Hawaii & Alaska
Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Congress Pays for Another Icebreaker, Authorizes More

Congress paid for a second new heavy icebreaker among its year-end spending flurry and also helped Nome move one step closer to having a place to moor it.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - State to Appeal Corps' Denial of Pebble Permit

The Pebble Partnership will have the State of Alaska on its side when the company appeals the federal decision to deny the company approval to construct its mine later this month.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - These Risk-Taking Companies Gambled on Arctic Refuge Oil Leases in the Federal Government's First Sale There

Two small companies, one from Australia and another from Alaska, submitted the only two private bids in the federal government’s first-ever lease sale for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, at an event largely considered a flop given it raised just $14 million as major oil companies stayed away.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - State of Alaska’s Pebble Appeal Highlights Need for EPA Veto

ANCHORAGE— Friday’s announcement from the State of Alaska that it will appeal the rejection of Pebble’s permit application is deeply disappointing and once again shows the Dunleavy Administration prioritizes the interests of a disgraced foreign mining company over the thousands of Alaskans who depend on Bristol Bay’s incredible wild salmon fishery for their livelihoods and ways of life.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - Big Oil skips Trump's last-minute Arctic drilling-rights auction

The Trump administration’s unprecedented auction of Arctic drilling rights Wednesday netted just $14.4 million from three bidders, with major oil companies steering clear of the sale.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Kīlauea Volcano Update: Seven Acre Island of Solidified Lava Continues to Settle

A seven acre island of solidified lava is floating in the lava lake at Halemaʻumaʻu crater on Hawaiʻi Island. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the land mass continued to settle, mostly rotating counter-clockwise, in front of the west lava source that is filling the lake.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - Judge Denies Request to Halt Trump Administration From Issuing Oil Leases in ANWR

A federal judge on Tuesday declined a request by conservation groups to prevent the Trump administration from issuing leases for drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, though the broader case that seeks to stop the federal government’s oil and gas program in the refuge has not been decided.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - A Hi-Tech Eye in the Sky Lays Bare Hawaiʻi's Living Coral Reefs

A team of researchers used an airborne mapping technique to survey living coral distribution across the main Hawaiian archipelago.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - Trump Auctions Arctic Refuge to Oil Drillers in Last Strike Against US Wilderness

Sales of drilling rights are the climax to one of the nation’s highest-profile environmental battles

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

AK - New Year's Eve Storm Breaks North Pacific Record

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A Pacific storm of record proportions swept a remote stretch of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain on New Year’s Eve, battering a region used heavily by commercial shipping with hurricane-force winds and seas five stories high.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - After Decades-Long Push, It's Not Clear Who Will Bid In Arctic Refuge Oil Lease Sale

Just two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, the Trump administration is trying to lock-in oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with a hastily scheduled and controversial lease sale.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Hawaii pledges to strengthen oversight over beach erosion

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials have pledged to help strengthen oversight over seawalls and other barriers that are accelerating beach erosion in the state. The state made the pledge Thursday.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

AK - 'Bomb Cyclone' Builds in Aleutian Islands, Becoming Strongest Storm on Record to Hit Alaska

A powerhouse storm explosively intensifying in the northern Pacific could rank as the strongest nontropical cyclone observed in that ocean basin.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - State Land Board to Decide on Dredging of New Beach at Pohoiki

The state seeks a waiver to dredge a channel through black sand deposited by the 2018 Kilauea eruption.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Due to COVID-19, Drone Survey Powers NOAA's Bering Cod Assessment

Every other year, NOAA Fisheries conducts an acoustic-trawl survey from crewed research vessels to measure pollock abundance in Alaska’s eastern Bering Sea.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - Federal Spending Bill Includes More Protection for Papahanaumokuakea

Commercial fishing interests have pressured the Trump administration to loosen fishing restrictions in the national marine monument.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing

