Nathaniel Herz, Northern Journal

a drilling rig

There’s lots of gas in Cook Inlet — here’s why some companies aren’t drilling

Leaders of Alaska’s biggest utilities say they don’t want to risk investing in drilling, when imported LNG appears reliable and competitive.
a stethoscope and a calculator

Monthly premiums for health insurance on the federal marketplace will rise 16% in Alaska next year

The spike comes after an 18% increase the previous year, which means prices have risen more than one-third in two years.
thousands of fish released from a net on a boat

With little movement on salmon bycatch, Alaska advocates look to Biden administration for executive action

The move comes amid catastrophic shortfalls in salmon harvests in some of Alaska’s rural, Indigenous communities.
a village on the water

Alaska watches, nervously, as Ukraine war pushes more Russian oil through Bering Strait

While the ships are free to pass through the Bering Strait, its 55-mile width means that any spills would be likely to drift toward Alaska communities.
fishing boats

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy names ad consultant, talk show host Porcaro to commercial fisheries agency

Mike Dunleavy has appointed ally Mike Porcaro, a longtime GOP consultant and talk radio host, to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.
fishing boats in the water

Alaska salmon fishers fume over low prices, but processors say they’re hurting too

Bristol Bay fishers are calling for strikes, lawsuits and “picket signs and pitchforks” in response to low salmon prices. But an industry expert says processors have been hurt too.
a Sitka Sound troller

In ‘major victory’ for Southeast Alaska trollers, federal appeals panel reverses fishery closure

In a five-page ruling, a federal appeals panel stayed a lower court ruling suspending the fishery to protect Southern Resident killer whales.
a Chinook salmon

Washington-based conservation group wants Endangered Species Act protections for Alaska king salmon

The Wild Fish Conservancy already closed an iconic Alaska fishery with a lawsuit.
wind turbines

As natural gas shortage looms, Alaska utilities and advocates feud over renewable power bill

The two sides agree on the need to wean Alaska’s power grid from its deep dependence on natural gas, but they disagree on how quickly.
a Sitka Sound troller

To protect orcas, federal judge orders closure of iconic Southeast Alaska troll fishery

A federal judge issued an order Tuesday voiding an environmental review that helped authorize the small-scale $30 million fishery.
many fish in water

Fish hatcheries, long seen as a last resort, get a new look amid Yukon River salmon crisis

First Nations groups in the Yukon Territory and Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration are advancing discussions about whether hatcheries could help stem a steep crash in salmon populations.
a Tanner crab

Inside Kodiak’s crab standoff

Crews from more than 100 boats are waiting for a higher price, but experts say they are facing global market forces unlikely to budge.
Alaska House floor

‘Stalemate’: Prepare to wait weeks, or even months, before a majority forms in Alaska House

Key decisions, like school spending and the size of Alaska’s oil-wealth checks, hang in the balance pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging a Republican’s eligibility.