweetened drinks are on display Tuesday at New Sagaya Market in Anchorage. Alaska's Play Every Day campaign encourages parents to serve their children water and milk instead of beverages with added sugar. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Play Every Day campaign seen as effective in inspiring better beverage choices for children

By: - November 16, 2022

A public health campaign in Alaska has shown success at convincing parents to serve their children less sugary drinks, a newly published study says. Mothers who have seen public-information spots created by Alaska Department of Health’s Play Every Day program reported that they have been inspired by it to change the beverages they serve their […]

Killer whales are seen swimming in Alaska waters in 2005. As sea ice diminishes, killer whales are increasing their presence in farther north waters. Studies confirm they are preying on bowheads in the eastern Chukchi Sea and western Beaufort Sea. (Photo by David Ellifrit/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Dead bowheads in Beaufort and Chukchi point to increased killer whale presence in Arctic

By: - November 15, 2022

There are new signs that killer whales, which are swimming farther north and staying for longer periods of the year in Arctic waters, are increasingly preying on Alaska’s bowhead whales. A newly published study found that 2019, an especially warm year in the region, also seems to have been an especially dangerous year for bowheads […]