A Massachusetts company is sending genetically modified salmon to dinner tables in the U.S. for the first time. AquaBounty Technologies said it’s shipping five tons of bioengineered salmon to distributors this month.
It’s marketed as a sustainable alternative to other kinds of salmon. But AquaBounty’s fish hasn’t received the warmest reception in Alaska, where it’s often called “Frankenfish.”
Fishermen will still drift net Upper Cook Inlet’s federal waters this summer. But it may be their last season there, after the body that manages the fishery moved to close it to commercial fishing late last year.
First, the amended plan has to be approved by the feds. NOAA Fisheries is now asking for public comment on the proposal through July.
Soldotna resident Al Hershberger was just 18 when he enlisted in World War II. He was part of a field artillery battalion of almost 80 Americans that helped on the frontlines of the war in Europe in the early 1940s.
Now, at 95, Hershberger he thinks he’s the last surviving member of his battalion. We spoke with him about what Memorial Day means to him, how he reconnected with members of his battalion later in life and what it was like revisiting Germany as an adult.
Regulations for halibut charters are looser this summer for the second year in a row. The bodies regulating halibut fishing in Alaska relaxed restrictions on the fleet to again make fishing more appealing to Alaska anglers amid the pandemic.
That was before reservations started pouring in to charter operators.
There could be a chain of electric vehicle chargers along the Railbelt by 2022. The Alaska Energy Authority is building out its plan to make the 600-mile stretch of highway friendlier to electric vehicles.
But advocates say the state needs to change regulations before that plan is feasible. Earlier this month, a coalition of Railbelt utilities proposed some of those changes to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the body that manages public utilities in the state.
The burn suspension on the Kenai Peninsula has been lifted as of noon today.
The Division of Forestry prohibited burning earlier this week due to dry conditions and hot temperatures. But it said cooler temperatures and forecasted rain have since decreased the wildland fire hazard locally.
The University of Alaska Anchorage is reopening its campuses this fall, including the Homer and Soldotna campuses of Kenai Peninsula College.
Both campuses have been quiet since March 2020, when the college moved the vast majority of its classes online and closed its buildings to the public. Those rules are now set to expire Aug. 2. The first day of classes is Aug. 23.
The local food scene has really sprouted on the Kenai Peninsula.
The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District has been instrumental in encouraging that growth and insuring long-term sustainability of the industry. In the last year, that's included providing information about coronavirus relief funding to producers who lost revenue during the pandemic.
A new substance use recovery facility in Seward can operate without filing quarterly reports to the city and undergoing an annual review, after Seward determined those requirements discriminated against its future residents.
A Nikiski woman was trampled by a cow moose Monday evening when she got too close to her newborn calf, according to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.
Fifty-one-year-old Crystal Cook was medevaced to Anchorage after the run-in, which occurred on her property before 7 p.m. Alaska Wildlife Trooper Joe Morris said Cook was reported to be in stable condition.
The sun, moon and Earth line up every month. That, in itself, is nothing extraordinary.
For most of those months, the moon’s orbit is at a slight angle from the Earth’s shadow.
"The moon is either too high or too low, and we just have a normal full moon," said Andy Veh, a physics professor at Kenai Peninsula College. "But every six months, every six full moons, the moon actually orbits through the moon’s shadow. And that’s when we have a lunar eclipse.”
Homer Electric Association is restoring some of its underground cables this summer, from Kenai over to Funny River.
Dale Marsengill, manager of engineering services for HEA, said it’s because cables that are underground for so long end up fraying, with cracks in wire insulation. The deterioration can cause power outages.
The Alaska Energy Authority was scouting spots along the Railbelt this spring to place 10 to 14 electric vehicle charging stations — covering the 600-mile-long stretch of highway between Homer and Fairbanks.
It was one of the first steps in the corporation’s plan to make the Railbelt friendlier to electric vehicles. The project is funded in part from Alaska’s share of a 2017 settlement with Volkswagen over a Diesel emissions scandal.
Before moving here, Kris Inman had never been to Alaska. But when the supervisory biologist position opened up at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge …
“Well, I saw the job announcement and thought, ‘What a fantastic job,'" she said.
Inman joins the refuge staff by way of Montana, where she worked for the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society. She’s replacing John Morton, who was supervisory biologist at the refuge for almost two decades.
In exactly one month, star swimmer Lydia Jacoby will be in the pool in Omaha, N.E. for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
More immediately, she’s finishing her junior year at Seward High School. At just 17, Jacoby has the sixth-fastest time for the 100-meter breaststroke in the world. She’s been qualified for the Olympic trials since she was 14.