October-Issue-4 2012

 

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State takeover of wastewater discharge complete

Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation is now responsible for all wastewater discharge permitting and compliance in state waters.

Brown bear suspected of break-ins killed

A large brown bear suspected of breaking into homes in an Anchorage neighborhood has been killed.

Kodiak seeks money for new water pumps

The city of Kodiak will ask the Alaska Legislature for $5.7 million to replace pumps that supply water to residents and the fishing industry.

Dollar up as US consumer confidence rises

The dollar rose against most major currencies as U.S. consumer confidence rose to its highest level in nearly five years.

Consumers give US economy a lift before election

A flurry of reports Thursday showed that U.S. consumers are growing more confident and spending more, boosting a still-weak economy just five days before the presidential election.

Scarce gas leads to ever-bigger lines at NJ pumps

Motorists across New Jersey faced a second day of stressful, enormous lines Thursday at the gas stations that still had both electricity and supplies, as power outages kept many pumps out of service and tough travel made fuel deliveries difficult.

Bass Pro Shop announces Anchorage location

A second major outdoor retailer from the Midwest has announced plans to open an Anchorage store.

Tribal commission members visit Alaska communities

Two members of the national Tribal Law and Order Commission are visiting interior Alaska Native communities this week, including Fort Yukon, Beaver and Tanana.

A slowed, darkened NYC begins to stir to life

Two days after superstorm Sandy brought New York to a standstill, residents itching to get back to work and their old lives noticed small signs that the city might be getting back to — well, not quite normal.

Board of Education approves waiver for districts

The state Board of Education has approved requests from 23 school districts seeking waivers from a requirement that they budget at least 70 percent of their operating expenses for instruction.

Eurozone unemployment rises to new record

Unemployment in the 17-country eurozone hit a record high of 11.6 percent in September, official figures showed Wednesday, a sign the economy is deteriorating as governments struggle to get a grip on their three-year debt crisis.

Eaglecrest Learning Center construction tentatively set for 2014, could open that year

The Eaglecrest Learning Center, a planned building that would house a “learning school” for aspiring skiers and snowboarders next to the Eaglecrest Lodge, could open during the winter season of 2014-15, General Manager Matt Lillard told the Eaglecrest board of directors’ Planning Committee Thursday evening.

Sandy's death toll climbs; millions without power

Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 34, many of the victims killed by falling trees.

Refineries scale back as storm moves in; oil falls

The biggest refineries in the Northeast shut down or throttled back on Monday in advance of Hurricane Sandy, and oil prices fell sharply as it appeared the massive storm will reduce demand.

Storm will keep financial markets closed Tuesday

Stock trading will be closed in the U.S. for a second day Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast. Bond trading will also be closed.

US home prices rise in August at faster pace

Home prices rose in August in nearly all U.S. cities, and many of the markets hit hardest during the crisis are starting to show sustained gains. The increases are the latest evidence of a steady housing recovery.

Southcentral utilities plan to import gas to meet projected shortfall

Utilities in Southcentral Alaska have asked for proposals for liquefied natural gas or compressed natural gas imports to help ensure local gas supplies, a utility group told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska Oct. 24.

Trials set to begin for Alaska Native fishermen

Some call it a protest by Alaska Native subsistence fishermen, but that's not the way it looks to Harry David and a couple dozen others charged with illegally fishing for king salmon in waters severely restricted by the state because of dismal runs of the prized fish.

All US exchanges shut down before Hurricane Sandy

U.S. stock markets are closed as Hurricane Sandy nears landfall on the East Coast and are likely to remain closed Tuesday.

Hurricane Sandy grounds thousands of flights

Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the U.S. northeast Monday and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from Hong Kong to Europe. The massive storm threatens to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days in a key region for both domestic and international flights.

Sandy gains power and aims for Northeast

A fast-strengthening Hurricane Sandy churned north Monday, raking ghost-town cities along the Northeast corridor with rain and wind gusts.

Permit issued for Point Thomson

Being able to begin work on the project this winter, and not to have construction slip another year, is critical to keeping the project on schedule to begin production in 2016 or 2017.

