Latest Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska Stories

2005-10-11 20:06:15

Please read in the first paragraph Anchorage residents could see a cloud of steam over the weekend from a volcano 75 miles away...instead of 900 miles away ... and in the fifth paragraph please read as "A cloud of steam from the 11,070-foot Mount Spurr was visible from Anchorage over the weekend.".. instead of ..."A cloud of steam from the 5,676-foot volcano's peak was visible... A corrected version follows: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Anchorage residents could see a cloud of...

2005-10-11 20:07:59

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Anchorage residents could see a cloud of steam over the weekend from a volcano 75 miles away -- one of three Alaska volcanoes showing signs of unrest. The three volcanoes, including two located on remote Aleutian islands distant from any population centers, are setting off frequent tremors and minor bursts of ash or steam, seismologists said on Tuesday. Cleveland Volcano, 900 miles southwest of Anchorage, had a small eruption on Friday, said the Alaska...

2005-08-09 05:35:02

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Southwest Alaska's sea otters, which came back from the brink of extinction in the 1800s, are facing another dramatic decline and could be named a "threatened" species as early as Tuesday. There are no clear answers why the population across a wide swath of Alaska has plummeted or how to reverse the decline, said Douglas Burn, leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's sea otter program. "It is a complex task, partly because we don't know with 100 percent certainty...

2005-07-26 06:54:24

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Wallowing and snorting as they jockey for position on the rocks, the two-ton walruses may not be the prettiest of Internet reality show stars. But two cameras installed at the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary off Alaska's southwest coast are giving scientists and Web surfers alike the chance to follow the drama of the Bering Sea mammals' everyday lives. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has installed the "walrus cams" on Round Island in the Bering Sea, giving...

2005-07-08 14:43:23

ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - Rising temperatures in Alaska have sparked an unusual number of storms along the state's south-central coast this summer, officials say, and the multitude of lightning strikes and resulting fires have burned more than 1 million acres . In recent weeks, there have been thunderstorms nearly every day along the normally temperate south-central coastline, Sharon Alden, manager of Alaska's fire weather program, said in an interview this week. So far this summer, there have...

2005-06-29 06:30:06

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Word spread fast in the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina: a baby walrus was sitting on the beach, alone, apparently abandoned. By the time James Booth reached the site, villagers had surrounded the tiny whiskered mammal. Conrad Koenig was feeding it store-bought milk from a baby bottle as one by one, everyone had a chance to pet the pup, which took frequent breaks from its meal to bark at the crowd. "It's the first time something happened like this that I know of,...

2005-02-01 08:09:50

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists continue to monitor two volcanoes that the Alaska Volcano Observatory says could send dangerous ash into the air at any time. Mount Spurr, 80 miles west of Anchorage across Cook Inlet, shook itself from a 12-year sleep in early July and has been in Code Yellow status ever since, with daily small earthquakes. Code Yellow indicates an eruption is possible and could occur with no warning, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Mount Veniaminof, about 500...

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