Ravenna Koenig of Alaska’s Energy Desk has traveled to Utqiaġvik three times so far this year to report on events and issues on the North Slope.
She shares her impressions of flying into town over miles and miles of expansive white tundra and watching birds, people, and kids out and about in the sun until late at night.
She also talks about reporting on the fairly contentious vote to change the name of Barrow to Utqiaġvik, and how that has developed in daily conversation and signage around town over the last year.
- Water began draining from Suicide Basin into Mendenhall River Monday, but officials don’t yet know if it will cause flooding.
- Juneau members of Pioneers of Alaska dedicated a 10,000-pound slab of granite and quartz to remember the sinking of the SS Princess Sophia.
- The Alaska Journal of Commerce in January reported that Eastman told one of its reporters during an interview in April 2017 that a complaint had been filed against Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux.
- A fire that started on an unattended stovetop in Mendenhall Tower in downtown Juneau caused extensive water damage in the apartment complex. Some tenants say they're concerned the building isn't up to code and frustrated by the city's enforcement efforts.