February-Issue-3 2013

 

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Labor, business groups reach accord on immigration

The Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO say they have a deal on principles for a new visa program to bring lesser-skilled workers to the U.S. — a key component of any immigration overhaul bill.

Tugs in Kulluk response effort collide

Two tugs scheduled to tow a damaged Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge collided while maneuvering in a bay off Kodiak Island.

Markets rattled by Fed policy concerns

An unexpected indication from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it is considering how to bring an end to its super-easy monetary policy rattled markets Thursday.

US wholesale inflation still mild despite increase

U.S. wholesale prices rose only slightly in January after three straight declines, the latest sign that inflation is posing no threat. It means the Federal Reserve has room to keep interest rates at record lows without worrying about igniting inflation.

Big year for northern lights tourism in Alaska

Winter tourists visiting Alaska, looking for the aurora.

Smaller companies testify on Parnell's tax plan

Independent oil companies offered a mixed assessment Monday of Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed oil tax overhaul, saying it is a good start but needs additional work.

Kookesh hospitalized with apparent heart attack

Former state Sen. Albert Kookesh is in an Anchorage hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Obama presses GOP to halt automatic spending cuts

Staking out his ground ahead of a fiscal deadline, President Barack Obama lashed out against Republicans, saying they are unwilling to raise taxes to reduce deficits and warning that the jobs of essential government workers, from teachers to emergency responders, are on the line.

Talk of more corporate deals sends stocks higher

Talk of more mergers and acquisitions is sending stock prices higher in early trading, setting the market up to continue a seven-week rally.

US security firm alleges massive Chinese hacking

Cyberattacks that stole massive amounts of information from military contractors, energy companies and other key industries in the U.S. and elsewhere have been traced to the doorstep of a Chinese military unit, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday.

Salazar to discuss proposed refuge with King Cove 


Residents of a remote Alaska village will get a face-to-face meeting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to make their case for a road through a national wildlife refuge to reach an all-weather airport and emergency medical care.

Man arrested in Alaska Coast Guard base deaths

An Alaska man was arrested Friday in last year's shooting deaths at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island that left two employees dead, the U.S. attorney said.

Holland America cruise ships returning to Kodiak

Holland America cruise lines is restoring its regular service to Kodiak in 2014, Discover Kodiak has announced.

Court stands by decision in redistricting case

The Alaska Supreme Court is standing by its decision ordering that the state's redistricting plan be redrawn for the 2014 elections.

Lawmakers' office accounts practice under review 


The practice of Alaska lawmakers being paid whatever remains in their office accounts is under review by a legislative committee, while two bills have been introduced that would dictate that any leftover money be returned to the state's general fund.

North Slope producers update Parnell on gas pipeline

North Slope producers provided a few more details of their plans for a large Alaska gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas project Feb. 15.

Sens. ask Obama to seek disaster aid for fishermen

A group of senators from New England, New York, Mississippi and Alaska is asking President Obama to request disaster aid for fisheries in their states.

Budget cut impact: Smaller Navy, fired teachers

What does smaller government look like? The budget standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans means Americans may soon find out, and the picture the Obama administration sketches is downright scary.

Race's only five-time champion withdraws

Musher Rick Swenson — the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's only five-time champion — has withdrawn from the 2013 race.

Foreign holdings of US debt hit $5.56T in December

Foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December, evidence that overseas investors remained confident in U.S. debt despite on-going budget battles in Washington.

Murkowski not inclined to support Hagel

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday she is not convinced that Chuck Hagel is the right choice for U.S. secretary of defense.

Archive »Transportation

Salazar to discuss proposed refuge with King Cove 


Residents of a remote Alaska village will get a face-to-face meeting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to make their case for a road through a national wildlife refuge to reach an all-weather airport and emergency medical care.

Study chooses Seward Peninsula locations for Arctic port

Alaska appears to be one small step closer to getting a deep-draft Arctic port.
Murkowski keeps up fight for reversal of King Cove action

Murkowski keeps up fight for reversal of King Cove action

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is continuing to fight a Feb. 5 Department of the Interior finding that threatens to kill a proposed emergency access road between the villages of King Cove and Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

Archive »Tourism

Holland America cruise ships returning to Kodiak

Holland America cruise lines is restoring its regular service to Kodiak in 2014, Discover Kodiak has announced.

