Yereth Rosen

Yereth Rosen

Yereth Rosen came to Alaska in 1987 to work for the Anchorage Times. 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. In her free time, she likes to ski and watch her son's hockey games.

The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center's emergency department entrance is seen on May 3, 2022. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

In COVID years, new patterns emerged in Alaska hospitals and emergency rooms, report says

By: - September 28, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic brought some big changes to patterns for hospital stays and emergency-department visits in Alaska, according to a new report issued by the state Division of Public Health. While the disease became one of the dominant causes of hospitalizations and emergency-room visits, the need to treat patients for other respiratory diseases appears to […]

A fish camp in the Nome area, seen on Sept. 24, shows damages wreaked by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok. The day before, President Biden declared a major disaster for a vast stretch of western Alaska that had been slammed with high winds and floods caused by the remnants of that typhoon. The disaster illustrates the need for infrastructure that is resilient to rapid climate change, the University of Alaska report says. (Photo by Jeremy Edwards/FEMA)

Typhoon Merbok spotlights Alaska’s need for science and climate-resilient infrastructure

By: - September 28, 2022

When the remnants of Typhoon Merbok were barreling toward western Alaska to unleash what turned out to be the region’s strongest storm in more than half a century, meteorologists knew what was coming. What they could not predict was the exact level and location of flooding – devastation that prompted a federal disaster declaration on […]

Plastic buckets used for human waste, known as "honeybuckets," await pickup outside a home in Teller on Sept. 2, 2021. Teller is one of the Bering Strait villages lacking piped water service or flush toilets; residents use plastic-bag-lined buckets for toilets, with the contents collected for disposal by a city crew. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Study links lack of running water to prevalence of ear infections among rural Alaska children

By: - September 26, 2022

Bering Strait region children in households without running water are much more likely to get middle-ear infections, a newly published study confirmed. Data from screenings of more than 1,600 schoolchildren in various communities in that part of western Alaska found that lack of running water – a chronic problem in rural Alaska – corresponded to […]

The flooded village of Golovin in the Bering Strait region is seen from a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft on Sept. 18. Golovin was heavily damaged by flooding and winds driven by Typhoon Merbok. Coast Guard crews were among those assessing damages from the historic storm. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ian Gray/U.S. Coast Guard)

Alaska officials seek 100% federal coverage of disaster aid for storm-damaged communities

By: - September 22, 2022

Alaska officials are asking that the Federal Emergency Management Agency provide 100% of the funds necessary for western Alaska communities to recover from damages inflicted by Typhoon Merbok. That would match the 100% response funding that was committed to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Fiona in President Biden’s federal disaster declaration. Typically, FEMA covers […]

Kuspuks of varying colors displayed at a tribal consultation meeting in Anchorage on Sept. 21 represent Indigenous victims of violence. From left, the colors are red for missing and murdered indigenous women, orange for victims of boarind schools, the baby kuspuk for children who will never be born, purple for victims of domestic violence, turquoise for victims of sexual assault, multicolor for LGBTQ victims and black for men who are victims. The kuspuks were arrayed at the Justice Department's annual tribal consultation conference required under the Violence Against Woman Act. Since 1993, Alaska's overall rate of violent crime has been higher than the national average, and the rate of reported rape has been three to four times the national average since 2013, statistics show. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Justice Department funds to aid tribal law enforcement and help Indigenous victims of crime

By: - September 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it will provide more than $246 million in grants to Native American and Alaska Native communities for improvements in law enforcement and justice. The well-received announcement was made in Anchorage on Wednesday at the start of the federal government’s annual tribal consultation conference on violence against women. Allison Randall, […]

A group of caribou from the Western Arctic Herd swim across the Kobuk River during fall migration in 2017. Much of the debate over the Ambler road and the associated mine development concern impacts to the herd, one of the largest in North America. (Photo by Matt Cameron/National Park Service)

New environmental study of Ambler road project kicks off with call for public input

By: - September 20, 2022

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it will start collecting public input on how it should carry out a new environmental review of the controversial Ambler Access Project. The scoping period for a supplemental environmental impact statement on the project starts on Tuesday and will run for 45 days, the BLM said Friday. Scoping […]

