January-Issue-4 2013

 

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GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage 


Driven by frustration over deficits and debt, Republican conservatives are pushing a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic spending cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike in an effort to force Democrats into making concessions on the budget.

Meyer wants to finish started projects 


A co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday that he would like the state to finish capital projects before funding new ones. Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, told reporters that is his own goal and said he hasn't spoken with the House Finance co-chair or Senate colleagues about it.

Stocks edge lower after economy report 


Stocks edged lower after a report that showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter, putting the brakes on a January rally that has pushed stocks toward record levels.

US economy shrinks 0.1 pct., 1st time in 3½ years 


The U.S. economy unexpectedly shrank from October through December, the first quarterly drop since 2009 and a reminder of the economy's vulnerability as automatic cuts in government spending loom.

Kerttula hopeful for coastal zone bill this year

House Democratic leader Beth Kerttula says she's hopeful that legislation will be introduced this year to re-establish a coastal management program.

Senators express frustration on fisheries aid

Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority in supporting a $50.5 billion emergency relief package for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Legislature to hire second consultant on oil, gas

A legislative panel has agreed to enter into a contract with a second consultant on oil and gas taxes.

Senate panel advances cruise ship bill

The Senate Resources Committee has advanced legislation that would change how Alaska regulates wastewater from cruise ships. SB29 now goes to Senate Finance.

Stocks edge higher, pushing Dow toward 14,000

Stocks edged higher on Wall Street, pushing the Dow toward 14,000, as investors digested the latest round of earnings and economic reports. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 57 points to 13,939 points as of noon EST.

Rep: Oil bill to be heard on parallel tracks

A co-chair of the House Resources Committee expects to take up the governor's oil tax bill in tandem with the Senate.

USOC to name training center after Stevens

The U.S. Olympic Committee will name a new training facility at its Olympic Training Center after late Sen. Ted Stevens, whose legislation set a template for the modern Olympic movement.

Shell drill barge remains in remote Alaska bay

A spokesman for the salvage of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge says salvers have not made a plan for moving the vessel from Alaska's Kodiak Island.

US stocks mixed after uneven economic signals

U.S. stocks meandered between small gains and losses Monday, cooling off after a rally that had pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index above 1,500 for the first time since December 2007.

Crucial, long-overdue BlackBerry makeover arrives

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedy browser, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone, the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.

Invasive pike thriving on salmon, other species

A federal and state study of two Alaska salmon streams indicates that nonnative northern pike can eat significant numbers of salmon smolt and will thrive on other species even when the salmon population declines.

Exxon surpasses Apple as world's most valuable co.

Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional

In an embarrassing setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making certain recess appointments and moved to curtail a chief executive's ability in the future to circumvent the Senate in such scenarios.

Stocks gain, boosted by P&G, Starbucks earnings

Stocks rose on Wall Street in midday trading Friday after Procter & Gamble and Starbucks posted strong earnings reports.

Begich proposes bill to improve mental health care

Sen. Mark Begich is co-sponsoring legislation aimed at improving mental health care in this country.

Archive »Tourism

Senate panel advances cruise ship bill

The Senate Resources Committee has advanced legislation that would change how Alaska regulates wastewater from cruise ships. SB29 now goes to Senate Finance.

Archive »Oil & Gas

Legislature to hire second consultant on oil, gas

A legislative panel has agreed to enter into a contract with a second consultant on oil and gas taxes.

Rep: Oil bill to be heard on parallel tracks

A co-chair of the House Resources Committee expects to take up the governor's oil tax bill in tandem with the Senate.

Shell drill barge remains in remote Alaska bay

A spokesman for the salvage of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge says salvers have not made a plan for moving the vessel from Alaska's Kodiak Island.

Timeline clarified for Susitna-Watana project studies

The Alaska Energy Authority and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may have cleared a once muddied near-term timeline for the Susitna-Watana hydropower project.

State differs with Southcentral utilities on Inlet gas supply

JUNEAU — State officials say there’s undeveloped natural gas in Cook Inlet, as well as oil, and that the regional gas supply situation may not be as bleak as feared.

Committee begins hearings on latest oil tax reform plan 


JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s revenue commissioner said Jan. 22 that he’s seen no evidence that tax credits to oil companies have led to increased production.

Endeavor rig could start drilling by spring

KENAI — The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig — idling at dock in Homer since late August — could start drilling after the snow melts, an official with Buccaneer Energy said Jan. 18.

New Kenai gas find could be approved this year

NordAq Energy is at an advanced stage of permitting for a possible new natural gas development in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Archive »Telecom

Crucial, long-overdue BlackBerry makeover arrives

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedy browser, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone, the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.

Archive »Technology

Crucial, long-overdue BlackBerry makeover arrives

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedy browser, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone, the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.

Archive »Alaska Politics

Senators express frustration on fisheries aid

Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority in supporting a $50.5 billion emergency relief package for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Legislature to hire second consultant on oil, gas

A legislative panel has agreed to enter into a contract with a second consultant on oil and gas taxes.

Rep: Oil bill to be heard on parallel tracks

A co-chair of the House Resources Committee expects to take up the governor's oil tax bill in tandem with the Senate.

Timeline clarified for Susitna-Watana project studies

The Alaska Energy Authority and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may have cleared a once muddied near-term timeline for the Susitna-Watana hydropower project.

State differs with Southcentral utilities on Inlet gas supply

JUNEAU — State officials say there’s undeveloped natural gas in Cook Inlet, as well as oil, and that the regional gas supply situation may not be as bleak as feared.

Committee begins hearings on latest oil tax reform plan 


JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s revenue commissioner said Jan. 22 that he’s seen no evidence that tax credits to oil companies have led to increased production.