Archive »Construction Articles

Murkowski keeps up fight for reversal of King Cove action

Murkowski keeps up fight for reversal of King Cove action

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is continuing to fight a Feb. 5 Department of the Interior finding that threatens to kill a proposed emergency access road between the villages of King Cove and Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

Archive »Oil & Gas

Smaller companies testify on Parnell's tax plan

Independent oil companies offered a mixed assessment Monday of Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed oil tax overhaul, saying it is a good start but needs additional work.

North Slope producers update Parnell on gas pipeline

North Slope producers provided a few more details of their plans for a large Alaska gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas project Feb. 15.

2013 season in doubt as Shell moves drill rigs to Asia for repairs

Shell broke its weeks-long silence on the status of its two Arctic drill rigs Feb. 11.

Hilcorp closes Marathon sale, turns up Inlet gas

After the close of a recent business deal, Hilcorp Energy has gained control of about 70 percent of Cook Inlet gas production and says it has eyes on increasing production to meet demand now and later.

Legislature marks 30 days with narrow agenda on oil taxes

At day 30, Feb. 13, the state Legislature was one-third through its 2013 session, with the Republican-led state House and Senate focused on a narrowed agenda.

Democrats propose alternative to Parnell’s reform plan 


JUNEAU (AP) — Minority Democrats in the Alaska House and Senate on Feb. 11 introduced their own plan for increasing oil production in the state, calling it their alternative to Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil tax “giveaway.”

Apache set to finish first Inlet exploration well

Apache Corp. expected to complete drilling at its first Cook Inlet exploration well during the week of Feb. 11 and will extract core samples, after which fracturing and a possible production flow test will be done.

Archive »Technology

US security firm alleges massive Chinese hacking

Cyberattacks that stole massive amounts of information from military contractors, energy companies and other key industries in the U.S. and elsewhere have been traced to the doorstep of a Chinese military unit, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday.

Archive »Alaska Politics

Smaller companies testify on Parnell's tax plan

Independent oil companies offered a mixed assessment Monday of Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed oil tax overhaul, saying it is a good start but needs additional work.

Kookesh hospitalized with apparent heart attack

Former state Sen. Albert Kookesh is in an Anchorage hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Salazar to discuss proposed refuge with King Cove 


Residents of a remote Alaska village will get a face-to-face meeting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to make their case for a road through a national wildlife refuge to reach an all-weather airport and emergency medical care.

Court stands by decision in redistricting case

The Alaska Supreme Court is standing by its decision ordering that the state's redistricting plan be redrawn for the 2014 elections.

Lawmakers' office accounts practice under review 


The practice of Alaska lawmakers being paid whatever remains in their office accounts is under review by a legislative committee, while two bills have been introduced that would dictate that any leftover money be returned to the state's general fund.
Alaska Railroad tops among infrastructure legacy for Sheffield

Alaska Railroad tops among infrastructure legacy for Sheffield

When you hear Alaska Railroad locomotives sound their horns and see those gold-and-blue cars, that’s Bill Sheffield’s legacy.

Legislature marks 30 days with narrow agenda on oil taxes

At day 30, Feb. 13, the state Legislature was one-third through its 2013 session, with the Republican-led state House and Senate focused on a narrowed agenda.

Democrats propose alternative to Parnell’s reform plan 


JUNEAU (AP) — Minority Democrats in the Alaska House and Senate on Feb. 11 introduced their own plan for increasing oil production in the state, calling it their alternative to Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil tax “giveaway.”

Archive »National Politics

Obama presses GOP to halt automatic spending cuts

Staking out his ground ahead of a fiscal deadline, President Barack Obama lashed out against Republicans, saying they are unwilling to raise taxes to reduce deficits and warning that the jobs of essential government workers, from teachers to emergency responders, are on the line.

Salazar to discuss proposed refuge with King Cove 


Residents of a remote Alaska village will get a face-to-face meeting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to make their case for a road through a national wildlife refuge to reach an all-weather airport and emergency medical care.

Sens. ask Obama to seek disaster aid for fishermen

A group of senators from New England, New York, Mississippi and Alaska is asking President Obama to request disaster aid for fisheries in their states.

Budget cut impact: Smaller Navy, fired teachers

What does smaller government look like? The budget standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans means Americans may soon find out, and the picture the Obama administration sketches is downright scary.

Murkowski not inclined to support Hagel

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday she is not convinced that Chuck Hagel is the right choice for U.S. secretary of defense.

