Rashah McChesney, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau

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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.

It’s hurry up and wait for state gasline corporation’s federal permitting schedule

Alaska’s gasline corporation has filed tens of thousands of pages of documents for their federal permit. Now it's waiting for the commission to make a decision on if, and when, the state can get to work on its massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project. Listen now

Higher oil prices help, but don’t solve the state’s budget problem

Lawmakers could spend one more year relying on savings, or tap into the Permanent Fund to cover multi-billion budget deficit. Listen now

Five rules for investment from Alaska’s Permanent Fund Corporation

Alaska’s Permanent Fund Corporation invests billions in private companies and risky startups around the world each year. It’s a relatively new and, so far, successful strategy, but how do they pick the next big winner? Listen now

$63B and counting: How long can Alaska’s Permanent Fund keep growing so fast?

Right after the last big global financial crisis in 2008, Alaska’s sovereign wealth fund had about $25 billion dollars in it.  And today, Alaska’s Permanent Fund has $63 billion in it. It doubled in size in less than a decade. Listen now

Is Alaska’s climate risk, a credit risk?

State investment officer says the areas most affected by climate change don't affect the state's ability to pay its bills. Listen now

Walker appoints former Attorney General to Permanent Fund Corporation’s board

Gov. Bill Walker appointed Craig Richards to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation board on Dec. 28. Listen now

Unique payment plan for companies who owe TAPS settlement money

A new state law allows those companies to pay that debt with tax credits, meaning the state might not see any of that money. At least, not in cash. Listen now

State approves ExxonMobil’s expansion plan for Point Thomson, ending months-long fight

Gov. Walker approves approves ExxonMobil's plan to explore expansion of the massive Point Thomson gas field. Listen now

State’s latest water quality report has bad news for popular Kenai River

Each time the state puts out its water quality report, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Listen now

Walker wants to borrow money to pay $900 million in oil tax credits

The tax credits are scheduled to be paid off fully in 2025. Walker and the Department of Revenue are proposing paying them off by 2019 at a discount. Listen now

Permanent Fund Corporation to study ethical and sustainable investing

An Alaska-based coalition wants the Permanent Fund Corporation to drop all of its fossil fuel holdings. Listen now

Credit rating agency sees a ‘clear path,’ as Alaska tries to balance its budget

In less than a year and a half, Alaska went from one of Moody's highest rated states, to one of its lowest. But now, that's changed. Listen now

State’s revenue department predicts slow uptick in oil prices

While the state is forecasted to make more money this year than it did last year, it is still spending more than it makes. Listen now

In Russia, a competitor for Alaska’s gasline project comes online

The $27 billion Russian project is heavily funded by partners in China. When completed, it will be almost as large as the Alaska LNG project. Listen now

As Alaska’s gasline corporation pushes for Asia deal, legislators push for more information

Heading into a busy year for the state corporation, questions linger about financing and project structure. Listen now

State releases agreement signed with China on gas pipeline venture

State gas corporation head says Alaskans will see significant progress on the pipeline project in 2018. Listen now

New pipeline partnership with China still a mystery

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation hasn't released details on the gasline agreement inked in China. Listen now

In China, Alaska gets new gasline partners — but no guarantees

The deal links Alaska’s gas pipeline project to three Chinese entities with deep pockets. Listen now

Alongside Trump in China, Alaska gets a new deal on its LNG

State will explore marketing, financing and investment with China for the $45 billion mega-project.