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Coast Guard panel questions fuel, crew training and engine operations

The U.S. Coast Guard inquiry into the grounding of the Shell drillship Kulluk continued Friday, with questions on the overall management of the drillship and events that led up to the accident last Dec. 31.

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Coast Guard panel questions fuel, crew training and engine operations

The U.S. Coast Guard inquiry into the grounding of the Shell drillship Kulluk continued Friday, with questions on the overall management of the drillship and events that led up to the accident last Dec. 31.

Archive »Oil & Gas

Coast Guard panel questions fuel, crew training and engine operations

The U.S. Coast Guard inquiry into the grounding of the Shell drillship Kulluk continued Friday, with questions on the overall management of the drillship and events that led up to the accident last Dec. 31.

Kulluk hearing under way

A U.S. Coast Guard panel completed the first two days of hearings May 22 of the agency’s inquiry into the grounding of the Shell drillship Kulluk last Dec. 31.

Parnell offers $50M in state funds for ANWR seismic work

The State of Alaska could put up $50 million to share costs of seismic exploration and exploration planning for a new oil and gas resource assessment in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gov Sean Parnell has proposed.
Companies drill ahead on Cook Inlet projects

Companies drill ahead on Cook Inlet projects

Two closely-watched Cook Inlet exploration wells being drilled with jack-up rigs are reported to have reached or are approaching their target depths.

Japanese LNG group signs agreements with Alaskan cos.

Resources Energy Inc., the Japanese company interested in developing a large liquefied natural gas project, has signed several agreements to explore business relationships in Alaska.

Archive »Technology

Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable

Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable

CHICAGO (AP) — When Michael Gore stands, it’s a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.

Archive »Alaska Politics

Parnell spares budget vetoes, signs SB21

Parnell spares budget vetoes, signs SB21

Gov. Sean Parnell left the Legislature’s budget largely intact when he signed off on $6.8 billion in general fund spending for the 2014 fiscal year.

Parnell offers $50M in state funds for ANWR seismic work

The State of Alaska could put up $50 million to share costs of seismic exploration and exploration planning for a new oil and gas resource assessment in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gov Sean Parnell has proposed.

Sealaska land transfer bills gaining traction in Congress

There is hope legislation sponsored by the Alaska Congressional delegation aimed at settling land conveyances with Sealaska Corp. might finally get a vote.

Archive »Editorials

GUEST COMMENTARY: Imagine...Obama as a Republican

Remember the 1996 movie, “A Time to Kill”?

FISH FACTOR: Shipping ‘iceless’ salmon; Bristol Bay dollars go national

National Maritime Day May 22 marked another maritime benchmark.
The Bookworm Sez: Don’t make your employees sick

The Bookworm Sez: Don’t make your employees sick

You set goals at the beginning of the fiscal year and you already know that your employees won’t make them.

Archive »Popular Politics

GUEST COMMENTARY: Imagine...Obama as a Republican

Remember the 1996 movie, “A Time to Kill”?

Archive »Science

Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable

Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable

CHICAGO (AP) — When Michael Gore stands, it’s a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.
Wind farms gets pass on eagle deaths

Wind farms gets pass on eagle deaths

CONVERSE COUNTY, Wyo. (AP) — The Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind farm for killing eagles and other protected bird species, shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Archive »Fishery Stories

ADFG, Mat-Su officials begin work on fisheries research

ADFG, Mat-Su officials begin work on fisheries research

WASILLA — Cook Inlet salmon research and management was at the heart of a May 15 meeting in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

FISH FACTOR: Shipping ‘iceless’ salmon; Bristol Bay dollars go national

National Maritime Day May 22 marked another maritime benchmark.

Archive »General News

Alaska Native regional corporation round-up

Alaska volcano ash plumes prompt flight cancellations

An Alaska volcano eruption is prompting regional airlines to cancel flights to nearby communities, including a town that reported traces of fallen ash.