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Legislature in slow motion Friday as adjournment date looms

City council passes no wake zone ordinance in Kenai harbor

Thousands of Alaskans fall into ACA ‘coverage gap’

House approves workers’ comp changes

A bill revamping how medical costs under the Alaska workers’ compensation program are calculated passed the state House Wednesday.

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. takes top honors in 2014 Best Places to Work survey

DOE to streamline export license review for Alaska LNG project

DOE to streamline export license review for Alaska LNG project

GOP candidates square off one more time as Aug. 19 primary nears

The three Republican U.S. Senate candidates squared off against each other in the KTUU Channel 2 debate Aug. 14, touching mostly on old and familiar themes.

Ferry worker union rejects tentative contract

A union representing the licensed captains and officers who work on the Alaska Marine Highway System has rejected a tentative contract agreement — and has not ruled out a possible strike.

CEO: Sealaska bringing focus back to SE

In the wake of the Alaska Native corporation’s 2013 fiscal woes, Sealaska is attempting to invest more close to home, said CEO and President Anthony Mallott at Thursday’s Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Cleanup underway at Cold War radio site in Southeast

A federal contractor is removing soil contaminated by fuel and debris at a Cold War mountaintop radio site near Petersburg.

Tribes still waiting for IHS contract support cost settlements

Negotiations between the Indian Health Service and Alaska Tribal healthcare providers continue, with 11 providers still in negotiations.

State doesn't have money to replace Gustavus float

The state transportation department still doesn't know what caused the failure of a $1 million steel float in Gustavus last winter. It also doesn't have the funds to replace it, and timber floats are in use instead.

Flood warning issued for Juneau

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River in Juneau, following the suspected release of water from a glacially dammed lake.

Groundbreaking planned on Coast Guard housing

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned this week for additional Coast Guard housing on base in Kodiak.

Polar bear surprises women in tent on Alaska coast

A polar bear surprised a mother and daughter in a tent on Alaska's Barter Island, and biologists say such encounters likely will increase with the ongoing loss of sea ice from climate warming.

Enstar employees go on strike

Big Data measuring dollar value of college degrees

To make the most money coming out of a North Carolina university, study nuclear engineering and you'll earn almost $90,000 a year. To make the least, study dramatic theater and earn $10,400.

US productivity recovers after steep 1Q fall

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.

Coast Guard mulls downsizing Kodiak station

The Coast Guard is considering a proposal to downsize its Kodiak communications station.

Air Force names Eielson as preferred location for F-35s

Feds ask Mat-Su for ferry grants back

Feds ask Mat-Su for ferry grants back

The Federal Transit Administration wants $12.3 million back from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for the borough’s failed Knik Arm ferry plan.

Officials order mine owners to halt further spills

A company that owns a gold and copper mine in British Columbia where a tailings pond burst, sending a massive wave of water and potentially toxic silt into surrounding waterways, has been formally ordered to clean up the site and prevent more material from escaping.

Gov signs bill on security for court challenges

Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation that will require those seeking to stop certain permitted projects to post a security.

Begich won't take public position on referendum

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he won't take a public position on the upcoming oil tax referendum.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly upholds bed tax veto

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stood behind the borough mayor on his veto of the body’s decision to ask voters if they want a 3 percent borough-wide bed tax.

State issues request to build Alaska Class ferries

The state transportation department has issued a request for a proposal to Vigor Alaska to construct two new Alaska Class ferries.

Shell, Slope Native corps. sign royalty deal for Chukchi leases

Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.

House votes to limit tax credit for immigrants

The House passed a bill Friday that would gradually increase the popular child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes.

Miller brings in nearly $130K, Treadwell $164K

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell raised $164,000 during the latest fundraising quarter.

Governor asks feds to buy surplus canned salmon

Gov. Sean Parnell has asked a federal agency to buy about 1 million cases of canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year.

Pipeline consortium files LNG export license application

EPA inches closer to stopping Pebble

The Environmental Protection Agency took another step towards blocking a Pebble copper and gold mine July 18.

King salmon restrictions affect Cook Inlet sockeye management

The announcement of a catch-and-release fishery for Kenai River king salmon, a severe reduction in harvest opportunity for sport anglers — triggered an equally severe restriction on hours in the East Side Setnet Fishery, one of the two commercial fishing groups in the Cook Inlet tasked with harvesting sockeye, or red salmon.

Alaska-based firefighters head south

More than 100 firefighters and other personnel from Alaska are headed south to help battle wildfires in the western United States.

Murkowski, Begich have dustup over press release

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office requested that reference to her vote to advance for debate a contraception bill be removed from a press release from Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Kenai River king salmon restricted to catch-and-release

After a slow start and declining return projections, the Kenai River king salmon fishery will move to catch-and-release fishing beginning Saturday through the season’s July 31 ending.

Wildlife troopers increase fishery enforcement

Alaska Wildlife Troopers have increased their presence in Kenai as thousands of dipnetters prosecute the personal use fishery on the Kenai River.

US unemployment aid applications drop to 302,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.

Hearing addresses string of Alaska inmate deaths

A state legislative hearing to address a recent string of Alaska inmate deaths prompted a call for legislation to establish a third-party independent review of such deaths.

US factory output rises for 5th straight month

U.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture. The modest gain underscored manufacturing's role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter.

Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers called anew for a special prosecutor to look into the matter.
Alaskans take up oil debate before Aug. vote

Alaskans take up oil debate before Aug. vote

The public was encouraged to participate in the oil tax discussion July 14 during a debate between current and former state government officials broadcast across Alaska.

Parnell: Pipeline agreement signed

Gov. Sean Parnell says an agreement has been signed that allows for the next stage in pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project.

Yellen sees little threat to financial stability

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she doesn't see a need for the Fed to start raising interest rates to defuse the risk that extremely low rates could destabilize the financial system.

Concern raised with direction of regulatory board

A former director of the agency that regulates Alaska's liquor industry said interference by the state commerce commissioner's office limited her ability to effectively do her job.

