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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.

The ConocoPhillips Alaska headquarters, seen here on April 8, 2020, looms over downtown Anchorage. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

ConocoPhillips starts production at new Alpine satellite field

By: - May 21, 2022

ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. announced Friday that it has started oil production at its Fiord West Kuparuk reservoir, a satellite of its Alpine field. The start of oil flow followed the drilling of a well that ConocoPhillips said set an extended-reach record. The well was drilled about a month ago by Doyon 26, the largest mobile […]

A bald eagle perched in a tree in Sitka National Historical Park on May 9 is lethargic and drooping. Sitka resident Larry Pouliot called the Alaska Raptor Center about the bird, which died a couple of hours later of highly pathogenic avian influenza. (Photo by Larry Pouliot)

Avian influenza’s arrival in Alaska signals danger for other parts of the world

By: - May 20, 2022

When Larry Pouliot went on a morning walk in Sitka National Historical Park on May 9, he spotted a lethargic, unresponsive bald eagle perched in a tree, its eyes bloodshot and its neck drooping. “I realized he was not doing great,” said Pouliot, who got video footage and photos of the ailing bird. He called […]

Two bull caribou of the Western Arctic Herd swimming across the Kobuk River during fall 2011 migration in Kobuk Valley National Park. The Ambler Access Project, a proposed 211-mile industrial road, would cross habitat used by the herd, which is one of the largest in North America. (Photo by Kyle Joly/National Park Service)

Biden administration’s pause on Ambler road project gets court approval

By: - May 18, 2022

A federal judge has granted the Biden administration permission to reconsider a controversial Trump administration-approved road that would cut through the Brooks Range foothills. In an order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason approved the Department of the Interior’s plan to partially reevaluate the impacts of the proposed 211-mile Ambler Access Project while […]

Thick-billed murres, like these photographed on an island in the Pribilof archipelago, are commonly found nesting on St. Paul Island. (Photo by Verena Gill/U.S. Geological Survey)

After two-year COVID hiatus, tours on Pribilof island set to resume

By: - May 17, 2022

Two years after becoming one of the most sealed-off locations in the United States, St. Paul Island is reopening to visitors. St. Paul Island Tour, a business within the Unangan-owned TDX Corp., is resuming its operations after a pause forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. An email blast sent out last week revealed a lot of […]

Fruit is displayed at an Anchorage grocery store. Overall consumer prices in Alaska's largest city were up by an annual rate of 7.5% as of April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food prices were up by 11.3%. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska inflation similar to U.S. trends, but a sharp departure from recent past

By: - May 16, 2022

The annual inflation rate for the Anchorage area was 7.5% as of April, nearly matching the annual national rate that was most recently measured at 8.2%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week. The close match between Alaska and national economic trends is noteworthy, said Neal Fried, a senior economist with the Alaska Department […]

Sandy Snodgrass fights back tears as she described her the death of her son from a fentanyl overdose. She is one of several experts at a May 3 news conference in Wasilla on fentanyl abuse and efforts to combat it. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska tops nation in overdose death increase

By: - May 16, 2022

Alaska had the national biggest increase in drug overdose deaths in the past year, far outstripping rate increases in other states, the Centers for Disease Control reported. A report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics said Alaska had 75.3% more overdose deaths in 2021 than in 2020, compared to an national average of […]

Nine of the leading candidates seeking to replace the late U.S. Rep. Don Young are seated in alphabetical order at a May 12, 2022 forum in Anchorage hosted by industry groups. The Seated are Nick Begich, John Coghill, Christopher Constant, Al Gross, Jeff Lowenfels, Sarah Palin, Mary Peltola, Josh Revak and Tara Sweeney. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska U.S. House candidates use industry forum to try to stand out in crowded field

By: - May 12, 2022

The nine candidates at the forum, seated in alphabetical order, faced their own common challenge: distinguishing themselves from other contenders in the very crowded field.

Inlet View Elementary School in Anchorage, shown on April 21, 2022, has longstanding structural problems. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon}

Action needed to address Alaska’s stagnant demographic trends, economist says

By: - May 12, 2022

More people are leaving Alaska than coming, too few babies are being born to make up the population gap and the state workforce is withering. That presents a tough challenge that demands aggressive policy responses, a university economist argues. “In 2010, essentially, Alaska stopped growing. That’s not the Alaska we all know,” said Ralph Townsend, […]

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, stands outside a restaurant on May 6 in Palmer, her home city. In an interview, she reflected on two years of COVID-19. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Beyond COVID: Zink seeks to refocus on Alaskans’ holistic health

By: - May 11, 2022

When Anne Zink began working as the state’s chief medical officer in the summer of 2019, she had a vision of transforming the state’s health system into one that promotes health holistically rather than one that simply responds to sickness. Then came COVID-19. At least a third of Alaskans have tested positive for the COVID […]

Two earthquakes struck the waters off the Alaska Peninsula almost eactly a year apart. The magnitude 7.8 Simeonof earthquake of 2020 is shown in black. The magnitude 8.2 Chignik earthquake of 2021 is shown in purple. Red lines show contours of other major earthquakes in the past. (Illustration from Science Advances)

Recent earthquakes may raise risk of Alaska tsunami, study finds

By: - May 11, 2022

The dual earthquake action deep underground appears to have increased the risks of future tsunamis in that region, the study said.