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  • DNA samples confirm wolves killed Southwest Alaska teacher

    12/07/2011 11:07:16 AM PST · by skeptoid · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 7th, 2011 | DAN JOLING
    At least two wolves chased down and killed a teacher who was jogging on a road last year outside a rural Alaska village, according to a report released Tuesday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
  • NPR-A Detailed Statement of Sale Available for Dec. 7 Oil and Gas Lease Sale

    12/07/2011 6:23:10 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT ^ | 11/04/11 | BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
    Anchorage—The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Detailed Statement of Sale for the Dec. 7 National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) oil and gas lease sale is available at http://www.blm.gov/ak. The BLM will open sealed bids for the lease sale on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Anchorage Federal Building, Denali Room, 222 W 7th Ave., Anchorage, AK. Sealed bids must be received by 4:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at the BLM-Alaska State Office. The BLM will offer 283 tracts comprising approximately 3,060,176 acres in this sale. Additional details on the sale are available in today’s...
  • Russian tanker to carry fuel to iced-in Nome

    12/05/2011 3:56:24 PM PST · by skeptoid · 26 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | MARY PEMBERTON
    The iced-in city of Nome on Alaska's western coast may be in luck: A Russian tanker that can plow through thick ice will try to deliver 1.5 million gallons of home heating fuel, gasoline and diesel fuel after a massive storm kept a barge from getting in before winter.
  • Coast Guard crash survivor faces charges in fatal incident

    12/05/2011 12:22:32 PM PST · by skeptoid · 21 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 4th, 2011 | BECKY BOHRER
    More than a year had passed since the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crash off Washington state killed three of Lt. Lance Leone's colleagues. The sole survivor and co-pilot, Leone had recovered from his injuries and been cleared, his father said, for flight re-training. But that never happened. Instead, Leone was charged with negligent homicide and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice in connection with the July 2010 accident.
  • Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski Endorses Mitt Romney

    12/02/2011 7:59:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 2, 2011 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney announced Friday that he has earned the endorsement of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, considered by many conservatives to be a RINO. The following statement was released by the Romney camp: “I am proud to announce the support of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with her to expand Alaska’s energy production, bring jobs back to the state, and help get our country on the right track again.”
  • Maine congressional delegation asks for fisheries disaster declaration

    12/01/2011 9:41:54 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | Nov. 30, 2011
    Maine’s congressional delegation is supporting Gov. Paul LePage’s request seeking a federal fisheries disaster declaration to provide aid to Maine’s groundfishing fleet. ... His request followed a recent report documenting a sharp decline in Maine’s fishing fleet due to changes in federal fishery management plans.
  • UAA slows campus Web speed to fight illegal downloads

    12/02/2011 11:28:02 AM PST · by skeptoid · 26 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 2nd, 2011 08 | MARY PEMBERTON
    The groan is almost audible coming from dormitory rooms at UAA. The university is intentionally slowing the speed of Internet connections in all on- campus dorm rooms to prevent students from infringing on copyrights when downloading movies, music and videos, a move first reported by UAA's student newspaper, The Northern Light.
  • Reality check: New TV series seeks ‘bush pilot’

    12/01/2011 6:50:37 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    AOPA.org ^ | 1 Dec 2011 | Dan Namowitz
    When is someone going to search for a rugged, outdoorsy general aviation pilot to play a part in a TV reality show? Someone has. You may be just the pilot the casting crew is looking for—and with apologies to The Beatles, all you’d have to do is act naturally. You might even get to fly an airplane on TV. The call has gone out to cast a bush pilot—loosely defined—to become one of 12 people who will be brought together “in a remote area of Alaska,” where they will rely on their own resourcefulness while collectively building a homestead in...
  • Residents in Alaska city could get $9-a-gallon gas (yowch!)

