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  • Sarah Palin to Union Members: Don’t Be Taken In By Union Boss Thuggery Like Jimmy Hoffa Represents

    09/06/2011 10:33:44 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/6/11 | Jim Hoft
    Sarah Palin with her husband Todd spoke to a tea party crowd Monday in New Hampshire. From her Facebook page: In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely...
  • Hoffa Offers 500,000 Truckers as 'Eyes and Ears'

    06/21/2002 12:24:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 116+ views
    ABCNEWS ^ | June 21 | Reuters By Steve Holland
    Teamsters President James Hoffa said on Friday he would ask the 500,000 truck operators covered by his union to take part in a grass-roots homeland security effort looking for suspicious activity on the roads. Talking to reporters on the White House driveway, Hoffa said he had pitched the idea to President Bush's director of homeland security, Tom Ridge. His comments came shortly before an FBI warning that terrorists may use fuel tanker trucks for attacks in the United States -- possibly on fuel depots, Jewish schools or synagogues -- or on U.S. interests overseas. Hoffa was among a group of...
  • Ed Schultz Asks Hoffa 'Do You Think The Republicans Are Sons of B---hes?'

    09/07/2011 5:37:35 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 25 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | September 07, 2011 | Noel Sheppard
    Not surprisingly, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz was practically orgasmic with joy Tuesday over Teamsters president James Hoffa’s Labor Day declaration of war against the Tea Party. After telling his “Ed Show” audience that Obama’s poll numbers have been declining because he hasn’t spoken to the American people like the union boss, Schultz actually asked Hoffa, “Do you think the Republicans are sons of b---hes?” (video follows) The program began with an exultant Schultz saying, “It is priceless audio. I love this story. It’s about time somebody stood up and said it just like this.” After an introduction, Schultz played Hoffa’s comments,...
  • Obama Turns Keystone Pipe Dream To Nightmare

    03/12/2012 11:18:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor;s Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy Policy: After presidential lobbying, the Senate fell four votes short of taking a giant step toward energy independence as gas prices and unemployment rise. In the White House, everything is going according to plan. The 56-42 vote defeated a proposal by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that would have granted approval of the pipeline without any further environmental reviews by the State Department. It came after President Obama personally called lawmakers to lobby for the Hoeven amendment's defeat. Sixty votes were needed for passage to avoid a filibuster. As we've said, you have to watch what Obama does, not what...
  • Annual gun show a social experience for many(AK)

    03/12/2012 10:33:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    frontiersman.com ^ | 10 March 2012 | GREG JOHNSON
    PALMER — It takes a high-caliber weapon to turn heads at the annual Palmer Lions Club Gun Show, like Doug Albright’s Browning M2 .50-caliber machine gun. The Fairbanks resident had the fully functional weapon mounted on two-by-fours at his booth. Albright isn’t selling the gun, but said it’s a great conversation piece and a way to draw show-goers to his table to see what else he has to offer. “Oh, it works,” he said. “I’ve shot up old cars with it before, cast-iron boilers, they’re good, too.” It’s at Albright’s table, Anchorage resident Deryl Titus was found admiring the Browning....
  • Oil giants: Tax changes will lure investment

    03/12/2012 5:18:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Petroleum News via Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 11th, 2012 | KRISTEN NELSON
    BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and Conoco Phillips Alaska told the Senate Resources Committee there are projects the companies could do on Alaska's North Slope to increase oil production, but those projects will have trouble attracting capital investment because of high state taxes. Damien Bilbao, head of finance, developments and resources for BP, discussed a proposed reduction in the "progressivity" of the state oil production tax from 0.35 from 0.40. He told the committee: "A change of five-hundredth of a percentage point will not sway our investment decisions in Alaska." (He was discussing an earlier version of Senate Bill 192 than...
  • The Obama 2012 campaign releases an attack ad against.......Sarah Palin!? (Video)

