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Drilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas

ANCHORAGE - The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional delegation said Monday. U.S. Sen.
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University of Alaska dedicates herb book to Fairbanks expert

ANCHORAGE - When the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service published its book on growing and using fresh herbs in the Far North, dedicating it was as easy as sprinkling chives on a baked potato.
Aleut Corp. subsidiary settles Adak spill case for $700,000

ANCHORAGE - A fuel company serving Adak in the Aleutian Islands will pay a $500,000 civil fine and spend $200,000 on compliance measures for a spill that put more than 35,000 gallons of fuel into state waters, the Alaska Department of Law announced Tuesday.Aleut Enterprise LLC, a subsidiary of Alaska Native regional corporation Aleut Corp., acknowledged it violated its oil discharge and prevention plan during the Jan. 11, 2010, spill, according to the department.
Suspect to plead guilty in 2012 case of harassment at Homer party

ANCHORAGE - A Homer man suspected of harassing an intoxicated, unconscious teenager at a 2012 party says his client will plead guilty to felony evidence tampering and hindering prosecution charges, his attorney said Wednesday.
Grand jury indicts woman on false tax claim counts

ANCHORAGE - An American Samoan woman living in Anchorage has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of falsely claiming tax refunds for 28 residents of the territory.
Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas

ANCHORAGE - The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes. Noble Drilling U.S.
Groups sue to protect walrus from drilling

ANCHORAGE - Six environmental groups sued Monday to throw out a federal agency rule that concludes oil exploration off Alaska's northwest coast has a negligible effect on walrus. The groups claim the U.S.
Alaska voters legalize recreational marijuana

ANCHORAGE - Alaskans have voted to move pot out of the closet. Now it will be up to state officials to decide how marijuana will be publicly sold and taxed. Alaska on Tuesday became the fourth state, along with Washington, D.C.
Alaska voters legalize recreational marijuana

Alaska voters have narrowly approved the recreational use of marijuana, joining three other states and the nation's capital in legalizing the drug.
Federal agency releases Arctic drilling review

ANCHORAGE - The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday released a revised environmental review of proposed petroleum development in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, a step that could lead to a resumption of Arctic Ocean drilling in 2015.


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