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A Pebble mine update: Can we just let the salmon run?

The Pebble mine proposal has upturned lives and posed a constant threat to communities and ways of life. People in the region had to say “no” over and over again for decades. Meanwhile, the fish keep coming back in record numbers. Salmon continue nourishing dozens of local communities and a commercial and recreational fishery that feeds the world and supports thousands and thousands of jobs. In a time where climate and other environmental facts have led to poor salmon runs throughout the state, Bristol Bay keeps bringing hope.

So, can we please just let the salmon run?… Read More

What will it take to permanently protect Bristol Bay? First, speak out.

The EPA is listening, so speak up to protect Bristol Bay salmon, water, and communities. You can help permanently protect Bristol Bay and all the lives, livelihoods and ways of life it sustains.

In late May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a move toward protecting Bristol Bay by releasing a revised proposed determination under the Clean Water Act Section 404(c) that would prohibit and restrict the use of some Bristol Bay headwaters as disposal sites for mining waste. The comment period runs through July 5. … Read More

Stories can teach, stories can lie: Alaska News Brief April 2022

It doesn’t take long spending time with dogs, bears, birds and bees to know they communicate. Some animals even manipulate. Only human animals uniquely share knowledge, wisdom, tall tales and lies through stories. The writer Margaret Atwood describes the origin of storytelling as the coupling of language with concepts of the past, present, and future to help people learn about what happened before—to teach people things to avoid having to learn by trial and error every time.… Read More

The Bristol Bay way = no Pebble mine

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its next steps and deadlines regarding the Clean Water Act 404(c) process that could lead to protections for the Bristol Bay way and the salmon at the center of it. You can take action now to urge EPA to finish the job before next year’s salmon season.… Read More

Alaska News Brief August 2021: When the raspberries pop

The raspberries in my yard started to pop this week, sweet and plump, and fiery purple fireweed blooms started to reach their peak. It gets dark now, too, and animals fervently prepare for winter—as do we. 

August tells me to gather and process food, button up summer projects, finish chores, prepare for winter, and soak up the last warmth of sunny (though cooler) days every chance I get. Predictably, and also suddenly, summer’s end foretells itself via wilted flowers and late season blossoms, growth surges and decay.… Read More

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