From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the arctic village of Kiana, 13 communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will help these communities cut their energy use by 15 percent by training local utility providers.
Instead of lyrics about immigrant stereotypes, drugs and violence, these fourth graders are recruiting for a community cleanup.
The team can map the shoreline biology because the photographs are shot at an angle, which makes it easier to see cliffs and overhanging vegetation.
Because the state government has a $4 billion deficit, some lawmakers have suggested drawing money from the fund to pay for other state costs.
“Our lives are minimized, marginalized and in many ways consciously, consciously, determined to be unimportant, to the point where we become faceless,” said Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.
The concept arose from a concern over Senate Bill 210, which would reduce the amount that municipalities receive in revenue sharing.
Some lawmakers are questioning whether the fund, now worth $900 million, should be committed to benefit only about one in nine Alaskans.
Reductions include $9.8 million in cuts to education programs, as well as cutting all $2.7 million in state funding for public broadcasting.
The new ship is estimated to cost around $237 million. Transportation officials hope it gets 90 percent federal funding in 2019.
The 200-foot-long oil spill response barge Ibis, anchored in Iliuliuk Bay for the past several months, came off its mooring Saturday afternoon in rough seas and drifted onto Front Beach, requiring a coordinated response effort.