News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. AKDT
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska school district must quickly remove diesel fuel from a school's tanks to prevent harm to the environment. KYUK-AM reported the Lower Kuskokwim School District has been ordered by the U.S. Coast Guard to remove the fuel contained in tanks in Napakiak. The district has until Aug. 30 to complete the job. The district plans to transport the 36,000 gallons of diesel to new tanks further inland from the Kuskokwim River's banks, which have experienced significant erosion.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska group has filed an application with the state for a ballot initiative asking voters to increase taxes on the oil industry. The Anchorage Daily News reported the proposed Fair Share Act would alter the state's 2014 oil-production tax. A group member says the proposal would apply to North Slope fields in Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk and Alpine, which are held by major oil companies. The group says the measure could bring in about $1 billion in additional production taxes.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says he doesn't see a willingness by the House to appropriate more money toward an oil-wealth fund check for residents without a change to the dividend program going forward. Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he will accept the roughly $1,600 Permanent Fund dividend passed by lawmakers but says he views it as a partial payment and would fight for more money.
(AP) - Footage from an Alaska kayaking trip shows a sudden and up-close look at part of a collapsing glacier. Andrew Hooper and his friend were kayaking off the Kenai Peninsula to get a glimpse at the Spencer Glacier earlier this month when they captured video of a torrent of celestial-blue ice crashing down. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the video was recorded during a stretch of unusually warm weather in the state and just days after July became Alaska's warmest month ever.
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