Shaktoolik building berm to guard against erosion

A small Alaska community at risk of erosion is taking matters into their own hands, building a coastal berm as a line of defense against fall storm surges.

US hiring likely strong for a 5th straight month

Hiring was likely robust for a fifth straight month in June, a sign that the economic recovery, now entering its sixth year, is finally gaining meaningful traction.

State asks to join King Cove suit

Alaska is again looking for a fight with the feds, this time over the King Cove access road.

Steady job growth boosts US consumer confidence

Strong job growth lifted U.S. consumer confidence this month, as Americans looked past the economy's dismal first quarter performance.

Obama rips GOP in election-year economic salvo

Blasting the GOP as wilfully indifferent to American struggles, President Barack Obama issued a rebuke Friday to Republican attempts to thwart his economic agenda, offering a stark contrast that Democrats hope will yield electoral success in November.

Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.

Judge requires CIFF to reimburse state for lawsuit costs

A judge ruled Wednesday that a commercial fishing group should pay part of the State’s cost for the lawsuit regarding management of the Cook Inlet salmon fisheries in 2013.

EPA says it can't find some records on Alaska mine

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it's can't find emails from a former biologist who was evaluating the impact of a large gold and copper mine proposed in southwest Alaska.

State plans meetings on road despite objections

Residents of an Alaska village are boycotting two days of meetings being conducted by a state agency to discuss a 220-mile road to the Ambler Mining District.

Park Service says drones could disturb wildlife

A spokeswoman for the National Park Service in Alaska says the state doesn't have a lot of experience with drones but there are concerns about how they could affect people and wildlife.

Kake hatchery to close Monday

The hatchery in the southeast Alaska community of Kake is scheduled to close Monday, though it remains possible that a regional hatchery group could still take it over.

Panel: Don Young violated US House ethics

The House Ethics Committee has found U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska violated House rules by using campaign funds for personal trips and accepting improper gifts.

Union secretary charged with embezzlement

A 42-year-old Juneau man has been indicted on one count of embezzling from a union.

Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing

The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday the agency will not share with Congress additional details about its lost emails related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information.

GOP-led House backs limits on Obama's authority

In an election-year challenge to President Barack Obama, the Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $570 billion defense bill that halts any Guantanamo transfers for a year amid the furor over the American-for-Taliban swap and pulls back on government spying.

New health chief moves to put stamp on overhaul

President Barack Obama's new health chief is revamping the administration's management of the health care overhaul, aiming to improve accountability and prevent another round of insurance chaos this fall.
Wash out halts rail service to Seward

Wash out halts rail service to Seward

Alaska Railroad passengers hoping to take the train to Seward will have to wait at least one more day to get there by rail.

24-hour shutdown of Alaska pipeline planned

The trans-Alaska pipeline system is scheduled to be shut down for 24 hours, beginning Friday morning, for major maintenance.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.17 percent

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historic lows.

Air Force cancels study of Eielson F-16 transfer

The Air Force has canceled plans to study a move of F-16 fighter jets from Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.
Prudhoe flight a first for unmanned craft

Prudhoe flight a first for unmanned craft

BP partook in the nation’s the first commercial unmanned aircraft flight over land June 8 when it flew over Prudhoe Bay.

Acting chief says VA won't tolerate intimidation

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson is warning VA administrators that he won't tolerate intimidation or retaliation against anyone who calls attention to problems within the veterans' health system.

Judge: State wrong on Native language rules

The constitutional right to vote requires the state of Alaska to translate all election materials into Native languages for voters lacking English proficiency, a federal judge said.

US consumer spending surges in April

Consumers increased their borrowing by a sizable amount in April, with growth in credit card debt rising at the fastest pace in more than 12 years.

Subsistence closures planned for Quinhagak area

State wildlife managers have taken an unprecedented action and implemented a king salmon subsistence closure in the Quinhagak area.

US employers add 217K jobs; rate stays at 6.3 pct.

U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.

Adverse ruling in CIRI dispute pushes Buccaneer into bankruptcy filing

Murkowski: VA problems 'far larger than 1 man'

Alaska's senior U.S. senator says the structural problem within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is "far larger than one man."

River turbine to be tested at rural Alaska village

A company that hopes to build underwater river turbines as a clean power alternative to diesel in Alaska villages has unveiled a prototype due to be tested in July.

Fairbanks suspect in pipeline case to be released

A federal magistrate decided Thursday that the Fairbanks man charged with lying to the FBI about the 1978 bombing of the trans-Alaska pipeline can be been released while he awaits trial.

Obama prepares to push for new power plant rules

President Barack Obama is planning a public show of support for new climate change rules that his administration will unveil Monday.
Bulldog reporter Tkacz dies at 61

Bulldog reporter Tkacz dies at 61

Murkowski hopeful that Eielson will house new jets

Eielson Air Force Base likely will be on a narrowed list of potential locations for two squadrons of new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.

Near miss reported between passenger jet, airplane

The National Transportation Safety Board is reporting a "near miss" between an Alaska Airlines passenger jet and a cargo plane over Anchorage's Fire Island south of the city's main airport.

Sealaska board appoints new CEO

The board of the Juneau-based regional Native corporation announced Tuesday it has appointed Anthony Mallott to take the helm, beginning June 28.

Parnell signs budgets, makes no vetoes, lauds spending cuts

Judge wants better rationale from Corps on CD-5

A U.S. Alaska District Court judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not provide an adequate rationale for its decision to allow ConocoPhillips to proceed with road and bridge construction at its CD-5 project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Alaska Native corporations join to oppose oil tax reform repeal

Alaska Native corporations join to oppose oil tax reform repeal

Six Alaska Native regional corporations have launched their own campaign to defeat Ballot Measure 1 on the August primary election ballot. The ballot measure would repeal Senate Bill 21, a bill restructuring the state oil production tax passed by state legislators in 2013.

Ousted GOP leader plans run for governor

Russ Millette, who was ousted as leader of the state Republican party following a contentious election, plans to run for governor.

