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 rising sun lights the sky over frozen Norton Sound in Nome on the morning of the 2018 winter solistice. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Use of new 988 suicide and crisis hotline shows Alaskans are willing to seek help, officials say

By: - September 9, 2022

Alaska in July switched its suicide hotline system to an easy-to-dial 988 hotline, calls have increased by 22% – an indication that more people in crisis are reaching out for help and now know how to do so, state health officials and suicide prevention experts said on Thursday. Increased use of the line is a […]

The European green crab, as pictured here, is an invasive species that threatens native crf populations. European green crabs have been found as far north as British Columbia but have not yet been detected in Alaska. (Photo by Emily Grason/Washington Sea Grant)

Metlakatla residents and partners trying to eject invasive crabs from their first Alaska beachhead

By: - September 8, 2022

When Natalie Bennett was surveying a beach on Annette Island as part of a team trying to defend Southeast Alaska from marine invaders, she made a major but ominous discovery: the state’s first documented shell of an invasive European green crab. Bennett, a summer intern with the nonprofit Sealaska Heritage Institute who was working with […]

The sunrise lights the sky over Thomsen Harbor and Mt. Edgecumbe in Sitka in this 2011 photo. The city is among the communities surrounded by the Tongass National Forest. (Photo by Jeffrey Wickett/U.S. Forest Service)

Final projects selected in $25 million program for sustainable development in Southeast Alaska

By: - September 7, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made its final funding decisions in a $25 million program to support local organizations in Southeast Alaska, officials said on Tuesday. The Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy, announced last year, has now made commitments to over 30 local and regional partners for 70 locally driven projects, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack […]

Seasonal caretakers Marissa and John Neill of Trapper Creek survey a garden at Pilgrim Hot Springs on Sept. 4, 2021. The area's soil is warmed geothermal heat, creating an oasis within permafrost territory. Crops have been grown at the site, on and off, for more than a century. A Kawerak project is investigating ways to use vegetables grown at Pilgrim Hot Springs to help address food-security needs in the Nome region. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Policy changes can help Alaska’s new farmers work in permafrost conditions, UAF experts say

By: - September 6, 2022

A century ago, when Fairbanks was a young mining town and a hilly area was set aside for agricultural experiments, people tried growing potatoes there to help feed the community. It was not a success. Disturbance of topsoil caused permafrost thaw, producing lots of mud in which tractors became mired, and the melt of below-ground […]

Candidates for Alaska's U.S. House seat, appearing at an Aug. 31 forum held at an Alaska Oil and Gas Association conference, hold up signs to show their position on the Infrastructure Jobs and Investment Act. Only former state Rep. Mary Peltola, at right, supports the act. From left are Republican Nick Begich, Libertarian Chris Bye and Republican former Gov. Sarah Palin. The forum was held just before the Alaska Division of Elections released results showing that Peltola had won the special election to fill the remaining months in Rep. Don Young's term. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

House candidates make pro-development pitches at Alaska oil industry conference

By: - September 1, 2022

Shortly before Mary Peltola was announced as the winner in the special election to become Alaska’s sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives for four months, she and the three other candidates vying to succeed the late Don Young for a full term as Alaska made pitches to an oil industry audience on Wednesday. […]

Alaska has special opportunities for developing a thriving aquaculture industry, but also special challenges that stand in the way of such ambitions, according to a new strategic plan issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The plan is intended to guide aquaculture-related research conducted over the next five years by NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center. It considers ways that science can help achieve the ambitions championed by a state panel seeking to expand the industry. The Governor’s Mariculture Task Force, established in 2016, set a goal of developing a $100 million-per-year Alaska aquaculture industry within 20 years. Doing so will require some boosted research, public education and support for partnerships among government agencies, Indigenous communities, academia, industry and others, said the strategic plan. It identifies specific goals to accomplish those objectives.,%2C%20environmental%2C%20and%20communities%22 For now, the Alaska aquaculture industry is small – just 82 permitted farms, with 24 additional permits pending as of January 2022, the report said. The value of the industry at the start of 2022 was $1.5 million, it said. There is potential for rapid growth, even though finfish farming is illegal and even though Alaska is the only coastal state where aquaculture is unlikely to expand into federal waters in the near future, it said. “The cold and nutrient rich waterways of Alaska are ideally suited for the development of shellfish and algae aquaculture,” it said. But there special challenges include Alaska’s accelerated climate change and ocean acidification, the plan said. Climate-change problems include marine heat waves, more harmful algal blooms and extreme rainfall events, it said. Acidification, which lowers available calcium, poses known threats to shellfish populations and shellfish farms, it said. At the same time, climate change and acidification have created incentives for expanded aquaculture in Alaska, the strategic plan said. There is “strong interest” from local communities and industry to use kelp farming to create local areas that are more protected against acidification, for example. And aquaculture is also seen by the U.S. Department of Energy as a possible tool for carbon sequestration, a strategy that would mitigate climate change, the plan said.Mauka Grunenberg looks at live oysters for sale at Sagaya City Market in Anchorage. The oysters came from a farm in Juneau. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

