Rashah McChesney, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau

Rashah McChesney, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau
Rashah McChesney is a photojournalist turned radio journalist who has been telling stories in Alaska since 2012. Before joining Alaska's Energy Desk , she worked at Kenai's Peninsula Clarion and the Juneau bureau of the Associated Press. She is a graduate of Iowa State University's Greenlee Journalism School and has worked in public television, newspapers and now radio, all in the quest to become the Swiss Army knife of storytellers.

The race data Juneau police collect is flawed, but they’re open to changing it

Juneau says it used force in 38 people, most of whom were white men. But police say they don't know exactly how many of them were, since they don't ask people their race when they respond to calls.

COVID-19 spreading quickly in Alaska, with 46 new cases reported over the weekend

According to modeling the state is using, the rate that Alaskans are transmitting the virus is now the second highest in the nation.

Your questions about COVID-19 testing, answered

Dr. Elizabeth Bates does a run-through with a Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. employee at a COVID-19 drive-thru test site in Bethel on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Katie Basile/KYUK)

With three-day deadline, lawmakers meet under new safety protocols to approve CARES Act funding

With a lawsuit threatening the distribution of the CARES Act funding, lawmakers have given themselves the bare minimum of time to get the bill passed. "It is the absolute fastest constitutionally it could be done," said one lawmaker .

More Alaskans have recovered from COVID-19 than are currently sick with it, but what does that mean?

There are two different ways to measure when a patient is considered "recovered" from coronavirus.

With ban on non-urgent surgeries, Juneau hospital says it’s losing $250,000 a day

The hospital also said it spent $600,000 on supplies and labor in preparation for the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff member at Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center has COVID-19

Staff at the facility said they implemented "swift action" to protect inmates, but it's unclear exactly what that action was.

Why does a barrel of Alaska oil cost less than a pizza?

Economists at the state’s Department of Revenue were working to identify what drove the price down and what they could expect going forward.

Transgender state employee wins lawsuit over sexual reassignment surgery costs

A Juneau woman who sued the state of Alaska for sex discrimination won her case on Friday.

Some Thunder Mountain Mobile Park residents frustrated after more than a week of water issues

On Jan. 12, water pressure at Juneau’s Thunder Mountain mobile home park dropped to a trickle. It took days to get fixed, and now they have to boil the water to use it. Some residents say they’re frustrated with how the situation was handled.

Despite conflict with Iran, Alaska oil prices are mostly unchanged. Here’s why.

Alaska North Slope crude has settled at a lower price than it was before tensions boiled over.

Lawmakers quiz state regulators on $5.6B Hilcorp, BP deal

House and Senate Resources committee members asked about everything from layoffs to whether Hilcorp has the financial resources to manage the assets it wants to take over.

Court training aims to improve outcomes in child welfare cases

Dozens of people flew into Juneau in early December for a training program aimed at getting everyone involved in child welfare cases on the same page.

Southeast Alaska fisherman pleads guilty to illegally harvesting $35,000 worth of sea cucumbers

A Southeast Alaska commercial fisherman has been convicted for his role in illegally harvesting nearly 7,500 pounds of sea cucumbers near Prince of Wales Island.

In Tlingit land-rights loss, a Native American rights attorney lays out injustice and hope for the future

In a lecture at the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Walter Echo-Hawk laid out the factors leading to the Supreme Court’s 1955 Tee-Hit-Ton Tlingit land rights decision.
Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)

Facing a $16M repair bill, state to pull Malaspina ferry out of service

The 56-year-old Alaska Marine Highway System vessel will be stored in Ketchikan this January, according to the Department of Transportation.

Environmental group wants SEC to investigate Pebble Mine developer for insider trading

An environmental group is warning federal regulators about a series of stock trades and communication centered around the company attempting to develop the Pebble Mine.

Industry, legislators and signature gatherers ready for another big oil tax fight

The Fair Share Act would raise the minimum tax and eliminate oil tax credits for the state’s largest legacy fields — Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk and Alpine.

Alaskans see opportunities for success and failure as Permanent Fund Corporation invests in-state

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is putting approximately $200 million toward a new in-state investment program.