Agency mulls managing private refuge development

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering new rules for managing the development of private, state or tribally owned mineral interests within the national refuge system, prompting concerns from officials in Alaska who say it flies in the face of existing laws.

Plans underway to restore burned hatchery

The operator of a salmon hatchery near Petersburg says it is moving forward with plans to rebuild the portion of the facility destroyed by fire in March.

Residents prepare to leave as Funny River fire grows swiftly

Firefighters keep Tyonek blaze away from oil and gas facilities; Interior fire moves away from TAPS

Pebble sues EPA over attempt to veto mine

Firefighters continue work near Soldotna, Tyonek and the Dalton Highway

Residents of Anchorage awoke to gray skies and the smell of burning forests as smoke from wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula blew north.

Vigor merging with Oregon Iron Works

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial said Wednesday they are forming a combined company that will employ about 2,300 workers in the Pacific Northwest.

UAF committee unveils budget suggestions

A University of Alaska Fairbanks committee says the campus could save money by shifting to more online programs and by slashing support for public broadcasting.
Funny River Horse Trail fire grows to 20,000 acres

Funny River Horse Trail fire grows to 20,000 acres

McCarthy Road to close for repairs after landslide

A road linking the community of Chitina to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park will be temporarily closed next week to repair damage from a landslide.

Government fines GM maximum $35M in safety case

U.S. safety regulators have fined General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.

Airline CEO says safety changes are underway

The head of the company that owns Alaska commuter airlines cited in a critical federal report says the document doesn't reflect safety changes the company has made.

Unemployment rates below 6 pct. in 25 US states

Unemployment rates fell in nearly all U.S. states last month, and half the states now have rates below 6 percent.

Sealaska posts $35M loss

Sealaska Corp. reported a $35 million net loss for 2013 in its annual report released May 14.

Tug hits rock, spills at least diesel fuel

A tug vessel has leaked at least 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the Nushagak River after hitting a submerged rock in the water.

Archive »Real Estate

Parnell signs bill for residential housing at ANMC

Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday signed a bill that authorizes $35 million in bonds to build a residential housing unit on the Anchorage campus of the Alaska Native Medical Center.

US home re-sales surpass 5 million in May

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that's happened in 3 ½ years. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening.

Archive »Transportation

Feds ask Mat-Su for ferry grants back

Feds ask Mat-Su for ferry grants back

The Federal Transit Administration wants $12.3 million back from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for the borough’s failed Knik Arm ferry plan.

State issues request to build Alaska Class ferries

The state transportation department has issued a request for a proposal to Vigor Alaska to construct two new Alaska Class ferries.

State plans meetings on road despite objections

Residents of an Alaska village are boycotting two days of meetings being conducted by a state agency to discuss a 220-mile road to the Ambler Mining District.
Wash out halts rail service to Seward

Wash out halts rail service to Seward

Alaska Railroad passengers hoping to take the train to Seward will have to wait at least one more day to get there by rail.

Compromise gives Knik Arm bridge to DOT, makes KABATA operator

The compromise version of the bill to build the Knik Arm bridge, reported out of its House/Senate conference committee shortly before 9 a.m. today, transfers all authority to finance and build the project to the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

FAA selects Alaska as drone test site

Department proposes overhaul of Dalton Highway

The state transportation department has proposed rerouting a dangerous section of Alaska's northernmost highway amid growing traffic.

FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes

Airline passengers will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not talk on their cellphones — under much-anticipated guidelines issued Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Railroad hires new CEO from within

The Alaska Railroad Corp. board of directors announced Oct. 25 that Bill O’Leary has been named as the new president and CEO of the state railroad.

AG OKs barge deal, court still must weigh in

The Alaska attorney general's office has approved Lynden Inc.'s buyout of a competing cargo carrier in southeast Alaska, with conditions.

Deadly derailment won't stop oil on trains

A train loaded with crude oil could soon roll through a town near you.

AG's office looking at proposed shipping merger

The state is looking at whether the proposed merger of two shipping companies would constitute a monopoly in southeast Alaska and violate antitrust laws, the attorney general's office said.

Family killed in crash was vacationing in Alaska

The Antonakos family of Greenville, S.C., usually stuck close to home for summer vacations, but this year they decided to explore Alaska.

Official: Competing apps could slow project

A state official says competing applications to provide natural gas distribution in North Pole could slow a liquefied natural gas trucking plan.

Critics knock Alaska Airlines plan for Fairbanks

A decision by Alaska Airlines to serve Fairbanks with turboprop airplanes instead of jets for service to Anchorage has launched a barrage of complaints from residents of Alaska's second-largest city, with many expressing their anger through social media.

Alaska Airlines making plane changes for Fairbanks

Alaska Airlines plans to replace most of the jets it flies between Fairbanks and Anchorage with three turboprop planes, freeing up the jets to be used for new routes between Anchorage and the Lower 48.

Coast Guard hearings on Kulluk grounding conclude; report due in July

Two weeks of U.S. Coast Guard hearings on the grounding of Shell’s drillship Kulluk concluded Thursday. A report on conclusions of the inquiry is due in early July, but that deadline may be extended, Coast Guard Lt. Commander Brian McNamara said.

Archive »Tourism

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly upholds bed tax veto

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stood behind the borough mayor on his veto of the body’s decision to ask voters if they want a 3 percent borough-wide bed tax.

Park Service says drones could disturb wildlife

A spokeswoman for the National Park Service in Alaska says the state doesn't have a lot of experience with drones but there are concerns about how they could affect people and wildlife.

Arctic Winter Games officials hail Fairbanks plans

Visiting Arctic Winter Games officials converged on Fairbanks this week, saying they like what they've seen so far in preparations for the 2014 games that will take place in the city and nearby North Pole.

Family killed in crash was vacationing in Alaska

The Antonakos family of Greenville, S.C., usually stuck close to home for summer vacations, but this year they decided to explore Alaska.

