BLM approves drilling permit in Alaska petroleum reserve
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved a drilling permit that it says will open the way for the first oil and gas production from federal land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
A quick and handy guide to the enigmatic Alaska LNG project
Rachel Waldholz, APRN – Anchorage
As we speak, state lawmakers are packing their bags and preparing to head to Juneau for their third special session of the year. This session is focused on one thing: the Alaska LNG project.
Spice-related hospitalizations spike, but not enough to deter use
Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage
Hospitalizations from Spice usage are spiking again. The Anchorage Fire Department has transported about 20 people per day for the past week. Most calls come from the area between 3rd and Karluk and Town Square Park. People say they know the drug is dangerous, but some of them choose to keep using it anyway.
Ex-FBI agent faults Fairbanks police interrogation tactics
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A former FBI agent says Fairbanks police violated fundamental investigative protocol following the 1997 murder of John Hartman.
Drones vie for role in wildfire fight
Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.
This year was a near-record fire season for Alaska and the entire Western U.S. In the Lower 48, aircraft fighting fires were repeatedly grounded when gawkers flying their own drones were spotted in the skies. They’re a danger when they intrude on the airspace, but unmanned aircraft can also be an asset in firefighting.
The weatherman at the end of the western world
John Ryan, KUCB – Unalaska
Twice a day, like clockwork, balloons are released from hundreds of locations around the world at the same time. Before they burst in the upper atmosphere, they help weather forecasters pinpoint what’s going on overhead. A forecaster on St. Paul Island sometimes has to fight windstorms to launch his balloons into the sky.
Sitka rolls out welcome wagon for Russian diplomat
Emily Kwong, KCAW – Sitka
A band of Russian performers, with their sights set on Sitka, are reportedly still in Moscow awaiting visas. As the mystery of their travel plans deepens, one Russian did make it to the Alaska Day festivities this past weekend.