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  • Bering Sea Ice at Record Level

    05/03/2012 6:44:12 PM PDT · by Species8472 · 29 replies
    National Weather Service Alaska ^ | 5-3-2012 | National Weather Service
    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 215 PM AKDT THU MAY 3 2012 ...RECORD SEA ICE AT PRIBILOF ISLANDS... THIS HAS BEEN AN EXTREME WINTER FOR SEA ICE IN THE BERING SEA AND NOW WE HAVE BROKEN THE RECORDS FOR MOST NUMBER OF DAYS WITH ICE AT BOTH SAINT PAUL ISLAND AND SAINT GEORGE ISLAND. AS OF TODAY SEA ICE HAS BEEN AT SAINT PAUL ISLAND FOR 103 DAYS THIS WINTER BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 100 DAYS SET IN 2010. THE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH SEA ICE AT SAINT GEORGE ISLAND TOTALED 79 WHEN THE ICE RETREATED...
  • BREAKING! Rep. Young wants ATF explanation about AK records checks

    04/26/2012 9:30:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 65 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 April, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Alaska Congressman Don Young today demanded to know why agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been asking gun shop owners in the 49th State for copies of their gun sales records. As this column reported, ATF agents had contacted gun shops in Anchorage for the bound books which contain information on gun buyers. Federal law prohibits federal agents from doing that, and they know it. Gun rights activists across the Northwest are furious. The situation has caused an uproar in the firearms community, and Young – a member of the National Rifle Association Board of...
  • Ted Nugent pleads guilty to illegal AK bear kill

    04/24/2012 12:43:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/24/12 | RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press
    Rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent pleaded guilty Tuesday to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska. With his plea, Nugent followed through with a signed agreement he made with federal prosecutors earlier this month. A judge approved the deal at a U.S. District Court hearing in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. Nugent and his attorney participated by telephone. Asked by Magistrate Judge Michael Thompson if the agreement was clear, Nugent responded: "It is with me, your honor." The guitarist and singer, who also is an avid hunter, later apologized for his actions and said he...
  • Ted Nugent set for court date in illegal kill case

    04/23/2012 4:35:46 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 16 replies
    BuffaloNews.Com ^ | Apr. 23, 2012 5:06 PM ET | RACHEL D'ORO
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed. The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court. Nugent was set to participate by telephone in Tuesday's U.S. District Court proceeding in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, his attorney said. The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska days after he...
  • OMG OMG! It’s a Hunk of Blue Metal! OMG!(AK)

    04/18/2012 6:39:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 40 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    AI member Tyler relays a tale of wanton death and destruction that was only narrowly averted by the vigilance of our friends who work for the Transportation Safety Administration. We’re not sure what Tyler was thinking – trying to carry such a dangerous item on board a commercial aircraft – but here’s his story . . . I had the friendly people at TSA notify me when I tried to get on a flight to Alaska (where I work around bears) this morning that a disassembled bolt for a Ruger m77 is not, in fact, a nicely machined paper weight...
  • Alaska Senate passes revised oil tax bill {Alaska}

    04/16/2012 4:52:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    AP via Fiarbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Apr 14, 2012 | Becky Bohrer
    The Alaska Senate on Saturday passed a bill intended to encourage new field oil production, just days after an overhaul of Alaska's oil tax structure stalled in the Senate's bipartisan majority caucus. A piece of that overhaul was a tax break for oil production in new fields. On Saturday morning the Senate Finance Committee grafted a version of that from the stalled SB192 onto a House bill intended to encourage more oil and gas drilling in select basins around the state. The bill, which passed 17-3, must go back to the House, which would have to agree to the changes...
  • On to the floor: Senate Finance moves production tax, SB 192 {Alaska}

