Alaska's Energy Desk
Alaska’s northernmost town still in transition 1 1/2 years after official name change
“Barrow” is everywhere while walking around town: on the fire trucks, in the name of the high school, the local utility company, on the North Slope Borough’s official logo. But the name “Utqiaġvik” is showing up, as well. It’s on City Hall and on municipal department letterhead.
For good and for bad, king salmon runs around Petersburg are coming in as forecast so far this year. Anglers have only been allowed to keep chinook salmon in a limited few areas with hatchery kings for the first part of this month.
The sculpture’s scale is impressive. The mound is 42 feet tall and almost as wide. It’s light brown and formed with different-sized panels made of salvaged Alaskan yellow cedar. They’re curved and splattered with small holes.
The group behind a ballot initiative addressing legislative ethics will not challenge Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s decision to remove the measure from this year’s ballot. Mallott said legislation passed last month was substantially similar to the planned initiative and eliminated…