    03/11/2012 7:06:52 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    BarackObama.com ^ | March 11, 2012 | Obama for America
    Together, we can show people like Sarah Palin that each time they spread baseless attacks solely designed to beat the President, they're only going to make us stronger.
  • Murkowski regrets voting with GOP on birth control

    03/10/2012 9:15:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 10, 2012 | By LAURIE KELLMAN
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she saw it coming, even before the public scolding last weekend at Alaska's Iditarod dog sled race. Siding with Republican leaders on a contentious contraceptives vote was a mistake. A moderate in an era of paralyzing partisanship, Murkowski, 54, may be a natural heir to the centrist role played by retiring Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe at a time when their party is hurting for female leaders. Murkowski voted in favor of an amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to overturn President Barack Obama's order that health insurance cover the cost of contraceptives even if providers object...
  • Shooting for Liberty States competing for lowest Brady score

    03/10/2012 7:39:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    The Brady Bunch has released their annual scorecard rating states based on how strict their gun laws are. The scorecard is a very useful tool to help rights groups understand how their state compares to others on a liberty scale; more points = less liberty. Alaska, Arizona, and Utah have all achieved the coveted Zero Points/Zero Stars on the Brady scale and are now competing to see which state will be the first into negative numbers – which is possible through bonus points. Arizona and Alaska can reach a –2 point score by protecting carry rights on campuses of state...
  • Mitt Romney Wins Alaska Caucuses [Romney 32%; Santorum 29%; Ron Paul 24%; Gingrich 14%]

    Mitt Romney Wins Alaska Caucuses March. 7, 2012 JUNEAU, Alaska, March 7 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney claimed victory in the Alaska caucuses, picking up the majority of states in Super Tuesday contests. Alaska's 27 delegates will be awarded proportionately later in March. With 4,285 votes, Romney claimed 32 percent of the statewide vote, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania claimed 29 percent, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas captured 24 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 14 percent.
  • Romney leads Alaska presidential preference poll (Wins by 420 votes)

    03/07/2012 8:58:12 AM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 36 replies
    FAIRBANKS - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney maintained a strong lead with most of the results counted in the Alaska Republican presidential preference poll held today. With 4,225 votes, the former Massachusetts Governor took 32.6 percent of the statewide vote. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took 29 percent, Texas congressman Ron Paul took about 24 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took 14 percent. At 10:30 p.m., 95 percent of the vote had been counted. Alaska was one of 10 states to participate in the Republican nomination process today and will divvy up 24 of its delegates according to...
  • CNN Catches Sarah Palin At Her Polling Place (Video)

    This is short but good interview with Sarah Palin where she talks about running in 2016 and perhaps participating in a brokered convention:
  • In Alaska, a Showdown of Lawyers, Guns, and Bush-Era Firearms Law(triple barf alert)

    03/05/2012 1:27:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views
    theatlantic.com ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Andrew Cohen
    Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Alaska heard argument in an extraordinary case about gun control, federalism, and so-called "tort reform." At the heart of Kim v. Coxe is the question of how state judges ought to apply a Bush-era law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which was designed and enacted by Congress to protect gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits and liability for crimes committed with their weapons. When the Alaskan high court (right now it includes only four justices) issues its ruling, it will represent the first time a state supreme court was weighed in...
  • Obama's Energy Plan: Buy Fuel Efficient Cars

    03/03/2012 10:04:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3 2012 | Kat Hicks
    Keystone pipeline? Nah. Just buy a Prius! Or better yet -- a Volt! Yes, President Inflate-Your-Tires has once again found a real solution to America's energy problems: buy a fuel efficient car! In his weekly address this morning, Obama suggests that the remedy to rising gas prices is coming from Detroit -- but it won't actually be here until 2025. In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Detroit automakers are on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards. "That means folks will be able to fill up every...
  • On Energy, Massachusetts Tilts At Windmills

