Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage
Alaska agency moves to spend $1.5M on Arctic Refuge development, setting up clash with Biden administration
The state agency that holds Alaska's oil leases in the refuge wants to spend $1.5 million on studies, data collection and permitting needed in advance of what’s known as seismic exploration: using heavy equipment to map areas under the earth’s surface to see how much oil could be there.
Of the 16 states joining Alaska in the filing, all but one are led by Republican governors, and many — like North Dakota, Texas and Louisiana — depend on the oil and gas industry.
Alaska will become the first state in the country to open COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 16 and older, officials announced Tuesday, capping a swift rollout of the shots that’s capitalized on tens of thousands of extra doses shipped to and administered by tribal health care providers.
Alaska Gov. Dunleavy’s administration says it’s ensuring “ethical transition” of chief of staff to ConocoPhillips job
Ben Stevens’ last day in the governor’s office was Friday, Feb. 26, and he started work as vice president of external affairs and transportation at ConocoPhillips the following Monday.
Alaska Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy said Friday that he’s feeling better and nearing the end of his isolation after getting sick with COVID-19 — and, he added, he didn’t even lose his sense of smell or taste
Judges block work at ConocoPhillips’ huge Alaska project, casting cloud over ‘North Slope Renaissance’
Conoco executives have celebrated the Willow project as part of a "North Slope Renaissance" that could revitalize Alaska's oil industry. But a two-judge panel just put the project on ice — the latest recent setback for Alaska oil companies now contending with an uncooperative new federal administration.
After a nearly year-long shutdown of Alaska’s government spending database, GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration said it plans to bring the system back online later this week.
State health officials say they've detected the first case of the COVID-19 variant from the United Kingdom in Alaska, which appears to spread more easily and quickly.
If you think Alaska lawmakers’ job is tough right now, consider, for a moment, the plight of the lobbyist. They’re paid for access to and intelligence on what’s happening in the Capitol — but for now, they’re banned from the building.
An advisory committee made initial recommendations about who should receive Alaska's first doses of COVID-19 vaccine without much uproar. But now its work is entering a more delicate phase, as letters pour in from state agencies, trade groups and nonprofits asking to to be among the first in line.
‘Lightning’s going to strike somewhere’: Juneau health care worker hospitalized, another treated after COVID-19 vaccination
A Juneau health care worker had a "serious allergic reaction" Tuesday and was hospitalized after being injected with the COVID-19 vaccine produced by drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
A firm led by the former top investment officer at the Alaska Permanent Fund is eyeing what could grow into a $500 million project to support the booming cargo shipping industry at Anchorage’s international airport.
Young’s opponent in last week’s election, Democratic Party-endorsed independent Alyse Galvin, said the Congressman’s staff could not reach him Friday when she wanted to call him to concede.
The true numbers could be 25% to 50% larger than those being reported due to a bottleneck in data entry, state officials say. “It’s significant -- we’re not missing 10 cases each day,” a state epidemiologist said.
Experts say they expect to see at least some come-from-behind victories after next week’s vote count, since Republicans were more willing to vote in-person on Election Day during the COVID-19 pandemic. The big question is how many.
President Donald Trump’s administration announced Wednesday that it is finalizing its plans to reverse roadless protections for more than 9 million acres of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, or a little less than 15,000 square miles.
More than 75,000 Alaskans have already cast absentee ballots in this year’s election -- nearly one-fourth of the total number of votes cast in the state in the last presidential election, in 2016.
Mike Dunleavy says he has a responsibility to pursue projects like Pebble -- if they can be safely built -- to help improve the plight of rural Alaska residents.
Even as climate change threatens to impose steep costs in Alaska, Dunleavy is still promoting the state's oil industry. But he says he's excited by the plummeting cost of renewable power sources, and their potential to bring down electricity prices and recruit more business to the state.
The findings bolster reports by Alaska subsistence fishermen that the species’ numbers have been increasing as the Arctic warms at more than double the rate of the rest of the globe.