Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage


New cargo project is latest proposal for booming Anchorage airport

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.
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Aside from tweet, U.S. Rep. Young, staff remain silent on COVID-19 diagnosis

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.
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Alaska’s high COVID-19 case counts are even higher than the state’s data show

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.
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With more than 100,000 ballots still to count, Alaska campaigns cross fingers and crunch numbers

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.

Trump administration will eliminate roadless protections for Alaska’s Tongass forest

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.

A torrent of Democratic absentee ballots could reverse Alaska’s Election Night vote counts

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.

With new letter, Alaska GOP Gov. Dunleavy stands alone in Pebble’s defense

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.

Alaska’s pro-oil Republican governor is quietly pushing green energy projects too

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.

Pink salmon could prosper in warmer Arctic, new study finds

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.
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As COVID-19 spikes on North Slope, mayor orders Utqiagvik to hunker down

As cases of COVID-19 spike in Alaska's North Slope Borough, Mayor Harry Brower has issued a two-week "hunker down" order and mask mandate for the region's hub town, Utqiaġvik.
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As Arctic warming accelerates, permafrost thaw hits Red Dog mine with $20 million bill

The problems at Red Dog, one of the world’s largest zinc mines, show how climate change poses a challenge not just to residents of Arctic Alaska, but also to the economy of the region, which is warming at triple the rate of the global average.

U.S. investigates ‘unprofessional interactions’ after Russian military confronts Bering Sea fishermen

Vessels reported being buzzed by Russian aircraft and ordered out of the area on a specific heading. The incident has now drawn the attention of both of Alaska’s U.S. senators and an investigation by three federal agencies into what they’re calling “unprofessional behavior” by the Russian military.

‘Move out of the way’: Bering Sea fishing boats report close encounter with Russian military

Bering Sea pollock fishermen had a close encounter Wednesday with Russian military vessels conducting pre-planned exercises, according to industry officials and a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman. It happened in waters where fishing is reserved for American boats, but international vessels are not barred.

COVID-19 cases grow at North Slope oil fields, Anchorage Pioneer Home, as state confirms 86 positives

State and oil company officials have confirmed 13 cases of COVID-19 between two different North Slope oil fields, as Alaska reported 86 new cases of the virus Thursday.

Trump administration appeals ruling that blocked Izembek road

This is the second time the Trump administration’s land exchange has been challenged in federal court. An earlier version was also thrown out by a different federal judge last year.
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Seafood companies kept COVID-19 from infecting Alaskans. Now they’re trying to keep the virus out of their plants.

At the start of the pandemic, fishing towns feared that seasonal workers could import the virus and infect locals. Now, as infection rates rise among residents, the dynamic has reversed: Seafood processing companies are trying to keep locals from infecting workers in their plants.

Outbreak at Seward salmon processing plant grows to 96, state says

The plant has about 260 workers, who are a mix of residents and nonresidents, according to Scott Meszaros, Seward's city manager. He said 90 employees have been tested so far, and that more positives are expected as the remainder of the workers are tested.

Alaska fishing communities feared COVID-19 contagion from industry. It hasn’t shown up.

As the Bristol Bay salmon season winds down, seafood company executives and public health authorities point to a remarkable fact: The industry has succeeded in keeping its seasonal workers and fishermen from infecting Alaska residents.
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At White House event, Alaska Gov. Dunleavy lauds Trump deregulation as restoring “American dream”

Dunleavy used his two minutes at the podium to praise Trump for expanding elderly Americans’ access to telehealth through the Medicare program. And he touted the president’s efforts to scale back review of resource development projects.

Some object after Alaska Bar Association hires Alan Dershowitz, Jeffrey Epstein’s attorney, to speak at convention

Alan Dershowitz defended O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson and Jeffrey Epstein, and along the way he earned a reputation as an attorney who stood up for the rights of men accused of rape. Now he’s set to be the keynote speaker at the annual convention of the Alaska Bar Association.