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Estimate: $65 billion for state-owned natural gas pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) — A liquefied natural gas project in Alaska could cost more than $65 billion and would represent a mega-project of “unprecedented scale and challenge,” officials behind the project told Gov. Sean Parnell. In a letter to Parnell released by the governor’s office late Wednesday, officials with TransCanada Corp. and the North Slope’s three major players said good progress has been made in pursuing a proje...
Oct 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Study: Health care poised to boom in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) — The health care and social assistance industry is expected to see the largest rate of job growth in Alaska this decade. That’s according to the employment forecast for 2010-2020, released by the state labor department on Monday. It estimates that Alaska will add nearly 40,000 jobs during that period, an increase of 12 percent, with nearly all sectors gaining. Economist Paul Martz says health care and...
Oct 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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State sues to block EPA fuel regulations
JUNEAU (AP) — The state of Alaska is asking a federal judge to block enforcement of rules intended to limit pollution from large ships. The request for a preliminary injunction was filed Friday. Alaska is suing the federal government over the new fuel standard, arguing it will result in higher freight rates and pricier cruises that will hurt the state’s economy. According information provided by Totem Ocean Expres...
Oct 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Federal judge strikes down lawsuit's claims of Palin misdeeds
JUNEAU (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday struck down claims in a lawsuit alleging that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin acted to silence an activist who complained about traffic around the governor's mansion in 2009. U.S District Judge Timothy Burgess granted Palin's request for summary judgment, finding that activist Chip Thoma failed to provide the evidence necessary to support his claims. Palin's attorney, John ...
Sep 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard, Troopers search for missing boaters in Norton Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Searchers are looking for two boaters reported overdue in Norton Sound. The Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers are involved in the aerial search for 41-year-old David Slwooko and 48-yeaer-old Debra Kimoktoak. Troopers say the Unalakleet couple was to travel Monday from Koyuk to Unalakleet in a 17-foot boat, but never arrived in Unalaklee that evening as expected. Troopers say the pair had two d...
Sep 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Parnell, Begich squabble over North Slope oil and gas reserve
JUNEAU (AP) — A federal proposal that would block oil and gas development in about half the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska has sparked some harsh words between the state’s Republican governor and its Democratic U.S. senator. This, even though both Gov. Sean Parnell and Sen. Mark Begich opposed the plan. It began with a Sept. 13 letter from Begich to Parnell, intended to nudge Parnell back into negotiations. Par...
Sep 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Moderate quake rumbles Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Seismologists say a strong earthquake has jolted the sparsely populated western Aleutian islands. There are no immediate reports of injury or damage from Wednesday’s earthquake. Its magnitude was initially reported as 6.9 but officials later revised that to 6.4. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the quake was felt in the communities of Adak and Atka. The quake struck at 3:39 p.m. Alask...
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Fire Island wind farm switches on in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) — All 11 wind turbines on Fire Island are now generating power for Southcentral Alaska. Officials at Cook Inlet Region Incorporated say they’ve been testing the turbines and transmission lines for nearly a month now. And Monday it became official — all of them are feeding into the grid. Until the activation of the Fire Island turbines, Kodiak Electric Association’s Pillar Mountain High Penetration W...
Sep 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Biologist finds no invasive species on visiting drill rig
KENAI (AP) — A Homer-based biologist has determined whatever shells and organic marine debris was attached to the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence in the past did not survive the trip from Singapore to Cook Inlet waters. In a report made available to the Clarion on Thursday, David Erikson, senior biologist with URS Corporation, determined that based on his inspection of the rig, the time the Endeavour spent in dry...
Sep 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pebble Mine science debated with dueling panels
JUNEAU (AP) — The heated battle over the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska is shifting to science, with panels weighing in on different reports that have only added more fuel to the fight. The Pebble Limited Partnership, the company proposing the massive gold and copper mine near the headwaters of the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, plans to have an independent panel of experts review its scien...
Sep 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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