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 state’s Marijuana Control Board is now accepting applications for on-site consumption, despite uncertainty stemming from recent board appointees.
- The governor of Maine has signed a warrant allowing the extradition of a man accused of a rape and murder 26 years ago in Fairbanks.
- Records show state officials are exploring adding a second Juneau ferry terminal 30 miles north of the Auke Bay terminal to shorten travel time.
- Anchorage police Lt. Nancy Reeder has accepted Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly’s offer to serve as the city’s new police chief.