By Yereth Rosen Alaska Beacon

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Report focusing on Black Alaskans’ health describes challenges that create disparities

A new report examines the health status of Black Alaskans, summarizing disparities that create chronic problems for a demographic that comprises 3.4% of the state population, as well as some positive trends that...

When the temperature hits 70, Alaskans feel the heat — and start suffering health ills

Alaskans’ health starts suffering when temperatures climb to 70 degrees, and local and state officials should consider policies to respond to heat-related health problems that are expected to increase as the climate continues...

Lower Yukon River wildfire is among Alaska’s largest tundra fires on record

A wildfire that has scorched 153,505 acres near the Bering Sea mouth of the Yukon River is now Alaska’s largest tundra fire in 15 years and one of the largest in decades, according...

Bruce’s Law, named for Anchorage overdose victim, seeks to increase fentanyl awareness

A U.S. Senate bill named after an Alaska victim of fentanyl seeks to inform the public about how that deadly synthetic opioid is often a secret ingredient of other illicit drugs used recreationally.The...

With new agreement, Port of Alaska and Sandia lab to evaluate renewable energy for microgrid

A partnership between the state’s biggest port and one of the nation’s top engineering labs seeks to establish a large microgrid to ensure a dependable supply of electricity.The Port of Alaska, located in...

Alaska tops nation in overdose death increase

Alaska had the national biggest increase in drug overdose deaths in the past year, far outstripping rate increases in other states, the Centers for Disease Control reported.A report from the CDC’s National Center...

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