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  • Feds set ground rules for ConocoPhillips project in Alaska

    10/30/2014 4:52:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    ConocoPhillips’ plans for the first oil production facilities from federal lands in Alaska moved one step closer to reality Wednesday, as the Interior Department released a key environmental study on the project. Although it is not a final verdict, the assessment by Interior’s Bureau of Land Management sets the stage for approval later this year by outlining steps ConocoPhillips would have to take to mitigate environmental effects while boring up to 33 wells at its Greater Mooses Tooth site. “Reaching this stage of permitting is a major milestone for the project and for the future of balanced, responsible federal oil...
  • US Rep. Don Young (Alaska) apologizes after suicide comment

    10/28/2014 5:07:01 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    The Juneau Empire ^ | October 22, 2014 | Becky Bohrer
    U.S. Rep. Don Young has apologized after telling students at a high school where a child recently committed suicide that people kill themselves when there's a lack of support from family and friends. During an appearance in front of about 120 students and adults Tuesday in Wasilla, a teacher asked Young about Alaska's high suicide and domestic violence rates. "He was talking about the role alcohol plays, and he mentioned depression," Wasilla High School principal Amy Spargo said. "But he also went on to say that suicide happens when there's a lack of support from friends and family, and that's...
  • Sarah Palin Warns Libs .. "I'm Gonna Bug The Crap Out Of Them": Hints at Future Run [video]

    10/28/2014 2:09:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 111 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | 10/28/2014 | Stewart Varney Fox Business Interview
    Published on Oct 28, 2014 October 28th, 2014 • Governor Sarah Palin told Fox News host Stuart Varney that she has no intention of withdrawing politically, that the personal attacks she receives from "those haters out there", only serve to motivate her further.
  • Lisa Murkowski on photos in Mark Begich ads: ‘No means no’

    10/27/2014 3:37:41 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/27/2014 | Katie Glueck
    Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is telling her Alaska colleague, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, that when it comes to using her likeness in his ads, “no means no.” Begich, who is up for reelection in a closely watched race against Republican Dan Sullivan, has used Murkowski’s picture in campaign ads to highlight his bipartisan bona fides and the fact both he and Murkowski are on the Appropriations Committee. Over the summer, representatives for the Republican sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Begich campaign, but he used a photo of the two of them at a joint press event as recently as...
  • A hive of activity, Drilling rig returning to Point Thomson as field development continues

    10/26/2014 6:06:01 PM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of October 26, 2014 | Alan Bailey
    ExxonMobil is activating the powerful Nabors 27E drilling rig, for transportation by ice road in the coming winter to the company’s huge Point Thomson gas condensate field on the North Slope, company executives told Petroleum News Oct. 16. The rig will continue drilling operations that were started at the field several years ago. With up to 1,200 people and 70 Alaska companies involved in activities ranging from gravel laying to pipeline installation, field development has been moving steadily ahead, said Nathan Sanborn, project manager for the Point Thomson Initial Production System. The company has spent the last couple of years...
  • Alaska Wins With Independence; Stepping Aside for the Greater Good

    10/25/2014 5:16:51 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 113 replies
    Sarah Palin on Facebook ^ | October 25, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    Our family is proud to support Bill Walker to lead Alaska! Bill Walker, Byron Mallott, and their families joined with ours and other Alaskans in Todd’s airplane hangar this week in a show of true Alaskan support, complete with a potlatch brimming with salmon, moose, and caribou hors d’oeuvres. Life-long Alaskans Bill and Byron have proven that they truly have our state’s heart and believe in putting Alaska first and ignoring status quo politics that get in the way of Alaska’s destiny. This is refreshing and productive, and Alaska wins when Team Walker wins! This unity ticket came about when...
  • Palin Endorses Independent-Democratic Ticket for Alaska Governor Against GOP Successor

