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.

U.S. Army infantrymen survey the area on April 3 while acting as opposition forces during a Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center-Alaska exercise at the Yukon Training Area bordering Eielson Air Force Base. The exercise is one of several that help military personnel adjust to and become comfortable with Alaska and Arctic conditions. (Photo by Alejandro Peña/U.S. Air Force)

As Alaska duties evolve and expand, military branches’ housing needs grow, leaders say

By: - April 27, 2023

The Alaska-based military branches that are patrolling the Arctic, buffering against an increasingly hostile Russia and standing ready to deploy to global trouble spots are coping with another adversary: a housing squeeze. In testimony at the 2023 legislative session’s first hearing held by the Joint Armed Services Committee, Alaska military leaders on Tuesday described some […]

The Atwood Center at the Alaska Pacific University campus is seen on April 24. The three-building complex is a central feature of the APU campus in Midtown Anchorage. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

APU president says the school can help address Alaska’s outmigration woes

By: - April 25, 2023

Alaska Pacific University, with about 600 students, is dwarfed by its next-door neighbor, the University of Alaska Anchorage and its approximately 11,000 students. But university President Janelle Vanasse said the small private university, which is transitioning into a federally designated tribal college, can play an important role in addressing a sweeping Alaska problem: the continued […]

Three moose rest on a lawn in a Midtown Anchorage neighborhood on Oct. 14, 2022. More than 1,000 moose live in or travel through Anchorage, and many of them are leaving antibiotic-resistant microbes in the scat that they drop around town, University of Alaska Anchorage research shows. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Antibiotic-resistant microbes lurk in poop of Anchorage moose, UAA research finds

By: - April 21, 2023

The moose that amble through Alaska’s largest city are leaving more in their wake than piles of nugget-shaped feces. Within that scat, researchers from the University of Alaska Anchorage have discovered, is something troubling: microbes that are resistant to several varieties of antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli, a pathogen commonly abbreviated as E. coli, and other […]

Sunlight is reflected off the windows of the ConocoPhillips Alaska headquarters, seen here on April 8, 2020. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Appeals court denies injunction request, allowing ConocoPhillips to proceed with Willow work

By: - April 20, 2023

Planned construction of a gravel road for ConocoPhillips’ huge Willow project on Alaska’s North Slope is cleared to proceed, now that a federal appeals court has rejected petitions for a temporary injunction blocking that work. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued a one-page ruling rejecting requests from an Alaska Native organization and […]

Southeast Alaska's Chilkat River is seen on May, 30, 2013. The river is one of the transboundary watersheds of Southeast Alaska. (Photo provided by U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center)

Looming mine development puts Southeast’s Chilkat-Klehini system on list of endangered rivers

By: - April 19, 2023

A pair of connected Southeast Alaska waterways are on the 2023 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers issued by a national environmental organization. The Chilkat River and its biggest tributary, the Klehini River, are among the rivers cited as at risk by the organization American Rivers, which issued its annual list of top 10 threatened […]

The view downslope is seen on Aug. 2, 2021, at one of the lakes along the Williwaw Lakes Trail in Chugach State Park. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Advocates make an economic-development case for improving Alaska’s outdoor trails

By: - April 17, 2023

Trails are places for people to relax, exercise and have fun outdoors. Now their advocates in Alaska are increasingly promoting another aspect of trails: their contributions to the economy. “When you talk about outdoor recreation. People are, like, ‘That’s just the fun stuff we do every day,’” Lee Hart, executive director of the Alaska Outdoor […]

Electronic cigarette products are promoted on the storefront of a South Anchorage shop, seen on April 14. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska young adults tripled e-cigarette use in recent five-year period, report says

By: - April 15, 2023

Alaska posted the nation’s highest rate of increase in electronic cigarette use by young adults from 2016 to 2021, according to a report tracking patterns in all the states. The rate of e-cigarette use by Alaskans in that age group more than tripled, from 4.8% in 2019 – the lowest rate in the nation at […]

Daniel R Ruthrauff/U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center)

Kasilof River wetlands ‘Dinosaur Parcel’ to be preserved as state park

By: - April 13, 2023

A 309-acre parcel of wetlands in the Kenai Peninsula purchased by a nonprofit conservation organization has been transferred to state ownership so that it can be preserved as a park, officials from the involved organizations said on Wednesday. The Dinosaur Parcel, so named because of its dinosaur-like shape, holds 2.25 miles of Kasilof River shoreline […]

A consent agreement between the operator of the Pogo Mine and the Environmental Protection Agency is seen on Tuesday. The mine operator committed to pay $600,000 in fines and conduct cleanup work to settle violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. (Photo by Yereth Rosen)

Pogo Mine operator fined for waste violations

By: - April 11, 2023

The operator of the Pogo Mine in Interior Alaska has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for waste-management violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday. Northern Star (Pogo) LLC, a unit of Australia-based Northern Star, committed 81 violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, EPA’s Seattle-based Region 10 office said. The violations, […]

Two chum salmon show the distinctive stripes that emerge after they enter freshwater to spawn. Chum salmon are important to the diets of Indigenous residents of Western Alaska. (Photo provided by NOAA)

Fishery council moves toward more limits on chum salmon bycatch, but no firm caps yet

By: - April 11, 2023

Federal fishery managers took a step over the weekend toward applying a firm cap on the accidental catches of chum salmon by large vessels trawling for pollock in the Bering Sea, a subject that has gained urgency with salmon run failures along Western Alaska rivers. But it didn’t go as far as what was sought […]

The Beaufort Sea is seen on Aug. 23, 2018, from East Dock on the North Slope. The Liberty Unit, which has yet to be developed, is located about 20 miles east of here. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Liberty, an ambitious offshore oil project that once sparked excitement, is now in limbo

By: - April 10, 2023

Before the ConocoPhillips’ massive Willow project emerged as a subject of excitement and controversy, a different North Slope oil project promised to open a new Arctic oil frontier. The Liberty field, with an estimated 150 million barrels of recoverable oil, was to have been the first producing oil field located entirely in the federally controlled […]

Fishing boats line a dock at Kodiak's St. Paul Harbor on Oct. 3. A variety of winches are seen on the boats' arms. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska commercial fishing fatalities decline, reflecting national trend

By: - April 8, 2023

Commercial fishing in Alaska, long notorious as a dangerous and potentially deadly occupation, is getting safer, according to data presented this week to federal regulators. Alaska fishing-related fatalities declined at a rate of 57% from 2013 to 2022, according to the presentation made on Thursday to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which is meeting […]