    12/01/2011 5:36:35 AM PST · by DemforBush · 21 replies
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 12/1/11 | n/a
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The residents of Nome, Alaska, could be looking at a very costly winter: $9-a-gallon gasoline. The coastal city of more than 3,500 residents that is known for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is iced-in, and a massive winter storm this month prevented a barge that usually carries fuel from getting to shore...
  • Badly-Needed Alaskan Oil Is Kept From Market By Obama Decision

    11/30/2011 6:06:55 PM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 30, 2001 | IBD staff
    Energy Policy: The same administration that says we can and should get oil from the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska is blocking a bridge needed to get it to market on environmental grounds. In his May 14 weekly radio address, President Obama called for annual lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA), not necessarily out of any conviction that increased domestic energy supply is good for prices and national security, but basically to perpetuate the myth that the oil companies refuse to drill in leased or leasable areas. While he restricts oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and...
  • Environmentalists mount fresh challenge against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans {Alaska offshore}

    11/29/2011 2:00:22 PM PST · by thackney · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 29, 2011 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Environmentalists have opened a new front in their campaign to block Shell’s planned drilling in Arctic waters near Alaska, by challenging the government’s decision to issue the company essential air pollution permits for some of the work. At issue are Clean Air Act permits the Environmental Protection Agency issued last month for Shell Oil Co.’s Kulluk drillship and support vessels, which the firm plans to use while working on exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas starting next summer. Ten Alaskan and environmental groups appealed those permits before the EPA’s administrative Environmental Appeals Board on Monday. That builds on...
  • Lawmakers Look to Rein In Their Investing (Sarah effects change, again!)

    11/28/2011 11:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Times' The Caucus ^ | November 28, 2011 | Carl Hulse
    The coverage was hard-hitting and shocking to some: Members of Congress received special opportunities to get in on the ground floor of stock offerings, and were actively trading in shares of companies “whose prosperity they influence and whose conduct they help to regulate.” --snip-- Given the political environment, members of Congress appear eager to insulate themselves not only from the suggestion that they have some market advantage over average Americans but also from what they expect could become a potent campaign charge in a year when many usually safe incumbents could face a challenge. Sarah Palin provided the contours of...
  • C-SPAN Battle: Historian Shouts Down Congressman At Hearing

    11/22/2011 7:00:57 PM PST · by edpc · 21 replies
    CSPAN via Yahoo - The Ticket ^ | 22 Nov 2011 | Chris Moody
    Televised congressional hearings often serve as a platform for members of Congress to berate, bloviate and showboat for the cameras, but at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday, historian Douglas Brinkley wouldn't stand for it. The topic at hand was drilling in the the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The trouble began when Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young misstated Brinkley's name after referring to the hearing as "an exercise in futility." In a certain breach of protocol, Brinkley cut him off.
  • Prices, potential lead to interest in Alaska gold

    11/21/2011 4:23:16 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Juneau Empire ^ | BECKY BOHRER
    JUNEAU, Alaska — Interest in gold mining in Alaska has surged, buoyed by high gold prices and the lure of a landscape that remains relatively unexplored. Industry leaders don't expect a gold rush, the likes of which this still-young state hasn't seen in nearly a century, with hordes of miners looking to make their fortune. That's because these days making it big — finding and developing a large prospect — can take years, if not decades, and billions of dollars in investment. Even recreational enthusiasts can spend hours in back-breaking labor with nothing to show for it but some golden...
  • Budgets flat, down {AK tax change needed to make projects competitive}

    11/21/2011 7:14:40 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of November 20, 2011 | Kristen Nelson
    Alaska’s current oil tax system is the biggest impediment to getting more oil into the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. And the biggest impediment to oil company investment in the state. That was the message the Resource Development Council’s annual conference heard Nov. 16 from BP Exploration (Alaska) and ConocoPhillips Alaska, operators of the major fields on Alaska’s North Slope. Trond-Erik Johansen, president of Conoco Phillips Alaska, and Claire Fitzpatrick, chief financial officer for the Alaska region and senior vice president of BP Exploration (Alaska), both said that if the state wants more oil in the pipeline, it needs to change its...
  • Alaska's gas market is Asia, not North America

