After arriving at our station in June, volunteer news reporter Jenn Ruckel has been working to immerse herself in Western Alaska to understand it, and thereby report on it, better.
A buoy afloat in the Bering Sea near King Island gathers wave readings that are live-streamed for local users, but with funding set to expire at the end of this season, the buoy needs a home and money to keep it operating.
The $700 million drilling project comes as ExxonMobil and Rosneft move ahead with additional plans for seismic surveys in the Russian Chukchi Basin.
Criticism from miners has focused on a recent letter from city manager Josie Bahnke claiming “negative social impacts” from Nome’s offshore gold boom, but others, including the Nome Chamber of Commerce president, say they’re waiting for more information about the gold sector’s costs and benefits to town.
“I got off work,” Dayneé says, “and I thought to myself for the millionth time, ‘I should go on a bike ride today.’ And, for a change, I did.”
More than a dozen of the most competitive surfers from all around the world gathered in Kamchatka, Russia to ride the icy waves of the North Pacific just below the Bering Sea.
The assessment claims the impact will be minimal, and finds an increased Coast Guard presence will have “no significant adverse impacts” on water quality, arctic biology, cultural resources, and public safety.
The Bering Strait community of Savoonga, on St. Lawrence Island, landed its third whale of the season Monday, marking the first whale to be taken this year not from a hunting camp but by hunters in the village itself.
The Bureau of Land Management is drafting a new land use plan for 10.6 million of acres in its Bering Sea-Western Interior planning area, including lands in and around dozens of Lower Yukon communities.
The Arctic Resource and Development Meeting in Gambell continued into its second day yesterday. With many players delayed or absent due to weather, the conversation took an international turn: oil spill coordination between U.S. and Russia.