The Semisopochnoi Volcano in the Aleutian Islands has been especially active in the last few days, prompting the U.S. Geological Survey to upgrade its aviation code to yellow and its alert level to "advisory."Megan Edge
The Native Village of Point Hope, a tribal government that has for years been a staunch opponent of Arctic offshore oil development, is withdrawing from a 2008 lawsuit that sought to block or overturn the U.S. Mineral Management Service’s Chukchi Sea lease sale held that year.Yereth Rosen and Dermot Cole
The first of 100 wood bison aimed at re-establishing a species that went extinct more than a century ago in Alaska were flown Sunday from a conservation center in Portage to a rural village.Dan Joling
Alaska's warm winter weather might mean an earlier fire season along with trouble for trees and snowmelt-fed streams, but it should be good times for moose. Yereth Rosen
Matthew Sturm, 62, is preparing for another of his long-distance traverses, versions of which he has executed since 1990, starting in Circle and heading north toward Fort Yukon and beyond. They'll take snow measurements along the way. Ned Rozell

This is the third season in Antarctica for Rosemary McGuire of Haines, and she's become something of a Ms. Fix-It -- one day patching the Zodiac’s rubber skin, the next maintaining motors and electronics, the next piloting scientists to locations where they're studying penguins and whales out to collect data. Few scientists  know much about driving the boats, so she's particularly valuable.

Scientists believe that an ancient Martian ocean held more water than the Arctic Ocean on Earth. 

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State biologists plan on Sunday to begin moving wood bison from a Portage conservation center to the village of Shageluk, the staging area for the animals' release into the Innoko Flats about 350 miles southwest of Fairbanks. Dan Joling | Associated Press
U.S. Geological Survey researchers analyzing nearly 40 years of at-sea bird surveys in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea say seabird density has dropped about 2 percent annually since 1975. That translates into an overall decline in numbers and biomass of 50 percent or more through 2012.Dan Joling | Associated Press

The Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery on Resurrection Bay in Seward, AK provides seed stock for the aquatic farm industry, develops seed for new species for aquatic farming, provides seed for shellfish enhancement projects and conducts research. The hatchery is working on geoduck farming in Southcentral Alaska and raising blue king crabs for stocking programs. The hatchery which was built with funds from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill is operated by the Chugach Regional Resource Commission and is owned by the City of Seward.

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