Known for having an adversarial relationship with the oil industry as a private attorney, Bill Walker made his first trip as governor to the state’s North Slope oil fields this week, taking a three-day tour of the widespread facilities and at times discussing prickly issues with oil officials.
Over Memorial Day weekend last year, thousands watched nervously as the Funny River Fire burned its way through the Kenai Peninsula. Though the human impacts were ultimately minimal, emergency responders say they learned plenty of lessons about modern-day disaster response.Megan Edge
A hearing in Anchorage on Aug. 21 will feature testimony from both sides on Chuitna River water rights. Already, Alaska's Department of Natural Resources has received 7,500 comments in favor of water rights. Laine Welch