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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.

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 […]

A vial containing the monkeypox vaccine is seein on July 23, 2022, in London, England. This type of vaccine, called JYNNEOS or Imvanex, is available in Alaska for anyone who has been in contact with infected individuals. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

More Alaskans now eligible for monkeypox vaccine, and some seem eager for that protection

By: - August 19, 2022

Alaska has expanded the eligibility for vaccination to prevent monkeypox, and residents are taking up on the offers for protection against the virus, officials with the state Department of Health said on Friday. The department last week broadened eligibility standards to include people who have been in contact with someone exposed to monkeypox or at […]

A Steller sea lion, viewed in 2009 by the crew of the NOAA ship Fairweather, rests on a rock on an Alaska shore. (Photo provided by NOAA)

Steller sea lions most likely victims of human-caused marine mammal deaths in Alaska

By: - August 18, 2022

Over a five-year period, 867 Alaska sea lions, seals, whales and small cetaceans like dolphins died or were gravely injured from interactions with humans, according to a report newly released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report, required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, lists documented cases of human-inflicted harm from 2016 to […]

Voters walk toward the door of the Division of Elections' Anchorage office on Aug. 15. Early voting traffic was brisk at the midtown office. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska voters cast ballots in special House election in state’s first ranked choice contest

By: - August 16, 2022

Alaska voters on Tuesday completed an experiment that has drawn national attention – a ranked choice election for the person who will fill out the U.S. House term of the late Don Young. The special election to choose the person who will fill the remaining four months of Young’s term came down to three candidates […]

Justice Department watching Alaska election for language and disability compliance

By: - August 16, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it is monitoring Alaska’s election to ensure compliance with two laws, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The effort is aimed at maintaining compliance with the voting law’s minority language requirements and the disability act’s accessibility requirements, the department said […]

Fire burns on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tundra near the village of St. Mary's on June 13. (Photo by John Kern/BLM Alaska Fire Service)

Tundra burns helped make the 2022 Alaska fire season one of the biggest since 1950

By: - August 15, 2022

Alaska is closing out what is likely to be the state’s seventh-biggest wildfire season since 1950, wrapping up a summer notable for record-breaking fires in the tundra of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the southwestern part of the state. In all, more than 3 million acres have been burned by wildfires this year, according to the […]

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin sit together on stage at Anchorage's Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center at an April 8 banquest during the Arctic Encounter Symposium. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who attended the event with Murkowski, repeatedly praised the Alaska Republican and called for federal policies to boost fossil-fuel production. He said he supports Murkowski's push for oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has campaigned across party lines for Murkowski's reelection. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

As Congress prepares to pass climate bill, Alaska environmentalists see more harm than good

By: and - August 11, 2022

The $370 billion climate bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Sunday is America’s biggest-ever response to climate change, expected to both reduce the national deficit and significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. But here in Alaska, environmental organizers are worried that tradeoffs in the bill will lead to more mining and drilling in the state in […]

Sand-filled Super Sacks, seen on Aug. 4, are piled along the eroding coastal bluff in the core area of Utqiagvik, the nation's northernmost community. Near the horizon is a barge delivering some of the supplies that the community will need over the coming year. Climate change, through increased wave action from the ocean and permafrost thaw on the coast, is causing serious erosion and flooding threats. At the same time, reductions in sea ice have enabled an increase in Arctic ship traffic that is expected to continue. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Arctic Commitment Act introduced in Senate seeks to raise U.S. profile at top of world

By: - August 10, 2022

A wide-ranging bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Angus King seeks to boost U.S. investment in Arctic commerce, science and defense. The Arctic Commitment Act, introduced last week, focuses on ways that the United States can become a bigger player in Arctic marine shipping and commerce, which is increasing as sea ice diminishes. […]

Buildings that once housed workshops and office operations line groomed ski trails at the Independence Mine State Historical Park. The site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is seen here on Nov. 12, 2017. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Independence Mine, a ‘gem’ in state park system, gets big donation for restoration work

By: - August 9, 2022

A private charity has donated $1.3 million to restore historic buildings at a popular Alaska state park. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided the money to restore buildings at the Independence Mine Historical Park. The site, in the Talkeetna Mountains near Palmer, once housed a thriving gold-mining operation but has […]