At the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska, a mix of ammonia nitrate and diesel fuel is ignited in order to blast the rock containing valuable zinc. Read the whole story at http://alaskadispatch.com/dispatches/news/5684-red-dog-prepares-to-tap-a-new-zinc-deposit
On June 2, Anchorage-based group "Oil Addicts Anonymous" and others joined outside BP's Alaska headquarters to protest U.S. dependence on oil and denounce the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Much of what Deborah Brollini believes can be traced to her appreciation of home -- not just in the physical sense, but what a home means financially, emotionally and practically. Brollini is a volunteer for Covenant House, a shelter for homeless teens, and is an advocate for energy independence. She's a founding member of Alaska Energy Dudes and Divas, a group of citizens concerned about the state's primary industry. Brollini believes the first sign of a tanking economy is a decline in home values -- including her own -- and jobs (particularly oil and mining jobs) are what's needed to boost Alaska's financial stability.
Hundreds of riders gathered in Palmer, Alaska on Saturday, May 15, 2010 for the 11th annual Blessing of the Bikes. Butte resident Scott Paquette's has attended the last three. "It gives you peace of mind when you get your bike blessed," said Paquette. "You can relax. You've got somebody looking out for you."