Deadline approaching for storm disaster assistance

Alaska emergency management officials say individuals have until Nov. 20 to apply for disaster assistance for damage from severe storms that hit a wide section of the state in September.

ConocoPhillips Alaska reports $535M in 3Q earnings

ConocoPhillips Alaska, one of the North Slope's major producers, reported net earnings of $535 million during the third quarter. That's down from net earnings of $551 million during the second quarter, which the company attributes mainly to lower production during the slower summer maintenance season. But it's up compared to the third quarter of 2011.

East Coast readies for 'Frankenstorm' monster

The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready.

Japan approves new stimulus for ailing economy

Japan's Cabinet approved a 423 billion yen ($5.3 billion) economic stimulus package on Friday, moving to fend off recession as the recovery in the world's third biggest economy falters.

Judge delays start of BP spill trial

A federal judge — citing the distractions of Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl — has postponed the trial designed to identify causes of the BP well blowout that spawned the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Archive »Construction Articles

Permit issued for Point Thomson

Being able to begin work on the project this winter, and not to have construction slip another year, is critical to keeping the project on schedule to begin production in 2016 or 2017.

Archive »Oil & Gas

Refineries scale back as storm moves in; oil falls

The biggest refineries in the Northeast shut down or throttled back on Monday in advance of Hurricane Sandy, and oil prices fell sharply as it appeared the massive storm will reduce demand.

Southcentral utilities plan to import gas to meet projected shortfall

Utilities in Southcentral Alaska have asked for proposals for liquefied natural gas or compressed natural gas imports to help ensure local gas supplies, a utility group told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska Oct. 24.

Permit issued for Point Thomson

Being able to begin work on the project this winter, and not to have construction slip another year, is critical to keeping the project on schedule to begin production in 2016 or 2017.

ConocoPhillips Alaska reports $535M in 3Q earnings

ConocoPhillips Alaska, one of the North Slope's major producers, reported net earnings of $535 million during the third quarter. That's down from net earnings of $551 million during the second quarter, which the company attributes mainly to lower production during the slower summer maintenance season. But it's up compared to the third quarter of 2011.

Archive »Alaska Politics

State takeover of wastewater discharge complete

Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation is now responsible for all wastewater discharge permitting and compliance in state waters.

Archive »Finance

Storm will keep financial markets closed Tuesday

Stock trading will be closed in the U.S. for a second day Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast. Bond trading will also be closed.

All US exchanges shut down before Hurricane Sandy

U.S. stock markets are closed as Hurricane Sandy nears landfall on the East Coast and are likely to remain closed Tuesday.

Archive »Fishery Stories

Trials set to begin for Alaska Native fishermen

Some call it a protest by Alaska Native subsistence fishermen, but that's not the way it looks to Harry David and a couple dozen others charged with illegally fishing for king salmon in waters severely restricted by the state because of dismal runs of the prized fish.

Archive »General News

Eaglecrest Learning Center construction tentatively set for 2014, could open that year

The Eaglecrest Learning Center, a planned building that would house a “learning school” for aspiring skiers and snowboarders next to the Eaglecrest Lodge, could open during the winter season of 2014-15, General Manager Matt Lillard told the Eaglecrest board of directors’ Planning Committee Thursday evening.

Sandy's death toll climbs; millions without power

Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 34, many of the victims killed by falling trees.

Refineries scale back as storm moves in; oil falls

The biggest refineries in the Northeast shut down or throttled back on Monday in advance of Hurricane Sandy, and oil prices fell sharply as it appeared the massive storm will reduce demand.

US home prices rise in August at faster pace

Home prices rose in August in nearly all U.S. cities, and many of the markets hit hardest during the crisis are starting to show sustained gains. The increases are the latest evidence of a steady housing recovery.

Hurricane Sandy grounds thousands of flights

Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the U.S. northeast Monday and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from Hong Kong to Europe. The massive storm threatens to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days in a key region for both domestic and international flights.

Sandy gains power and aims for Northeast

A fast-strengthening Hurricane Sandy churned north Monday, raking ghost-town cities along the Northeast corridor with rain and wind gusts.