Alaska

5:33am

Tue March 25, 2014
Remembering The Valdez Oil Spill

Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:59 pm

The Ohmsett research facility, which researches oil spill response, was closed just before the Exxon Valdez accident. It was reopened as part of the measures included in the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
Jeff Brady NPR

A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.

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5:26am

Mon March 24, 2014
Around the Nation

25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:25 am

Orca Inlet, Cordova's fishing harbor, on a blustery day this month. Commercial fishing is the small Alaskan town's primary industry.
Marisa Peñaloza NPR

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it.

It's a blustery, snowy March day when Michelle Hahn O'Leary offers a tour of Cordova, Alaska, situated on the eastern shore of Prince William Sound.

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4:24am

Fri March 21, 2014
StoryCorps

Animal Rescuers Create Joy Amid Chaos After Exxon Valdez Spill

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 10:21 am

Suzanne Bishop (left) and LJ Evans met while volunteering at an animal rescue center in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.
StoryCorps

It's been 25 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground off the coast of Alaska, spilling millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.

The impact on wildlife was devastating. Cleanup crews poured into the nearby port town, also called Valdez, where an animal rescue center was set up.

"The chaos is incredibly difficult to describe or even imagine," says LJ Evans, a local resident who volunteered to help. "Somebody came back with the first bird — the reporters were so frantic, somebody got in a fight trying to take a picture of this poor little oiled bird."

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5:12am

Wed January 8, 2014
Sports

31-Year-Old Hopes To Ski Past Her (Younger) Competitors

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 8:26 am

Holly Brooks competes in the 2012 Cross-Country World Cup tour in Sweden. If she makes it to Sochi, it would be her second Olympics.
Jonas Ekstromer AFP/Getty Images

On a frigid day at Hatcher Pass, north of Anchorage, Alaska, cross-country skier Holly Brooks glides up to a start line.

This race is just a practice with her Alaska Pacific University teammates. It's a chance for Brooks to test her skills before heading to Europe for the busy World Cup season, and then to Sochi in February for the Winter Olympics. Brooks is now a seasoned member of the U.S. Ski Team, but a little more than four years ago, she was on the sidelines.

On July 4, 2009, that all changed.

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4:14pm

Wed September 25, 2013
The Two-Way

iPhone Map Leads To The Tarmac At Fairbanks Airport

You might think twice about using your iPhone's map app if you're trying to reach the Fairbanks International Airport, unless you want to end up on the runway.

As The Alaska Dispatch reports:

"[The] directions take you on a turn-by-turn route to Taxiway Bravo. From there, it's a direct shot across the main runway to the terminal.

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