Sweetheart Lake south of Juneau, seen from the air in 2017, will be the site of a new hydroelectric project supplying the Kensington mine and other Juneau-area customers, under a plan that is the subject of a development agreement with a major Japanese hydroelectric company. (Photo by Robert Johnson/Provided by Juneau Hydropower)

Agreement with Japanese company boosts fortunes of planned hydropower project near Alaska’s capital, developers say

By: - September 16, 2022

A new agreement with Japan’s leading hydroelectric operator will give the long-planned Sweetheart Lake project south of Juneau a boost toward development, developers promoting the project said on Thursday.  The agreement is between Juneau Hydropower, the corporation planning the Sweetheart Lake hydro project, and J-Power, a major Japanese hydroelectric company. The Sweetheart Lake project is […]

Signs posted at the intersection of Raspberry Road and Jewel Lake Road in Anchorage, seen on Sept. 13, urge votes for Matt Claman and Mia Costello, competing state Senate candidates in that part of West Anchorage.

Election in West Anchorage could be key to control of Alaska state Senate

By: - September 15, 2022

The state Senate race in West Anchorage pits two seasoned lawmakers against each other and could be critical in deciding the makeup of the majority caucus that controls the body’s business. For Democratic Rep. Matt Claman, who represents the House district that comprises the northern part of the newly drawn Senate district, the prospect of […]

A gray beluga whale calf and three adults swim together in Cook Inlet. Some critics of oil development in the regon say it further threatens the endangered and struggling Cook Inlet beluga population. (Photo by Paul Wade/NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

Citizen science event focused on endangered belugas returns after pandemic interruption

By: - September 14, 2022

After a two-year hiatus, crowds of wildlife lovers will be back this weekend at designated observation points to count beluga whales swimming in Cook Inlet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be staging a citizen-science event on Saturday called Belugas Count! The annual event was put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it […]

A small boat rests on Sept. 30, 2020, at the shore of Safety Sound, a sheltered area located east of Nome. A Nevada-based company was seeking federal permission to conduct a major gold-dredging operation in the sound, an imporant site for fish, migratory birds, seals and for subsistence food gathering. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied the permit sought by the company, IPOP LLC. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Corps denies permit for company seeking to dredge for gold in sensitive area near Nome

By: - September 13, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rejected an application from a Nevada-based company that was seeking to operate a controversial mining project near Nome. The Corps said on Friday it denied IPOP LLC’s application for a wetlands-fill permit for a gold-dredging operation that would have affected about 195 acres at Safety Sound and Bonanza […]

Benjamin Pister, director of resource management at Kenai Fjords National Park, stands on July 5 at a spot where the trail was extended to allow visitors to get as close as possible to rapidly retreating Exit Glacier. The park is trying to plan for a long-term future when the walk-up glacier, currently a prime tourist attraction, is no longer easily visible. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska park managers preparing for loss of some of the state’s most iconic attractions: glaciers

By: - September 12, 2022

 On the route to one of Alaska’s most-viewed glaciers, there is little doubt about the destination. Visitors drive on Exit Glacier Road to get to the Exit Glacier trailhead of the 1-mile Exit Glacier trail that takes them to the face of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Now, with the climate continuing to […]

A sign directs visitors on Sept. 9 to a site for COVID-19 testing at the Alaska Native Health Campus. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has already closed its walk-up test site, and the drive-through site is scheduled to be closed on Sept. 29. Demand for such testing has dropped, in part because of the availability of in-home tests. More than two years after the pandemic arrived in Alaska, the state Department of Health, ANTHC and other health organizations are gearing up for distribution of new vaccine boosters. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

First shipment of new COVID-19 booster signals shift in fight against disease

By: - September 10, 2022

More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic reached Alaska, the fight against the disease is pivoting from testing to vaccine boosting. Fall is here and winter is coming, and health officials are encouraging Alaskans to view vaccine boosters as part of the normal preparation for the time of year when people spend more time […]