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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 board at the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union, seen on Wednesday, holds hotices of employmnet opportunities. Industries throughout Alaska are coping with a decrease in the state's population of working-age adults. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska’s economy is recovering, but it is hampered by negative demographic trends

By: - November 17, 2022

Alaska’s economy shows signs of prosperity. But it’s also facing an emerging crisis.  A veteran economist described these contradictory forces  in a presentation Wednesday at an industry conference in Anchorage. “We have the strangest and weirdest economy that I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been following the economy for a long, long time,” Neal Fried of […]

Sugar-sweetened drinks are on display Tuesday at New Sagaya Market in Anchorage. Alaska's Play Every Day campaign encourages parents to serve their children water and milk instead of beverages with added sugar. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Play Every Day campaign seen as effective in inspiring better beverage choices for children

By: - November 16, 2022

A public health campaign in Alaska has shown success at convincing parents to serve their children less sugary drinks, a newly published study says. Mothers who have seen public-information spots created by Alaska Department of Health’s Play Every Day program reported that they have been inspired by it to change the beverages they serve their […]

Killer whales are seen swimming in Alaska waters in 2005. As sea ice diminishes, killer whales are increasing their presence in farther north waters. Studies confirm they are preying on bowheads in the eastern Chukchi Sea and western Beaufort Sea. (Photo by David Ellifrit/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Dead bowheads in Beaufort and Chukchi point to increased killer whale presence in Arctic

By: - November 15, 2022

There are new signs that killer whales, which are swimming farther north and staying for longer periods of the year in Arctic waters, are increasingly preying on Alaska’s bowhead whales. A newly published study found that 2019, an especially warm year in the region, also seems to have been an especially dangerous year for bowheads […]

Short-tailed shearwaters are seen flying over the Chukchi Sea in 2016. Shearwaters accounted for more than half of the birds killed in bycatch in the 2021 Alaska halibut and groundfish harvests, according to NOAA. (Photo by Luke DiCicco/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Last year’s seabird bycatch toll was lower than average, but so was fishing effort, report says

By: - November 14, 2022

Bycatch, the incidental catch of untargeted species in commercial fisheries, is not just about salmon, crab and other fish. Seabirds are also caught and killed unintentionally in fishing gear. A newly released annual report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows some mixed but mostly positive trends for bycatch of birds in Alaska halibut […]

Fresh sockeye salmon, also called red salmon, is on sale on July 19 at Anchorage's New Sagaya City Market. The Bristol Bay region has the world's biggest sockeye salmon runs and is enjoying a record return this summer.(Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Despite extremes on both ends, Alaska’s total commercial salmon catch was about average

By: - November 12, 2022

The trends in Alaska salmon headed in opposite directions in 2022, sometimes extremely so, but ended up meeting in the middle. The total commercial salmon harvest for the year wound up being close to historic averages for total fish and value, according to a preliminary summary report released by the Alaska Department of Fish and […]

Pacific black brant fly above Izembek Lagoon at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 27, 2013. The refuge is used as a migratory stop for nearly the entire global population of Pacific black brant. For decades, a debate has raged over a plan to put a road through a portion of the refuge. Izembek's importance to migratory birds is invoked by road opponents, while road supporters say the project is needed to help residents of the nearby village of King Cove. (Photo by Kristine Sowl/U.S. Fish and Wildlfie Service)

Long-running dispute over Izembek road to get another review in court-ordered rehearing

By: - November 11, 2022

A back-and-forth legal saga over a proposed road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska took another turn on Thursday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a rehearing of the issue, a move that could possibly squash the project. The case involves a land trade that would enable construction of a gravel […]

A network of pipelines, seen on Aug. 23, 2018, snakes through a portion of the Greater Prudhoe Bay Unit on Alaska's North Slope. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

State oil lease sales draw more than $5 million in bids for North Slope and Beaufort Sea

By: - November 10, 2022

Businesses spent more than $5 million for leases giving them the right to explore for oil on state-owned territory in the Arctic,  the Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced on Wednesday. The 2022 areawide North Slope lease sale held once a year by the Division of Oil and Gas was the main attraction, with 63 […]

A sign directs voters to the polling site set up on Tuesday in the YMCA in Midtown Anchorage. Ballot counting in the high-profile U.S. Senate and U.S. House races will be a deliberative process, with results of the ranked-choice contests expected on Nov. 23. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

In closely watched Alaska U.S. Senate and House races, outcomes will take 2 weeks to be determined

By: - November 9, 2022

The nation’s eyes are on the U.S. Senate and House races in Alaska, but anyone wanting to know the outcome will have to be patient. Defending their seats are two high-profile women. In the Senate is Lisa Murkowski, a Republican who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump – and who has been the target […]

"I voted" stickers are seen on display at a polling station in Juneau's Mendenhall Valley on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Monitors headed to certain Alaska polling sites to ensure compliance with federal laws

By: - November 7, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday will have monitors on duty at polling places in four Alaska areas to help ensure compliance with various federal laws protecting voters. Monitors will be at sites in three western Alaska sites – Bethel, the Dillingham census area and the Kusilvak census area – and at sites in […]

A group of Western Arctic Herd caribou pause in front of mountains in Kobuk Valley National Park during fall migration in 2016. The Western Arctic herd, one of the largest in the world, has been in decline for the past two decades. The 2022 census shows that the decline is continuing. (Photo by Kyle Joly/National Park Service)

Western Arctic Caribou Herd decline continues, bringing population to a third of peak size

By: - November 7, 2022

One of the world’s biggest caribou herds is continuing a long-term population slide, according to new numbers released this week by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The Western Arctic Caribou Herd is down to 164,000, a decline of 24,000 from the population count made last year and roughly a third of the peak […]

Steller Secondary School seniors gather in the sunshine outside their school on Oct. 27. From left are Pauline Mallari, Samantha Antonio and Zane Barber, all bound for college. They all enjoy the Alaska outdoors lifestyle, but they all expressed lack of confidence in Alaska as a place for young people to build careers. Demographic data shows that young adults are leaving Alaska, contributing to nine straight years of net outmigration. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Angst over youth outmigration emerges in Alaska campaign rhetoric and debates

By: - November 3, 2022

For nine straight years, more people have left Alaska than moved to the state, and for eight of those years, Alaska’s total population declined. It is the longest stretch of net outmigration recorded in Alaska since World War II. This election season, those demographic trends have been invoked in campaign rhetoric and some finger-pointing. Challengers […]

An inflatable mock colon is displayed on Oct. 20 at the Southcentral Foundation booth at the 2022 Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The display is the smaller of two inflatable, walk-in mock colons that the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation use to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Research project seeks to increase screenings for colorectal cancer in Yukon-Kuskokwim region

By: - October 31, 2022

Alaska Natives have the world’s highest documented rate of incidents and deaths from colorectal cancer, more than twice that of U.S. whites.  Now a five-year project is examining better ways to ensure that Alaska Natives in rural areas can detect the early signs of those cancers and thus avoid bad outcomes. It involves varying types […]