Hawaii’s beaches are owned by the public, and the government is required to preserve them. So years ago, officials adopted a “no tolerance” policy toward new seawalls, which scientists say are the primary cause of coastal erosion.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Bristol Bay Sockeye a High Point in the State's Unpredictable Salmon Season

The state’s salmon returns this summer were full of ups and downs. In many areas the runs and harvests were far lower than expected, while Bristol Bay sockeye and Kodiak pinks came back strong.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - State Proposes Waikiki Beach Improvements; Public Comment Welcome

State says this is necessary to continue to support Hawaii’s tourism-based economy.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Pebble Parent Company to Appeal Army Corps' Rejection of Permit

The parent company of the Pebble Limited Partnership said it is appealing the Trump administration's recent decision to deny a key permit for the controversial mine proposal in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Hawaiʻi Climate Commission Endorses Tools for Sea Level Rise Planning

The Hawaiʻi Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission endorsed tools to operationalize climate action during its October meeting.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Pacific Cod Appears to Be Rebounding Throughout the Gulf of Alaska After Long Heat Wave

Alaska coastal communities will get a bit of an economic boost in 2021 from increased catches of Pacific cod.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Largest Hawaii Resort Partially Reopens After Virus Closure

HONOLULU (AP) — The partial reopening of Hawaii’s largest hotel property is expected give work back to 250 to 300 employees after it shut down in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - Report: Insuring Hawaiʻi's Coral Reefs Is Possible

Protecting coral reefs is a goal for many organizations around the state and the world. There are environmental restrictions and other regulations to protect the reefs. And now there's a new concept -- reef insurance.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Annual Hawaii Surf Competition Kicks off Amid Virus Concerns

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s biggest surfing competition of the year has started amid ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus among fans eager to watch the action.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - North Pacific Council Votes to Close Cook Inlet Federal Waters to Salmon

Commercial fishing in Upper Cook Inlet is facing a dismal future after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council moved to close a major swath of the central inlet this week.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - An Enormous Supervolcano May Be Hiding Under Alaskan Islands

A geologic game of connect the dots reveals hints of a giant undersea crater

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Northern Dynasty to Appeal Army Corp’s Pebble Decision

Canadian firm Northern Dynasty on Thursday announced that its US-based subsidiary, Pebble Limited Partnership, would appeal the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE's) issuance last week of a negative record of decision (RoD) for the proposed Pebble mine in south-west Alaska.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - How Famous Surfers and Wealthy Homeowners Are Endangering Hawaii’s Beaches

Hawaii’s beaches are public land, which officials are obligated to protect and preserve. But a state agency has repeatedly allowed homeowners, including surfer Kelly Slater, to use tactics that protect property while speeding up the loss of beaches.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - Trump Administration Schedules Arctic Alaska Refuge Lease Sale for Early January

The outgoing Trump administration announced Thursday it will auction off leases to oil and gas companies in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 6, setting the stage for drilling in the pristine region that’s home to polar bears and caribou.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Examining Why the Pebble Mine Died

Regulators handed a rare rejection to the proposed Alaska copper and gold mine.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

HI - Why the Navy Is Becoming a Powerful Force for Clean Energy

As the pandemic highlights fragile supply chains, the Navy is working with Hawaii to harness the sun and other natural elements for power.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - State Gets $1.8M Grant to Boost Molokai Forest Protection

Funding will help with fencing and removal of hooved animals as well as creating firebreaks

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Marine Electrical Imaging Reveals Novel Freshwater Transport Mechanism in Hawai'i

Conventional hydrogeologic framework models used to compute ocean island sustainable yields and aquifer storage neglect the complexity of the nearshore and offshore submarine environment.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Permit Denied for Alaskan Mine Project

The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine project, saying it was “contrary to the public interest.”

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

HI - Hawaii’s Freshwater Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Pandemic Gave Locals Fleeting Taste of a Tourist-Free Hawaii

Line-Noue Memea Kruse lives on Oahu’s famed North Shore, where marveling at sea turtles, epic waves and sunsets that paint the sky orange and purple are a must for many tourists in Hawaii.

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