Another poor sockeye season predicted for Cook Inlet

Last year’s sockeye run was the lowest since 1971, at 4.36 million fish. Commercial fishermen saw a harvest of 700,000 salmon in 2020, over 1 million short of the preseason projections.

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‘She’s been through a pandemic before’: Bethel elder who had COVID-19 is one of the first to get vaccine

Xenia Jackson’s first experience with a pandemic was during the tuberculosis outbreaks of the 20th century when she worked as a village health aide. She tested positive for COVID-19 last year and is one of the first people to get vaccinated in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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Newscast – Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

In this newscast: It’s back to school at Sayéik: Gastineau Community School in Douglas for a group of 18 students whose families chose to have their kids return to in-person classes; Yakutat’s police force has updated guidelines for how and when its officers use force; The MLK Free Legal Help Day event on Monday is organized for low or moderate-income Alaskans who can’t afford to hire lawyers; The University of Alaska Board of Regents has extended the contract for its interim president.

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Haines Health Center offering COVID-19 vaccine to all adult patients

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to anyone over the age of 18 in Haines who wants one. Vaccinations for the expanded pool of patients will begin this week.

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New climate action task force to tackle Sitka’s carbon footprint

The ways Sitka could and is being affected by climate change are numerous: the impact of warming oceans on the fishing industry, landslides, increased pest activity in the Tongass, more intense storms impacting utilities — the list could go on.

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Drilling boosters, opponents consider next steps after first Arctic refuge lease sale

The state won 10-year oil leases for nine pieces of land by submitting the minimum offer: $25 an acre. But drilling for oil in the refuge is expensive, and it faces an aggressive opposition campaign.

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