    02/27/2012 4:13:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 27, 2012 | IBD staff
    Green Energy: Bypassing abundant supplies of environmentally friendly and reliable natural gas, the Bay State forces its utilities to buy energy from offshore wind farms. The tilting at windmills continues. It is instead found in the vast resources locked up in the Outer Continental Shelf, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska and in the vast shale formations that bless the U.S. with an abundance of oil and natural gas. A nationwide boom in natural gas production is set to fuel nearly 900,000 jobs and add roughly $1,000 to annual household budgets by 2015, according...
  • Relentless scrutiny pushed Palin to exasperation

    02/24/2012 6:36:02 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 75 replies
    AP ^ | February 24, 2012 | BECKY BOHRER and MIKE BAKER
    Just a few months after returning from the presidential campaign trail, a weary Sarah Palin shot off a 1 a.m. email to top colleagues in her office. Buried in ethics complaints that she deemed frivolous, the Alaska governor was feeling increasingly detached from her family. She faced mounting legal bills that only exacerbated the financial turmoil related to her family's travel. "I'm just beat down on this one. I am tired. The opponents have succeeded on the drive towards our personal bankruptcy, and have divided my family," she wrote. She finished the overnight email with a sobering conclusion: "One has...
  • Sarah Palin on Alaska job: I can’t take it anymore, reveals new public emails

    02/24/2012 8:51:50 AM PST · by kristinn · 90 replies
    AP via The New York Daily News ^ | Friday, February 24, 2012
    Fed up with mounting legal bills and rattled by intense scrutiny of her family and work, Sarah Palin was ready to step down as Alaska's governor months before she left office in July 2009. Emails released Thursday, most from the last 10 months of her time in office, show she told her husband in April, "I can't take it anymore" and complained to spokeswoman Sharon Leighow and aide Kris Perry in March that she had been the target of "many frivolous suits and charges since the DAY I became VP candidate." "I can't afford this job," she wrote. The emails...
  • Joke About Sale of Alaska Hits a Nerve in Russia

    12/07/2005 7:07:20 AM PST · by twinself · 25 replies · 1,023+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 28, 2005 | Sergei Blagov
    It may have been a joke, but some media organizations and politicians in Moscow appear to have taken half-seriously a satirical suggestion that the United States should sell Alaska back to Russia for $1 trillion. The tongue-in-cheek proposal published in a U.S. newspaper raised the vague notion still present here that Russia could one day retrieve the territory it sold to the U.S. The return of Alaska would be marked by a great national holiday, said Vladimir Zhirinovsky, an outspoken nationalist politician. Russia would then have a presence on three continents -- Europe, Asia and America -- noted Zhirinovsky, who...
  • Report: Obama Administration Is Giving Away 7 Strategic Islands to Russia

    02/18/2012 4:32:00 PM PST · by sushiman · 45 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/18/12 | Jim Hoff
  • Is this true? "The State Dept is secretly negotiating to give Alasakan islands to Russia"

    11/23/2009 8:06:06 AM PST · by MelSmith · 21 replies · 1,953+ views
    This is from a direct-mail fundraising piece from "StateDepartmentWatch.org". They say that the current congress "will decide the fate of eight strategically and economically vital islands in Alaska...and the U.S. will get nothing in return." This is the first that I've heard this claim and I don't know if it's valid.
  • Polar bear kills last villager

    10/16/2003 7:11:29 PM PDT · by mhking · 134 replies · 363+ views
    A polar bear has killed the last villager on Russia's Vrangel island off the northern Chukotka peninsula, scientists at a local reserve said today. The reserve's workers attempted to save Vasilina Alpaun, who was attacked on her own doorstep, but were too late. The Ushakovskoye village had been abandoned since 1997, when its inhabitants were moved to the peninsula to make way for the bear reserve, but Alpaun, 25, returned to her old home shortly afterwards. Bears roam free on the island and are rarely aggressive, the reserve's director Leonid Bove said, adding that the woman most likely provoked the...
  • Putin's Arctic invasion: Russia lays claim to the North Pole - and all its gas, oil, and diamonds

