Beneath political firestorm on Arctic Ocean drilling, two projects make steady progress
Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage
Yes, Shell’s multi-billion dollar effort to find oil in federal Arctic waters is a thing of the past. And yes, the Obama administration then took several steps to cut back on drilling in Arctic waters — actions the Trump administration is now working to undo. But there is movement to get oil out of federally-owned parts of the Arctic Ocean.
For third year in a row, Alaska seabirds wash up dead
Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau
For the third year in a row, seabirds are washing up dead along the coastline in Alaska. Hundreds of birds have been discovered along a stretch of the Bering Sea, on the Pribilof Islands and as far north as Deering.
Stampede suspected in dozens of walrus deaths
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 64 walruses died on a northwest Alaska beach, and the animals may have been killed in stampedes.
National labs to field test microgrid tech in Cordova
Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage
Several national labs and universities will partner with the Alaska community of Cordova to field test new technologies on the city’s power grid.
State denies ballot initiative on salmon habitat
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
Alaska’s Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has denied a proposed ballot initiative designed to offer greater protections for salmon habitat from mining or other development.
Arctic climate change researchers still conflicted over UAF’s coal-fired powerplant
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is building a heat-and-power plant to replace the old facility that went into service in 1964. The new $245 million powerplant, scheduled to come online next year, will feature updated technology that’ll reduce most pollutants – but it will continue to emit greenhouse gases blamed for warming the planet.
Ahtna rejects continued public use of Klutina Lake Road
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Ahtna Native Corporation board has rejected a proposed settlement with the State to allow continued public use of Klutina Lake Road. The 25-mile road off the Richardson Highway near Copper Center, crosses Ahtna land, to the Klutina River and Klutina Lake.
Terror Lake hydroelectric project expansion gets the go-ahead
Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak
The Kodiak Electric Association received a permit to start its Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project expansion, which would increase the lake’s clean energy production.
Igiugig is set to embark on its Native Foods Challenge
Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham
Nutrition related health concerns plague the United States as a whole, and rural Alaska is no exception. People in village of Igiugig are aiming to improve their health this fall with a Native Foods Challenge.
Unalaska-bound cruise ship changes destination to Sitka
Zoe Sobel, KUCB – Unalaska
A 2000-passenger cruise ship was supposed to dock in Unalaska today [WED] instead it decided to go to Sitka. Although Unalaska is known as America’s top fishing port, tourism — in particular the cruise ship industry – is a growing source of revenue especially for small businesses and non-profits.