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November Issue 2 2014

Buccaneer assets sold; claims state owes $20M in credits

Bankrupt Buccaneer Energy Ltd. is demanding more than $20 million from the State of Alaska, days after appearing to sell its remaining assets. The Australia-based independent filed a motion Oct. 30 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas to compel the state to pay tax credits it claims it is owed under the Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share, or ACES, oil and gas tax system.

Sullivan poised to knock off Begich November Issue 2 2014

Sullivan poised to knock off Begich

A replacement for Alaska’s junior senator seat appears imminent, but neither side was willing to admit it as of the morning following the general election. “I don’t want to jinx it,” Republican candidate Dan Sullivan said as the calendar changed from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5.

Waiting game begins in narrow governor’s race November Issue 2 2014

Waiting game begins in narrow governor’s race

For Alaska’s gubernatorial candidates, election night was just the start of the waiting game. With all precincts reporting, independent candidate Bill Walker had 107,395 votes to incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell’s 104,230, or 47.8 percent to 46.4 percent, but an estimated 20,000 absentee ballots still had to be counted as of early Nov. 5, and the Alaska Division of Elections could still receive more before the final Nov. 19 deadline.

‘Yes’ prevails on pot, wage and salmon ballot measures November Issue 2 2014

‘Yes’ prevails on pot, wage and salmon ballot measures

Statewide ballot measures to legalize marijuana, raise the minimum wage and require legislative approval for big mines around Bristol Bay all passed on Nov. 4. Ballot Measure 2, to allow the sale, use and subsequent taxation of marijuana, was by far the closest and most campaigned of the referendums, with 52.2 percent of voters in favor of legalization.

November Issue 2 2014

Mat-Su Borough officials hope to trim $12.3M ferry bill

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will likely avoid paying back all of the $12.3 million it owes the federal government, manager John Moosey said of a bill that stems from a failed attempt to start Knik Arm ferry service. Moosey said borough leadership is putting a plan together that will hopefully convince the Federal Transit Administration to change its view on how the grant money should be handled. That plan should be sent to Washington, D.C., for consideration by late November, he said, as part of a revised schedule agreed to by the agency and the local government.