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Rachel Waldholz, APRN - Anchorage

ConocoPhillips looks west, to the National Petroleum Reserve

Despite oil prices hovering around $30 a barrel, ConocoPhillips is plowing ahead with projects in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. The company invited Alaska journalists on a tour this week of CD5, its newest drill site -- the first to produce oil from the NPRA and, the company hopes, the gateway to more development. Download Audio
February 11, 2016

Crew maps polar bear dens on Alaska’s North Slope

Each winter, when the tundra freezes, the North Slope gets busy. It's the travel season, the time of year when oil producers can put in ice roads and move heavy vehicles over the frozen ground. But before any of that can happen, one task comes first: looking for polar bears. Download Audio
February 9, 2016
BP announces another round of layoffs, but not in Alaska

BP announces another round of layoffs, but not in Alaska

The company will cut 3,000 positions from its worldwide marketing and refining operations. That comes on top of the 4,000 layoffs BP announced last month in its global production and exploration units.
February 2, 2016
Lawmakers hear Alaska LNG faces "significant economic headwinds"

Lawmakers hear Alaska LNG faces “significant economic headwinds”

As natural gas prices following oil in an extended plunge, lawmakers heard a series of updates on the Alaska LNG project -- and tension between the Walker administration and the state's three oil company partners once again spilled into the open. Download Audio
January 29, 2016
Railbelt utility overhaul could mean more renewables, cheaper power

Railbelt utility overhaul could mean more renewables, cheaper power

Utilities from Homer to Fairbanks are in discussions to overhaul the way electricity is generated and transported across the region. The goal is cheaper electricity -- and more renewable power. Download Audio
January 28, 2016
Alaska job forecast holds steady despite plunging oil prices

Alaska job forecast holds steady despite plunging oil prices

As oil prices have dropped to levels that were unthinkable just a year ago, many Alaskans are wondering whether the state is facing economic calamity. The short answer is: not yet. We spoke with state labor economist Neal Fried, to ask how it's possible that at $30 dollars a barrel, Alaska is still doing pretty well. Download Audio
January 26, 2016

Alaska’s Budget is a Sandwich

Thanks to a drop in both oil prices and production, Alaska is facing another major budget deficit this year. Cutting spending, raising taxes, and dipping into the Permanent Fund are all on the table in this video.
January 25, 2016

On methane, Alaska tells feds to clean up their act first

The Interior Department has proposed new rules aimed at reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Download Audio
January 22, 2016
Alaska, Inc: The roots of the Permanent Fund dividend

Alaska, Inc: The roots of the Permanent Fund dividend

As lawmakers consider changes to the Permanent Fund and dividend, we look back at how, and why, these two very Alaskan institutions were created. Download Audio
January 19, 2016
Gov's plan aims to reshape state's relationship with oil

Gov’s plan aims to reshape state’s relationship with oil

Governor Bill Walker says the state must change how it does business: he argues it's time for Alaska to tap its enormous savings accounts. Download Audio
January 18, 2016
S&P warns further downgrades may be on horizon

S&P warns further downgrades may be on horizon

Standard & Poor's downgraded Alaska's credit rating Tuesday after months of warnings to shore up the state budget. With plunging oil prices wreaking havoc on the state's budget, the agency knocked the state down a notch from the top AAA rating it has held for the last four years. Download Audio
January 5, 2016
Amid plunging gas prices, how competitive is Alaska LNG?

Amid plunging gas prices, how competitive is Alaska LNG?

This month, the state committed to another year of work on the Alaska LNG project, the effort to bring natural gas from the North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula for export. But with natural gas prices plunging alongside oil, APRN's Rachel Waldholz asks: should Alaska be worried? Download Audio
December 21, 2015
Governor's budget proposes major changes to oil tax credits

Governor’s budget proposes major changes to oil tax credits

The governor's budget gets about half a billion dollars from the oil and gas industry, proposing deep cuts to the state's system of oil and gas tax credits.
December 17, 2015
Shell seeks to extend drilling rights off Alaska

Shell seeks to extend drilling rights off Alaska

The company filed an appeal on Tuesday, asking the federal government to reconsider extending its drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, which are set to expire by 2020. Download Audio
December 15, 2015
For Alaskans in Paris, climate talks hit home

For Alaskans in Paris, climate talks hit home

Alaskans were among the thousands of people who gathered in Paris over the last two weeks for international climate change talks. APRN spoke with several about why they made the trip. Download Audio
December 11, 2015
Gov calls for permanent fund overhaul, income tax, cuts to PFD

Gov calls for permanent fund overhaul, income tax, cuts to PFD

Gov. Bill Walker released his plan for dealing with the state's mammoth budget deficit. It includes Alaska's first income tax since 1980, and a complete overhaul of the permanent fund -- effectively cutting PFD checks in half next year. Download Audio
December 9, 2015
Gov's budget plan adds income tax, reduces PFD

Gov’s budget plan adds income tax, reduces PFD

Gov. Bill Walker released his battle plan today for dealing with the state's behemoth budget deficit. It includes Alaska's first income tax since 1980, and a complete overhaul of how the state uses the permanent fund -- effectively cutting PFD checks in half next year.
December 9, 2015
Expensive state negotiator is out as gas line reshuffle continues

Expensive state negotiator is out as gas line reshuffle continues

Rigdon Boykin, the South Carolina attorney who made up to $120,000 a month in his role as the lead negotiator on the Alaska LNG project, is no longer working for the state.
December 4, 2015

Lawmakers on prowl for cheaper digs in Anchorage

With a budget crisis prompting cuts across the state, the high rent at the Legislative Information Office has become an embarrassment for lawmakers. They are actively scouting for alternatives. Download Audio
December 4, 2015
This illustration shows what a liquefaction plant could look like. (Source: Alaska LNG)

State and oil companies OK another year of LNG pursuit

The state and its three oil company partners - ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips -- voted unanimously late Thursday afternoon to continue work on the project, which aims to bring natural gas from the North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula for export. Download Audio
December 3, 2015