Archive »Construction Articles

Official: More Fort Greely interceptors possible

The number of interceptor missiles at Fort Greely could rise beyond the level announced earlier this year, depending on threats from other nations, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said.

Juneau reports increase in building permits

Home construction in Juneau is up for the first six months of the year.

CH2M Hill to pay $2.9M to settle hatchery claims

The company that designed a new fish hatchery in Fairbanks has agreed to pay $2.9 million to settle the state's claims over alleged flaws.

Archive »Oil & Gas

DOE to streamline export license review for Alaska LNG project

DOE to streamline export license review for Alaska LNG project

Enstar employees go on strike

Shell, Slope Native corps. sign royalty deal for Chukchi leases

Pipeline consortium files LNG export license application

Alaskans take up oil debate before Aug. vote

Alaskans take up oil debate before Aug. vote

The public was encouraged to participate in the oil tax discussion July 14 during a debate between current and former state government officials broadcast across Alaska.
Prudhoe flight a first for unmanned craft

Prudhoe flight a first for unmanned craft

BP partook in the nation’s the first commercial unmanned aircraft flight over land June 8 when it flew over Prudhoe Bay.

Adverse ruling in CIRI dispute pushes Buccaneer into bankruptcy filing

Judge wants better rationale from Corps on CD-5

A U.S. Alaska District Court judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not provide an adequate rationale for its decision to allow ConocoPhillips to proceed with road and bridge construction at its CD-5 project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Alaska Native corporations join to oppose oil tax reform repeal

Alaska Native corporations join to oppose oil tax reform repeal

Six Alaska Native regional corporations have launched their own campaign to defeat Ballot Measure 1 on the August primary election ballot. The ballot measure would repeal Senate Bill 21, a bill restructuring the state oil production tax passed by state legislators in 2013.

Firefighters keep Tyonek blaze away from oil and gas facilities; Interior fire moves away from TAPS

Parnell signs Alaska LNG legislation

Homer utility debuts Nikiski energy facility

“It’s humming!” Rick Roeske, shouted over the deep vibrations emitting from the maze of whirring turbines and endless pipes crisscrossing within the new Nikiski Combined Cycle facility, where the majority of the Kenai Peninsula’s power is now produced.

AIDEA, AEA approve $75 million-plus for statewide energy

More than $75 million in financing for energy projects from the North Slope to Prince of Wales Island in far Southeast was approved Thursday by the joint Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and Alaska Energy Authority board.

BP to sell four smaller North Slope fields, retain ownership of Prudhoe

BP announced Tuesday it will sell four of its North Slope assets to Houston-based independent Hilcorp Energy.

Agrium dropped from tax credit bill

Lawmakers approved a tax credit bill for Alaska refineries during deliberations Sunday night, but excluded the Agrium Corp. fertilizer plant in Nikiski from the plan.

Lawmakers not quite done in Juneau, but gas project is approved

ConocoPhillips to reopen Kenai LNG plant, resume exports

ConocoPhillips is restarting its liquefied natural gas plant on the Kenai Peninsula and will resume shipments of LNG in May, the company announced April 14.

US government: industry hampering oil train safety

U.S. transportation officials say the oil industry is not giving up information needed to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail.
Buccaneer suspends CEO; Inlet strategy may be under review

Buccaneer suspends CEO; Inlet strategy may be under review

Buccaneer Energy, an Australia-based independent company exploring for oil and gas in Cook Inlet, has suspended its CEO Curtis Burton and asked that trading of its shares on the Australian stock exchange be suspended while a restructuring of the company’s finances is accomplished.

State fires another shot for ANWR, this time in court

Gov. Sean Parnell is still keeping the torch burning for exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR.

BP earned $840M in Alaska in 2013, paid $2.7B to state, feds

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. earned $840 million on its Alaska operations in 2013 on gross sales revenues of $5.39 billion, the company said in its annual financial report released March 5.

ConocoPhillips to expand its West Sak project on North Slope

ConocoPhillips has submitted applications to regulatory agencies to expand the company’s West Sak viscous oil production in the Kuparuk River field, the company announced Tuesday. The project is the third in series of new North Slope developments the company has announced in the last year.

Executives hail project agreement as significant

Executives from the North Slope's major oil and gas companies on Wednesday hailed an agreement with the state as a major step forward in pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project.
Flint Hills will cease refinery operations at North Pole

Flint Hills will cease refinery operations at North Pole

Flint Hills Resources will cease refining operations at its North Pole refinery near Fairbanks this spring, the company announced Tuesday in a press release.

Shell looks for silver linings in decision to cancel 2014 drill season

Shell’s investment in its Arctic Alaska offshore exploration is approaching $6 billion after eight years. For all that, the company has two test wells partly drilled in 2012, one in the Chukchi Sea and one in the Beaufort Sea.

Shell scraps its 2014 Chukchi drill season

Shell has scrapped its planned 2014 Chukchi Sea exploration program. The decision was made because of uncertainties raised by a Jan. 22 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in a lawsuit over environmental reviews of a 2008 federal Outer Continental lease sale in which Shell and other companies won leases in the Chukchi Sea.

State, producers, TransCanada ink key agreement on pipeline

Gov. Sean Parnell and companies leading the North Slope gas pipeline project took a major step Jan. 14, signing a “Head of Agreement” statement that lays out terms for how the state could help facilitate the effort through an ownership stake and its fiscal terms.
Parnell makes it official: State to seek share in gasline, TransCanada AGIA contract ends ‘amicably’

Parnell makes it official: State to seek share in gasline, TransCanada AGIA contract ends ‘amicably’

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell made if official on Friday: Alaska will explore taking an equity share in a large North Slope natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas project.

Buccaneer sells its holdings in Cosmopolitan, Cook Inlet jack-up rig

Buccaneer Energy, the Australia-based independent, has sold off some of its Alaska assets to finance its further work in Cook Inlet, the company announced in a press release Jan. 2.