Study finds billion-dollar benefit to Medicaid expansion

Expansion of Alaska’s Medicaid program under the new federal Affordable Care Act would create $1 billion to $1.5 billion in new wages in the state between 2014 and 2019 from added jobs in health care and employment generated by new business activity, according to a study by Northern Economics Inc., an Anchorage-based consulting firm.

IG report: Major changes needed at Anchorage VA office

A recent Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Office report recommends changes to the disability claims processing procedures at the Anchorage Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

Archive »National Politics

Senators express frustration on fisheries aid

Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority in supporting a $50.5 billion emergency relief package for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional

In an embarrassing setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making certain recess appointments and moved to curtail a chief executive's ability in the future to circumvent the Senate in such scenarios.

Begich proposes bill to improve mental health care

Sen. Mark Begich is co-sponsoring legislation aimed at improving mental health care in this country.

Archive »Money Talks

Stocks gain, boosted by P&G, Starbucks earnings

Stocks rose on Wall Street in midday trading Friday after Procter & Gamble and Starbucks posted strong earnings reports.

Archive »Finance

Stocks edge higher, pushing Dow toward 14,000

Stocks edged higher on Wall Street, pushing the Dow toward 14,000, as investors digested the latest round of earnings and economic reports. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 57 points to 13,939 points as of noon EST.

US stocks mixed after uneven economic signals

U.S. stocks meandered between small gains and losses Monday, cooling off after a rally that had pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index above 1,500 for the first time since December 2007.

Exxon surpasses Apple as world's most valuable co.

Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

COMMENTARY: Stocks posted solid gains in 2012, cloudy forecast for ‘13

The markets climbed the proverbial “wall of worry” in 2012.

Archive »Editorials

AJOC EDITORIAL: State should foot the bill for salmon disaster

Effective Jan. 22, the federal government made official what has been the policy since statehood in 1959: Alaska is in charge of its salmon fisheries.

COMMENTARY: Stocks posted solid gains in 2012, cloudy forecast for ‘13

The markets climbed the proverbial “wall of worry” in 2012.

FISH FACTOR: Extra time sought to comment on AquaBounty salmon

Fishing groups, consumers and health organizations are launching a final push to prevent genetically modified fish from getting the nod for American dinner plates.

Archive »Bulletin Board

BULLETINS 01/27/13

Anchorage expected to break bed tax record, December unemployment rate lowest since 2008, Partnership pursuing Arctic fiber optic route

Archive »Mining

Report projects 2016 startup for Bokan rare earths mine

With the publication of a highly optimistic financial assessment, the developers of the rare earth elements mine at Bokan Mountain on Prince of Wales Island have outlined a permitting and construction schedule leading to production start-up and 170 year-round jobs by 2016.

Archive »Fishery Stories

Senators express frustration on fisheries aid

Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority in supporting a $50.5 billion emergency relief package for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Invasive pike thriving on salmon, other species

A federal and state study of two Alaska salmon streams indicates that nonnative northern pike can eat significant numbers of salmon smolt and will thrive on other species even when the salmon population declines.

AJOC EDITORIAL: State should foot the bill for salmon disaster

Effective Jan. 22, the federal government made official what has been the policy since statehood in 1959: Alaska is in charge of its salmon fisheries.

FISH FACTOR: Extra time sought to comment on AquaBounty salmon

Fishing groups, consumers and health organizations are launching a final push to prevent genetically modified fish from getting the nod for American dinner plates.
Spring test set for Gulf salmon excluders

Spring test set for Gulf salmon excluders

Gulf of Alaska fishermen could receive a new tool to reduce salmon bycatch if gear modification research is successful.
Wave of new vessels will boost Alaska, Washington shipyards

Wave of new vessels will boost Alaska, Washington shipyards

Alaska’s fishing fleets are aging, but new vessels are making their way onto the water.

Board balances conservation, subsistence at AYK meeting

The Alaska Board of Fisheries made several changes to Arctic, Yukon and Kuskokwim area fisheries at its latest meeting in Anchorage, many of those in an effort to conserve chinook salmon.

State gives passing grade to CDQ groups after 2012 review

According to the State of Alaska, the Community Development Quota entities operating in federal waters on behalf of coastal communities have maintained or improved their performance from 2006 to 2010.

Archive »Coastal Journal

FISH FACTOR: Extra time sought to comment on AquaBounty salmon

Fishing groups, consumers and health organizations are launching a final push to prevent genetically modified fish from getting the nod for American dinner plates.
Spring test set for Gulf salmon excluders

Spring test set for Gulf salmon excluders

Gulf of Alaska fishermen could receive a new tool to reduce salmon bycatch if gear modification research is successful.
Wave of new vessels will boost Alaska, Washington shipyards

Wave of new vessels will boost Alaska, Washington shipyards

Alaska’s fishing fleets are aging, but new vessels are making their way onto the water.

Board balances conservation, subsistence at AYK meeting

The Alaska Board of Fisheries made several changes to Arctic, Yukon and Kuskokwim area fisheries at its latest meeting in Anchorage, many of those in an effort to conserve chinook salmon.

State gives passing grade to CDQ groups after 2012 review

According to the State of Alaska, the Community Development Quota entities operating in federal waters on behalf of coastal communities have maintained or improved their performance from 2006 to 2010.

Archive »General News

USOC to name training center after Stevens

The U.S. Olympic Committee will name a new training facility at its Olympic Training Center after late Sen. Ted Stevens, whose legislation set a template for the modern Olympic movement.

Exxon surpasses Apple as world's most valuable co.

Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.
Fur Rondy Royalty

Fur Rondy Royalty