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  • Alaska

    Shell resumes operations after storm force Arctic stop

    by Associated Press on Aug 31, 20:07

    Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed operations after high winds and rough seas north of Alaska’s northern coast put a temporary stop to exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean. But Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says in a Monday email to The Associated Press that full operations, including drilling, will start again once a systems check […]

  • State

    Alaska Supreme Court won’t block Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Aug 31, 16:54

    The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to temporarily block the state of Alaska from expanding Medicaid. It’s a victory for Gov. Bill Walker, who announced this summer he was expanding Medicaid without the approval of the Legislature. Lawmakers sued after Walker announced he was going forward without their consent. On Friday, Superior Court Judge Frank […]

  • Obama in Alaska

    Ohio Gov. Kasich opposes changing name of Mount McKinley

    by Associated Press on Aug 31, 13:31

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich disagrees with President Barack Obama’s decision to rename Mount McKinley as Denali, the name used by native Alaskans. Alaska’s governor and congressional delegation have praised the long-sought change, which was announced Sunday. But stripping the mountain of its name honoring former President William McKinley, a son of Ohio, drew criticism from […]

  • Alaska

    Southeast pink salmon harvest fails to meet predictions

    by Associated Press on Aug 31, 10:18

    Officials have reduced the estimate for Southeast Alaska’s pink salmon harvest by almost 30 million fish as the summer fishery wraps up its season. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1X4jRLO) that Monday’s purse seine opening will likely be the last of the summer. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Ketchikan area management biologist Scott Walker […]

  • Obama in Alaska

    Gov. Walker to fly with President Obama to Alaska

    by Associated Press on Aug 29, 13:15

    Gov. Bill Walker will fly to Alaska with President Barack Obama on Monday. Walker’s office announced in a release Saturday that Walker will accompany the president aboard Air Force One from Washington, D.C. The president will address a State Department global warming conference Monday afternoon in Anchorage. He also has visits planned in Seward, Dillingham […]

  • State

    Lawmakers seek Supreme Court intervention in Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 17:44

    Alaska lawmakers have turned to the highest court in Alaska in a last ditch effort to stop the expansion of Medicaid. A state-court judge on Friday rejected the request by lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid while the judge considers the merits of the case. Lawmakers sued after Walker decided to […]

  • Alaska

    Shell pauses Arctic offshore drilling for high wind, water

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 10:21

    A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC says he’s not sure when exploratory drilling will resume off Alaska’s northwest coast after high winds and waves shut down operations Wednesday. Curtis Smith says in an email that all critical operations were paused in the Chukchi Sea because of high wind and waves. The Polar Pioneer, a […]

  • State

    Fairbanks politicians warned for violating ‘billboard law’

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 8:06

    Politicians in Fairbanks and the rest of the state are receiving letters warning them to obey the “billboard law” with their campaign signs. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1JBpU4M) that the law prohibits political signs on property along state-maintained roads, which in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are most roads. For a sign to be […]

  • US/World

    Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways

    by Associated Press on Aug 27, 14:46

    A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waters. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction Thursday against the Obama administration rule. The rule gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to […]

  • Alaska

    Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

    by Associated Press on Aug 27, 13:28

    A state court judge in Alaska has ruled that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered that the state be blocked from implementing the law, passed last year, and a similar regulation. The lawsuit was brought by Planned Parenthood […]

  • Alaska

    Rate increases approved for individual health care market

    by Associated Press on Aug 27, 13:21

    The state Division of Insurance has approved average rate increases for next year of nearly 40 percent for the two companies providing individual health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace. Division director Lori Wing-Heier says Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield and Moda Health cited the high cost of medical services as one of […]

  • Money

    Burger King to McDonalds: Let’s make a McWhopper

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 16:27

    This probably isn’t what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald’s to join forces to create a “McWhopper.” In full-page newspaper ads Wednesday, Burger King says it’s calling for a truce with McDonald’s so that they can create a mashup of their most […]

  • Alaska

    Canadian official in Alaska amid mine development concerns

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 13:09

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and British Columbia’s minister of energy and mines are working toward a possible agreement in response to concerns raised about the potential impacts of Canadian mine development on rivers that flow into southeast Alaska. Nothing was finalized as Minister Bill Bennett neared the end of his Alaska trip, though he mentioned, […]

  • Fairbanks

    Land trust ruling in favor of native tribes faces appeal

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 11:35

    The state is challenging a 2013 ruling in favor of Alaska Native Tribes that says current laws do not prevent the Interior Department from taking tribal land into trust. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1Jyp09g) proponents of the Akiachak v. U.S. Interior Department ruling say tribes will have greater control over the land they own. […]

  • Alaska

    Juneau considers tax breaks to fight housing costs

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 9:18

    To fight the cost of housing in Juneau, city officials are considering property tax exemptions for some developments. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1Lw7YrN) that in the most recent session the Alaska Legislature gave municipalities more leeway in allowing property tax exemptions. The City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole is now looking to […]

  • Alaska

    Smartphone app identifies weeds invasive to Alaska

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 7:49

    A new smartphone application is helping researchers learn where plant species invasive to Alaska are growing. The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/1KjFQJD) that when someone using the Alaska Weeds ID app finds an unknown plant, they can use their smartphone to both identify it and alert a professional botanist of its location. Users take a photo […]

  • Alaska

    Suit seeks to bar Walker from expanding Medicaid on his own

    by Associated Press on Aug 25, 10:15

    Attorneys for Alaska’s Legislative Council say the state could face “irreparable fiscal injury” if Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to expand Medicaid next week takes effect. They say in court filings that each dollar diverted toward implementing Medicaid coverage not authorized by state law is a dollar that could go to a legislatively authorized program. The […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska veterans say reformed VA hurting, not helping

    by Associated Press on Aug 25, 7:44

    Veterans testifying at a congressional listening session in Fairbanks say a 2014 law to reform the Veterans Administration health care system is making treatment worse. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1IbN7Fg) that a group of veterans testified Monday at that the Veterans Choice Act hasn’t improved their care as promised. The law called for creation […]

  • Alaska

    Gov. Walker plans to recommend TransCanada buy-out in gas project

    by Associated Press on Aug 24, 16:15

    Gov. Bill Walker says he plans to recommend to legislators that the state buy out TransCanada Corp.’s position in the major liquefied natural gas project that Alaska is pursuing. Under an agreement that predates Walker’s administration, TransCanada would hold the state’s interest in the pipeline and gas treatment plant, with the state having an option […]

  • Health

    New larger clinics planned for Savoonga, Gambell

    by Associated Press on Aug 24, 8:13

    Two of Alaska’s most remote villages are getting new, larger clinics expected to improve and expand health care services for residents in the island communities. The Norton Sound Health Corp. is funding construction of the clinics at Savoonga and Gambell on Saint Lawrence Island, with $1.4 million of the $10 million construction cost in hand. […]