ConocoPhillips applies for export permit to restart Kenai LNG plant

ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy to resume LNG exports from Alaska, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

New study recommends state consider equity investment in LNG project

State officials are mulling a plan to take an equity stake in a large Alaska gas pipeline and natural gas liquefaction project.

Oil rises above $101 as growth rebounds in China

The price of oil rebounded to above $101 a barrel Friday, boosted by a bounce in China's economic growth and as traders awaited the release of official figures on U.S. stockpiles of crude and gasoline.

Producers name Nikiski as lead contender for LNG plant, export terminal

North Slope producers and TransCanada Corp. have selected a site at Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula as the proposed terminus for a 42-inch North Slope gas pipeline and a large liquefied natural gas project.

Oil slides below $108 as Syria talks continue

The price of oil eased below $108 a barrel Friday as the U.S. and Russia held discussions in Geneva aimed at getting Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

Deadly derailment won't stop oil on trains

A train loaded with crude oil could soon roll through a town near you.

First day of Kulluk hearings details harrowing days of storm

A U.S. Coast Guard panel completed the first day of hearings planned for the agency’s inquiry into the grounding of the Shell drillship Kulluk last Dec. 31. Hearings that began May 20 are scheduled for two weeks.

Citizen group hands in petitions for voter referendum on oil tax change

A citizen group dissatisfied with the Legislature’s action to reduce oil taxes earlier this year handed petitions with 50,000 signatures to state election officials Saturday calling for a voter referendum to repeal the law.

Group says it has signatures for oil tax vote

The group seeking to repeal an oil tax cut said Friday that it has enough signatures to get the proposal on next year's primary ballot.

State applies for seismic exploration permit in ANWR coastal plain

Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday the state will apply for a federal permit to do a winter seismic program in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and said federal law requires that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell grant the permit if the proposal complies with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services rules.

State seeks to keep up pressure on gas line

The state is trying to keep the pressure on a Canadian company as it seeks to advance efforts to build a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska.

New BP Alaska chief outlines work planned for North Slope

Buccaneer finds oil, gas at Cosmo prospect; now fights takeover effort by Chinese investors

Australia-based Buccaneer Energy has encountered oil and gas-bearing zones in its Cosmo No. 1 exploration well in Cook Inlet, the company has announced.

Parnell raises concerns with pipeline progress

Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday said the companies pursuing a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska have not met all the benchmarks for progress that he has set.

Official: Competing apps could slow project

A state official says competing applications to provide natural gas distribution in North Pole could slow a liquefied natural gas trucking plan.

Coast Guard detains cargo ship in Valdez

A foreign cargo ship has been ordered by the Coast Guard to remain in Valdez until it deals with containers leaking oil onto the vessel.

BP announces $1B plan for North Slope work after tax reform

BP announced June 3 it is planning $1 billion in new investment and two drilling rigs to its Alaska North Slope fields over the next five years due to changes in the state’s oil tax policy signed into law recently by Gov. Sean Parnell.

Coast Guard hearings on Kulluk grounding conclude; report due in July

Two weeks of U.S. Coast Guard hearings on the grounding of Shell’s drillship Kulluk concluded Thursday. A report on conclusions of the inquiry is due in early July, but that deadline may be extended, Coast Guard Lt. Commander Brian McNamara said.

OPEC keeps oil output target at 30 million barrels

OPEC oil ministers reached quick agreement Friday on keeping output targets steady but deferred solutions on how to deal with surging U.S. shale oil production and internal rivalries denting the organization's image of unity.

Coast Guard drills down on failed shackle at Kulluk hearing

The Coast Guard today continued its investigation into the grounding of the Kulluk drillship with testimony from a contractor responsible for helping get the tow equipment setup.

Archive »Telecom

KTUU says it reached agreement with GCI

An NBC affiliate says it has reached an agreement with Alaska's largest telecommunications company that will return its programming to rural communities just in time for the Winter Olympics.

AT&T says it doesn't have to disclose NSA dealings

AT&T says it isn't required to disclose to shareholders what it does with customers' communications data despite complaints that the telecom giant has been sharing and selling that information to federal intelligence agencies including the National Security Agency.

Sale of 3 Alaska TV stations approved by FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the sale of three Alaska television stations to cable provider General Communication Inc., the state's largest telecommunications system.

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Park Service says drones could disturb wildlife

A spokeswoman for the National Park Service in Alaska says the state doesn't have a lot of experience with drones but there are concerns about how they could affect people and wildlife.

Fairbanks flight opens unmanned aircraft test site

FAA selects Alaska as drone test site

Archive »Alaska Politics

Legislature in slow motion Friday as adjournment date looms

House approves workers’ comp changes

A bill revamping how medical costs under the Alaska workers’ compensation program are calculated passed the state House Wednesday.
Alaskans take up oil debate before Aug. vote

Alaskans take up oil debate before Aug. vote

The public was encouraged to participate in the oil tax discussion July 14 during a debate between current and former state government officials broadcast across Alaska.
Bulldog reporter Tkacz dies at 61

Bulldog reporter Tkacz dies at 61

Parnell signs budgets, makes no vetoes, lauds spending cuts

Parnell signs Alaska LNG legislation

Nearing finish line, workers’ comp reform approved, deal reached on education

Lawmakers not quite done in Juneau, but gas project is approved

Senate committee releases its version of education bill

Divided Alaska House passes minimum wage bill

Divided Alaska House passes minimum wage bill

A divided Alaska House on Sunday voted to raise the state minimum wage, amid suspicions of lawmakers' motives.

Parnell introduces pension plan

Gov. Sean Parnell has outlined his plan for addressing Alaska's nearly $12 billion unfunded pension obligation in bill form.

Steady, not spectacular: US jobs up 192K in March

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Senate Finance proposes $9.1B operating budget

The Senate Finance Committee has proposed a $9.1 billion state operating budget, comparable in size to the package recently passed by the Alaska House.

Treadwell announces campaign changes

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell on Thursday announced that he had parted ways with his campaign manager, a decision that a spokesman said will help free up the campaign's finances.