    11/18/2011 11:25:10 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 17th, 2011 | BILL WALKER
    Governor Parnell recently acknowledged that due to shale gas developments Alaska must change course and export its gas to the premium Asian markets. Owners of Lower 48 and West Coast Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals are likewise accepting market realities and converting their LNG receiving facilities into export terminals. Consequently, Parnell now agrees that it is time for Alaska to build a gasline to tidewater to export LNG to Asia. While the Governor's laudable change of position was met with widespread support among Alaskans, close on its heels came the thudding response from TransCanada CEO Russ Girling. Girling...
  • ANWR Bill Boosts Jobs, Domestic Energy Production

    11/15/2011 10:53:05 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 15, 2011 | Andrea Mooney
    Citing an increase in domestic energy production and job creation, the House Natural Resources Committee proposed legislation Friday that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and natural gas production. Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, of Washington, and Alaska Rep. Don Young announced plans to introduce the Alaskan Energy for American Jobs Act, which is part of the energy and infrastructure jobs bill announced by Ohio Rep. John Boehner in early November. Officials said the act would open less than 3 percent of ANWR's 19 million acres in the North Slope, which the U.S. Geological Survey estimates contains...
  • Romney leads Cain 2-to-1 in electability, says CBS News poll

    11/12/2011 9:22:59 AM PST · by Innovative · 102 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | Nov. 11, 2011 | Lucy Madison
    Four out of ten Republicans believe Mitt Romney would be the most likely candidate to beat President Obama in the general election, according to a new CBS News poll. Cain trailed in the category with just 20 percent... Electability, however, was not most Republicans' top priority when selecting a candidate: 58 percent said they believe it's more important to have a nominee who agrees with them on the issues than one who can beat Mr. Obama next year. Thirty-nine percent said the opposite. But the race could still change; seven in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too...
  • 2 men shot dead in alleged home robbery attempt, police say

    11/10/2011 11:42:29 AM PST · by skeptoid · 18 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 10th, 2011
    Police say two young men are dead after being shot by a man who said they forced their way into his East Anchorage home overnight and tried to rob him.
  • Alaska braces for "epic" storm; evacuations begin

    11/09/2011 4:14:33 PM PST · by EBH · 24 replies
    yahoo.reuters ^ | 11/9/11
    An "epic" storm was bearing down on western Alaska on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, warning that it could be one of the worst on record for the state. The storm, moving inland from the Aleutian Islands, was expected to bring hurricane-force winds with gusts up to 100 miles per hour,... "This will be an extremely dangerous and life threatening storm of an epic magnitude rarely experienced," the service said in a special warning message. Nome and the rest of the Seward Peninsula, a section of land that juts out toward Siberia, were expected to be the hardest-hit areas,...
  • Alaska braces for "epic" storm; evacuations begin

    11/09/2011 4:40:05 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 31 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 11/9/11 | Yereth Rosen
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - An "epic" storm was bearing down on western Alaska on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, warning that it could be one of the worst on record for the state. The storm, moving inland from the Aleutian Islands, was expected to bring hurricane-force winds with gusts up to 100 miles per hour, heavy snowfall, widespread coastal flooding and severe erosion to most of Alaska's west coast, the National Weather Service said. "This will be an extremely dangerous and life threatening storm of an epic magnitude rarely experienced," the service said in a special warning message. Nome...
  • Alaskans brace for huge storm to strike western coast ('Hugh & Epic' storm bearing down)

    11/08/2011 5:34:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/8/11 | Yereth Rosen
    An "epic" storm was bearing down on western Alaska on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, warning that it could be one of the worst on record for the state. The storm, moving inland from the Aleutian Islands, was expected to bring hurricane-force winds with gusts up to 100 miles per hour, heavy snowfall, widespread coastal flooding and severe erosion to most of Alaska's west coast, the National Weather Service warned. "This will be an extremely dangerous and life threatening storm of an epic magnitude rarely experienced," the service said in a special warning message on Tuesday. Nome and the...
  • U.S. Army soldier arrested on suspicion of espionage

