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Verizon turns on Alaska 4G LTE network

Another telecommunications provider has entered the Alaska market.
Slope investments may top $5B with BP plans

Slope investments may top $5B with BP plans

BP announced June 3 it is planning $1 billion in new investment on the North Slope and possibly $3 billion more due to changes in the state’s oil tax policy signed into law May 21 by Gov. Sean Parnell. ConocoPhillips is also planning new projects, and while no figures have been given those could easily increase the total of pending new projects to $5 billion.

Uncertainty remains over fuel as cause of engine failures

During the final afternoon of the Coast Guard’s hearing regarding the Dec. 31, 2012, grounding of the Kulluk drill rig, a skipper from the tow vessel pulling the drilling unit said its fuel came from Delta Western Inc.
Parnell sets $425 million LNG trucking project on its way

Parnell sets $425 million LNG trucking project on its way

Gov. Sean Parnell signed a bill May 29 committing the state to finance $362.5 million of a proposed $425 natural gas liquefaction plant on the North Slope as well as facilities in Fairbanks to “re-gasify” and store LNG trucked from the slope and to distribute gas to residential and business customers.

Prosecutor drops UFA complaint without investigation

After shutting down an Alaska State Troopers investigation that had barely begun, chief state prosecutor Richard Svobodny decided no criminal charges will be filed in response to a complaint from the United Fishermen of Alaska that someone at the offices of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association eavesdropped on its January board teleconference meeting.

Alaska telecoms hope to close infrastructure deal this quarter

To compete with the new wireless player Verizon, Alaska Communications and GCI are trying to merge their infrastructure into the Alaska Wireless Network, or AWN.
Kulluk report due in July as hearings end

Kulluk report due in July as hearings end

Capt. Jon Skoglund, master of the tow ship Aiviq, testifies on May 30 in Anchorage during the formal marine casualty hearing into the grounding of Shell Oil’s drilling rig Kulluk on Sitkalidak Island on Dec. 31, 2012. The Coast Guard is expected to issue its findings in July.

EDITORIAL: Common interests: Religion shouldn’t trump state salmon fishing rules

Norman Maclean famously began his novel, “A River Runs Through It,” with this line: “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.”

State tax panel sets TAPS value at nearly $12B

A state tax panel has set the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at $11.87 billion for 2013 property tax purposes. The issue is highly complex, and controversial.
Proposed Eielson move still under fire after EIS released

Proposed Eielson move still under fire after EIS released

The Air Force released the draft environmental impact statement May 31 on its proposed transfer of 18 Aggressor squadron F-16 fighters from Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, or JBER, in Anchorage.

COMMENTARY: The Alaska oil comeback has begun

It’s been just over a month since the Legislature passed Senate Bill 21, the More Alaska Production Act.
Ketchikan shipyard business grows

Ketchikan shipyard business grows

The development of Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan has been more than 30 years in the works.

EDITORIAL: First Amendment is the only ‘shield law’ we need

Advocates of a shield law for journalists sound an awful lot like the gun-control activists who have been pushing for tougher laws in recent months. Both were energized by specific incidents. And both readily concede the incidents that stoked their fury wouldn’t have been prevented by the laws they propose.

Pebble Partnership touts economic impact

If it is built, the proposed Pebble copper/gold mine near Iliamna would generate substantial employment in Alaska as well as revenues to the local, state and federal governments, according to an economic analysis of the proposed mine by IHS Global Insight, an Englewood, Colo. consulting firm.

FISH FACTOR: Murkowski wants to see labels on GMO, plan from Pebble

Salmon setnet families were streaming out of Kodiak all week, heading to their summer sites to get ready for the June 9 season opener. Their departure wrapped up a busy week of Memorial Day festivities on “the rock,” including festivals, fleet blessings, a landslide on Cannery Row and visits by both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators. I caught up with Sen. Lisa Murkowski over a beer at Kodiak Island Brewery. She spoke candidly on several hot-button fisheries topics.

Era Alaska unveils UA-themed aircraft

Fetch! pet care ventures north with first Alaska franchise

Fetch! pet care ventures north with first Alaska franchise

Susan Baker was an animal lover with a background in biology working in IT in Fairbanks last December. In May, she became an animal lover with a pet care business, Fetch!, in Anchorage.
Research shows strong outlook for Aleutians golden crab

Research shows strong outlook for Aleutians golden crab

A collaboration in the Aleutian Islands has turned up a glowing view of the golden king crab stock.

Movers and Shakers 06/09/13

Top of the World

Top of the World

ASRC's Ty Hardt scales Mt. Everest to support Barrow Boys and Girls Club.

Bulletin 06/09/13

Top Obama appointees are using secret email accounts

Some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including the secretary for Health and Human Services, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.