Jewell rejects Alaska land swap

Parnell proposes $3B toward pension shortfall

Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing putting $3 billion from a state savings account toward paying down Alaska's roughly $12 billion pension shortfall.

Parnell decides against Medicaid expansion

Gov. Sean Parnell has decided against expanding Medicaid in Alaska, at least for now. The governor announced his decision late Friday morning while also releasing a consultant report identifying costs and benefits of an expansion.

Gov. Parnell to address Medicaid expansion

Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday was expected to announce his decision on whether to expand Medicaid in Alaska.

Oil tax repeal group reports about $1,600 on hand

The group behind an effort to repeal Alaska's oil tax overhaul ended the latest reporting period with nearly $1,600 on hand 10 months before the election.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Alaska’s strong economy impacts ‘Alaska-hire’ zones of underemployment

The critical takeaway from my Aug. 16 determination is that Alaska’s economy is healthy.

Walker planning to run as independent for governor

Republican Bill Walker announced plans Thursday to run as an unaffiliated candidate for governor next year.

Challenge filed to latest redistricting plan

A challenge to Alaska's new redistricting map was filed Thursday, claiming a handful of districts are not constitutional as drawn.

State seeking new voter registration system

The state of Alaska is seeking to replace a voter registration system seen as outdated in time for next year's elections.

Begich has big lead in fundraising over GOP rivals

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich held a huge fundraising lead over his Republican rivals during the latest reporting period.

Citizen group hands in petitions for voter referendum on oil tax change

A citizen group dissatisfied with the Legislature’s action to reduce oil taxes earlier this year handed petitions with 50,000 signatures to state election officials Saturday calling for a voter referendum to repeal the law.

Group says it has signatures for oil tax vote

The group seeking to repeal an oil tax cut said Friday that it has enough signatures to get the proposal on next year's primary ballot.

Parnell signs bill for residential housing at ANMC

Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday signed a bill that authorizes $35 million in bonds to build a residential housing unit on the Anchorage campus of the Alaska Native Medical Center.

Sullivan says he will run for lieutenant governor

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says he will seek the job of lieutenant governor.

Treadwell files paperwork to run for Senate against Begich

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says he has filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Sen. Mark Begich.

Judge holding board to redistricting timeline

A state court judge on Tuesday ordered the Alaska Redistricting Board to stick to its proposed timeline for redrawing the state's political boundaries.

BP announces $1B plan for North Slope work after tax reform

BP announced June 3 it is planning $1 billion in new investment and two drilling rigs to its Alaska North Slope fields over the next five years due to changes in the state’s oil tax policy signed into law recently by Gov. Sean Parnell.

Miller says he's in US Senate race

Joe Miller says he wants to be clear: he's running for U.S. Senate. Miller filed a statement of candidacy earlier this month. He said while there was a technical reason for the filing — individuals must register as candidates when campaign contributions or spending top $5,000 — he's in the race.

Archive »National Politics

11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL

Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

House GOP conservatives help propel budget bill

After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama's Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans.

Begich supports letting people keep plans

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has signed onto legislation that would allow individuals to keep their existing health insurance policies through 2015, but his spokeswoman, Heather Handyside, said Thursday he would like to see that concept made permanent.

Both sides agree: No major budget deal foreseen

On this, GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid can agree: There won't be a "grand bargain" on the budget.

Shutdown in 3rd day with Obama, Hill at impasse

President Barack Obama laid the blame for the government's partial shutdown at the feet of House Speaker John Boehner, escalating a government-shutdown confrontation that was leading headlong into a potentially more damaging clash over the nation's borrowing authority.

Russia to keep helping Syria if it's attacked

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue helping Syria even if it comes under attack.

Economy is being eclipsed as top campaign issue

President Barack Obama still calls shoring up the middle class his "No. 1 priority," but recent events overseas and at home are overshadowing the U.S. economy as a political issue.

Senate seeks numbers from NSA on phone collection

Exactly how many phone records of Americans does the National Security Agency collect in its massive surveillance program?

White House delays key element of health care law

President Barack Obama's health care law, hailed as his most significant legislative achievement, seems to be losing much of its sweep.

Treadwell files paperwork to run for Senate against Begich

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says he has filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Sen. Mark Begich.

Coverage may be unaffordable for low-wage workers

It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

Obama defends phone data collection program

President Barack Obama vigorously defended sweeping secret surveillance into America's phone records and foreigners' Internet use, declaring "we have to make choices as a society."

Archive »Money Talks

Trustees: Medicare trust fund exhausted in 2026

The government said Friday that Medicare's giant hospital trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than projected last year, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund remained unchanged at 2033.

Archive »Finance

US gains 288k jobs, most in 2 years; rate 6.3 pct.

U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.

US job openings rise in August, but hiring flat

U.S. employers advertised more jobs in August but hiring was essentially flat, further evidence of a job market that has weakened after a promising start to the year.

Investors pause to see where Washington goes next

Investors are waiting to see what happens next with debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington, just like everybody else.

Miners, deal stocks, Apple in focus on Wall Street

Mining companies and corporate deal stories were in focus Monday on an otherwise quiet day on the stock market.

US stocks slide as market heads for weekly loss

On the stock market, Friday was the disappointing capstone to a disappointing week, where unimpressive earnings kept investors feeling wary.

US employers add 162K jobs; rate falls to 7.4%

Stocks edge higher, helped by gold miners

Rising commodity prices made up for weak earnings reports on Monday, pushing the stock market slightly higher.

Stock indexes flip between gains and losses

Stock indexes fluctuated in midday trading Tuesday as investors tried to predict the Fed's next move.

US consumer sentiment stays near 6-year high

A measure of U.S. consumer confidence stayed near a six-year high in June as higher home prices boosted household wealth. The survey shows Americans remain upbeat about the economy, despite wild gyrations in the stock market.

Investors guess Fed's actions, push stocks higher

Investors are in a game of wait-and-see with the Federal Reserve. Monday, they guessed that the Fed will continue trying to prop up the economy, and sent stocks higher.