    10/23/2014 2:26:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 252 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/23/2014 | KARYN BRUGGEMAN
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent the early part of the 2014 midterms traveling the country endorsing conservative candidates in Republican primary races, hoping to leave her mark on the future of the GOP. But on Wednesday, Palin rebuked her Republican successor in her home state, endorsing independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, who is running on a "unity ticket" with Democratic running mate Byron Mallott, instead. Palin's endorsement goes against her former lieutenant governor, Gov. Sean Parnell, who assumed office in 2009 when Palin abruptly resigned and is embroiled in a highly contested race for reelection to a second full...
  • Begich: I voted for Obama

    10/23/2014 9:58:33 AM PDT · by shove_it · 31 replies
    WashingtonExaminer ^ | 23 Oct 2014 | REBECCA BERG
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sen. Mark Begich might be facing attacks from Republicans over his degree of support for President Obama's policies, but he didn't dodge Wednesday when asked whether he personally voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. "I did, but that's irrelevant," Begich, the Democratic incumbent from Alaska, told the Washington Examiner. "The president's not relevant. He's gone in two years." Begich faces an existential threat from Republican Dan Sullivan in one of the pivotal Senate races this year, which could determine control of the Senate...
  • Bristol Palin Describes Drunken Brawl to Police in New Audio [Warning: Explicit Language]

    10/23/2014 9:37:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/21/2014 | by Matt Wilstein
    Minutes before the final Florida gubernatorial debate was set to air Tuesday evening, Wolf Blitzer broke into CNN’s live coverage to play newly-released audio of Bristol Palin recounting the alleged drunken brawl that took place between members of the Palin family and others at an Alaska snowmobile party last month. CNN bleeped the numerous curse words in Palin’s statement to police, but according to the transcript posted to the website, here is what the uncensored version appears to be: “Some lady with gray hair, who wants to push my 20-year-old sister — I’m going to defend my sister, she’s 20...
  • Pebble Partnership sues over EPA contacts with environmentalists

    10/22/2014 3:50:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    KTUU - NBC Local ^ | October 22, 2014 | by Chris Klint
    ANCHORAGE - The Pebble Partnership is suing the Environmental Protection Agency in federal court, seeking more details on what it calls “secretive meetings” by the agency with environmental groups and anti-Pebble activists. Pebble claims it filed a Jan. 22 Freedom of Information Act request with the EPA for any communications concerning the project between senior EPA officials, including Administrator Lisa Jackson, and a group of 16 people and organizations. The National Resources Defense Council, Trout Unlimited, the Bristol Bay Native Corp., and Sen. Mark Begich, as well as some of their employees, were listed specifically. So were anti-Pebble activists Alan...
  • 500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered

    10/22/2014 8:31:25 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 10-21-14 | Laura Geggel
    A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, mollusk shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, new research finds. The quake, likely a magnitude 9.0, sent the mighty waves toward Hawaii sometime between 1425 and 1665, the study found. It's possible that another large Alaskan earthquake could trigger a comparable tsunami on Hawaii's shores in the future, experts said. The tsunami was at least three times the size of the damaging 1946 tsunami,...
  • [Rep Don] Young rattles Wasilla High students with 'hurtful' remark about suicide [Alaska]

    10/22/2014 7:44:17 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 10/22/2014 | Zaz Hollander
    At a Wasilla High School assembly Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. Don Young didn’t temper his notoriously abrasive personality for his young audience. Witnesses say Young, 81, acted in a disrespectful and sometimes offensive manner to some students, used profanity and started talking about bull sex when confronted with a question about same-sex marriage. “We really spend a lot of time at our school talking about how we treat each other,” Wasilla Principal Amy Spargo said Tuesday afternoon. “We just don’t talk to people that way.” More concerning, school officials say, Young made what they called hurtful and insensitive statements about...
  • ANOTHER Senate Dem Candidate Refuses To Say If They Voted For Obama [VIDEO]

