Near midnight on April 14, 1860, the first mail bag was delivered by the Pony Express to San Francisco from Missouri after ten days gallop. The rider and his pony are chased by Gavin and Wyatt away from the express post as John and his playlist gather in the studio for broadcast. Even if you are not a pony rider, you can join the Pony Express celebration by being a radio listener to Crosscurrents, 4/14 at 8 am.
- 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.