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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.

Houses, seen on Aug. 2, teeter on the edge of an Utqiagvik bluff that is being rapidly eroded by permafrost thaw. The house on the right has been abandoned. At the base of the bluff are SuperSacks filled with sand, placed there as part of the effort to hold back ocean waves and slow down erosion. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

In northernmost Alaska, a battle is on to limit the damages of permafrost thaw

By: - January 4, 2023

Nearly 20 feet below the ground of a field of open tundra in the nation’s northernmost community, an icy world gives a picture of the ancient past and the future of this part of the Arctic. Embedded in the walls of a tunnel is frozen peat, its features perfectly preserved from 10,000 years ago.  “It’s […]

Gulls gather on the Cook Inlet beach at Kenai on Aug. 5, 2018. Redoubt Volcano looms on the other side of the inlet. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Hotly debated federal Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale draws only one bid

By: - December 30, 2022

A controversial auction for rights to drill for oil and gas in the federal waters of Alaska’s Cook Inlet drew only a single bid, according to results released on Friday. Hilcorp Alaska LLC, the dominant oil and gas operator in the Cook Inlet basin, submitted the sole bid in the lease sale held by the […]

Caribou cross through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in their 2012 spring migration. The Western Arctic Caribou Herd, long one of the largest in North America, has declined precipitiously and is now at the lowest size since the early 1980s. The herd's range includes Gates of the Arctic. (Photo by Photo by Zak Richter/National Park Service)

Climate change seen as suspected factor in Western Arctic Caribou Herd decline

By: - December 30, 2022

One of the biggest caribou herds in North America has taken a nosedive, and climate change is a likely culprit in the population decline. Alaska’s Western Arctic Caribou Herd population is lower than at any time in over four decades, with numbers put at 164,000, down from a high of nearly 500,000 in 2003, according […]

The U.S. Capitol (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Private legislation signed by Biden ends legal limbo for former Alaska resident

By: - December 29, 2022

A former Alaska resident once threatened with imminent deportation to Mexico because of a paperwork glitch involving her adoption as a newborn has now been granted permanent resident status and a path to citizenship. Rebecca Trimble is the subject of private legislation that was championed by the Alaska Congressional delegation and signed into law by […]

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

Fishery disaster aid and nearly $500 million worth of Alaska projects included in omnibus budget bill

By: - December 23, 2022

Aid to Alaska fishermen, companies and communities was included in the year-end omnibus appropriations package that won final passage on Friday. The $300 million in aid funding follows official disaster declarations issued last week by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo for Alaska salmon and crab fishery failures dating back to 2020, as well as some […]

A male polar bear cub rests in quarantine at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. The cub was wandering alone in the Prudhoe Bay oil field, where it was first spotted in late November. For its own welfare and for the safety of the people working in the area, the animal was moved to the zoo, and will not return to the wild. (Photo by the Alaska Zoo/Provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Polar bear cub wandering North Slope oil field is captured and sent to Alaska Zoo in Anchorage

By: - December 23, 2022

A lone polar bear cub that was wandering the Prudhoe Bay oil field has been evacuated and sent to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced. It was a rare and drastic step because removal of polar bear or any marine mammal from the Arctic is permanent. In this case, […]

Cook Inlet waves roll onto the beach at Kenai on Aug. 14, 2018. The Biden administration's draft five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan proposes a single sale in federal waters of Cook Inlet an no other lease sales in federal waters off Alaska. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Lawsuit adds new twist to controversial end-of-year Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale

By: - December 22, 2022

A canceled but subsequently revived oil and gas lease sale in federal waters off Alaska is being challenged by a coalition of environmentalists. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, the environmental groups said the Biden administration had failed to adequately evaluate the impacts of next week’s lease sale offering 958,202 […]

Electronic cigarettes are promoted on Dec. 21 in the windows of a specialty store in Midtown Anchorage. A new state report shows that teen use of e-cigarettes, also called vapes, has risen dramatically, as is the trend nationally. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Dramatic decline in teen smoking largely offset by boom in e-cigarette use, state report says

By: - December 22, 2022

Alaska teens have largely ditched cigarettes over the past two decades, but they have substituted that unhealthy habit with another: vaping. About a quarter of surveyed high schoolers reported using electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to the Alaska Tobacco Facts Update, released last week by the Alaska Department of Health. The national […]

MMusher Paige Drobny, wearing the required face mask at the ceremonial Anchorage start of the 2022 Iditarod Treail Sled Dog Race on March 5, carried a pro-vaccine message on her way to Nome. A race rule mandated masking at large gathering sites during the race to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

COVID-19 pushed Alaska’s death rate higher and life expectancy lower in 2021

By: - December 20, 2022

Alaskans’ life expectancy dropped and death rate rose in 2021, with COVID-19 ranking as the third-highest cause of death during the year, according to the Vital Statistics Annual Report released last week by the Alaska Division of Public Health. The difference between 2021 and 2020 was driven mostly by COVID-19. In 2021, there were 6,216 […]

Bering Sea snow crab support an iconic Alaska seafood harvest, but a crash in population since 2018 has triggered the first-ever closure of the fishery. (Photo provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Alaska crab fishery collapse seen as warning about Bering Sea transformation

By: - December 19, 2022

Less than five years ago, prospects appeared bright for Bering Sea crab fishers. Stocks were abundant and healthy, federal biologists said, and prices were near all-time highs. Now two dominant crab harvests have been canceled for lack of fish. For the first time, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in October canceled the 2022-2023 […]

A dead crab, washed ashore by a storm, lies on the beach at Nome on Oct. 2, 2020. Because of poor stocks, there were no harvests of Norton Sound red king crab in 2020 or 2021. Those harvest failures were included in a series of federal fishery disaster declarations issued on Friday. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Fishery disasters declared for several poor or closed Alaska crab and salmon harvests

By: - December 16, 2022

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Friday approved disaster declarations for several distressed fisheries, including the recently canceled Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red crab harvests. The declarations are for poor or closed Alaska harvests going back to 2020. They cover failures in the crab fisheries for this season and last season, the […]

A yearling brown bear cub sits in the brush in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Jully 23, 2015. On Nov. 26, a local deer hunter found a different cub that was confirmed to be the first brown bear to have died from the highly pathogenic avian influenza that is circulating in wild and domesticated bird flocks. (Photo by Lisa Hupp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Dead brown bear cub shows how avian influenza is lingering in Alaska’s environment

By: - December 16, 2022

A dead brown bear cub found on Kodiak Island is one of the latest signs that the current strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza behind the deaths of tens of millions of birds is continuing to circulate in wild populations, infecting a variety of species. The cub carcass, discovered on Nov. 26 by a local […]