A legislative working group has come up with recommendations that Alaska lawmakers hope will solve some of the issues with the VPSO program.
The permits will allow Donlin Gold to build an airstrip and a port, and install fiber optic cables and build access roads for its mine, which could be one of the biggest in the world if completed.
Tribes, organizations, and communities have begun opposing the mine development and organizing.
“Operation Santa” is a tradition that dates back to 1956. Each year, the National Guard flies to small, remote Alaskan communities off the road system, bringing presents, ice cream and Santa.
No night flights or medevacs have been able to land at the Quinhagak airport for the past two months.
A recent report compiled by the Army Corps of Engineers and researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks documents erosion and other environmental threats facing communities in rural Alaska.
Sewing atasuaq, or traditional baby parkas, was almost a lost skill. That is, until a 101-year-old Yup’ik Elder helped revive it.
Novagold, one of the two companies that has formed Donlin Gold to build and operate the mine, is exploring how to build the mine in stages.
Azachorok’s president, Loren Peterson, says its resolution isn’t a stance on the mine, but it would give shareholders a chance to decide if they want it.
The school closed long ago. There is no city or tribal council. A proposed mine nearby could change all that. But what’s the risk?