NOAA office releases strategic science plan to support Alaska mariculture ambitions

By: - August 30, 2022

Alaska has special opportunities for developing a thriving aquaculture industry, but also special challenges that stand in the way of such ambitions, according to a new strategic science plan issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The plan is intended to guide aquaculture-related research conducted over the next five years by NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries […]

Antony Blinken speaks during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington, D.C.(Photo by Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images)

State Department to appoint first U.S. Arctic ambassador-at-large

By: - August 29, 2022

The U.S. State Department announced Friday that President Biden will appoint a designated Arctic ambassador, a new position for the nation and a sign, officials said, of the administration’s commitment to the region. The U.S. is the only Arctic nation without such an ambassador, though the State Department does have an Arctic coordinator. It is […]

Lakes and connecting streams in the northeastern part of hte National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska are seen from the air on June 26, 2014. (Photo by Bob Wick/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

Dry summers could mean trouble for use of lake water for North Slope ice roads, study says

By: - August 26, 2022

For decades, the oil industry has built ice roads for seasonal travel across Alaska’s North Slope. The ice roads, built and used in the hard-freeze winter seasons, are designed to be thick enough to protect the tundra from vehicle weights but temporary enough to melt away in summer, avoiding the myriad negative impacts created by […]

A COVID-19 testing site operated by the Arctic Slope Native Association is seen on Aug. 2 in Utqiagvik. The pandemic put new demands on an Alaska healthcare workforce that was already suffering from staff shortages. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska’s COVID ‘superstorm’ experience of 2021 offers lessons for future pandemics, study says

By: - August 24, 2022

Alaska’s experience with the delta wave that emerged in the COVID-19 pandemic is likened to a “superstorm” in a new study that compares pandemic patterns in regions across the Arctic. The study, by a research group at the University of Northern Iowa that is focusing on COVID-19 in the Arctic, was published on Aug. 17 […]

The Inuit Circumpolar Council represents Inuit people in Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia. (Graphic provided by Inuit Circumpolar Council)

Inuit Circumpolar Council gets new Alaska president and vice president

By: - August 24, 2022

The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Alaska branch has new leadership, the organization announced on Tuesday. Marie KasaNnaaluk Greene, a former chief executive of NANA Regional Corp., is the new president, and Nicole Kannik Paniġiuq “Kanayurak” Wojciechowski is the new vice president, the organization said. The ICC represents Inuit people in Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia’s Chukotka […]

Tara Sweeney, candidate for U.S. House, waves signs in Anchorage on Aug. 16. Sweeney was with a group of supporters at the intersection of Northern Lights and Seward, a popular spot for political rallies and demonstrations. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Sweeney drops out of House race after posting disappointing results

By: - August 23, 2022

Tara Sweeney, the fourth-place candidate in the race to succeed the late Don Young as Alaska’s sole U.S. House member, ended her campaign on Tuesday. Her travels around the state “reinforced my passion to do whatever I can to make Alaska an even better place to call home,” Sweeney said in a statement. “That said, […]

Fishing boats, seen here on Feb. 23, 2018, are reflected in the water at Kodiak's St. Paul Harbor. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

To encourage more young fishermen, look to farm programs as models, new study argues

By: - August 22, 2022

Young Alaskans seeking to break into commercial fishing face a lot of the same barriers that confront young farmers in the Lower 48 states, but they have far fewer resources to help overcome those barriers, according to newly published research. A study by Alaska experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration argues that the […]