Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska on Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command disclosed.
The bombers were detected flying near the Aleutian Islands, said Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R.) introduced a bill this week that would allow oil and gas drilling in her state’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) have made up with beer after butting heads over health care.
11-year-old Elliot Clark used his shotgun to save himself and three family members from a charging brown bear during a fishing trip in Alaska last month.
An Alaska wilderness guide used his 9mm handgun to save a husband and wife from a bear attack during a fishing trip last week.
Russia has been busy in the Arctic in 2015. Its activities, according to a fascinating round-up by the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers, have included a massive military exercise featuring “45,000 troops, as well as dozens of ships and submarines, including those in its strategic nuclear arsenal, from the Northern Fleet,” the permanent deployment of two new brigades of troops to the country’s northern reaches, and increased air patrols. By contrast, the U.S. army is considering reducing the number of troops it keeps in Alaska. Earlier in August, Russia resubmitted a claim to a huge undersea expanse of the Arctic to the U.N. Russia fields 41 icebreakers, compared to two fielded by the United States, and is building 10 search-and-rescue stations with accompanying communications infrastructure along its northern coast. There is a lot of oil and gas under that ice, and Russia is playing for keeps.
President Obama is traveling to the United States’ Arctic frontier this week in Alaska. Here’s what he will be doing:
A former aide for Michael Dukakis decried Mark Begich (D., Alaska) for his “Willie Horton-style ad.”