    11/01/2011 6:45:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 November 2011
    A U.S. Army specialist has been arrested at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on suspicion of espionage, an Army spokesman said on Tuesday. Specialist William Colton Millay, a 22-year-old military policeman, was taken into custody on October 28, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll told Reuters. Coppernoll said Millay, of Owensboro, Kentucky, was arrested following a joint espionage investigation conducted by the FBI and Army Counterintelligence special agents.
  • Alaska: Poster state for crony capitalism

    10/31/2011 10:24:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 28, 2011 | Joe Miller
    Crony capitalism thrives in Alaska, center stage held by the Alaska Native Corporations (ANC). From the pending shakedown of taxpayers through a wholesale land grab (S.730 and H.R.1408) to recent arrests of four people in one of the "most brazen federal contracting scandals in our nation's history," there seems to be no end to the scams, a consequence of an ANC system run amok. It's not enough that over $29 billion of taxpayer money has been transferred to the ANCs under the 8(a) minority no-bid federal contracting scheme. The state's seemingly permanent political class has recently orchestrated sister bills in...
  • Alaska's per-capita GDP is 50% higher than US average

    10/26/2011 9:11:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | : October 26th, 2011 | Associated Press
    Alaska had a $49 billion economy last year, with the largest single piece of that coming from oil and mining. ... oil and gas represented 25 percent of Alaska's GDP last year. He says this shows how far-reaching an impact that oil has in the state, given direct employment by the oil and gas industry makes up just 4 percent of total employment in the state.
  • Groups appeal Shell air permit granted by EPA (for offshore drilling in Arctic waters)

    10/24/2011 6:47:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/24/11 | AP
    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska Native and environmental groups are challenging a federal air permit granted to Royal Dutch Shell PLC for offshore drilling in Arctic waters. Shell hopes to drill exploratory wells next summer off Alaska's northern coasts. The Environmental Protection Agency issued an air permit Friday for a Shell drill ship called the Kulluk.
  • Sarah Palin: Perry's Flat Tax - "That's Going to Gain Momentum!"

    10/21/2011 1:43:29 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 122 replies
    Hanniy on Fox News ^ | October 20, 2011 | Hannity inteviews Sarah Palin
    "Rick Perry -- now coming out with, really embracing Steve Forbes' flat tax idea -- that's going to gain momentum. I look forward to hearing more of the details," she said. "In fact, when I heard that Rick Perry was embracing of Steve Forbes' idea, I went into my garage and dug out an old book from 1999 that Steve Forbes had written. ......Many aspects of it make so much sense - - about the freedom to choose - taxpayer how to file your taxes …..choose a simpler, fairer flat tax…..many of the aspects of it make so much sense."....
  • Sen. Scott Brown calls for firing of NOAA head ( fishing )

    10/22/2011 9:21:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | October 22, 2011
    Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is calling on President Obama to fire the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, saying she’s worsened the fishing industry’s problems. Brown said Saturday in a press conference at the Gloucester waterfront that Obama should replace Jane Lubchenco. In a statement, Brown said Lubchenco was indifferent to the industry’s struggles and wrongly committed to a new management system he says is destroying fishing jobs.
  • VIDEO: Dem Mayor Pleads for Obama to Stop New Regulations

    10/18/2011 7:36:57 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 13 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 10-18-11 | Town Hall
    Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk, Democrat Gloucester Massachusetts, pleads for President Obama to stop new regulations driving small businesses out of business. This Mayor "of the oldest fishing port in America" voted for Obama, went to his inauguration, and says she is now, "Losing Faith in Our Government." Kirk pleads for the President to get personally involved and stop the Commerce Department's overzealous enforcement of fishing regulations (something the Commerce Department Inspector General just slammed NOAA for) and the costly and burdensome regulations brought on by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) new "Catch Shares" commercial fishing scheme. Kirk reiterates...
  • North Dakota soon to pass Alaska in oil production

