Rashah McChesney, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau

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.
Dean Westlake is challenging Barrow Rep. Bennie Nageak in the Democratic primary; in 2014, Westlake lost the race by 131 votes. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk

Three votes separate candidates in Arctic House race

Only three votes now separate two northern Alaska House candidates. Listen now

In race for North Slope House seat, difference in votes is a handful

A hotly contested race in the North Slope and Northwest Arctic Borough has two bush Democrats within five votes of each other. Listen now

At DNR, new leader tackles ‘maze’ of oil and gas development on federal land

From Soldotna to the North Slope to Anchorage, the state’s newest natural resources commissioner has spent his career weighing in on energy issues all over the state. Now, Andy Mack has been tapped by Gov. Bill Walker to help guide the state through the maze of federal regulations required to develop oil and gas resources. Listen now

In Bethel House race, candidates question Democratic cred

Candidates question party loyalty in Bethel-area House race. Listen now

State responds to two oil spills at Drift River in Cook Inlet

State regulators are monitoring the cleanup of two small oil spills at a storage site on the west side of Cook Inlet. Listen now

New atlas maps Alaska’s surface

Federal and state researchers teamed up to make it easier for everyone to find out what's in the dirt in Alaska. For the first time in nearly 40 years, Alaska has an updated atlas of the chemical composition of its earth, rocks and minerals. Listen now

EPA fines BP, Hilcorp for spills on the North Slope

BP Exploration Alaska and Hilcorp Alaska have agreed to pay fines after spilling oil and waste on the North Slope. Listen now

Walker draws criticism for oil tax credit vetoes

Two former commissioners and several lawmakers are criticizing Gov. Bill Walker’s decision to veto more than $430 million from the state’s budget. The money would have gone to pay tax credits to oil companies. Listen now

Low gas prices slow Alaska inflation growth

As oil prices have dropped and the state has struggled to pay its bills, Alaskans saw one benefit. The cost of living in Anchorage increased by the smallest amount in nearly three decades. Low gas prices had a powerful effect on inflation in the state. Listen now

Industry, lawmakers criticize Walker’s oil tax credits veto

One of the budget vetoes announced Wednesday would eliminate more than $430 million in funding for oil tax credits. It’s the second year Walker has used his veto power to cut funding for the program. Download Audio

U.K. vote to leave E.U. has ripple effects on oil and permanent fund

Voters in the United Kingdom have decided to leave the European Union. The move shocked investors and traders around the world. And the economic fallout from the vote is already being felt in Alaska, from the price of oil to the permanent fund. Download Audio

Attorney General Craig Richards resigns abruptly

The head of Alaska’s legal team announced today he is stepping down. Download Audio

Former military leaders fight on the side of lease sales in the Arctic

More than a dozen former military leaders jumped into a fight over offshore drilling in the Arctic yesterday, asking the Department of the Interior to allow lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic. Download Audio

How the suburbs killed a salmon creek and science informs its restoration

Federally funded environmental science on a geologically doomed creek in Juneau could inform fish-saving restoration on other impaired water bodies.

Juneau breaks ground on its new homeless housing initiative

In 2012, the Juneau Homeless Coalition identified 55 of the most vulnerable homeless people living in the community. Since then, nine have died. Download Audio

Alaska Dispatch News drops Associated Press

Citing primarily cost, Alaska Dispatch News Executive Editor David Hulen said his company dropped its contract with the Associated Press on Thursday. Download Audio

Teenage delegate prepares for Alaska Democratic Convention

Delegates from around the state will descend on Anchorage this weekend for Alaska’s Democratic Convention. Organizers say young voters have turned out in record numbers, many supporting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in his bid for the presidency. Download Audio

After glitch, some Alaska seniors see benefit checks cut to $8

For the next two months, about 3,800 seniors will see their monthly checks from the state’s senior benefits program cut to $8 a month. That’s down from as much as $125 in February. Download Audio