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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
    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 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 ^ | 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,...