    10/14/2011 11:04:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | October 14th, 2011 | Associated Press
    North Dakota is poised to surpass California and Alaska to become the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. North Dakota's rise in oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks shale formations has propelled it from the nation's ninth-biggest oil producer to fourth since 2006. ... North Dakota is producing about 444,000 barrels daily.
  • Fire Island wind power sale to Chugach OK'd

    10/12/2011 5:16:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | October 11th, 2011 | SEAN COCKERHAM
    Regulators have approved a deal for Chugach Electric Association to buy Fire Island wind power, a move that should allow Cook Inlet Region Inc. to go ahead and build a windmill farm on the island. There's been talk of building wind turbines on Fire Island, about three miles offshore from Kincaid Park on Anchorage's western tip, since the early 1990s. Now it looks like it's finally going to happen. "We expect that as soon as the ice is off the inlet in April we'll start mobilizing construction equipment out there. We expect first power sometime in September 2012," CIRI spokesman...
  • Alaskans get $1,174 (yearly) checks from state's oil wealth

    10/10/2011 6:19:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Newsminer ^ | 10/06/11
    Alaskans get $1,174 checks from state's oil wealthThe Associated Press Oct 06, 2011 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Most Alaskans will be getting $1,174 in Permanent Fund dividends on Thursday. **SNIP** Voters passed a constitutional amendment in 1976 to establish the Permanent Fund as a way to stretch out the state's oil wealth for future generations.
  • Back to the court, Point Hope & environmentalists appeal BOEM Shell Beaufort plan approval

    10/09/2011 11:41:51 AM PDT · by thackney
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of October 09, 2011 | Alan Bailey
    In what has become something of a standard practice for any major Alaska oil and gas permitting decision, a group of organizations opposed to Arctic offshore oil and gas development has appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit over the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement’s Aug. 4 conditional approval of Shell’s Beaufort Sea exploration plan. Shell plans to drill up to four wells in the Beaufort Sea, starting in 2012, with those wells targeting the Sivulliq and Torpedo prospects on the west side of Camden Bay, to the east of Prudhoe Bay. In...
  • Sarah Palin Talks About Not Running on the Bob and Mark Show

    10/06/2011 6:28:40 PM PDT · by onyx · 1,156 replies · 2+ views
    C4P ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2012 | BOB & MARK
  • Christie says ‘Not My Time'--All Eyes Now on Palin

    10/04/2011 11:18:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 5, 2011 | Tony Lee
    Coincidentally, on the day New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held a formal press conference to again announce that he would not officially enter the presidential contest, DVDs of a documentary titled The Undefeated, an independent film about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s record of reform in taking on the crony capitalists and the political establishment in Alaska, went on sale at Walmart stores and online outlets such as Amazon.com. A new national CBS poll, has Herman Cain tied with Mitt Romney with 17% of the vote. What may be more striking though, is that 18% of those polled were still...
  • Salazar gives OK to Shell Arctic drilling plan (399 Days to election: Hussein in CYA Mode)

    10/04/2011 12:02:59 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 9 replies
    Royal Dutch Shell has been given formal approval by the Department of the Interior to proceed with a drilling plan in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. The move by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar paves the way for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to give Shell the green light to make preparations to drill as many as three wells in the area in 2012 and 2013
  • Rat infestation leaves rogue ship stranded off Alaska

    10/04/2011 6:20:43 AM PDT · by decimon · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3, 2011 | Yereth Rosen
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A rogue fishing vessel caught in the North Pacific four weeks ago was stranded off the coast of Alaska on Monday while authorities prepared to remove the crew and kill a large number of rats on board, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. > The rats found on board pose another environmental problem: Potential invasion by a nonnative species that could wipe out large numbers of Alaska seabirds and other natural life. > The case is challenging for law-enforcement because the ship is not registered in any country, Francis said. The crew claimed the ship was...
  • Alaska may become Silicon Valley of rare earths

