Celebrate with Northern Center on Friday
All are welcome to our Solstice Picnic tomorrow at 6:00 PM. Bring your own beverages and a side dish, and we will provide main dish, some music, and lawn games. Can't wait to see you!
Note: Please do not attend the picnic if you are sick or have come in contact with a positive COVID case in the past week. Masks are optional, vaccinations are recommended.
Tonight: Birdwatching with Adventure Borealis
Join us for our first excursion of our new program! Staff member Christin Swearingen will introduce the new program and lead a walk to observe the plentiful birdlife that gather and nest in the boreal forest adjacent to Creamer’s Field. No experience necessary! We will be birding from good trails, but access can be muddy through the bog.
More information and registration can be found on the Adventure Borealis website. Tonight's event begins at 7:00 PM.
Manh Choh Ore Trucking Updates
Kinross plans to commence ore-hauling “trial runs” later this summer from the Manh Choh mine in Tetlin to Fort Knox north of Fairbanks, despite local opposition and significant concerns about safety. Using semi-truck-trailer combinations, Kinross intends to begin with empty loads, building up to loaded trailers, before replacing these standard rigs with the 95-foot-long, 80 ton double-trailer rigs that will be used during full operation starting next year.
The state also has yet to begin any construction on passing lanes along the Richardson, nor have they even selected a contractor selected to begin the process that would provide some safety measures against shared industrial and local use of the highway. The state has also not begun work on any of the five bridges that require replacement or significant upgrades to accommodate the heavy loads.
In this short, but powerful op-ed, Lisa Lee of Shungnak shared why she is opposed to the proposed Ambler Road, and the impacts it will have on her traditional way of life.
Despite increased opposition from Kuskokwim region tribes & the addition of several more tribal councils in a federal lawsuit against the mine, the state plans to intervene in a lawsuit that could block development of the Donlin mine in southwest Alaska. Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor claims the lawsuit directly threatens Alaska’s economy, putting money over the health, well-being, and concerns of the local people who claim that the previous permitting process did not sufficiently address the social and environmental impacts of such a massive mine, nor did it include meaningful tribal consultation.
- On Tuesday, Brook Brisson, senior staff attorney at Trustees for Alaska made oral arguments in court on behalf of interveners including Northern Center in a case to protect the Arctic Refuge.
In a ruling this month, the US Supreme Court completely altered the definition of waters of the US (WOTUS) and removed protections for millions of acres of wetlands across the country which had previously prevented unnecessary development, prevented pollution, filtered clean water, mitigated flooding, and conserved habitat for aquatic and terrestrial animals alike. To learn more about Sackett v. EPA, please read this piece by our friends at Trustees for Alaska who have broken down the ruling and what it means for the waters and 170 million acres of wetlands in Alaska.
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TONIGHT: Save Our Domes Community Meeting
Save Our Domes is hosting a community meeting tonight from 5:30-8pm at Goldstream Sports! Come share in music from Robin Dale Ford and Pat Fitzgerald, snacks & beverages, get updates on exploration around Fairbanks, and learn how to use the Alaska Mapper online tool.
June 24: Midnight Sun Festival in Fairbanks
We'll be tabling at the annual Midnight Sun Festival. Stop by and say hello while we celebrate the twelve hours of fun. More info about this year's festival can be found here.
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