US stocks head lower at end of a volatile week

Tepid economic reports helped push the stock market lower on Friday as a turbulent week came to an end.

S&P upgrades US outlook, but investors yawn

The Standard & Poor's ratings agency said Monday it's getting more optimistic about the U.S. economy. But investors just yawned.

US employers add 175K jobs, rate up to 7.6 pct.

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, a gain that shows employers are hiring at a still-modest but steady pace despite government spending cuts and higher taxes.

US regains wealth from recession, but not equally

America as a whole has regained all the household wealth it lost to the Great Recession and then some, thanks to higher stock and home prices.

Retailers report modest gains for May

In the latest sign that Americans are feeling better about the overall economy, stores across the country had a pickup in sales in May.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Alaska’s strong economy impacts ‘Alaska-hire’ zones of underemployment

The critical takeaway from my Aug. 16 determination is that Alaska’s economy is healthy.

Archive »Popular Politics

Alaska Native corporations join to oppose oil tax reform repeal

Alaska Native corporations join to oppose oil tax reform repeal

Six Alaska Native regional corporations have launched their own campaign to defeat Ballot Measure 1 on the August primary election ballot. The ballot measure would repeal Senate Bill 21, a bill restructuring the state oil production tax passed by state legislators in 2013.

Archive »Fish Bytes

Kenai River king salmon restricted to catch-and-release

After a slow start and declining return projections, the Kenai River king salmon fishery will move to catch-and-release fishing beginning Saturday through the season’s July 31 ending.

Wildlife troopers increase fishery enforcement

Alaska Wildlife Troopers have increased their presence in Kenai as thousands of dipnetters prosecute the personal use fishery on the Kenai River.

Judge requires CIFF to reimburse state for lawsuit costs

A judge ruled Wednesday that a commercial fishing group should pay part of the State’s cost for the lawsuit regarding management of the Cook Inlet salmon fisheries in 2013.
Enforcement likely to be focused on the East Side setnet fishery

Enforcement likely to be focused on the East Side setnet fishery

“Right now the plan is in the infancy — it’s to keep (officers) on the setnet fishery,” McConnell said. “We’ll be checking 45 mesh and 29 mesh (net depth) and things like that... and possibly somehow try to find out if people are cheating on their fish tickets or not reporting on their fish tickets.”

Wildlife Troopers get $175K for Kenai fisheries enforcement

An unpublicized, end-of-session addition to the state capital projects bill for fiscal year 2015 gives the Alaska Wildlife Troopers $175,000 they never asked for to conduct "enforcement activities relating to" salmon returning to the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers and Upper Cook Inlet setnet fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula shoreline.

Court hears oral argument in setnet ban initiative appeal

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance and the State of Alaska each made a case to an Anchorage Superior Court judge today about why — or why not — a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetters should be allowed to move forward.

Board to take up Inlet setnetter petition

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider one of three emergency petitions regarding Upper Cook Inlet salmon management in an emergency teleconference tomorrow at 10 a.m.
NMFS OKs North Pacific council's Steller sea lion protections

NMFS OKs North Pacific council's Steller sea lion protections

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s preferred management measures to protect the western distinct population segment of Steller sea lions in the western Aleutian Islands would not cause jeopardy to the sea lions.

Group behind effort to ban Cook Inlet setnets files appeal

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance will appeal the state’s decision to reject its proposed ballot initiative that would ban setnetters in Cook Inlet.

Archive »Science

Park Service says drones could disturb wildlife

A spokeswoman for the National Park Service in Alaska says the state doesn't have a lot of experience with drones but there are concerns about how they could affect people and wildlife.

Archive »Mining

EPA inches closer to stopping Pebble

The Environmental Protection Agency took another step towards blocking a Pebble copper and gold mine July 18.

Pebble sues EPA over attempt to veto mine

Pebble to EPA: mine veto would overstep authority

The group working to develop the Pebble copper-gold deposits in Southwest Alaska responded April 29 to the Environmental Protection Agency’s possible move to preemptively block the mine.

EPA starts process that could restrict Pebble Mine 


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first steps toward possibly restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.

Anglo American withdraws from Pebble project

One of the partners in a massive proposed gold and copper mine in southwest Alaska is pulling out.

Parnell orders investigation of mining raids

Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday he has ordered an investigation of recent raids by federal and state officials at mines in the Fortymile River area, saying he will not tolerate a state agency's participation in the sort of conduct displayed.

Stocks edge higher, helped by gold miners

Rising commodity prices made up for weak earnings reports on Monday, pushing the stock market slightly higher.

Pogo Mine pledges $1M to UAF mining program

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has been pledged $1 million from a mining company for an engineering endowment that will allow graduate students to work on long-term projects.

Archive »Fishery Stories

City council passes no wake zone ordinance in Kenai harbor

King salmon restrictions affect Cook Inlet sockeye management

The announcement of a catch-and-release fishery for Kenai River king salmon, a severe reduction in harvest opportunity for sport anglers — triggered an equally severe restriction on hours in the East Side Setnet Fishery, one of the two commercial fishing groups in the Cook Inlet tasked with harvesting sockeye, or red salmon.

Kenai River king salmon restricted to catch-and-release

After a slow start and declining return projections, the Kenai River king salmon fishery will move to catch-and-release fishing beginning Saturday through the season’s July 31 ending.

Kake hatchery to close Monday

The hatchery in the southeast Alaska community of Kake is scheduled to close Monday, though it remains possible that a regional hatchery group could still take it over.
Bulldog reporter Tkacz dies at 61

Bulldog reporter Tkacz dies at 61

Enforcement likely to be focused on the East Side setnet fishery

Enforcement likely to be focused on the East Side setnet fishery

“Right now the plan is in the infancy — it’s to keep (officers) on the setnet fishery,” McConnell said. “We’ll be checking 45 mesh and 29 mesh (net depth) and things like that... and possibly somehow try to find out if people are cheating on their fish tickets or not reporting on their fish tickets.”