    10/03/2011 9:53:12 AM PDT · by ken21 · 15 replies
    reuters ^ | oct 03 11
    Alaska may become Silicon Valley of rare earths Reuters Oct 3, 2011, 01.38am IST Ucore Rare Metals| rare earths TORONTO: A rare earth project nestled into a mountain ridge on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island may unlock a motherlode of resources, bringing needed jobs and opportunity to the state and offering a secure supply of the strategic metals for the high-tech sector.
  • Sarah Palin: Is her caribou cooked already?

    10/03/2011 6:31:13 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 105 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/3/2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    Eleven days before Michigan's candidate registration deadline. And we still don't know if former Gov. Sarah Palin is going, as she puts it, to toss her name into the hat. Here's Palin's problem: We don't know. She likes it that way. It's late by contemporary announcement standards. And many of us, even those fascinated by her refreshing rogueness, have stopped caring. Certainly her would-be Republican opponents have moved on, as they should. So, does it even matter now if SP drives her beautiful bus straight through the gates of tradition into a rogue race?
  • Congressman Wants to Repeal All Federal Regulations From the Past 20 Years

    09/29/2011 11:51:50 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 29, 2011 | unattributed
    Alaska’s sole congressman says he wants to eliminate every federal regulation issued since 1991 – a proposal that could touch everything from food and drug safety to banking to health care to oil drilling. Republican Rep. Don Young told the Anchorage Downtown Rotary Club on Tuesday that he drew the line at 20 years ago “because it crossed party lines and also we were prosperous at that time,” The Anchorage Daily News reported. “And no new regulations until they can justify them.” Young’s spokesman, Luke Miller, told FoxNews.com Young is still developing the legislation. “The main thing is if an...
  • Governor Palin is Still Alley Cat Smart [C4P's John Smith on Sarah Palin's recent "head fake"]

    09/29/2011 4:34:38 AM PDT · by RonDog · 305 replies
    conservatives4palin.com ^ | September 28, 2011 | John Smith
    . Governor Palin is Still Alley Cat SmartPosted on September 28 2011 - 8:23 PM - Posted by: SubmissionsGuest Submission by John Smith“And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him”- Sun Tzu Everyone is getting all wee-weed up lately about Sarah Palin’s supposed indecision about a run for President, especially after her interview last night with Greta. Some here are nearly suicidal. Others are begging for people to have faith and keep their powder dry. For my part, I’ll just offer a simple statement: Sarah Palin has...
  • Heckler apologizes to Bristol Palin (After Lawyering Up)

    09/28/2011 12:12:38 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 101 replies
    CNN Entertainment ^ | September 28, 2011 | Ed Payne
    A heckler who got into a heated exchange with Bristol Palin at a Southern California bar and restaurant last week has apologized for the incident. Palin had just finished riding a mechanical bull at the Saddle Ranch & Chop House when Stephen Hanks shouted, "Do you ride Levi like that? Your mother's a whore." (snip) "Having had an opportunity to view the camera footage of the incident this past Thursday ... , I have come to the conclusion that no matter what my feelings are towards Sarah Palin, I should not have expressed them towards her daughter, Bristol Palin," Hanks...
  • On shooting from the rooftops: Who plays with rhetoric that reflects lunacy?