    06/29/2007 4:20:52 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 56 replies · 2,585+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2007
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is making an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic - so he can tap its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth. His scientists claim an underwater ridge near the North Pole is really part of Russia's continental shelf. One newspaper printed a map of the "new addition", a triangle five times the size of Britain with twice as much oil as Saudi Arabia. Muscle-flexing: Putin has his sights on Arctic oil and gas The dramatic move provoked an international outcry. The U.S. and Canada expressed shock and environment campaigners said it...
  • House approves opening ANWR — again

    02/17/2012 9:11:04 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Alaska Journal of Commerce ^ | Feb 16, 2012 | AJC
    For the 12th time, U.S. Rep. Don Young has gotten legislation passed out of the House of Representatives to authorize opening of a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to resource development. By a 237 to 187 vote, the House today sent H.R. 3408 to the Senate where it faces an uncertain future. Opening ANWR has only made it out of the Senate once, and was vetoed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. “This is a great piece of legislation for the American people,” said Young in a statement released by his office. “Tapping into ANWR’s enormous energy potential...
  • Analyst says trans-Alaska pipeline flow can grow

    02/14/2012 8:04:17 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 14, 2012 | Associated Press
    Gov. Sean Parnell’s goal of nearly doubling the flow of oil through the trans-Alaska pipeline could be achieved over the next 10 to 15 years — but not without major fiscal and policy changes, a consultant said. Pedro van Meurs, an oil and gas consultant, told a joint hearing of the Senate Resources and Finance committees that Parnell’s tax-cut bill “does not even come close” to going far enough to hit the Republican governor’s goal of 1 million barrels a day. He said “more elaborate” legislation is needed if Alaska wants significant increases in production. Reaching Parnell’s goal includes new...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Wolves stealing Yukon Quest trail markers

    02/11/2012 7:37:22 PM PST · by redpoll · 40 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Feb. 11, 2012 | Suzanna Caldwell
    DAWSON CITY, Yukon - There are a lot of problems that can befall trail markers — treacherous conditions, dangerous overflow, deep snow and trails littered with fallen brush. But an unexpected challenge for the Canadian Rangers who broke the Yukon Quest trail in Canada? Wolves stealing trail markers.
  • Shell hopes to drill this summer in the Arctic

    02/06/2012 5:23:49 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 5th, 2012 | DAN JOLING
    It's the billion-dollar question in Alaska for 2012: Will this be the year Shell Oil begins large-scale offshore exploratory drilling in Arctic waters? Two months into 2012, the oil giant is beyond the lead time it said it needed to assemble the flotilla of support vessels that must accompany drill ships to leases in the remote Chukchi and Beaufort seas. But Shell Alaska Vice President Pete Slaiby remains hopeful drilling can begin when Arctic Ocean ice melts this summer, even as he awaits a green light from regulators. "There is clearly more certainty with the regulatory process than we've had...
  • Newt Gingrich leaves Las Vegas with plan to woo NASCAR voters, sweep South

    02/05/2012 5:21:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2012 | Shannon McCaffrey
    LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich is wooing NASCAR voters. As he charts a possible course to the Republican nomination, aides say Gingrich will paint frontrunner Mitt Romney as the candidate of the PGA golf tour while the former House speaker pursues the blue collar mantle of Dale Earnhardt. It’s a strategy that exploits the class warfare Gingrich professes to oppose. Still, it could pay dividends once the GOP race again swings South. Gingrich sees delegate-rich Texas as a firewall in April. But he must slog through more than 30 contests before that....
  • Congressional delegation speaks out against F-16 move

    02/05/2012 5:30:44 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Feb 5, 2012 | N/A
    Alaska’s Congressional delegation has released their statements over a proposed plan to move a F-16 Aggressor squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Elmendorf Air Force Base and retire four C-130 transport aircraft at Elmendorf. The move is part of a nationwide defense budget reduction and has left the delegation unhappy. Eielson Air Force Base survived closure in 2005 during a round Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) review. According to the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s most recent Community Research Quarterly, the base employs 1,803 military active duty personnel and 2,871 family members. Here’s the delegation’s full responses. Sen. Lisa...
  • Sarah Versus the 'Stalinists': Palin Targets Republican Politburo