    04/14/2012 4:17:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of April 15, 2012 | Kristen Nelson
    As the Alaska Legislature moves toward an April 15 adjournment, a bill basically two years in the making is finally moving to its first floor vote. Senate Bill 192 began life in the Senate Resources Committee earlier this session after the Senate refused to consider the governor’s tax change bill, House Bill 110, which the House passed last year. Senators said at the time that they needed more information before making any changes to the production tax system initially crafted as the Petroleum Profits Tax, or PPT, in 2006 under Gov. Frank Murkowski, and then rewritten in 2007 as ACES...
  • Alaska has Only Three Days Left to Pass Essential Self-Defense Legislation

    04/13/2012 7:10:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- House Bill 80, critical self-defense legislation, passed in the state House at the end of last session, and was reported by the state Senate Judiciary Committee on March 23. This bill has since been languishing in the Senate Finance Committee. With only three days left in this legislative session, it is imperative that HB 80 be heard in committee immediately. Introduced by state Representative Mark Neuman (R-15), HB 80 is important self-defense legislation that would provide that a law-abiding person, who is justified in using deadly force in self-defense, has “no duty-to-retreat” from an attack if the...
  • Shooting kills two at Kodiak Island station

    04/12/2012 2:01:22 PM PDT · by hattend · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12 April 2012 | Associated Press
    KODIAK, Alaska — Two Coast Guard members were fatally shot at a communications station on an island off Alaska, officials said today. Officials said it remained unclear if the deaths at the Coast Guard Station on Kodiak Island were a double homicide or a murder-suicide. Capt. Jesse Moore said it was “possible that the suspect remains at large.” The communications station has 59 staff members, and people who want to enter must show identification, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen. “They do have secure front doors,” she said. The station serves as the “ears in the sky” for radio...
  • Flint Hills to shut down processing unit at North Pole refinery

    04/11/2012 5:00:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Apr 10, 2012 | Jeff Richardson
    Flint Hills Resources announced plans Tuesday to idle one of its two operating refinery units in North Pole, a move that will result in layoffs for roughly a quarter of its local employees. In a news release, the company blamed the move on “challenging economics and rising crude prices.” The process of idling the No. 1 crude unit will lead to a gradual reduction of 35 to 40 workers at the refinery during the next five months. Flint Hills has struggled with high costs at its North Pole location for years, saying the refinery’s dependence on crude oil as a...
  • Anchorage protesters join rallies for Trayvon Martin - speak out against "Stand Your Ground" law

    04/09/2012 6:58:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    adn.com ^ | April 8, 2012 | CASEY GROVE
    Driving snow didn't seem to dampen the spirit of a rally in downtown Anchorage Saturday demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, a teenager shot and killed thousands of miles away in Florida. Similar protests were held around the country. "This is kind of a sick and tired of being sick and tired moment," said Wanda Greene, president of the Anchorage chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Martin, 17, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., while Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defense. He has not been...
  • Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, Send Strong Message in Favor of the Natural Family

    04/09/2012 2:08:41 PM PDT · by massmike · 10 replies
    lc.org ^ | 04/09/2012 | n/a
    Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, overwhelmingly voted in favor of the natural family by rejecting Proposition 5, a measure that would have given special rights based on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual behavior. Proposition 5 would have given special rights to sexual behavior and would have been used as a club to silence dissent of the faith community. Alaska voters sent a loud and clear statement to the rest of the country that forcing people to provide special privileges based on sexual behavior is unwise. The measure was put on the ballot and supported by a consortium of LGBT groups, called...
  • Thawing permafrost 50 million years ago led to extreme global warming events

    04/09/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    http://phys.org/news ^ | 04-09-2012 | Provided by University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    In a new study reported in Nature, climate scientist Rob DeConto of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues elsewhere propose a simple new mechanism to explain the source of carbon that fed a series of extreme warming events about 55 million years ago, the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), and a sequence of similar, smaller warming events afterward. "The standard hypothesis has been that the source of carbon was in the ocean, in the form of frozen methane gas in ocean-floor sediments," DeConto says. "We are instead ascribing the carbon source to the continents, in polar latitudes where permafrost can...
  • Lisa Murkowski to her fellow Republicans: It makes no sense to make this attack on women

