This week on Sounding Board (Thursday, May 16 at 10am), we’re talking about the oil tax cut. The bill narrowly passed the legislature in April. Critics have begun collecting signatures for a referendum to repeal the controversial measure. Proponents say the tax cut will encourage production and boost Alaska’s economy. Opponents say it will devastate [...]
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In Thursday’s news: U.S. Coast Guard still waiting for detailed report of oily substance samples taken from wildlife on St. Lawrence Island; Norton Sound Regional Hospital had Grand Opening Celebration, yesterday; Five crew members from Polar Wind were rescued after tug & barge went aground; Federal scientists say lack of summer sea ice is changing [...]
In Wednesday’s news: Residents of Gambell travelled to St. Lawrence Island to find source of oil that contaminated seals, birds & ocean debris; Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation held board meetings, last week, to look into building Norton Sound hatchery; Alaska’s Commerce commissioner says the disaster from poor king salmon returns worse than first estimated; [...]
In Friday’s news: Investigation begins on St. Lawrence Island after separate reports found animals with oil on them; Alaska Native fishermen charged with illegal fishing seeking to consolidate trials; Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation assumes authority from EPA to regulate wastewater discharges; Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee announces purse increase; Tribal funk band Pamyua continuing Inuit [...]
In Thursday’s news: Shell Oil wrapped up drilling season in Arctic; Governor Parnell appoints three Western Alaskans to statewide councils; Documentary filmmaker, Marsh Chamberlain, touches issues of suicide in rural Alaska; Pamyua is playing a free concert in Nome, Saturday; Haze over Anchorage was from a volcanic eruption 100 years ago.
In Monday’s news: Shell’s drilling rig Nobel Discoverer arrives in the Chukchi amid uncertain weather; telecommunication problems in Wales trouble residents, organizations for more than a month; Coast Guard suspends search for crewmen missing after fishing vessel sinks near Kodiak Island; strong Yukon River chum salmon runs sees a single pulse of over 200,000 fish two weeks ago; 66-year-old pilot George Vonderheide killed in single-engine plane crash near Homer; and Sitka’s “Brewery Bandit,” Carl Liberty, charged with burglary and theft from Baranof Island Brewery.
At the close of the Arctic Imperative Summit, the announcement was made just yesterday that Arctic sea ice this summer has hit a record low. With the opening Arctic Ocean, much of the discussion the past few days has been centered around developing the Arctic sustainably. In his closing remarks to the summit, former North [...]
In Tuesday’s news: Alaska voters decide today on coastal management initiative, primary for House District 39; The Arctic Imperative Summit closes with discussion on Bering Sea and Arctic shipping; Nome City Council hears suggestions for $200,000 mid-year Community Benefit Share from NSEDC; Norwegian oil company Statoil inches closer to drilling in the Chukchi Sea, possibly [...]
In Wednesday’s News: Heavy rain and lack of drinking water in Kivalina prompts disaster declaration; Rain and high water threaten bridges, mining operations in other northwest communities; State attorneys file to challenge “per-clearance” section of federal Voting Rights Act; A federal appeals court says U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service correctly issued rules to oil companies [...]
In Wednesday’s news: Governor Sean Parnell rejects state-run health insurance exchanges for Alaska; The Coast Guard says no damage found on Shell’s oil rig after it slipped anchor Saturday; Mary’s Igloo Traditional Council, recovering from recent fire, receives $50,000 from National Endowment for the Arts; NSEDC begins four “egg take” salmon hatchery programs next week; [...]
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