Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media

Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media
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Rachel Waldholz is the Energy Reporter for Alaska Public Media. Before joining APM, she spent two years reporting for KCAW in Sitka, where she covered everything from city government to fish politics. She studied documentary production at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and her short film, A Confused War won several awards. Originally from New Jersey, Rachel got her start reporting for a community newspaper in the Bronx. Her work has appeared on NPR, Al Jazeera, Current TV, Grist.org and in High Country News, among other outlets. rwaldholz (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8432 | About Rachel

After more than two years of working with the big three North Slope oil companies, state officials are proposing Alaska take a larger stake -- or complete control of the project. Download Audio

State officials said today the administration is considering increasing the state's stake in the project -- or even taking over ownership completely. Download Audio

In his quest to remake Alaska's finances, Governor Bill Walker has found a set of perhaps unexpected allies. Download Audio

Fitch Ratings announced Tuesday that it is lowering the state's long term credit rating from AAA -- its highest rating -- to AA+, citing the state's massive budget gap. Download Audio

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a formal process to consult with Alaska Native leaders on improving public safety -- and didn't rule out a run for Vice President. Download Audio

Gov. Bill Walker discussed the fairness of PFD cuts and an income tax with APRN's Rachel Waldholz. Download Audio

The Alaska Gasline Development Corp.'s new president, Keith Meyer, will make $550,000 per year, plus bonuses -- a salary that makes him the highest paid state employee. Download Audio

In the seven months since Shell abandoned its quest to drill in the Arctic, at least four other companies have given up their leases in the region. Download Audio

Two unions say the plan to bring in a Louisiana-based company to take over oil spill prevention and response in Prince William Sound risks another spill, 27 years after the Exxon Valdez. Download Audio

The budget passed by the Legislature this week doesn't include about $775 million owed to oil companies in refundable tax credits this year. Democrats say, if companies want those credits, there has to be oil tax reform. Download Audio

The Legislature is on Day 126 of what was supposed to be a 90 day session -- and many Alaskans are wondering, what’s taking so long? Download Audio

Alaska’s individual health insurance market could collapse as soon as next year, unless the legislature acts. Download Audio

Former Fairbanks borough mayor Luke Hopkins announced his resignation from the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. He is expected to challenge North Pole Republican John Coghill. Download Audio

In the debate over how to close Alaska’s nearly $4 billion dollar budget hole, one issue hasn’t gotten much attention: new sources of revenue. Download Audio

2015 was a record year for fines in Alaska’s oil and gas fields. State regulators proposed some $1.7 million dollars in penalties against five companies -- and the University of Alaska Fairbanks -- for violating safety and environmental regulations at oil and gas wells. Download Audio

Gov. Bill Walker called the Legislature back to work after it failed to pass a budget by the constitutional deadline last week. Lawmakers now have 30 days to try to accomplish what they couldn't do in the last four months: pass a budget and make some progress on closing the state's $4 billion deficit. Download Audio

Alaska lawmakers are back at work Monday after failing to pass a budget by the constitutional deadline last week. It’s the first day of a special session called by Governor Bill Walker.

The Senate passed its version of the oil tax bill Wednesday, handing it off to the House with less than twelve hours left in the session. But the Senate legislation left out key elements of the House bill that passed last Friday. Download Audio

An oil-dependent economy straddling the Arctic Circle, battered by low prices but sitting on a massive savings account: that could describe Alaska -- but it also describes Norway. Download Audio

When it's fully online, it'll send about 10,000 barrels a day of diesel-like oil down the trans-Alaska pipeline. But Exxon sees the field as a down payment on a much bigger prize: a North Slope gas line. Download Audio