    10/20/2014 2:54:07 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014
    Move over, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Get out of the way, Michelle Nunn. Natalie Tennant? hop aside. Another Democrat has joined the party and refused to say if they voted for President Barack Obama. Incumbent Sen. Mark Begich refused to answer the question from an America Rising tracker as he entered a school for a campaign event. (RELATED: Alison Lundergan Grimes Dodges Question For FIFTH Time In 24 Hours) “Senator Begich, did you vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012?” asked the tracker. “Do you support Obama’s handling of ISIS?” the tracker followed up. Begich remained silent until he saw two...
  • Tina Brown Treats Republicans Like Dogs: 'They Had Their Rabies Shots'

    10/20/2014 6:50:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Tart-tongued Tina Brown is at it again. On today's Morning Joe, seeking to explain why Republicans are doing surprisingly well with women voters this year, Brown said: "they had their rabies shots." Brown was responding to a Politico article reporting that President Obama is under water with women voters, and that this is spilling over into Senate races. In Colorado, for example, a poll shows Republican Cory Gardner leading Dem Mark Udall by nine points among women. And even Alison Lundergan Grimes [who may or may not have voted for Barack Obama], only leads among women by two. Brown's ugly...
  • NRSC Shifts Resources to Six States

    10/19/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Updated: October 18, 2014 | Alexis Levinson
    With less than four weeks until Election Day, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure arm is shifting resources to increase its investment in six states, including South Dakota and Georgia. The NRSC has moved $1 million to South Dakota, plus another $1.45 million to Georgia. In South Dakota, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee made a $1 million television ad buy this week, on the heels of tightening poll numbers that showed its candidate, Rick Weiland, gaining ground. In Georgia, a new poll suggests a runoff is likely. The NRSC also is upping its investment in four other states: Alaska,...
  • Predators & Prey: Why Planned Parenthood is hunting in Alaska

    10/17/2014 5:53:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Live Action ^ | 10-17-14 | Adam Peters
    Alaska draws hunters from around the world. In fact, Planned Parenthood is hunting there right now; their target is GOP senate candidate Dan Sullivan. Sullivan is trying to unseat the Democratic incumbent, Mark Begich, and that’s put him in Planned Parenthood’s crosshairs. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has launched attack ads against Sullivan, including one that says, “Dan Sullivan would let the government control what you do with your body.” I can see why the folks at Planned Parenthood would run an ad about trying to control women. After all, they’ve been helping abusive men do that for years. Planned...
  • Supreme Court denies emergency stay; state holiday delays Alaska same-sex marriages

    10/17/2014 12:13:43 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 10/17/2014 | Suzanne Caldwell
    A stay temporarily halting same-sex marriages in Alaska expired Friday, technically making it legal for couples to seek marriage licenses in the state, while the U.S. Supreme Court denied a further stay. Just one minute after the 9th Circuit stay was dissolved, in a one-line response, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy denied a request for a further stay from the state of Alaska. But while marriages can go forward immediately, with state offices closed Friday in observance of Alaska Day, marriages will not resume until Monday morning.
  • Jumbo squids attack Greenpeace submarine

    10/14/2014 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 52 replies
    http://www.cnet.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A two-man Greenpeace submarine has been attacked by squids on an expedition in the Bering Sea -- and all the gory details were captured in a Vine.
  • Alaska Will Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

    10/13/2014 6:52:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/13/14 | Mark Thiessan
    Alaska will begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage — the nation's first such prohibition approved by voters. The decision late Sunday afternoon caught many people off guard. No rallies were immediately planned, but some plaintiffs celebrated over drinks at an Anchorage bar. Matthew Hamby, who with his husband, Christopher Shelden, was one of five couples to sue, was "just having drinks with friends, enjoying it."
  • Federal judge strikes down Alaska same-sex marriage ban

    10/12/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    KTUU-TV ^ | 10/12/14 | Chris Klint
    U.S. District Court Judge Tim Burgess issued a summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs arguing that Alaska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, days after their case began to be heard in court. In his decision for Matthew Hamby and Christopher Shelden, Burgess found that previous Supreme Court decisions have shown that “rights not explicitly mentioned in the Bill of Rights can be protected by substantive due process.” He likened his decision to a ruling by the high court allowing interracial marriage, in which justices relied on inherent characteristics of marriage to allow interracial unions instead of decreeing them to be...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Alaska's Marriage Ban

