The National Geographic Society with its motto “inspiring people to care about the planet” was officially incorporated on the 27th of January 1888. Gavin and Wyatt pause to rest their paws before trekking to the top of the snowy mountain while John saves his feet by the feat of exploring the confines of the music library. As the sun comes up over the mountain, you can join the National Geo birthday by tuning to Crosscurrents, 1/27 at 8 a.m.
- Heli-skiing has long been a controversial topic in Haines. The interests of the industry often clash with people who live near heliports and don’t want the noise disturbing their peace and quiet. But there’s another group that’s impacted by helicopter noise: mountain goats.
- In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters.
- From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the arctic village of Kiana, 13 communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will help these communities cut their energy use by 15 percent by training local utility providers.
- It’s costing 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.