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.

Alaska companies release private data for global seabed mapping project

The goal is to completely map the seafloor by the year 2030 and three Alaska companies are pitching in. Listen now

NOAA panel considers Alaska and Arctic mapping priorities

NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel heard from fishermen, barge operators, private mapping companies about Alaska’s priorities. Listen now

State regulator raises bonds required for drilling

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission proposes a sliding scale for the new bonds from $500,000 to $30,000,000 for potential drillers, operators. Listen now

Tanker truck rollover and fuel spill on the Dalton Highway leaves driver dead

Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring the incident as the tanker Wiebe was hauling had several thousand gallons of diesel fuel in it. Listen now

The mysterious case of Alaska’s strange sockeye salmon returns this year

From exceptionally strong to exceptionally weak runs, sockeye salmon leave scientists scratching their heads this year in Alaska. Listen now

AK: The journey of Alaska’s go-to man in China

It took a lot of work for Alaska to break into the Chinese market. One man has been at it for decades: Yingdi Wang, the Chinese-born, American citizen who is the state’s go-to guy in China. Listen now

Alaska’s LNG project looking for private contractor to help with federal permitting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a letter to the state, requesting that it pay for a third-party contractor to help with federal review of the project. Listen now

Legislators quiz Alaska LNG project managers on progress

State-led Alaska gasline project leaders confident on progress, minimize tariff impact during legislative update. Listen now

State one step closer to gas pipeline, but not the one the Walker administration wants

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has put out a draft of the final environmental review of the in-state gas pipeline project. Listen now

New Alaska regs require oil and gas wells anchor below permafrost

The change in regulation comes after a BP well failed last year; the company blamed it on thawing permafrost causing uneven pressure on the well. Listen now

Alaska’s China trade mission wraps up with no big gasline news

Gov. Walker and the delegation met with Sinopec, the state-owned oil and gas company that could be a partner for the gasline. But the company's president said there was a lot more work to be done on the project than originally imagined. Listen now

Trident works to bring wild Alaska seafood direct to Chinese consumers

Welbourn and a few others from Trident joined Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s 10-day trade mission to China. The whole idea was to deepen trade ties between the two countries and Trident is on board with that mission. Listen now

Photos: China Trade Mission

Alaska's Energy Desk's Rashah McChesney is in China covering Governor Walker's Opportunity Alaska: China Trade & Investment Mission 2018.

Alaska mission to China kicks off with ceremony, trade talks…and speed dating

The short meetings were a chance for Alaska businesses to introduce themselves directly to what they hope will be a giant market of new customers. Listen now

After ending trade talks in DC with an agreement to buy, China finds Alaska looking to sell

China’s top economic adviser returned from a week of trade talks in Washington, D.C. to find Alaska on his doorstep in Beijing.

Walker’s trade mission highlights links to China, opportunities for Alaskans

Representatives from more than 20 business, along with state officials and politicians will leave for China this weekend. There, they’ll peddle everything from baby food to seafood to tourism to Chinese consumers. Listen now