    10/12/2014 4:56:26 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 39 replies
    AP ^ | October 12, 2014 | Mark Thiessen
    A federal judge has struck down Alaska's first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages. U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday said the ban violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection. The state could appeal to the 9th Circuit Court, where chances of it winning were slim since the federal appeals court already has ruled against Idaho and Nevada, which made similar arguments.
  • Shocker: No Charges in that ‘Palin Brawl’ the MSM Wouldn’t Shut Up About

    10/11/2014 12:13:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/11/2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    You don’t say… Police in Alaska say no charges will be filed in connection with a fight that broke out at a party and involved members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s family.Police on Thursday released a report on its investigation into the Sept. 6 brawl in Anchorage, including transcripts of interviews with multiple witnesses who said Palin’s daughter Bristol and son Track were in the thick of the brawl. Those of us who grew up in small towns know that the social calendar involves the first days of various hunting seasons, Fourth of July, and quite a few...
  • The ‘Maroon 6’: A Better Way To Look At The 2014 Senate Races

    10/11/2014 7:53:56 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 30 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 10/10/2014 | Nate Silver
    Fortunately for the GOP, there are six races that lean toward Republicans: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Louisiana. We’ll refer to these states as the “Maroon 6” (because maroon is somewhere between red and purple). In each Maroon 6 state, the Republican candidate has a 65 percent to 75 percent chance of winning, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast.
  • Ted Cruz and the Republican Big Tent

    10/11/2014 8:50:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 10 Oct 2014 10:56 AM | Michael Reagan
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a tea party stalwart.   Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., narrowly defeated a tea party opponent in the Republican Senate primary this year.   Ted Cruz has a perfect 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union.   Pat Roberts has an 84 percent rating from the ACU.   Yet this week Cruz will be in Kansas campaigning for Roberts in an election that is crucial for GOP hopes of retaking the Senate. The reason is simple. Fox News quotes Cruz explaining, “Roberts stood by my side in the fight to defund Obamacare, and he...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Echoes as West Virginia Relents and South Carolina Persists

    10/10/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | ERIK ECKHOLM
    A Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage in five states reverberated further on Thursday, with the attorney general of West Virginia conceding that its ban on same-sex marriage was no longer defensible but South Carolina officials vowing to keep fighting to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. Since the Supreme Court decision on Monday and a ruling from a federal circuit court on Tuesday, new developments have appeared almost hourly as gay-rights advocates press for action in nine other states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • Palin Family Brawl Detailed in Police Reports

    10/10/2014 8:59:18 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 76 replies
    ABC/Yahoo ^ | 10/10/14 | Shushannah Walshe
    Klingenmeyer told police he was considering filing charges and was "angry that the Palins had showed up and were causing problems," according to the report. He told police he had asked Bristol to leave and she responded, "Who the f*** are you?" Klingemeyer told her he owned the home and Bristol said she didn't believe him and "she will kick his a**," the police report states. Klingenmeyer said that's when Bristol first punched him and he then said he told her to hit "him again if it makes her feel better and she does," according to the document. After five...
  • 6 must-reads from Palin family brawl, according to police report

    10/10/2014 9:25:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    WPTV ^ | 10/10/2014 | Eric Bradner, CNN
    [SNIP] Here are some of the details -- wildly different, depending on who's offering the information -- that Officer John Daily submitted in his official report: 1. When he arrived, a shirtless, "heavily intoxicated" and "belligerent at first" Track Palin, Sarah Palin's adult son, was about to step into a white limousine with his parents, Sarah and Todd. They'd all been at the party at Korey Klingenmeyer's house. 2. Track told the officer some guys were "talking rudely" to his sisters and making them cry. So he stuck up for them. When one of his friends, identified only as Steven,...
  • GOP surges in Alaska Senate race

