Some subsistence users blame gold miners and regulators for failing to take into account the negative impacts mining is having on other resources around Nome.
Months of budget battles concluded last night with the final passage of funding for the city, schools, and capital projects.
Zach’s mother visited Nome for a long weekend, and they celebrated by doing a bunch of activities. One of his favorite weekends in Nome, the hosting nudged him into taking full advantage of the many cool things to do, and he got to share a measure of how rich, exciting, and lucky his past few months have been.
A conference call about federal polices on Alaska lands became part of the ongoing debate about a proposed mining road to Ambler, with the total cost of the road officially projected to be as high as $400 million—a number that’s interesting as much for what it leaves in as out.
Yesterday an advisory panel on salmon bycatch heard more than an hour of public testimony—part of the ongoing debate on how to limit the number of king salmon accidentally caught by pollock fishermen at a time of unprecedented restrictions on subsistence fishing and historically low king salmon runs.
As the cost of simply investigating the roads feasibility continues to swell, basic questions about financing, community approval, and potential conflicts of interest remain unanswered.
As a state-backed industrial road that could pass through the Ambler region moves into an environmental phase, the promise of jobs conflicts with local concerns.
Last week Zach went on a premature trip back home. Or, rather, back East, to Rochester, New York. It was for a sad reason, a funeral, but it was a great trip.
Protesters previously opposed to Shell Oil’s Chukchi exploratory drilling continue opposition as ExxonMobil prepares for summer seismic testing on the Russian side of the Bering Strait.
It’s going to be another dismal year for king salmon in the Norton Sound region. But other salmon species are thriving.