IG report: IRS officials enjoyed luxury rooms at conference

Already under siege, the Internal Revenue Service was cited by a government watchdog for a $4.1 million training conference featuring luxury rooms and free drinks, even as conservative figures told Congress on June 4 they had been abused for years while seeking tax-exempt status.

Companies look to “reshore” IT workforce

Ken Behrendt had already had his fill of the hidden costs of offshoring, but the Eagle Creek Software Services chief executive was having trouble finding enough qualified consultants to expand the company’s development and technical support business in the Dakotas.
3-D printing goes from sci-fi fantasy to reality

3-D printing goes from sci-fi fantasy to reality

Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.
The Bookworm Sez: You can start over after 50

The Bookworm Sez: You can start over after 50

Retirement is too far away.

Judge: Agency erred in beluga estimates

The National Marine Fisheries Service made mathematical errors in estimating how many endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet could be harmed or harassed by seismic testing, a federal judge has ruled.

Rare earths research at Bokan sheds light on formations

A unique deposit of heavy rare earth elements at Alaska’s Bokan Mountain could help scientists understand how rare earth element deposits form, according to new research by geologists from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Archive »Transportation

Uncertainty remains over fuel as cause of engine failures

During the final afternoon of the Coast Guard’s hearing regarding the Dec. 31, 2012, grounding of the Kulluk drill rig, a skipper from the tow vessel pulling the drilling unit said its fuel came from Delta Western Inc.
Kulluk report due in July as hearings end

Kulluk report due in July as hearings end

Capt. Jon Skoglund, master of the tow ship Aiviq, testifies on May 30 in Anchorage during the formal marine casualty hearing into the grounding of Shell Oil’s drilling rig Kulluk on Sitkalidak Island on Dec. 31, 2012. The Coast Guard is expected to issue its findings in July.
Ketchikan shipyard business grows

Ketchikan shipyard business grows

The development of Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan has been more than 30 years in the works.

Era Alaska unveils UA-themed aircraft

Bulletin 06/09/13

Archive »Construction Articles

Ketchikan shipyard business grows

Ketchikan shipyard business grows

The development of Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan has been more than 30 years in the works.

Archive »Oil & Gas

Slope investments may top $5B with BP plans

Slope investments may top $5B with BP plans

BP announced June 3 it is planning $1 billion in new investment on the North Slope and possibly $3 billion more due to changes in the state’s oil tax policy signed into law May 21 by Gov. Sean Parnell. ConocoPhillips is also planning new projects, and while no figures have been given those could easily increase the total of pending new projects to $5 billion.

Uncertainty remains over fuel as cause of engine failures

During the final afternoon of the Coast Guard’s hearing regarding the Dec. 31, 2012, grounding of the Kulluk drill rig, a skipper from the tow vessel pulling the drilling unit said its fuel came from Delta Western Inc.
Kulluk report due in July as hearings end

Kulluk report due in July as hearings end

Capt. Jon Skoglund, master of the tow ship Aiviq, testifies on May 30 in Anchorage during the formal marine casualty hearing into the grounding of Shell Oil’s drilling rig Kulluk on Sitkalidak Island on Dec. 31, 2012. The Coast Guard is expected to issue its findings in July.

State tax panel sets TAPS value at nearly $12B

A state tax panel has set the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at $11.87 billion for 2013 property tax purposes. The issue is highly complex, and controversial.

COMMENTARY: The Alaska oil comeback has begun

It’s been just over a month since the Legislature passed Senate Bill 21, the More Alaska Production Act.

Judge: Agency erred in beluga estimates

The National Marine Fisheries Service made mathematical errors in estimating how many endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet could be harmed or harassed by seismic testing, a federal judge has ruled.

Archive »Telecom

Verizon turns on Alaska 4G LTE network

Another telecommunications provider has entered the Alaska market.

Alaska telecoms hope to close infrastructure deal this quarter

To compete with the new wireless player Verizon, Alaska Communications and GCI are trying to merge their infrastructure into the Alaska Wireless Network, or AWN.

Archive »Technology

Companies look to “reshore” IT workforce

Ken Behrendt had already had his fill of the hidden costs of offshoring, but the Eagle Creek Software Services chief executive was having trouble finding enough qualified consultants to expand the company’s development and technical support business in the Dakotas.
3-D printing goes from sci-fi fantasy to reality

3-D printing goes from sci-fi fantasy to reality

Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.

Archive »Alaska Politics

Parnell sets $425 million LNG trucking project on its way

Parnell sets $425 million LNG trucking project on its way

Gov. Sean Parnell signed a bill May 29 committing the state to finance $362.5 million of a proposed $425 natural gas liquefaction plant on the North Slope as well as facilities in Fairbanks to “re-gasify” and store LNG trucked from the slope and to distribute gas to residential and business customers.