Archive »Finance

Smaller companies testify on Parnell's tax plan

Independent oil companies offered a mixed assessment Monday of Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed oil tax overhaul, saying it is a good start but needs additional work.

Talk of more corporate deals sends stocks higher

Talk of more mergers and acquisitions is sending stock prices higher in early trading, setting the market up to continue a seven-week rally.

Foreign holdings of US debt hit $5.56T in December

Foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December, evidence that overseas investors remained confident in U.S. debt despite on-going budget battles in Washington.

Interest rates drive 2012 banking gains

Low interest rates were the driving factor — with positive and negative implications — in 2012 for Alaska’s financial institutions, industry officials said.
Cash continues to surge into mutual funds during January

Cash continues to surge into mutual funds during January

BOSTON (AP) — The newfound confidence that investors showed at the start of the year held up through the end of January, boosting cash flows into stock mutual funds to the highest levels in more than a decade.

Tips on disputing errors on your credit report

Disputing credit report errors can be complicated and frustratingly slow.

Study: 1 in 4 consumers had error in credit report 


WASHINGTON (AP) — One in four consumers found an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Feb. 11.

Denali Alaskan FCU offers financial fitness education for businesses

Businesses and members are receiving financial literacy advice from a program offered by Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union.

Archive »Editorials

AJOC EDITORIAL: Supporting Hagel a mistake, backing Jewell even worse

From the party that brought you former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who famously said we had to pass the Affordable Care Act “to find out what’s in it,” we now have been given Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel.

FISH FACTOR: Full speed ahead for bill repealing cruise ship discharge rules

Dilution is the solution for pollution sums up the Parnell Administration policy when it comes to cruise ship discharges in Alaska waters.
The Bookworm Sez: Shift attitude to change attitude

The Bookworm Sez: Shift attitude to change attitude

Lately, you’ve noticed that everyone runs when you enter the building.

Archive »Popular Politics

Beware the “Frankenfish”

Beware the “Frankenfish”

Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can’t refuse.
Some families to be priced out of health overhaul

Some families to be priced out of health overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what’s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama’s overhaul law.

Archive »Bulletin Board

BULLETINS 02/17/13

Russian oil company Rosneft signs joint venture at Point Thomson, Alaska visitor numbers increase, Redistricting board waiting on word from court..

Archive »Fishery Stories

Sens. ask Obama to seek disaster aid for fishermen

A group of senators from New England, New York, Mississippi and Alaska is asking President Obama to request disaster aid for fisheries in their states.

NMFS won’t list AK corals

A federal agency has concluded that a petition seeking to list Alaska’s cold-water corals as endangered or threatened does not contain enough information to make the case.

FISH FACTOR: Full speed ahead for bill repealing cruise ship discharge rules

Dilution is the solution for pollution sums up the Parnell Administration policy when it comes to cruise ship discharges in Alaska waters.

Kenai River Sportfishing Association accused of eavesdropping

JUNEAU — Alaska’s “fish wars” may have entered a new phase with the disclosure of allegations that someone at the Soldotna headquarters of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association was eavesdropping on a January teleconference meeting of the United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors.
Beware the “Frankenfish”

Beware the “Frankenfish”

Inlet drift fishermen file suit over salmon management

PORTLAND, Ore. — United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund filed suit in District of Columbia District Court Jan. 18 over the transfer of salmon management from federal authorities to the State of Alaska.

Fairbanks guide Morisky named to Board of Fisheries

Reed Morisky is the newest member of Alaska’s Board of Fisheries.

Council takes final action to protect crab communities, skate habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. — Bering Sea communities received some additional protection when it comes to processors shares being moved from one community to another.

Archive »General News

US security firm alleges massive Chinese hacking

Cyberattacks that stole massive amounts of information from military contractors, energy companies and other key industries in the U.S. and elsewhere have been traced to the doorstep of a Chinese military unit, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday.

Man arrested in Alaska Coast Guard base deaths

An Alaska man was arrested Friday in last year's shooting deaths at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island that left two employees dead, the U.S. attorney said.

Race's only five-time champion withdraws

Musher Rick Swenson — the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's only five-time champion — has withdrawn from the 2013 race.
Books for Tonga

Books for Tonga

Federal boat sinks, to be scrapped

Federal boat sinks, to be scrapped