March 3, 2010
SERIES Web Soup: This series spotlighting viral videos and Internet oddities returns for another season (8 p.m. G4). Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Kathy Griffin guest stars as a lesbian-rights activist in a new episode (9 p.m. NBC). Cougar Town: Beverly D'Angelo guest stars as Laurie's (Busy Phillips) wild and crazy mom (9:30 p.m. ABC). Nip/Tuck: The plastic surgery drama starring Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh ends its seven-season run (10 p.m. FX)
October 11, 2009 |
Most days in Nome, you're not likely to run into anybody you didn't see at the Breakers Bar on Friday night. More than 500 roadless miles from Anchorage, rugged tundra and frigid Bering Sea waters have a way of discouraging visitors. So it was a big deal when the World, a 644-foot residential cruise ship with condos costing several million dollars apiece, dropped anchor during the summer for a two-day look-see. "We never had a ship anywhere near this size before," Chamber of Commerce director Mitch Erickson said.
October 10, 2009 |
Four years after the dwindling sea otters of southwest Alaska were placed on the Endangered Species List, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated nearly 5,900 square miles as critical habitat for otters in the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea and Alaska Peninsula. Near-shore areas were chosen because most of the creatures that sea otters eat -- sea urchins, crabs, octopuses and some bottom fish -- are found in shallow waters, which also provide the best protection from marine predators.
April 7, 2009 |
The giant factory fishing boats that take billions of pounds of pollock from Alaska's Bering Sea would face major limits on salmon caught accidentally in their nets under controversial regulations recommended Monday. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council endorsed rules intended to protect the steeply plummeting salmon stocks throughout the Pacific Northwest and guarantee more fish for villages across western Alaska.
December 27, 2008 |
Ribbon seals do not face extinction and don't need to be added to the endangered species list, the government said Tuesday. Because of the melting of sea ice caused by global warming, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was petitioned in 2007 to list the seals as endangered. The agency said it was difficult to determine the exact number of ribbon seals. It did estimate, however, that there are at least 200,000 in the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.
September 7, 2008 |
Hubert Kokuluk squints with his one good eye to examine the tiny polar bear he has just carved from a fragment of walrus tusk. He isn't happy with the yellowish hue, but good ivory is hard to come by these days, since quickly melting sea ice has made it extremely difficult for his Inupiaq Eskimo community to carry out the traditional annual spring walrus hunt. Though walruses are federally protected, Alaska Natives have subsistence rights to hunt them and rely on the meat, skin, intestines and tusks -- for food, clothing and boat coverings and to carve the ivory jewelry and souvenirs that are a significant source of income.