    10/02/2014 3:04:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies
    The HIll ^ | October 2, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Alaska Senate nominee Dan Sullivan (R) is moving toward conquering the Last Frontier. The Republican has surged to a lead against Sen. Mark Begich (D) in recent polls in the race that’s likely to be critical to the balance of Senate power. Though the race is expected to remain close, some Democrats are worried that Begich is playing catch-up in a state where it’s tough to make up ground for their party. “[Begich] is up against a guy who’s playing very smart poker,” one Alaska Democrat and Begich ally told The Hill. “My sense is Mark isn’t having the best...
  • 35,000 walruses mass on Alaska beach 'due to climate change'

    10/02/2014 5:19:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | October 1, 2014
    At least 35,000 walruses have beached themselves on a remote Alaskan coastline in a phenomenon blamed on the melting of arctic ice due to climate change, experts said Wednesday. Initially there had been only 1,500 of the tusked pinnipeds counted on one beach, but in recent days that number has exploded. "Our best estimate is almost a 24-fold increase," said Megan Ferguson of the Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals.
  • Snoop Dogg promises to play gig in Alaska if state votes to legalise weed

    09/29/2014 6:00:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    nme.com ^ | 9/29/14 | Dan Stubbs
    Snoop Dogg has promised to play a concert in Alaska – if voters in the US state choose to legalise recreational use of marijuana.
  • Alaska Senate: Sullivan (R) 48%, Begich (D) 43%

    09/25/2014 3:29:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 25, 2014
    Republican challenger Dan Sullivan has edged further ahead of incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Alaska Voters finds Sullivan with 48% support to Begich’s 43%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
  • POLL: SULLIVAN SEIZES LEAD IN AK SENATE RACE

    09/23/2014 9:58:41 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    After clinching the Republican nomination for the Alaska Senate race, Dan Sullivan has now surged six points according to a new Public Policy Polling poll. An August poll conducted prior to the primary showed Begich leading Sullivan 43 percent to 37 percent. But now Sullivan leads 43 percent while Begich has fallen two points. Begich suffered from campaign missteps earlier this month after his campaign was forced to pull a controversial negative ad. The poll surveyed 880 likely voters from September 18th to 21st - right after Begich cast the deciding vote to defeat an amendment proposed by Sen. Jeff...
  • Close Alaska Races for Senate, Governor

    09/23/2014 3:52:08 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 23, 2014
    PPP's newest Alaska poll finds toss up races for both the US Senate and Governor. Dan Sullivan leads Mark Begich 43/41 for the Senate, with minor candidates combining for 5%. Bill Walker leads incumbent Sean Parnell 42/41 for Governor, with minor candidates combining for 5% in that race as well. Sullivan has gained 6 points since our last poll in early August, while Begich has dropped 2. Sullivan's gain has come largely due to consolidating his support among Republican leaning voters since winning the primary last month. He now leads 75/9 among folks who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012,...
  • US Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

    06/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | June 18, 2014 | Ros Krasny
    The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate. The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote. The measure, from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would take a decision...
  • Convicted Eco-Terrorist Leads “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol” in Montana

    09/20/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ron Catlett
    Rod Coronado, a convicted eco-terrorist, is the leader of the controversial “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol,” a new environmental group that plans to shadow legal Montana wolf hunters during the state’s fall and winter wolf season and document the hunts with a video camera. Coronado, a resident of Michigan, is a radical environmentalist who “sank whaling ships nearly 30 years ago in Iceland and later went to prison after torching a Michigan State University lab in 1992 for conducting research for the fur industry” according to The Buffalo News of Buffalo, NY. He also serves as a spokesman for the radical, militant...
  • U.S., Canada send jets to intercept Russian aircraft

    09/19/2014 6:10:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:43am BST | Reuters
    (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near U.S. and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said on Friday.
  • Feds reveal details on Shell’s Arctic ambitions