COMMENTARY: The Alaska oil comeback has begun

It’s been just over a month since the Legislature passed Senate Bill 21, the More Alaska Production Act.

FISH FACTOR: Murkowski wants to see labels on GMO, plan from Pebble

Salmon setnet families were streaming out of Kodiak all week, heading to their summer sites to get ready for the June 9 season opener. Their departure wrapped up a busy week of Memorial Day festivities on “the rock,” including festivals, fleet blessings, a landslide on Cannery Row and visits by both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators. I caught up with Sen. Lisa Murkowski over a beer at Kodiak Island Brewery. She spoke candidly on several hot-button fisheries topics.

Archive »National Politics

Top Obama appointees are using secret email accounts

Some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including the secretary for Health and Human Services, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.

IG report: IRS officials enjoyed luxury rooms at conference

Already under siege, the Internal Revenue Service was cited by a government watchdog for a $4.1 million training conference featuring luxury rooms and free drinks, even as conservative figures told Congress on June 4 they had been abused for years while seeking tax-exempt status.

Archive »Editorials

COMMENTARY: The Alaska oil comeback has begun

It’s been just over a month since the Legislature passed Senate Bill 21, the More Alaska Production Act.

EDITORIAL: Common interests: Religion shouldn’t trump state salmon fishing rules

Norman Maclean famously began his novel, “A River Runs Through It,” with this line: “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.”

EDITORIAL: First Amendment is the only ‘shield law’ we need

Advocates of a shield law for journalists sound an awful lot like the gun-control activists who have been pushing for tougher laws in recent months. Both were energized by specific incidents. And both readily concede the incidents that stoked their fury wouldn’t have been prevented by the laws they propose.

FISH FACTOR: Murkowski wants to see labels on GMO, plan from Pebble

Salmon setnet families were streaming out of Kodiak all week, heading to their summer sites to get ready for the June 9 season opener. Their departure wrapped up a busy week of Memorial Day festivities on “the rock,” including festivals, fleet blessings, a landslide on Cannery Row and visits by both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators. I caught up with Sen. Lisa Murkowski over a beer at Kodiak Island Brewery. She spoke candidly on several hot-button fisheries topics.

Archive »Features

Fetch! pet care ventures north with first Alaska franchise

Fetch! pet care ventures north with first Alaska franchise

Susan Baker was an animal lover with a background in biology working in IT in Fairbanks last December. In May, she became an animal lover with a pet care business, Fetch!, in Anchorage.
Top of the World

Top of the World

ASRC's Ty Hardt scales Mt. Everest to support Barrow Boys and Girls Club.

Archive »Mining

Pebble Partnership touts economic impact

If it is built, the proposed Pebble copper/gold mine near Iliamna would generate substantial employment in Alaska as well as revenues to the local, state and federal governments, according to an economic analysis of the proposed mine by IHS Global Insight, an Englewood, Colo. consulting firm.

Rare earths research at Bokan sheds light on formations

A unique deposit of heavy rare earth elements at Alaska’s Bokan Mountain could help scientists understand how rare earth element deposits form, according to new research by geologists from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Archive »Fishery Stories

Prosecutor drops UFA complaint without investigation

After shutting down an Alaska State Troopers investigation that had barely begun, chief state prosecutor Richard Svobodny decided no criminal charges will be filed in response to a complaint from the United Fishermen of Alaska that someone at the offices of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association eavesdropped on its January board teleconference meeting.

EDITORIAL: Common interests: Religion shouldn’t trump state salmon fishing rules

Norman Maclean famously began his novel, “A River Runs Through It,” with this line: “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.”

FISH FACTOR: Murkowski wants to see labels on GMO, plan from Pebble

Salmon setnet families were streaming out of Kodiak all week, heading to their summer sites to get ready for the June 9 season opener. Their departure wrapped up a busy week of Memorial Day festivities on “the rock,” including festivals, fleet blessings, a landslide on Cannery Row and visits by both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators. I caught up with Sen. Lisa Murkowski over a beer at Kodiak Island Brewery. She spoke candidly on several hot-button fisheries topics.
Research shows strong outlook for Aleutians golden crab

Research shows strong outlook for Aleutians golden crab

A collaboration in the Aleutian Islands has turned up a glowing view of the golden king crab stock.

Bulletin 06/09/13

Judge: Agency erred in beluga estimates

The National Marine Fisheries Service made mathematical errors in estimating how many endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet could be harmed or harassed by seismic testing, a federal judge has ruled.

Archive »General News

Proposed Eielson move still under fire after EIS released

Proposed Eielson move still under fire after EIS released

The Air Force released the draft environmental impact statement May 31 on its proposed transfer of 18 Aggressor squadron F-16 fighters from Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, or JBER, in Anchorage.