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News from the North

An animal-rights group tried but failed to convince lawmakers to ban the industry.


YLE News
The former U.S. Coast Guard commandant, tapped by Secretary of State John Kerry last month to serve as U.S. special representative to the Arctic, seeks to the raise the region's profile in the Lower 48. Yereth Rosen
Sparsely populated but resource-rich and situated along much of the Northern Sea Route, the region has economic and cultural links to China, Japan and Korea -- and, across the Bering Strait, to Alaska. . Mia Bennett
The TVO utility wants an extension of its preliminary permit for a fourth unit at the troubled nuclear-power plant -- but some politicians want the project reconsidered. YLE News
Snow atop Arctic sea ice has thinned dramatically since the mid-20th century, declining by over a third in the western Arctic and by more than half in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, reports a new study led by researchers at the University of Washington and NASA.Yereth Rosen
In spite of Alaska legislative rhetoric against a joint Russia-U.S. park, much of the environmental and cultural research underpinning the project  is set to continue, said a National Park Service spokesman.Zachariah Hughes | KNOM
A brown bear in the wild in Alaska. (iStock)Laurel Andrews, Alaska Dispatch
The newly appointed U.S. special Arctic representative, former Coast Guard Commandant Robert Papp, has issued a call for ideas about policies that should be promoted at the Arctic Council once the United States assumes chairmanship of that eight-nation body next year. He got plenty of suggestions at a meeting in Anchorage this week.Yereth Rosen
Coffee warmed on the smokehouse stove as Marie Rexford, 51, began pulling on her socks in a tent at a fish camp outside the North Slope village of Kaktovik. Something made her look over her shoulder. That's when she saw the paw. Kyle Hopkins

At the Project Chariot site, rusted-out pipes, wires and even a rotting fire extinguisher have lain on the tundra for more than 50 years, the last remnants of a plan to blast out a deep-water port in the Northwest Arctic using nuclear explosives.

Bob Hallinen