    02/01/2012 4:03:01 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    The Nation ^ | January 30, 2012 | John Nichols
    Oh my, it looks like Sarah Palin might not be speaking at this year’s Republican National Convention. Either that, or she will be the keynoter. The party’s most recent vice-presidential nominee is now officially at war with Mitt Romney and Republican establishment figures—epic losers like Bob Dole and John McCain, epic spinners like Peggy Noonan and Ann Coulter—who have rallied to save the campaign of the fumbling frontrunner. (snip) What’s Palin’s play here? She is not going for a top spot on Mitt Romney’s Christmas-card list. But she may be going for something bigger. By positioning herself as the champion...
  • Alaska rep urges federal takeover of Central Park

    01/31/2012 8:30:50 AM PST · by Daffynition · 31 replies
    AP via CBSNews.com ^ | January 31, 2012 | staff reporter
    (AP) JUNEAU, Alaska — When Alaska state Rep. Kyle Johansen penned a resolution to urge the federal government to take over New York's Central Park, he may not have expected a hearing on the issue let alone a mention in The New York Times. But he got both. The resolution from Johansen, a Ketchikan Republican, first reported by The Associated Press, was highlighted in the Times' City Room blog last week. And Monday afternoon the House Resources Committee discussed HJR 31, which argues the federal government's hold on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is akin to labeling Central Park a...
  • Sarah Palin: Cannibals in GOP Establishment Employ Tactics of the Left

    01/27/2012 3:18:48 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 499 replies · 2+ views
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Page ^ | January 27, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    We have witnessed something very disturbing this week. The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent. We will look back on this week and realize that something changed. I have given numerous interviews wherein I espoused the benefits of thorough vetting during aggressive contested primary elections, but this week’s tactics aren’t what I meant. Those who claim allegiance to Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment should stop and...
  • Alaska Airlines ends decades-old prayer card tradition

    01/26/2012 12:45:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    Alaska Airlines, America's seventh-largest carrier in terms of passenger traffic, said on Wednesday that it would end a decades-old tradition of handing out prayer cards with its in-flight meals. The prayer cards, which the Seattle-based airline began offering in the 1970s after an executive spotted them on another airline, were intended to serve as a marketing strategy and to put passengers at ease, a spokeswoman said. The airline sent an e-mail to its frequent flyers on Wednesday explaining the change, which takes effect February 1.
  • Ice in Bering Sea is farthest south in the past 20 years.)

    01/26/2012 1:04:53 AM PST · by Species8472 · 22 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 25th, 2012 | MICHELLE THERIAULT BOOTS
    Sea ice is encroaching unusually early on the central Bering Sea, threatening to grind Alaska's economically important snow crab fishery to a halt at the peak of the season, leaving crabbers facing major losses. Very cold temperatures and strong winds are pushing the ice south at the rate of 10-15 miles a day, according to the National Weather Service. A rate of 2-3 miles a day is normal. The ice itself has a maximum thickness of two feet. Crabbing boats are out retrieving their pots or sitting in Dutch Harbor rather than delivering their catch to the now iced-in Trident...
  • Gas-hydrate tests to begin in Alaska

    01/17/2012 8:11:48 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Nature ^ | 13 January 2012 | Nicola Jones
    This month, scientists will test a new way to extract methane from beneath the frozen soil of Alaska: they will use waste carbon dioxide from conventional wells to force out the desired natural gas. The pilot experiment will explore the possibility of ‘mining’ from gas hydrates: cages of water ice that hold molecules of methane. Such hydrates exist under the sea floor and in sandstone deep beneath the Arctic tundra, holding potentially vast reserves of natural gas. But getting the gas out is tricky and expensive. The test is to be run by the US Department of Energy (DOE), in...
  • Fuel Arrives, but Deep Freeze Endures

    01/14/2012 9:13:18 AM PST · by Brilliant · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 14, 2012 | JIM CARLTON
    The ice-bound town of Nome will likely get its emergency fuel supply this weekend from a Russian tanker that has taken three weeks to get there, as Alaska continues to be battered by one of the state's harshest winters in decades. The tanker Renda arrived just offshore from Nome on Friday with its cargo of fuel for the town, which was cut off from oceangoing supplies by waters that froze earlier than expected. The Russian-flagged tanker vessel Renda followed a trail cut through the ice by the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Bering Sea Thursday as it headed to...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Nothing To See Here Folks, Move Along!

