Alaska

1:43am

Wed September 25, 2013
Environment

Wild Weather Tied To Unusual Jet Stream Activity

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:25 am

Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio NASA

There has been a lot of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere this year, including the recent torrential rains in Colorado, flooding in Europe, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska. And scientists say all of it is related to some odd behavior by the powerful air currents called the polar jet stream.

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9:37am

Wed August 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

An Alaska-Sized Price Difference For Circumcisions

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:10 am

Dr. Charles Ryan checks on a patient.
Annie Feidt

It's not just patients who are stunned to see what a hospital charges for services.

Two groups of pediatricians are taking a stand in Anchorage, Alaska, after learning that Alaska Regional Hospital is charging $2,110 for a circumcision — almost 10 times more than the $235 that Providence Hospital, the city's other major health facility, charges. Those prices are on top of a doctor's bill.

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4:01pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Sports

Glacier Helps U.S. Ski Team Drift Ahead Of Competition

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:09 pm

Skiers Jessie Diggins (from left), Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen finish practice. During the summer, they ski on Eagle Glacier to prepare for competition. It's one of the few places where skiers can train on snow during the summer.
Annie Feidt Alaska Public Radio Network

The U.S. women's cross-country ski team has never won an Olympic medal. But that could change in Sochi, Russia, in February. The team has a secret weapon: a pristine glacier high above the mountains of Anchorage.

On the ground, it's summer. But as soon as the helicopter crests the mountain: winter. The snowy white Eagle Glacier stretches out for miles, rimmed by rocky peaks.

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10:16am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Salt

If It Crawls, It's Canned: Eating In The Alaskan Wilderness

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:30 pm

Saving The Salmon Season: Prince of Wales Island residents Jenny and Tony Wise pack away plenty of jarred fish each year.
Courtesy of Jenny Wise

Nobody throws away a mason jar on Prince of Wales Island. On this rugged mass of mountain, forest, river and sea in southeast Alaska, most of the several thousand year-round residents subsist at least partially off the generous fat of the land. And much of the bounty is pressure cooked, preserved and stored away for the future.

"If it stops crawling long enough, we'll put it in a jar," says Jon Rowan, a schoolteacher in the town of Klawock, on the island's west side.

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2:31pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Author Interviews

A Dark Family Secret Hidden For Years In Alaska's 'Wilderness'

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:00 pm

Before Alaska, the Pilgrim family — seen here in 1992 — lived an isolated life in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Courtesy of Kurina Rose Hale

In early 2002, a pair of battered old trucks drove through deep snow into a tiny Alaska ghost town carrying a large family that looked to be from another century.

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