In Washington, state agencies, ports and local governments can apply to get up to 90 percent of the removal cost reimbursed, though they look first to the vessel's owner. Abandoning a vessel in Washington now is a misdemeanor crime.
Hundreds of abandoned and derelict vessels litter Alaska shorelands from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to the Aleutians to Southeast, and the cost of removing them is easily in the tens of millions of dollars.Lisa Demer
Alaska’s growing shellfish farming industry could be in trouble if it can’t overcome increasing ocean acidification, according to a new report published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. Erica Martinson
Fire warnings continue to hover over much of Alaska, and authorities in Anchorage, Wasilla and elsewhere say people need to find something besides pyrotechnics to celebrate Independence Day. Zaz Hollander
Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.Pat Forgey
The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen
A new, comprehensive report tracks loss of northern Alaska coastline since the late 1940s. The erosion, packed into a few months a year, is some of the most dramatic in the nation, researchers say.Yereth Rosen