Pope Francis has asked Chad Zielinski—an active military chaplain at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks—to lead the nation’s northernmost diocese.
Challenged in court since 2008, a new draft environmental assessment upholds the Chukchi leases and increases the estimate to more than four billion barrels of recoverable oil.
A pilot project for co-management of Chinook salmon stocks along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers is planned, but those working in co-management agreements say adequate funding remains an issue.
In all, 80 runners for the boys and 57 runners for the girls represented schools from throughout the Bering Strait, Norton Sound, Northwest Arctic Borough, and North Slope.
The $700 million drilling project comes as ExxonMobil and Rosneft move ahead with additional plans for seismic surveys in the Russian Chukchi Basin.
Volunteer Dayneé Rosales recently traveled to an incredible place: Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the USA and the host of a traditional whaling festival, Nalukataq.
With Arctic activity escalating, the North Slope Arctic Borough is taking steps to protect its resources while developing its economy by moving to create a port authority.
Volunteer producer Dayneé changes hats, reporting on the Nalukataq celebration in Barrow, Alaska: “I am not a newsie at heart. I compensated for it by giving myself more prep time and a few pep talks in front of the mirror that went something like, ‘You’re assertive! You ask questions! You can walk up to strangers and ask coherent, intelligent questions!'”
Last week, Barrow celebrated Nalukataq, a community gathering for a bowhead whale harvest. It was reminiscent of a summer cook out, albeit in 30 degree weather.
See it in photos: Dayneé was in Barrow this weekend for the Nalukataq celebration: a community-wide gathering sharing whale meat and celebrating a successful harvest.