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  • US/World

    Oil council: Shale won’t last, Arctic drilling needed now

    by Associated Press on Mar 27, 10:39

    A U.S. Energy Department advisory council says the U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future. The study released Friday says that in order for the U.S. to keep domestic production high […]

  • State

    Lawmakers discuss Alaska Code of Military Justice

    by Associated Press on Mar 27, 7:27

    Lawmakers heard an update on efforts to draft new rules for the Alaska National Guard. Lt. Forrest Dunbar talked about efforts to update a code of military justice in Alaska during a House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting Thursday. The current code dates to territorial days. And Dunbar said the guard currently has three […]

  • US/World

    Latest on NY fire, building collapse: No gas odors reported

    by Associated Press on Mar 26, 17:21

    8:45 P.M. No gas odors were reported and no leaks were found before an apparent gas explosion that leveled a New York City apartment building. Utility Con Edison says a survey of the gas mains in the area was done Wednesday and nothing was found. The explosion was Thursday. Officials say the explosion happened amid […]

  • Alaska

    Air Force official touts Eielson assets at scoping meeting

    by Associated Press on Mar 26, 11:31

    An Air Force colonel says “phenomenal assets” at Eielson Air Force Base make it an attractive prospective home for new F-35 fighter jets. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1Izk29z) reports Col. Michael Winkler spoke Wednesday in Fairbanks at a public scoping meeting required before the Air Force can make a final decision on placement of 48 […]

  • State

    Gov expected to introduce property tax bill for gas project

    by Associated Press on Mar 26, 10:32

    Gov. Bill Walker is expected to introduce legislation setting out a framework for calculating property tax payments for the state and municipalities from a major liquefied natural gas project. Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck says the formula will lay out a structure so the parties know the variables that will be involved in calculating the payments. […]

  • Alaska

    Volcano in western Aleutians shows signs of unrest

    by Associated Press on Mar 26, 7:28

    The Alaska Volcano Observatory is keeping an eye on a western Aleutians Island volcano that last erupted in 1987. The observatory has upgraded the alert level to “advisory” for Semisopochnoi Volcano, indicating it’s exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background levels. The volcano is 2,625 feet high. It’s on an uninhabited island 40 miles […]

  • Alaska

    Former Pa. judge living in Alaska pleads guilty in missing cocaine case

    by Associated Press on Mar 25, 10:38

    A retired western Pennsylvania judge has pleaded guilty to stealing cocaine being held as evidence. Former Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky stood Friday in the same courthouse where he worked and pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking, obstructing the administration of law and misapplication of entrusted property. The misdemeanor counts carry a maximum of […]

  • Alaska

    Faulty wiring blamed for fatal Ketchikan fire

    by Associated Press on Mar 25, 8:22

    Ketchikan authorities are blaming faulty wiring for a residential fire that left one man dead. Ketchikan radio station KRBD (http://is.gd/95nrFX) reports the cause of the Monday morning fire in the 2100 block of First Avenue was determined to be an electrical wiring problem. Fire Chief Abner Hoage says bystanders saw a man entering the home […]

  • Alaska

    Pebble hires firm to review EPA actions

    by Associated Press on Mar 25, 7:32

    The group behind the proposed Pebble Mine has hired a consulting firm to review whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “acted fairly” in evaluating potential large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region. Pebble Limited Partnership spokesman Mike Heatwole said Pebble hired The Cohen Group because it was not certain that the various reviews of what […]

  • US/World

    Rep. Don Young sponsors medical marijuana legislation with colleague

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 23:45

    U.S. Rep. Don Young has introduced legislation that would provide federal recognition for states that allow medical marijuana. According to a press release from Young’s office, the legislation, also sponsored by Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, would prevent federal prosecution of medical marijuana patients, doctors and businesses in states that allow medical marijuana. It […]

  • Alaska

    Former Alaska fish board appointee charged in Montana

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 15:57

    A former nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries has been charged with wildlife violations in Montana. Montana authorities say Roland Maw has been charged with seven misdemeanors for purchasing resident sporting licenses there. Candy Hoerning, a judge in Beaverhead County, Montana, says Montana’s wildlife department filed seven charges March 12 alleging Maw purchased licenses […]

  • Alaska

    Alaskans testify in support of film tax credits

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 12:27

    Aspiring actors and representatives of companies that support the film industry testified in support of the state’s film tax credit program during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Sen. Bill Stoltze’s bill to end the state’s film tax credits. The governor’s proposed budget, and the version that passed […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    DOT shifts money designated for Anchorage bike upgrades

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 10:27

    The Alaska Department of Transportation says more than $1 million designated for designing Anchorage bicycle route improvements has been shifted to other projects. Anchorage radio station KSKA reports bike safety advocates in 2012 persuaded the group responsible for Anchorage transportation projects, Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions, to use federal funds for improvements such as bike […]

  • Alaska

    Ketchikan responders say 1 person dead in house fire

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 8:33

    Ketchikan authorities say one person has died in a residential fire. The Ketchikan Daily News newspaper (http://is.gd/ZoCdtE) says the fire was reported just after 7 a.m. Monday. Fire Chief Abner Hoage says responders arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the home, which is located in the 2100 block of First Avenue. Hoage says the […]

  • State

    House passes bill limiting AGDC’s role in alternate gas plan; goes to Senate next

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 18:59

    The Alaska House has passed legislation that would limit participation of a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker. HB 132 passed 24-14. It next goes to the Senate. Walker has said he would veto the bill. His spokeswoman said his views haven’t changed. Supporters of the bill say […]

  • State

    Committee to take up gas line board appointments

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 12:21

    The House Resources Committee plans to take up the appointments of three members to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC. Gov. Bill Walker shook up the board by removing three of the five public members. Walker said he wanted Alaskans on the board and greater regional representation. He said he also […]

  • Alaska

    Lawmakers work on marijuana board bill, state seeks members

    by Associated Press on Mar 20, 19:00

    The state is soliciting resumes for potential members of a new marijuana regulatory board, although lawmakers are still working on legislation to create such a board. The House Labor and Commerce Committee heard an update Friday on the latest bill draft, which would create a five-member board that would share staff and resources with the […]

  • US/World

    Judge Oks lawsuit over lease for Shell Arctic drilling fleet

    by Associated Press on Mar 20, 11:39

    A Washington state judge says a lawsuit challenging the Port of Seattle’s decision to lease one of its terminals as a homeport for an Arctic oil-drilling fleet can go forward. Environmental groups say the port broke state law in February when it signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime Co. to rent 50 acres near […]

  • Alaska

    SUV driver injured in crash with moving company van

    by Associated Press on Mar 20, 11:08

    Alaska State Troopers say a 24-year-old driver for a moving company was operating on a suspended license when he crashed into a SUV on the Sterling Highway, injuring a woman behind the wheel. Troopers say John Poiane on Monday was driving a moving van north at Mile 50 for Continental Van Lines when he lost […]

  • Alaska

    Money assigned to Juneau road, Knik Arm being redirected

    by Associated Press on Mar 19, 15:00

    Alaska’s transportation department plans to redirect to other projects about $150 million in federal money previously assigned to the Knik Arm crossing and Juneau access road. Jeff Ottesen, the department’s director of program development, said the money wasn’t specifically earmarked for Knik Arm and Juneau access projects. He said it’s not uncommon for a portion […]