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Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and a handful of North Slope village corporations now have the option to buy into offshore drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea. It’s part of a new agreement with Shell Oil. But with the future of that company’s Arctic operations up in the air, the deal raises more questions than answers.
A vocal show of frustration from Nome’s mining community took center stage at this week’s City Council meeting. The miners were angry about a letter the city sent to the State Department of Natural Resources complaining about impacts from the recent gold mining boom.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration law enforcement officials are investigating a collision between the state ferry Kennicott and a humpback whale near Kodiak. The incident brought a multi-agency team of scientists to the island to help determine whether the collision caused the death of the sub-adult humpback whale.
Rural Communities in northeastern Alaska could be left without caribou in the future, according to a recent study. Scientists believe climate change could increase wildfire potential in lichen-rich boreal forest were the Central Arctic and Porcupine caribou herds forage in the winter. A decline in habitat could mean less opportunity for area subsistence hunters.
One of Juneau’s youngest buskers is raising money this week for a good cause. Elementary school student Sophia Nylen can sometimes be seen playing her violin in downtown Juneau with an open violin case to collect money. This week, all proceeds will go to the family that lost their Twin Lakes home to a fire on Friday.
A federal judge has dismissed the state’s lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year.
The Matanuska Susitna Borough could be the first government to give the nod to lifetime vehicle registration. That’s if legislation aimed at supporting a new state law is accepted by the Borough Assembly.
A controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan just won environmental approval from the British Columbia government.
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will receive a $53 million settlement from Indian Health Service for about fifteen years of unpaid contract costs.
Now SEARHC president and CEO Charles Clement hopes the federal agency will continue to pay its bills.
Alaska Power Company customers in Tok and elsewhere in the Interior are unhappy that their electricity bills went up earlier this year. Some are frustrated that they’re being charged more partly because they’re conserving electricity – and generating it themselves.
Consumers in Anchorage are feeling positive. The city’s Consumer Optimism Index has reached a four-year high — 63 out of 100. The score is based on random phone surveys of at least 350 households. But the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says that doesn’t mean everything is looking up. The three-year outlook for Anchorage shows only slow to moderate economic growth.
It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which of three Republican should face incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich in November. The statewide public radio forum, Talk of Alaska has offered each of the three an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan have had their turn, and next up is Joe Miller.
APRN: Tuesday, 7/29 at 10:00am
There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Cat Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there. The 25-year-old is a pipe fitter and welder. She was born in the U.S., but grew up with her family in Singapore. When she was 21, Cat made an unusual choice, and moved to Ketchikan.
ASRC Gets Option To Buy Into Offshore Chukchi Drilling Operations; Gold Miners Push Back Against Nome Over ‘Negative Social Impacts’; NOAA Investigating Ferry, Humpback Collision; Higher Wildfire Potential Could Impact Northeastern Alaska Caribou Herds; GCI Completes Purchase of 3 Southeast TV Stations; No Plans Yet For Commercial Kuskokwim Opening; Aniak Youths Rescue Bald Eagle; Eight-Year-Old Busks For A Cause