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.

State Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, speaks at a rally on Tuesday outside of the Boney Courthouse in Anchorage. Critics of Hilcorp staged the rally just before the state Supreme Court heard arguments in the city of Valdez's lawsuit seeking to open the privately held corporation's financial records. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Supreme Court considers whether Hilcorp’s financial information should stay secret

By: - June 27, 2023

Three years after Hilcorp Energy Co. took over as operator of the Prudhoe Bay oil field and the near-half owner of the trans-Alaska pipeline, the Alaska Supreme Court is considering whether the public should have access to that privately held company’s financial information. The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case pressed by […]

The Bering Strait is seen on Aug. 18. 2000, in an image captured by a special camera mounted on NASA's Terra satellite. New measurements, along with better analysis of older measurements, calculated that the strait has become at least 1 meter deeper on the Alaska side, thanks to erosion since the mid-20th century from flowing currents. (Image provided by NASA)

Study: Erosion has made the Bering Strait a meter deeper on the Alaska side than it used to be

By: - June 26, 2023

The narrow channel of water that separates Alaska from Russia is a little bigger than it used to be, new analysis shows. A research project found that the Bering Strait is at least a meter deeper on the Alaska side than previously believed, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center. […]

A notice posted on a bulletin board at the University of Alaska Anchorage's School of Allied Health, seen on Nov. 30, 2022, warns about rising rates of syphilis. The notice provides information about prevention and treatment. Alaska has some of the nation's highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis, and the escalating trend is continuing, according to newly released state statistics. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska documents sharp increase in number of babies born with syphilis

By: - June 22, 2023

The number of Alaska babies born with syphilis acquired from their mothers has increased dramatically in recent years, prompting recommendations for much more rigorous prenatal testing and counseling from health providers. Of the 26 identified cases of congenital syphilis from 2018 to 2022, all but one occurred in the last three years, according to a […]

Alaska pollock, shown here from a harvest, make up the nation's top-volume single-species commercial seafood catch. Alaska pollock, harvested mostly in the Bering Sea but also in the Gulf of Alaska, are processed into fish sticks, fish burgers, imitation crab meat and other common fish products. (Photo provided by NOAA)

Defending Alaska seafood, commissioner questions sustainability of Russia-caught fish

By: - June 21, 2023

The commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game has urged the organization that certifies seafood harvests as sustainable to revoke its endorsements for Russian-caught fish. Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang is calling on the Marine Stewardship Council to stop certifying Russian harvests.  He made both a moral argument and a plea in defense of the Alaska […]

An adult female American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, is seen in this undated photo. While this specimen was found near Atlanta, American dog ticks are among the most commonly found non-native ticks in Alaska. These ticks are known to spread a variety of diseases. (Photo by James Gathany/U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Tick surveillance shows mixture of new species now in Alaska

By: - June 20, 2023

More than 2,000 ticks collected over a decade in Alaska revealed a pattern: New tick species are being introduced to the state, often through dogs traveling from the south. They’re joining the handful of tick species endemic to the state, which are usually found on small mammals like rabbits. The results are detailed in a […]

A gray beluga whale calf and three adults swim together in Cook Inlet. Some critics of oil development in the regon say it further threatens the endangered and struggling Cook Inlet beluga population. (Photo by Paul Wade/NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

New estimate for Cook Inlet belugas shows hope for endangered population

By: - June 16, 2023

The number of endangered beluga whales swimming in Alaska’s Cook Inlet increased slightly in the past four years, providing “a glimmer of hope” for a population that crashed in the 1990s and remained at a low number long after that, according to a new estimate released on Thursday by federal biologists. The latest population estimate […]

The Greens Creek Mine, the nation's largest silver producer, is located on Admiralty Island in the Tongass National Forest. The mine operator, Hecla Greens Creek Mining Co., has agreed to pay a fine for hazardous-waste violations. (Image from Google Maps)

Greens Creek Mine operator fined for violations concerning lead-containing waste

By: - June 15, 2023

The operator of Southeast Alaska’s Greens Creek Mine, the nation’s largest silver producer, has agreed to pay $143,124 and to take corrective action to settle a series of hazardous waste violations, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. This waste settlement comes amid debate over the company’s efforts to expand its waste-disposal operations at Greens […]

Spawning Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, with their distinctive red bodies and green heads, swim in the waters of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in 2003. (Photo by D. Young/National Park Service)

Pebble Mine company to pay shareholders who claim they were duped

By: - June 13, 2023

The company behind the controversial Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska has agreed to pay nearly $6.4 million to a group of shareholders who claim they were misled by corporate leaders. Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. reached the settlement with the named plaintiffs, according to documents filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the […]

Salmon dries on a traditional rack on the beach in the Seward Peninsula village of Teller on Sept. 2, 2021. Salmon is a dietary staple for Indigenous residents of Western Alaska, and poor runs have created hardship. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska salmon task force charged with developing science plan

By: - June 12, 2023

Federal and state leaders have appointed 19 experts to a special task force responsible for creating a science plan to better understand Alaska’s salmon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service announced on Friday. Task force members must address sustainable management and a response to the recent crashes in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. […]

The north end of the Dalton Highway, the only access road to Alaska's North Slope, is seen in April of 2015. Flooding near the northern end of the road caused a bried closure this week. The Arctic setting and permafrost terrain make maintenance and operation of the Dalton Highway challenging. (Photo provided by Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)

Flooding causes damage and brief closure of Alaska’s only road to the North Slope

By: - June 8, 2023

The sole road connection to Alaska’s North Slope oil fields was closed briefly on Wednesday and Thursday when floodwaters ate into a large chunk of roadway. The closure was near the northern end of the Dalton Highway, the 414-mile road that connects Livengood, a community 80 miles north of Fairbanks, to Deadhorse, the oilfield center […]

A bald eagle is seen on Feb. 6, 2018, perched in a tree in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Lisa Hupp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Avian influenza has returned to Alaska, and so have health advisories 

By: - June 8, 2023

Migrating birds have returned to Alaska, and so has the highly pathogenic avian influenza that began to sweep through global bird populations in 2020. That means Alaskans should continue to be vigilant about the strains that have arrived in the state from across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, experts said during a webinar Tuesday […]

A 200-mile road project would connect Ambler Metals’ proposed copper mine to the Dalton Highway. (Alaska Division of Mining, Land and Water map)

Court filings provide mixed picture of Ambler road progress

By: - June 6, 2023

A federal decision on the controversial plan to build a 211-mile road through the Brooks Range foothills to provide access for mining development might come a few months later than previously anticipated, according to recent court documents. However, other recent legal developments indicate positive signs for the road’s prospects. The Bureau of Land Management, the […]