    09/17/2014 5:01:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    More details came to light Tuesday on Shell’s plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, as federal regulators released a copy of the company’s broad Arctic drilling blueprint. Shell filed the document with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last month, a milestone in its quest to resume drilling in the region after its previous, attempt two years ago was marred by mishaps. Shell is aiming to drill up to six wells on separate lease blocks encompassing its Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, with work unfolding over several years. It plans to put two...
  • ANOTHER WW11 VET HAS GONE HOME

    09/14/2014 7:41:56 AM PDT · by snowtigger · 27 replies
    Self | Sept 14 | snowtigger
    We lost another WW11 vet today.My wife's Dad, August Niemann went to be with the Lord today . He was 94 years old. He flew as a ball-turret gunner out of England at the end of WW11. To his dying day he would never talk about the war. When he did, he would only tell us about the food drops at the end of the war. He said the people of Europe were so hungry, they would run out to get food as it was still falling. Sometimes there were so many people on the field, they would have to...
  • The Palin Family's Side of the Anchorage Brawl Story

    09/13/2014 12:00:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 142 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 13, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    ... RealClearPolitics spoke with a source close to the Palin family, who wanted to provide their version of the events in question...
  • New York Times Sees Drastic Swing In Alaska Senate Race

    09/13/2014 11:24:08 AM PDT · by sunmars · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4:26 PM 09/08/2014
    The Alaska U.S. Senate race has seen a “significant shift” in favor of Republican nominee Dan Sullivan, according to new polling data from The New York Times. Democratic freshman incumbent Mark Begich had been leading Sullivan, the state’s former attorney general and a former Bush administration official. But a disastrous ad campaign by Begich recently upended the race, and now, based on updated data from an online panel The Times monitors in conjunction with CBS News and YouGov, Sullivan has seen an 18-point swing in his favor. (RELATED: Attorney Slams Begich For Refusing To Take Down ‘Offensive’ Ad) “The only...
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • Networks Hype 'Palin Family Brawl': 'Like An Episode of Jerry Springer'

    09/12/2014 10:59:54 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    newsbusters ^ | september 12, 2014 | Kyle Drennen
    On Friday, all three network morning shows seized on reports that Sarah Palin and her family were "caught in a massive brawl" during a house party in Anchorage, Alaska. ABC's Good Morning America opened with substitute co-host Lara Spencer declaring: "One witness saying it was like an episode of Jerry Springer, her kids throwing punches. What sparked this rumble in the tundra?" The song Eye of the Tiger was heard playing in the background. In the full report that followed on GMA, correspondent Paula Faris pushed the tabloid story: "According to the Washington Post, Palin, along with her husband Todd and kids Bristol, Willow, and Track, arriving in...
  • Palin Family Brawl Witness Gets Fired for Talking to Good Morning America

    09/12/2014 6:04:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 140 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 12, 2014 | Tina Nguyen
    The lurid, stereotypical tale of Sarah Palin and her family entering into an alcohol-fueled melee at a snowmobile party is starting to pick up in the mainstream media, with Good Morning America devoting an entire segment to the story this morning. In doing so, they talked to Eric Thompson, an eyewitness who attended the party at the invitation of his boss. But Thompson, who also gave his account to Alaskan political blogger Amanda Coyne, was fired today for talking to the media.
  • Palin family in ‘drunken brawl’

    09/12/2014 7:24:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 74 replies
    ny post ^ | september 12, 2014 | Joe Tacopino
    Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin got into a fracas worthy of reality TV when she, husband Todd and their entourage of children allegedly got involved in a drunken brawl at an Anchorage house party, according to multiple reports. The former Alaska governor’s daughter Bristol even allegedly threw punches and son Track ripped his shirt off in anger and flipped the bird in the Saturday melee, according to the reports. The backwoods brawling began after the clan rolled up to the soiree in a stretch Hummer. Sarah and Todd Palin had been invited to the 40th birthday party for a...
  • Sarah Palin and Family Allegedly Involved in Giant Drunken Brawl at Snowmobile Party

