Emily Schwing, special to Alaska Public Media
The Alaska Fires Service says a fire burning near the village of Allakaket is 43 percent contained. The blaze covers more than 2700 acres. Fire Service Public Information Officer Nan Floyd says it’s tentative, but crews hope to have the blaze fully contained by the end of the week.
Exxon Mobil has filed a plan of operations for Pt. Thomson. The action follows a recent legal settlement with the state, and nearly 5 decades of work delays on Alaska’s largest undeveloped oil and gas field. Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed earlier this month could stall things again.
The Bureau of Land Management has hosted more than 10 public meetings this spring as part of the process to develop the first comprehensive management strategy for National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. The public comment period for the draft Integrated Activity Plan and Environmental Impact Statement ends Friday. KUAC’s Emily Schwing attended a meeting in Fairbanks to find out how people are feeling about potential oil and gas development in a controversial corner of the North Slope.
Doyon, Limited is waiting for the final report from oil and gas field work conducted in the Nenana Basin last winter. The interior-Alaska native corporation conducted 100 miles worth of seismic work in the basin last winter. Doyon President and CEO Aaron Schutt says the corporation has not developed a timeline for production yet.
Nearly 500 people gathered over the weekend for the Chickenstock Music Festival. The Festival takes place in the tiny community of Chicken, 80 miles north of Tok. It’s the sixth year in a row the festival has drawn a crowd from Alaska, the Yukon Territory and beyond.
The Air Force has flagged nearly 20 buildings on Eielson Air Force base for reuse, repurposing, or demolition as part the plan to relocate the F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Fairbanks leaders had another chance today to ask questions about developments in the plan during a teleconference with Air Force officials in Fairbanks.
Park Rangers are blaming lightning for a five acre fire inside Denali National Park. When a crew flew over the fire at noon Thursday, there was no visible smoke. The blaze burned a five acre area, 15 miles north of the park road along the East Fork drainage of the Toklat River. Park officials are concerned about an historic cabin located within three miles of the fire. Crews plan to fly over the fire again this evening.
Alaskans for Fair Redistricting released a statement last week calling the Redistricting Board’s Amended Proclamation Plan “terrible.” Vince Beltrami is the co-chair of AFFR. He says the latest plan could result in the loss of a protected seat in proposed district 38, which pairs urban communities in Fairbanks with rural communities as far out as the Bering Sea Coast.
The Air Force’s plan to relocate the F-16 Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force base will have serious implications for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District if the move takes place.
A group of community leaders held a teleconference with the Air Force’s Director of Logistics to find out more about the proposed relocation of the F-16 Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base. The meeting followed the release of an Air Force Report revealing more details about the move.
The Air Force released its report Thursday. It outlines the impacts of relocating the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base. Alaska’s congressional Delegation says the report leaves much to be desired.
The Cold Climate Housing Research Center has reworked its energy efficiency policy recommendations to the state. The report, released last week, details how the state can cut its total energy use by 15 percent. That kind of cut could save the state more than 850 million dollars by 2020.