Wildlife Troopers get $175K for Kenai fisheries enforcement

An unpublicized, end-of-session addition to the state capital projects bill for fiscal year 2015 gives the Alaska Wildlife Troopers $175,000 they never asked for to conduct "enforcement activities relating to" salmon returning to the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers and Upper Cook Inlet setnet fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula shoreline.

New fisheries advocacy group plots strategy

Resources for All Alaskans, a group formed to combat an proposed initiative to ban commercial setnet fishing in certain parts of the state, met in Kenai to talk strategy with several local fishing groups after being dealt a blow when an Alaska Superior Court judge ruled that it could not intervene in a lawsuit over the initiative.

Court hears oral argument in setnet ban initiative appeal

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance and the State of Alaska each made a case to an Anchorage Superior Court judge today about why — or why not — a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetters should be allowed to move forward.

EPA starts process that could restrict Pebble Mine 


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first steps toward possibly restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.
Board adopts further restrictions to Cook Inlet setnet fishery

Board adopts further restrictions to Cook Inlet setnet fishery

Emotions ran high Feb. 5 as the Alaska Board of Fisheries deliberated a board-member generated proposal that outlined a new plan to pair restrictions between commercial setnet fishermen and in-river fishers who harvest the struggling Kenai River king salmon stock.

Group behind effort to ban Cook Inlet setnets files appeal

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance will appeal the state’s decision to reject its proposed ballot initiative that would ban setnetters in Cook Inlet.

Setnet initiative struck down

NOAA takes Steller sea lions off threatened list

The eastern population of the Steller sea lion will be taken off the threatened species list, a federal agency announced Wednesday.

Fishing boat grounds in Alaska near Valdez

CH2M Hill to pay $2.9M to settle hatchery claims

The company that designed a new fish hatchery in Fairbanks has agreed to pay $2.9 million to settle the state's claims over alleged flaws.

Feds fine Seattle-based American Seafoods $2.7M

Federal authorities are seeking fines of more than $2.7 million against Seattle-based American Seafoods, saying the company underreported its catch by doctoring the scales on its vessels.

Archive »General News

Thousands of Alaskans fall into ACA ‘coverage gap’

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. takes top honors in 2014 Best Places to Work survey

Air Force names Eielson as preferred location for F-35s

Feds ask Mat-Su for ferry grants back

Feds ask Mat-Su for ferry grants back

The Federal Transit Administration wants $12.3 million back from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for the borough’s failed Knik Arm ferry plan.

Officials order mine owners to halt further spills

A company that owns a gold and copper mine in British Columbia where a tailings pond burst, sending a massive wave of water and potentially toxic silt into surrounding waterways, has been formally ordered to clean up the site and prevent more material from escaping.

Gov signs bill on security for court challenges

Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation that will require those seeking to stop certain permitted projects to post a security.

State issues request to build Alaska Class ferries

The state transportation department has issued a request for a proposal to Vigor Alaska to construct two new Alaska Class ferries.

Residents prepare to leave as Funny River fire grows swiftly

Funny River Horse Trail fire grows to 20,000 acres

Funny River Horse Trail fire grows to 20,000 acres

Sealaska posts $35M loss

Sealaska Corp. reported a $35 million net loss for 2013 in its annual report released May 14.

2 Alaska State Troopers killed, person detained

Two Alaska State Troopers were shot and killed Thursday when they were conducting an investigation in the Interior Alaska village of Tanana, the agency and a local shopkeeper said.

Study: Alaska health care prices top nation

A new study says four Alaska cities have the costliest health care prices in the nation.
JBER, Eielson make F-35 short list

JBER, Eielson make F-35 short list

The Pentagon announced Feb. 25 that Alaska’s Air Force bases are on the short list of candidates to host a squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the military’s latest generation of fighter aircraft.

Ally paying $98M to resolve US auto-loan claims

Ally Financial Inc. is paying $98 million to resolve U.S. government claims that minority borrowers were charged higher rates on its auto loans than whites with similar credit histories.

Wind, downed trees affect power near Fairbanks

Unseasonable winter weather has again knocked out power to customers in Fairbanks and North Pole.

Hard Rock Anchorage to open in 2014

Hard Rock Cafe is coming to Anchorage.

Fairbanks schools stay closed after storm

Fairbanks schools were closed for a third straight day Friday as interior Alaska recovers from an ice and wind storm that knocked down trees and power lines.

Another storm hits Alaska coast

Another strong storm swept through western Alaska, bringing coastal surges that flooded low-lying areas Thursday morning.

Cost of Yukon River flooding about $70 million

An Alaska emergency management official says the Yukon River flooding last spring is expected to cost state and federal governments about $70 million in response and recovery efforts.

North America's tallest peak may be shorter

North America's tallest peak, Alaska's Mount McKinley, may have been taken down a notch.

Major quake recorded in Alaska's Aleutian Islands

Officials say a magnitude 7.0 earthquake has rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands with a jet-like rumble that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover.

HUD awards $900K grant to Alaska village

The city of Galena, Alaska, has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the federal government to help the remote village recover from last spring's devastating flooding.

Volcano likely erupting on Alaska Peninsula

Scientists have raised the alert level for a volcano in the Alaska Peninsula.

AG says mistake made in murder suspect's past case

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty acknowledged Thursday that prosecutors, corrections officials and a sentencing judge made a mistake in assessing the criminal history of murder suspect Jerry Andrew Active before he was sentenced in a 2009 felony case.

Galena residents plan return to flooded city

The evacuated residents of Galena who took refuge in Anchorage could start heading home next week.

Chrysler to recall 630,000 SUVs worldwide

Just two days after refusing a government request to recall 2.7 million older-model Jeeps, Chrysler has decided to do two other recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide.

Coast Guard detains cargo ship in Valdez

A foreign cargo ship has been ordered by the Coast Guard to remain in Valdez until it deals with containers leaking oil onto the vessel.