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.

Strips of salmon are seen hanging in a smokehouse on the Kuskokwim River on July 19, 2017. (Photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Alaska Federation of Natives sides with federal government in Kuskokwim salmon dispute

By: - September 27, 2023

Alaska’s largest Native organization has sided with the federal government in its dispute with the state over salmon management in the Kuskokwim River, saying that the state’s position is attacking its interests and those of its members. The Alaska Federation of Natives on Tuesday filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the […]

A large iceberg is seen on April 21, 2018, surrounded by consolidated sea ice. Flat floes of sea ice have fresh snow on top, and there are areas of open watern. The photo was taken during a flight conducting in NASA's Operation IceBridge program. (Photo by Linette Boisvert/NASA)

Arctic sea ice patterns put on display during New York’s Fashion Week

By: - September 23, 2023

Arctic sea ice patterns recorded by an Alaska scientist made it to the catwalk earlier this month in New York, blending High Arctic climate change with high fashion. Clothing designed by Barcelona-based designer Corentin Daudigny and displayed at New York’s Sept. 8-13 Fashion Week showed the colors and patterns captured by Marc Oggier of the […]

A sign at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium campus in Anchorage, seen on Sept. 19, 2023, advises patients that a testing site that once operated there is now closed. COVID-19 is no longer considered a new disease, and health-care providers are no longer required to report cases to state officials, under updated Alaska Division of Health regulations. But some different testing requirements have been added to the regulations. The public health reporting requirements are updated every few years, and the latest update went into effect on Sept. 3. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska regulations drop some COVID-19 reporting requirements, add requirement for RSV reports

By: - September 20, 2023

Alaska medical providers no longer need to report patients’ COVID-19 cases to the states, but there are some new requirements for reporting other diseases and emerging health concerns, under new regulations that went into effect earlier in the month. COVID-19 slips out of the reporting requirements for two main reasons, said Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist […]

Former Gov. Sarah Palin listens as Democratic candidate Mary Peltola speaks at an Aug. 31 candidate forum held by the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. Minutes after the forum concluded, the Alaska Division of Elections released results showing that Peltola had beaten Palin to win the special election to fill the remainder of the late Don Young's House term. Palin, Peltola, Republican Nick Begich and Libertarian Chris Bye then faced each other in the election for the full two-year term. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

North to the future? Alaska’s ranked choice voting system is praised and criticized nationally

By: - September 15, 2023

Alaska’s ranked choice voting system, which was in place for victories for the first Democratic U.S. House member in half a century and the reelection of one of the last remaining moderate Republican U.S. senators, has become a test case for a nation struggling with political polarization. To fans, Alaska’s system shows how voters can […]

The Delta Fire burns on July 30 in the Donnelly Training Area southeast of Fairbanks. The lightning-sparked fire started on Juy 26 and ultimately grew to over 57,000 acres, according to wildfire managers. (Photo by Lakota Burwell/Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service)

After a slow start, Alaska wildfire season wraps up as unremarkable

By: - September 14, 2023

An Alaska wildfire season that wound up with an unexceptional amount of area burned took an unusual route to get there. After a record-slow start, the Alaska wildfire season tally as of Wednesday stood at 343 fires covering 297,747 acres, according to state wildfire managers. That is well below the recent years’ median of about […]

A sign alerting customers to the availability of flu vaccines is seen on Sept. 10, 2023, at an an Anchorage Fred Meyer grocery store. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska flu cases increased last year, spiking in early winter, while vaccine rates lagged

By: - September 13, 2023

After a period when COVID-19 restrictions halted the spread of other respiratory diseases, Alaska had a big increase in influenza cases, state data shows. The overall influenza case load during the 2022-23 season was much higher than in prior years, reports a new bulletin issued by the epidemiology section of the Alaska Division of Public […]

President Joe Biden speaks on Sept. 11, 2023, to service members and other Alaskans gathered at Anchorage's Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Biden's speech commemorated the terror attack 22 years earlier that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Biden, in Alaska speech commemorating Sept. 11 attacks, urges unity and defense of democracy

By: - September 11, 2023

Twenty-two years after Al-Qaeda terrorists staged coordinated attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, there is a threat to U.S. democracy coming from closer to home, President Joe Biden said in a memorial speech in Anchorage. “Terrorism, including political and ideological violence, is the opposite of all we stand for as a nation that settles our […]

Unalakleet, a fishing dependent community in Norton Sound, is seen from the air in 2019. (Photo provided by Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs)

Traditional practices blended with modern life jacket technology seen as boosting fishing safety in Alaska

By: - September 10, 2023

Even as safety has improved vastly in the Alaska fishing industry overall, harvesters who operate from small, open skiffs continue to face risks. Among those who continue to contend with mortal dangers are those who use set nets in Western Alaska’s Norton Sound, a group of largely Native fishers whose families have been working on […]

A parking lot full of electric cars is seen in Juneau on Sept. 8, 2018. By the end of 2022, about 2,300 EVs were in use in Alaska, according to Chugach Electric Association. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

National political fight over electric vehicles surfaces in Alaska

By: - September 8, 2023

The oil industry’s pushback against electric vehicles arrived in Anchorage last week, but Alaska fans of the vehicles say the criticism is misplaced. The president of the American Petroleum Institute, speaking at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association conference on Aug. 30, blasted a proposed Biden administration rule aimed at accelerating use of electric vehicles. […]

The Graphite Creek Deposit about 37 miles north of Nome on Alaska's Seward Peninsula, is revealed at Graphite Creek in this undated photo. A Graphite One Inc. exploration site is seen in the distance on the far left. Small-scale mining in this area occurred in the early 20th century. Graphite One's plans to develop a large-scale mine got a boost in July from a Department of Defense grant aimed at encouraging domestic production of critical minerals. The Graphite Creek deposit is the largest identified in the United States. (Photo by George Case/U.S. Geological Survey)

Native corporation invests in graphite mining project on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula

By: - September 7, 2023

An Alaska Native corporation said Tuesday it is investing in a project that could result in the first graphite production in the United States in decades. Bering Straits Native Corp., the corporation for the Inupiat and Yup’ik people of the Bering Strait region, will put $2 million into the Graphite One project being explored about […]

Research biologists pause among the wetlands of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, with the Brooks Range in the background. During the short field research season, the biologists live and work in this remote camp at the edge of the continent. (Photo by Lisa Hupp/USFWS)

Biden administration cancels last leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

By: - September 6, 2023

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it is canceling the last remaining oil and gas leases in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Those seven leases, all held by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and sold in a controversial auction held in the last days of former President Donald Trump’s […]

Environmental Protection Administrator Michael Regan speaks at a news conference on Aug. 31, 2023, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Behind him are Bailey Richards, contamination support program coordinator for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Natalie Cale, chief operating officer for the Ounalashka Corp., and Aaron Leggett, president of the Native Village of Eklutna. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Travels around Alaska highlight myriad challenges facing Indigenous communities, EPA leader says

By: - September 4, 2023

Travels to the to the tiny Yup’ik village of Igiugig in the Bristol Bay region, to Utqiagvik at the northern tip of Alaska and to Eklutna, the Dena’ina community that is the only Native village within Alaska’s largest city, have showcased the range of environmental challenges facing Alaska’s Indigenous people, the head of the Environmental […]