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.
- The rodeo cow's owner says he has spent "hours, days probably" searching for the cow. Anchorage police, animal control authorities and the Bureau of Land Management have relayed information about the cow's whereabouts, but Betsy continues to elude him.
- Does Sen. Lisa Murkowski see a path to reopening government? The question prompted her to sing a Beatles line: “A long and winding road. Buh-boom.”
- The uncertainty in the Alaska House of Representatives became clear when Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer attempted to swear in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s nominee to fill a vacant seat in Eagle River.
- A group of Native American protesters went to the offices of SAExploration in Houston Monday to object to work the company wants to do in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.