Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage

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The company that runs the trans-Alaska pipeline is cutting workforce by 10 percent

The company says it won’t let budget cuts jeopardize the pipeline’s safe operations, since there’s no other way to move oil off the North Slope. Meanwhile, a citizens watchdog group in Valdez says it will seek more information about the company’s reorganization. Listen now

Rep. LeDoux, Alaska GOP try to fill in blanks in disputed state House race

What conclusions can we draw about absentee ballots requested in the names of dead people, and whether they connect to a candidate and a consultant she hired to help her with get-out-the-vote work? Listen now

Explainer: What’s going on with the District 15 House race in Anchorage?

Confused about what's happening in the Anchorage state House race, where state officials say there's evidence of voter fraud? Here's an explainer. Listen now

LeDoux jumps ahead of primary opponent after initial absentee count

Anchorage Republican Representative Gabrielle LeDoux jumped to a big lead over her primary challenger after an initial count of absentee ballots this morning.

‘Palpable evidence of voter fraud’ in primary election, according to state attorney

Alaska elections officials have asked criminal investigators to look into irregularities with absentee ballots requested in a neck-and-neck state House race in east Anchorage. Listen now

Voters may have ousted two of Alaska’s top legislators, as House remains up for grabs

Tuesday’s primary election didn’t answer one of the biggest questions about the future of the Alaska Legislature: whether the state House will stay under the control of a mostly-Democratic coalition next year. But it did yield several surprises, including three stunning upsets that could send two of the state’s most powerful legislators packing.

State GOP primary holds some surprises for Alaska legislative races

The current House majority mostly is made up of Democrats, with three moderate Republicans and two independents. Tuesday night’s state legislative races yielded several surprises. Listen now

New study says global models sharply underestimate permafrost emissions

Some scientists said the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, underscores the limitations and uncertainties of climate modeling – and how policymakers might need to take more aggressive steps if they want to keep global temperatures under control. Listen now

Cash from Congress will boost Alaska-based system that protects planes from volcanic ash

A $12 million budget boost from Congress will help modernize the instruments that protect transcontinental jet planes from threats posed by volcanic ash. Listen now

Did ‘the blob’ heat the Bering Sea enough to threaten your fish sticks?

The blob is gone now, but warm water remains to the north in the Bering Sea. Scientists are pondering potential effects on fish like pollock, which are processed into things like fish sticks and McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. Listen now

Endangered Species Act overhaul could put Alaska’s polar bears in crosshairs

The Trump administration announced revisions to the Endangered Species Act to make it easier for developers to navigate the law. Environmental groups criticized the proposal. Listen now

Here’s how a planeload of salmon gets from Cook Inlet to customers in Anchorage

It’s been a tough start to Alaska’s fishing season this year. But now the sockeye run is heating up. We followed a single plane-load of sockeye – from its catch site across Cook Inlet to the backdoor of a downtown Anchorage restaurant. Listen now

With grocery supplies dwindling on remote Alaska island, the government opened seal harvest early

Dwindling supplies of groceries on a remote Bering Sea island prompted the federal government last month to approve an unusual, early opening of an annual subsistence seal harvest. Listen now

State’s wildfire season ‘largely uneventful,’ according to officials

Wildfires have burned just 270,000 acres in the state this year. That’s far short of the 1.2 million acres that burn during a normal season. Listen now