The Brooks Range is the backdrop as a caribou mother and newly-born calf bond on the wilderness calving grounds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain. 
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Obama proposes new wilderness designations in Alaska

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama proposed designating 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as protected wilderness, drawing cheers from environmentalists but setting off a bitter new battle Sunday with the Republican-controlled Congress over oil and gas drilling in pristine areas of northern …

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Dean Jacobson is a marine biologist, and artist focused on coral reefs.

Spokane man spotlights demise of coral reefs

A marine scientist is scheduled to give a Spokane presentation about coral reefs that’s likely to be colorful in more than one way. Dr. Dean Jacobson, who taught at Whitworth University in the 1990s before leaving with his canoe and dive gear to the Marshall …

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Idaho wolf survey reveals thriving breeding numbers 28 

BOISE – Although fewer than half of Idaho’s wolf packs have been surveyed this winter, state wildlife officials already have documented the number of breeding pairs exceeds federal requirements. Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game’s head wolf biologist, said teams have surveyed 30 of the …

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