    04/06/2012 2:46:28 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 6, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    WOW. Look, I respect that Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski values her moderate reputation, that she’s a kind person who seeks to facilitate conversation across the aisle, that she doesn’t want to offend her friends who are Democrats, but c’mon. She’s going to provide cover for Democratic rhetoric that Republicans are waging a “war on women”? Oh, I’m sorry, excuse me. Murkowski didn’t say Republicans are “waging a war.” She said they’re “making an attack.” Honestly, I can’t even figure out who she’s pandering to, other than to Democrats. From HuffPo:
  • Coast Guard fires on Japanese ghost ship [not a WW II thread]

    04/05/2012 6:34:25 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 56 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | 4/5/2012 | unknown
    The U.S. Coast Guard unleashed cannon fire Thursday at a Japanese vessel set adrift by last year's tsunami, stopping the ship's long, lonely voyage across the Pacific Ocean. A Coast Guard cutter fired on the abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska and more than 150 miles from land, spokesman Paul Webb said. Soon after the cannon fire started, the ship burst into flames, began to take on water and list, Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow said. About two hours later, the vessel hadn't sunk and the cutter resumed shelling, Lt. Veronica Colbath said. The...
  • US (Coast Guard) to Sink Ghost Ship Dislodged by Japan Tsunami

    04/05/2012 11:14:54 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Associated Press
    US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami. The shrimping vessel, which has no lights or communications systems, was floating about 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska on Thursday morning, traveling about 1 mile per hour. The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels as it drifts through shipping lanes. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship...
  • Alaska court takes on gun shop liability law

    04/04/2012 9:43:49 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    Herald and News ^ | 04/03/2012 | McClatchy News Service
    A Bush-era federal law that protects gun dealers from being liable for murders committed with guns from their shops is under fire in an Alaska court case that has led the Justice Department and gun-control activists to intervene. At issue is whether a Juneau gun dealer is liable for letting a disheveled homeless felon leave his store with a rifle he used to murder a total stranger. The family of the murder victim, Anchorage contractor Simone Kim, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit that has made it to the Alaska Supreme Court.
  • Levi Johnston's new girlfriend pregnant

    04/03/2012 7:03:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | April 3, 2012
    Levi Johnston appears not to have learned any lessons about birth control after impregnating Bristol Palin at age 18. Johnston's girlfriend of a year and a half, 20-year-old preschool teacher Sunny Oglesby, is pregnant, his rep has confirmed. Sources tell TMZ that Oglesby is less than three months along and thus has not widely announced the news. Johnston is reported to be "so excited" about becoming a father for the second time. Johnston's rep confirmed the report to The Post this afternoon.
  • BATFE Violates The Law Again(AK)

    04/03/2012 4:06:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 3 April, 2012 | Don Young
    Anchorage, AK --(Ammoland.com)- BATFE is violating the law again. Anchorage gun shops are being visited by BATFE agents that are requesting the shops 4473 forms as far back as 2007. They claim they want to make copies of the “book”. This is defacto registration, against the law, and BATFE knows it. Please inform everyone you know about this and notify any gun dealers you know that they don’t have to comply. Contact your congressman and senators and demand a full investigation. Don Young and our Senators have been informed about what is happening. Congressman Young is acutely interested but our...
  • Prior attorney general opposed 'stand your ground' legislation(AK)

    04/03/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    thenewstribune.com ^ | 2 April, 2012 | RICHARD MAUER
    JUNEAU -- Two years ago, when the Legislature was debating the first incarnation of "stand your ground" legislation, then-Attorney General Dan Sullivan decried the bill as an invitation to violence. Covering a broad swath of beliefs from religion to atheism, from conservatism to liberalism, Sullivan's unequivocal letter to the House Judiciary Committee, written by a subordinate, said the bill had no place in the statute books. "Whatever source one thinks our laws should be drawn from -- the ten commandments which say 'thou shalt not kill,' simple morality, utilitarianism principles of the greater good, or simply the concept that life...