    01/13/2012 8:20:17 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 11 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | May 26, 2010 | USAF Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
    Somewhere in Alaska, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson, United States Air Force  
  • {Alaskan North} Slope producers lay out scenario with proposed oil changes

    01/12/2012 12:19:03 PM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE ^ | Jan 12, 2012 | TIM BRADNER
    North Slope oil producers have laid out their vision of what’s possible with new oil development if the state Legislature makes changes in the state’s oil production tax. They’ve also highlighted the problems they face under the status quo. BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. President John Minge said he believes there is about $5 billion in projects the producers could tackle if lawmakers pass Gov. Sean Parnell’s House Bill 110 or something like it this year. Many of the projects are within the existing producing fields. Minge also outlined one new project BP is testing this year, in a layer of...
  • Drone helps guide fuel ship on way to Nome

    01/12/2012 6:10:12 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 11th, 2012 | ARY PEMBERTON
    As a Russian fuel tanker plows through the frozen Bering Sea on its way to Nome, it has been getting help from an unlikely source: a drone that flies overhead and sends images of ice back to researchers onshore. The camera-equipped drone looks like a smoke detector with wings and legs. It glides on 20-minute missions ranging from 10 feet to 320 feet above the ice, and its images can be instantly viewed on a tablet-type computer screen. The tanker is bound for Nome, a town of 3,500 residents that missed its final pre-winter delivery of fuel by barge when...
  • Cordova out of shovels as snow tops 15 feet

    01/11/2012 5:51:58 AM PST · by thackney · 53 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 10th, 2012 | DAN JOLING
    An Alaska community blitzed by nearly 15 feet of snow was hit by another storm Tuesday and a new problem -- a shortage of shovels. A spokesman for the city of Cordova said officials had tried Anchorage, Fairbanks and other cities and finally turned to a manufacturer for a special order. "It's ironic, isn't it? The state of Alaska -- you'd think they'd be ahead of the game. It's those logistical things you just don't plan on, or you don't think is going to be an issue," said Allen Marquette by phone from the city on the east side of...
  • Todd Palin Endorses Newt Gingrich

    01/09/2012 10:13:50 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 284 replies · 6+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan 9, 2012 | ABC News’ Santina Leuci and Z. Byron Wolf reporting
    Sarah Palin’s husband is endorsing Newt Gingrich for president, Todd Palin told ABC News today. But Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and John McCain’s 2008 Republican running mate, has yet to decide “who is best able to go up against Barack Obama,” Todd Palin said. Palin said he has not spoken to Gingrich or anyone from the former House speaker’s campaign. But he said he respects Gingrich for what he went through in the 1990s and compared that scrutiny in public life to what Sarah Palin went through during her run for the vice presidency.
  • Ships taking fuel to Nome making 5 mph in thick ice {Russian Tanker, US Icebreaker}

    01/09/2012 5:35:38 AM PST · by thackney · 38 replies · 2+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 8th, 2012 11:03 PM | Associated Press
    A Russian tanker is inching through thick ice in the Bering Sea en route to delivering fuel to Nome. The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy is cutting a path for the 370-foot Renda, which is carrying more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class David Mosley said the vessels were 170 miles south of Nome as of late Sunday morning. Mosley said the ships are able to travel only five miles an hour through ice up to two feet thick. The Coast Guard initially estimated arrival time early Monday, but Mosley says it's difficult to...
  • State of Emergency Continues in Cordova

