The Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks is working to develop more durable and sustainable housing that can withstand Alaska’s harsh climate. Mixing 21st Century technology with traditional knowledge, the Center’s engineers tackle issues such as building on thawing permafrost, heat retention and adequate ventilation. Climate change presents another problem to solve, and the CCHRC is experimenting with different building techniques in unique environments across Alaska.
- Air traffic controllers in Yellowknife, Canada, joined in a widespread, pizza-based act of goodwill recently as the U.S. federal employees’ unpaid payday came and went.
- Alaska’s attorney general and two of the state’s congressional lawmakers are calling on a federal appeals court to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. A U.S. district court judge struck the law down in October.
- A new Blood Bank of Alaska location celebrated its grand opening Thursday in Juneau. The region has been served by mobile blood donation facilities in the past, but this is the first permanent center in years.
- On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service notified objectors of a proposed timber sale about a public meeting in Klawock. By Thursday, the meeting was canceled. But some groups are wondering why this work is happening now at all.