    09/24/2011 5:56:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 47 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | 24 September, 2011 | Dan O'Neill
    “When all else fails … vote from the rooftops.” That’s how a T-shirt logo advertising Michael Dukes’ radio show reads. What can that statement, in blood-red lettering over a black background and paired with the image of an assault rifle, possibly mean except that people who aren’t satisfied with election results should use an assault rifle to take matters into their own hands. That they should climb to the top of a building and start killing people? It is, of course, a despicable logo. Most people, conservative to liberal, get that. Just this month, an AK47 owner blasted 11 folks...
  • Random House 'Rogue' Scandal Update: McGinniss Confirms, Griffin Fumes, 'Hooker' responds

    09/23/2011 5:56:57 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 41 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | September 22, 2011 | Dana Loesch
    Joe McGinniss, author of Random House would-be blockbuster The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, has confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail posted by Andrew Breitbart earlier today, which suggests that the book may have included allegations that McGinniss was aware he had not substantiated.
  • Fairbanks Assembly campaign ad reignites debate about guns at public meetings(AK)

    09/21/2011 10:06:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    newsminer.com ^ | 20 September, 2011 | Matt Buxton
    FAIRBANKS — While most advertisements from candidates in the Oct. 4 local election promote their own positions, Van Lawrence has gone on the attack in the race against incumbent Michael Dukes. The ad, which ran in the News-Miner on Sept. 11, called out Dukes for carrying a gun to public meetings and community barbecues, among other points. Lawrence, a local attorney, said he ran the ad, titled “4 Reasons Why You Should Vote For Me,” as a way of pointing out what he felt are key differences between himself and Dukes. The other points included “I’m not an anti-government zealot,”...
  • Sarah Palin 'still considering' White House bid

    09/21/2011 7:20:13 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 120 replies
    USA Today | 2011-09-21 | Catalina Camia
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  • Begich urges state to consider loan guarantee for pipeline

    09/21/2011 5:03:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 21st, 2011 | BECKY BOHRER
    U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has urged the state to consider a loan guarantee that would help with financing for a major Alaska natural gas pipeline. In a letter to Gov. Sean Parnell released Tuesday, Begich said it would be very difficult for the state's congressional delegation to get an increase in the federal loan guarantee anytime soon. Begich cited the recent push in Washington to cut federal spending, as well as increased scrutiny on loan guarantees for energy projects. Federal loan guarantees for the pipeline currently stand at about $21 billion. Project costs released by TransCanada Corp. have ranged from...
  • Moose hunter survives attack by grizzly

    09/21/2011 4:58:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 40 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 20th, 2011 | CASEY GROVE
    A moose hunter attacked by a grizzly bear north of the Denali Highway survived the severe mauling Monday after hiking to his camp, traveling by boat downriver to a wilderness lodge then getting an airlift via Alaska Air National Guard helicopter to an Anchorage hospital. Donald "Skip" Sanford, 65, was hunting about five miles upriver from the Maclaren River Lodge when the bear attacked, according to Alaska State Troopers. Sanford had been hunting with his son John, 12, his friend Monty Dyson, 47, and Dyson's son Chad, 22, Dyson said. Dyson relayed Sanford's story Tuesday by radio phone from the...
  • Every Alaskan to get $1174

    09/20/2011 2:09:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 48 replies
    ABC ^ | September 20, 2011 | AP
    Most Alaska residents will soon be getting a check for $1,174 simply because they live there. Each person's share of the state's vast oil wealth was announced with much fanfare in Anchorage Tuesday, with Gov. Sean Parnell ripping open a gold-colored envelope to reveal the number. This day is so widely anticipated in Alaska that the announcement of the Permanent Fund Dividend amount was carried live on television statewide, and dozens tuned in to watch a live webcast by the governor's office.
  • Officials say beaver teeth are 7 million years old

    09/19/2011 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 09-19-2011 | Staff
    The Bureau of Land Management says a fossil found by employees on federal land represents the earliest record of living beavers in North America. The pair of teeth was found on BLM land in northeast Oregon. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports the teeth come from the Rattlesnake Formation and are 7 to 7.3 million years old. The BLM says the earliest beavers were found in Germany 10 to 12 million years ago and the animals spread across Asia, eventually crossing the Bering Land Bridge to North America. The previous earliest known records of living beavers in North America, from about 5...