SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A cold front expected to dump rain and snow in Northern California starting Wednesday has prompted the closure of a popular road at Yosemite National Park and left outdoor...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A cold front traveling down to Northern California from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to dump at least a foot of snow (30 centimeters) in higher elevations of the Sierra...
CHINIAK, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports that two small earthquakes have hit southwest Alaska.
At 1:43 p.m. Sunday, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake hit a spot in the Gulf of...
7 dead whales reported on Kodiak Island in 2018
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Seven dead whales washed ashore on Kodiak Island in 2018, according to officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Warmer-than-normal water mass emerges in Gulf of Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Another mass of warmer than normal water is slowly re-emerging in the Gulf of Alaska, scientists said.
The new "blob" could affect weather and fisheries in southeastern Alaska, but scientists said it doesn't appear as strong as the first one in 2013, KTOO Public Media in Juneau reported Monday.
Northern Edge military exercises in Alaska planned for May
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. military has scheduled its exercises in the Gulf of Alaska for the spring, despite calls for the trainings to be moved to the fall.
The U.S. Pacific Command's 2019 Northern Edge exercises, which involve participation from all military services and other agency partners, are planned for May 13-24, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Tuesday.
Alaska seabird deaths continue trend tied to warming ocean
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are documenting a die-off of Alaska seabirds stretching from north of the Bering Strait to the Gulf of Alaska that may be connected to a trend of warming ocean water.
Carcasses examined so far have shown no indication of disease, and tests are pending for harmful algal toxins. Seabirds have been found emaciated and starved, and changed ocean conditions may have affected prey.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is expected to receive more than $56 million in disaster relief for groups impacted by the drop in pink salmon numbers in the Gulf of Alaska.
The Juneau Empire reports the money is part of the $200 million that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is sending to struggling fisheries across the nation.
Light earthquake in Alaska is aftershock from January
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A light earthquake has been reported afternoon in the Gulf of Alaska.
The Alaska Earthquake Center says the magnitude 4.3 quake Friday afternoon was centered about 160 miles (255 kilometers) southeast of Kodiak Island.
It was located at a depth of about 6 miles (10 kilometers). There are no reports of it being felt or causing damage.
Big quake and tsunami fears rattle temblor-prone Alaskans
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — When it comes to earthquakes, Alaskans are major pros. But even they get rattled by the strong ones, as Tuesday's early morning shaker proved.
In the popular cruise-ship town of Seward, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Anchorage, Fire Chief Eddie Athey said the quake lasted for up to 90 seconds.
"It went on long enough that you start thinking to yourself, 'Boy, I hope this stops soon because it's just getting worse,'" Athey said.
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Gulf of Alaska cod quota for 2018 drops by 80 percent
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The Gulf of Alaska cod quota for 2018 was reduced by 80 percent compared to last year.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council announced the reduction. And in response, the Kodiak Fisheries Workgroup is making efforts to have the steep decline in cod declared a fisheries disaster, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday.
Early season storm enters Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Snow plows and other snow-removal equipment were parked on roads in the Sierra Nevada on Friday ahead of weekend storms expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow in parts of Northern California.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm advisory for the Lake Tahoe area from Friday night through Saturday night, as a storm moving in from the Gulf of Alaska arrived in Northern California, soaking the state's Redwood Coast for several hours.
The Latest: Early season storm enters California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):
A storm moving in from the Gulf of Alaska has arrived in Northern California, soaking the state's Redwood Coast for several hours.
Forecasters say rain increased from a light drizzle overnight to steady rain on Friday in the state's far north.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, overnight light rain made for slick roads ahead of the morning commute.
US officials tell Alaska boaters to avoid dead whale
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. officials have advised boaters to steer clear of a dead humpback whale that has been spotted in The Gulf of Alaska's Knik Arm.
Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, said the administration started receiving calls Saturday evening about the male humpback near Point MacKenzie, KTVA-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2xwWyFl ) Wednesday.
Marine highway ferry returns to service in Gulf of Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska marine highway ferry is ready to hit the water again after eroded steel found in a routine overhaul took it out of commission earlier this year.
The Tustumena left the Ketchikan shipyard Friday. It was expected to make its first stop in Kodiak on Wednesday, The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported (http://bit.ly/2wOz3nS ).
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers say 44 whales that died two years ago in the Gulf of Alaska could have been killed by algal toxins but are not ruling out other possibilities.
Research has shown that toxic algal blooms could be linked to warming surface water temperatures, and a mass of warm water known as "the blob" was present in the northern Pacific Ocean at that time, The Daily Kodiak reported (http://bit.ly/2plzTZG) Thursday.
Few explosions planned for Kodiak military exercises
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Though military officials have been approved to detonate up to 360 bombs during military exercises in the Gulf of Alaska this year, officials say they will not be used.
Rear Adm. John Korka told Kodiak community members on Thursday that there will be no bombs during the 2017 Northern Edge exercises, just as there were no bombs dropped in 2015, The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported (http://bit.ly/2on3eCc).
Rain and cold temperatures will turn to sunny skies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forecasters say rain and cold temperatures will continue most of Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area before drying out and warming up on Saturday.
A cold front system moved south from the Gulf of Alaska early Friday with forecasters predicting up to 3 inches of rain in the coastal mountains with less rain in the lower elevations.
Forecasters say the storm is expected to move into the South Bay later Friday with winds picking up.
Warm ocean water triggered vast seabird die-off, experts say
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish they eat.
Feds declare salmon disaster for Gulf of Alaska fisheries
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has issued a disaster declaration for Alaska's pink salmon fishery and several other salmon and crab fisheries along the West Coast.
Gov. Bill Walker requested the declaration after last year's pink salmon harvests in Kodiak, Prince William Sound, Chignik and lower Cook Inlet came in far below forecast, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported (http://bit.ly/2iHXQal ).
Kodiak, military officials meet over military exercises
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Kodiak and military officials are meeting to help assuage community concerns about military exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports (http://bit.ly/2hjLjsV ) that Northern Command Liaison Officer to Alaska Command Col. Chris Reifel met with the Kodiak City Council on Tuesday to address Northern Edge, a U.S. Pacific Command exercise in the Gulf of Alaska with participation from all military services and other agency partners.
Sitka makes symbolic opposition vote to Navy exercises
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Officials in the city of Sitka have approved a non-binding resolution asking the U.S. Navy move its offshore training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska in an attempt to protect marine life.
The Sitka Assembly voted 6-1 Tuesday in favor of the resolution requesting the move farther offshore for the training location and for the Navy activities to be rescheduled for fall or winter, The Sitka Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/2eV5rN9).
Alaskans told to batten down the hatches as storm approaches
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents in some of the most populated areas of Alaska are being warned to batten down the hatches as a storm is expected to bring winds up 100 mph.
A high wind warning was in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon for more than 200 miles of coastal Alaska, from the eastern Kenai Peninsula to Cordova, in Prince William Sound.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Beachcombing is serious business for Chris Pallister, and he needed help sorting the haul this year.
Pallister is president of the Gulf of Alaska Keeper, which annually helps clean marine debris off Alaska beaches.
This year, the group cleaned a small portion of coastline on two islands south of Anchorage. The effort netted about 200 tons of trash like plastic water bottles and commercial fishing gear. Workers also continue to find debris...