Alaska's Energy Desk
Major oil development planned in NPR-A to get ‘streamlined’ environmental review
The Bureau of Land Management has kicked off the environmental review process for what could be one of Alaska’s biggest future oil developments, in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Trump administration wants to make that process go faster. But environmental groups worry a faster review won’t do enough to protect the Arctic wilderness.
Gubernatorial candidates stopped in Homer on Tuesday to campaign, meet with residents and square off in a governor’s forum. The event drew four prominent candidates including Gov. Bill Walker, Mike Dunleavy, Mark Begich and Mead Treadwell. It also drew lesser-known candidate Billy Toien.
Across Alaska, crime is up. Department of Public Safety released its Uniform Crime Report, comparing 2017 to 2016. The department said that statewide crime rose by 6 percent last year, as part of part of a longer-term increase in Alaska crime.
Quinhagak’s new museum is home to 60,000 artifacts, the largest collection of pre-contact Yup’ik artifacts in the world. The opening was the culmination of nine years of back-breaking work, and the result of a unique partnership between Quinhagak’s village corporation and archaeologists.
In wake of pack-rafter incident at Wrangell St. Elias, experts highlight proper preparation
The death of a pack-rafter in Wrangell St. Elias National Park this month raised awareness about proper preparation for the increasingly popular sport of floating backcountry rivers in tiny ultralight inflatable boats.