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Legislature confirms most of Walker's picks

The state Legislature approved all of Gov. Bill Walker's cabinet appointees in a joint-session Sunday afternoon, while rejecting a few board appointments.
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Fire at offshore gas platform prompts evacuation

ANCHORAGE - A fire Thursday at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate, but no one was injured and the environmental risk was considered minimal, responders said.
Big Oil almost erases decline for FY 2014

In a dramatic development, North Slope oil producers have essentially erased a long-term decline trend that has existed for all but one year since 1989 when two new oil fields began producing in 2002.
My Turn: Be careful what you vote for

Before going to the polls to decide Ballot Measure 1, voters should be very careful about believing everything they read. A "yes" vote will reverse the new oil production tax of Senate Bill 21 and put the Sarah Palin-era ACES back in place.
Cook Inlet Energy executive says well tests exceed expectations

KENAI - Initial tests from the Sword No. 1 well have exceeded expectations, the chief executive of Cook Inlet Energy said.
AOGCC keeps eye on safety, maximum recovery

A low-profile state commission most Alaskans have never heard of helps keep the oil industry safe. Only rarely does the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission get into the mainstream news, and that's a good thing according to its three commissioners.
Contracting issues delay cleanup work at reserve

JUNEAU - Contracting issues have delayed the start of planned cleanup work around abandoned well sites in the Alaska Arctic, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday.
GOP leader Ruedrich may settle with state

Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich is seeking to settle a case in which the state found probable cause that he violated the state Ethics Act.
Ruedrich, state settle over ethics charges

The state has reached a settlement with GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich on charges that he violated state ethics law while working as a member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Tax group jumps gun on Palin candidacy

WASILLA - Former Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin said she hasn't decided to run for U.S. Senate, despite a national tax reform group's description of her as a candidate. "My to-do list for the day didn't include filing for U.S. Senate," Palin told the Anchorage Daily News. "It was out of the blue and I was real surprised. I am continuing to think about (running) but that's where I am."


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