    09/11/2014 7:24:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 161 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 09/11/2014 | by Tina Nguyen
    This weekend, Sarah Palin and many members of her family were reportedly involved in a big ol’, 20-person drunken brawl at a Wasilla snowmobile party, which, if you’re playing Palin bingo, means you’ve won. Anchorage police confirmed that an incident had indeed occurred, and that the Palins were definitely there, and it was real nasty. “None of the involved parties wanted to press charges at the time of the incident and no arrests were made,” they added, but did not disclose names. “Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident.”But that’s not enough detail! We need detail!...
  • You Betcha! Sarah Palin's Whole Family Reportedly Involved in a 20-Person Brawl

    09/11/2014 11:28:42 AM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 255 replies
    Sarah Palin may have channeled her inner lipstick-wearing pit bull this past weekend, when her entire family was reportedly involved in a brawl in Alaska. Details are scarce, but according to a local blog in the Palins' hometown of Wasilla, Sarah's son Track (who may have been under the influence of alcohol) got into a physical altercation with an ex-boyfriend of his sister Willow's at a snowmobile party.
  • Florida man arrested for stalking Bristol Palin

    09/09/2014 10:16:29 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 19 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | Zaz Hollander
    PALMER -- A 25-year-old Florida man who showed up in Bristol Palin’s Wasilla driveway Sunday evening after climbing off a third-floor balcony was arrested on felony stalking charges, court documents show. Peter P.W. Ferrero remained jailed at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on Tuesday on $25,000 bail. Palin recognized Ferrero’s name right away because he has sent her “approximately 1,000 Facebook messages,” according to a sworn affidavit accompanying the charges from Wasilla police officer Brandon Gray. Ferrero also communicated with Palin’s younger sister, 20-year-old Willow Palin, and apparently thought he was romantically involved with her, according to Facebook posts he wrote.
  • Turmoil Heats Up Battle in Two Key Senate Races

    09/07/2014 8:54:19 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 6, 2014 | Charles Babington
    Labor Day week ought to start clarifying the partisan battle to control the Senate, but if anything, the picture just got muddier and the map bigger. An afterthought all year, conservative Kansas is suddenly abuzz. An independent candidate drove the Democrat from the race and positioned himself to consolidate discontent with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Washington-based GOP strategists are rushing to help Roberts, who's accused of sleepwalking through the race in the deeply Republican state. If Kansas brought welcome news to Democrats, Alaska did not. First-term Sen. Mark Begich initially was seen as running a smart campaign with excellent...
  • Begich Campaign Seems Unrepentant Over 'Inflammatory' Ad

    09/06/2014 5:08:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Is Alaskan Sen. Mark Begich sorry for his “pants on fire” ad against Republican Dan Sullivan? Apparently, he’s not. The ad insinuated that Dan Sullivan, who at the time was Alaska’s Attorney General, shares some of the blame in a brutal 2013 murder, where an elderly couple was killed, along with the sexual assault of their 2-year-old granddaughter and the girl’s 91-year-old great-grandmother. Where was Sullivan at fault? He gave out light sentences to sex offenders, one of which committed the horrific crime. The ad was pulled after the victims’ family voiced their outrage at not being consulted. Additionally, the...
  • Next LNG steps approved {LNG for Alaska consumption, not exports}

    09/05/2014 8:06:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | September 07, 2014 | Alan Bailey
    AIDEA board OKs early work, concession for North Slope plant for Interior supplies On Aug. 25 the board of the Alaska Industrial and Export Authority passed a couple of resolutions that move forward a project to build a liquefied natural gas plant on the North Slope, for the supply of natural gas to Fairbanks and the Alaska Interior. One resolution authorizes AIDEA to spend $1.6 million, in addition to an existing commitment of $4.5 million, for the early procurement of long lead-time items needed for the plant, while the engineering and design work for the plant is still in progress....