Senator Lisa Murkowski just wrapped up her first trip to Nome in almost four years, touring local facilities, talking with leaders, and hosting a community meet-and-greet.
Emily looks back at her year, which has been the toughest one yet, but also the most notable.
A leaking gas line in Shishmaref has finally been fixed about a year and half after a village public safety officer first discovered an oily sheen along the northern coast of Sarichef Island.
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials say an analysis of samples taken in 2014 reveal the substance is a mix of “weathered gasoline and diesel.”
Measuring nutrients and toxins along the way, the American Geotraces project on the Coast Guard cutter Healy aims to reach the North Pole by mid-September.
Heroin use has been steadily increasing in the United States since 2007, and Western Alaska has been no exception.
More than 2,000 acres at the point could be transferred to Bering Straits Native Corporation, with several hundred-odd acre footprints for the U.S. Coat Guard and the State of Alaska.
An oily substance smelling of gasoline was first observed off Shishmaref’s north coast over the summer, but despite cleanup efforts over the summer, the sheen has returned.
Despite the huge storm’s potential to break Alaska weather records, forecasters in Nome say it’s unlikely to cause severe weather in Norton Sound.
As the U.S. outlines priorities for its time as chair of the international Arctic Council, some Alaska Native groups say there’s not enough focus on indigenous rights, while state lawmakers call for a greater emphasis on jobs.