    01/08/2012 3:00:03 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Channel 2 News ^ | January 8, 2012 | Simon, Klint and Palsha
    CORDOVA, Alaska— Cordova declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon following several weeks of heavy snowfall, after at least three structures -- two commercial buildings and a home -- had their roofs collapsed by snow. DOT is sending five additional people from across the state to help clear the town’s roads. Meanwhile, National Weather Service officials said Thursday Valdez had 289.01 inches of snow this season -- and winter has just begun. Valdez resident Kevin Kimber said he had to crawl out of his upstairs window to get out of the house. “I woke up to have about 10 feet...
  • Ice-breaking Russian ship gets OK to deliver fuel to Nome ( Alaska )

    01/02/2012 6:47:21 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 30, 2011 | Yereth Rosen
    An ice-breaking Russian tanker won an exemption from U.S. maritime law on Friday allowing it to deliver fuel to the isolated Alaska city of Nome... The U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted a Jones Act waiver to the Russian ship, the Renda, which is scheduled to deliver diesel fuel and gasoline to the Alaska city of 3,600 people... Senator Mark Begich said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano responded to pleas for a Jones Act exception to help alleviate what could be a serious winter fuel shortage. ... Nome, which has no outside road connections and relies on marine vessels or...
  • Palin: It’s Not Bachmann’s Time (video)

    01/02/2012 3:11:10 PM PST · by STARWISE · 45 replies
    Palin: It's Not Bachmann's Time
  • Alaska volcano sends ash plume up to 15,000 feet

    12/29/2011 8:02:35 PM PST · by thecodont · 22 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Thursday, December 29, 2011 | By DAN JOLING, Associated Press
    (12-29) 10:57 PST Anchorage, Alaska (AP) -- A remote Alaska volcano has spewed an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says satellite images show the ash cloud drifting Thursday from Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/29/national/a105700S84.DTL#ixzz1hzDgWa5D
  • Scientists Test Sick Alaska Seals For Radiation

    12/28/2011 11:34:52 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | December 27th, 2011 | By Bill Rigby
    Experts not sure if woes, from hair loss to bloody lesions, tied to Fukushima nuclear plant. SEATTLE — Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Scores of ring seals have washed up on Alaska's Arctic coastline since July, suffering or killed by a mysterious disease marked by bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on the animals' fur coats. Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus...
  • Corps approves CD-5, ConocoPhillips gets Clean Water Act permit for road, bridge - Nigliq Channel

    12/26/2011 8:10:04 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of December 25, 2011 | Kristen Nelson
    It’s across the Colville and into the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska for ConocoPhillips Alaska — at last. A bridge crossing of the Nigliq Channel of the Colville River was the preferred alternative in the 2004 final environmental impact statement for Alpine satellite development, but it took years for the company to get alignment from the North Slope Borough, the adjacent community of Nuiqsut and major federal agencies. It came together Dec. 19 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for CD-5, the Alpine satellite which will be the first development built in NPR-A. “ConocoPhillips is pleased that the...
  • Our View: Rep. Young cleared, legally

    12/21/2011 4:31:45 PM PST · by skeptoid · 8 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 20th, 2011
    Young abided by letter of law; spirit of law takes a beating The House Ethics Committee has ruled that Alaska Rep. Don Young didn't violate the law in accepting 12 checks totaling $60,000 for his legal defense fund from 12 businesses owned by one family. As the committee pointed out, the companies are technically 12 separate entities in Louisiana, but they represent exactly one political interest.
  • Feds OK ConocoPhillips Alaska North Slope project {Alaska NPRA}

    12/20/2011 5:12:34 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Simone Sebastian
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a bridge-and-road project that will give ConocoPhillips access to the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska’s North Slope, the federal agency announced today. The Clean Water Act permit gives ConocoPhillips the go-ahead for its CD-5 Alpine Satellite Development Project. The oil company has long sought to drill and develop the area and needed the permits to build infrastructure connecting CD-5 to existing pipelines. The thumbs-up concludes a yearlong federal review and follows approvals earlier this month by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The permit allows Houston-based ConocoPhillips...