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.

What’s so special about the Mustang Field?

How one oil field got more than $95 million in unique state or state-backed loans from Alaska. Listen now

Both major candidates for Alaska governor want higher PFDs. What would it cost?

Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy both want higher dividends, but it’s not clear how they intend to pay for them.

Protesters gather at Murkowski’s Alaska offices asking her to torpedo Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Across Alaska today, hundreds gathered at Sen. Murkowski’s satellite offices - rallying against Kavanaugh's nomination. Listen now

Permanent Fund managers to look for in-state investment opportunities

It sets a goal of increasing the amount of the Permanent Fund assets invested in-state to at least 5 percent in five years. Listen now

After one year, Feds examine how DOT takeover of environmental reviews is working

There are few areas that could be improved — like one instance where the state should have held a public hearing — and didn’t. And there are questions about having enough staff and allocating the time and money they need for training. Listen now

State announces tentative deal with ExxonMobil to supply gas for Alaska LNG project

Agreement links Point Thompson production requirements to deal on Alaska LNG project. Listen now

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