Leaked Document Says US Is Willing to Build Replacement Energy Projects in Case Dams Are Breached

[ad_1] SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government is willing to help build enough new clean energy projects in the Pacific Northwest to replace the hydropower generated by four controversial dams on the Snake River, according to a leaked Biden administration document that is giving hope to conservationists who have long sought the removal of the … Read more

US Lists Wolverine as Threatened Species, Citing Climate Change

[ad_1] (Reuters) – The North American wolverine, a fierce mountain predator closely related to badgers and skunks, gained U.S. protection as a threatened species on Wednesday under a Biden administration policy citing threats to the animal’s snowy habitat from climate change. Listing of the wolverine as threatened reverses a 2020 Trump administration determination that such … Read more

Alaska Landslide Survivor Says Force of Impact Threw Her Around ‘Like a Piece of Weightless Popcorn’

[ad_1] WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) — Christina Florschutz was dressing after stepping out of the shower of her upstairs bathroom when she heard “a horrible noise, a very loud noise.” Florschutz, who had heard both a tornado and a mudslide before, knew exactly what this noise was — a landslide. The force of the mountainside slammed … Read more

Girl, 11, Confirmed as Fourth Victim of Alaska Landslide, Two People Still Missing

[ad_1] WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) — Authorities recovered the body of an 11-year-old girl Saturday evening from the debris of a landslide in southeast Alaska that tore down a wooded mountainside days earlier, smashing into homes in a remote fishing village. The girl, Kara Heller, was the fourth person confirmed killed by last Monday night’s landslide. … Read more

Five-Member Family Identified Among Victims of Alaska Landslide

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Rescue crews in Alaska have halted active searching for victims of a landslide that killed at least three people and left three others missing in tons of mud and debris that swept down a rain-soaked mountain slope four days ago, officials said on Friday. Search teams ceased operations on Thursday after scouring … Read more

5 Family Members and a Commercial Fisherman Neighbor Are ID’d as Dead or Missing in Alaska Landslide

[ad_1] WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) — Authorities on Friday identified those missing or killed in an Alaska landslide this week as five family members and their neighbor, a commercial fisherman who made a longshot bid for the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House last year. Timothy Heller, 44, and Beth Heller, 36 — plus their … Read more

Officials Begin Clearing Debris While 3 Remain Missing in Alaska Landslide That Left 3 Dead

[ad_1] WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) — Searchers looking for three people who remain missing after a massive landslide that killed three others and injured a fourth have changed their strategy from holding an active search to a reactive search that will involve methodically clearing the highway, officials said Thursday. “During active search periods we have searchers … Read more

Authorities Responding to Landslide Along Alaska Highway

[ad_1] WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) — Authorities in southeast Alaska were responding Tuesday to a landslide that scattered debris along a highway. In a notice posted on social media, the City and Borough of Wrangell said local search and rescue efforts were ongoing to sift through the debris near the community of about 2,000 people, located … Read more

Pets Will Not Be Allowed in New Apartments for Alaska Lawmakers and Staff

[ad_1] JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Apartments will be available starting next year for Alaska lawmakers and staff in a building that the Legislature was gifted, but pets will not be allowed, a committee that oversees legislative business decided Friday. The adoption of the apartments policy by the Legislative Council — a panel composed of House … Read more

Alaska National Guard Performs Medical Mission While Shuttling Santa to Give Gifts to Rural Village

[ad_1] JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — Santa Claus’ sleigh took on new responsibilities in rural Alaska this week when delivering gifts to an Alaska Native village. Santa’s ride, an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, was shuttling Santa, Mrs. Claus, volunteer elves and gifts in shifts Wednesday to provide the children of … Read more