Arctic drill ship company pleading to eight felonies

JUNEAU - A company that operated a drill ship off Alaska's Arctic coast has agreed to plead guilty to environmental and maritime crimes as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Walker's opening choices are hard ones

JUNEAU - Bill Walker is coming into the governor's office faced with high expectations for a renewed spirit of bipartisanship in Alaska politics and the grim reality of plunging oil prices and gaping budget holes.
A payment plan for Willoughby District revamp?

The Willoughby District could use a facelift - few argue otherwise - but the challenge is how to pay for it. At a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, stakeholders invited an expert to talk about Tax Increment Finance as a possible method.
My Turn: It's a new day in Alaska politics

Times of transition are thought to be strenuous, but I love them. With transition comes the opportunity to purge and rethink priorities.
WhaleFest explores gizmos, gadgets of cetacean science

SITKA - Just a few decades ago, researchers were repurposing kitchen timers to test how deep marine mammals can dive. Now they can track the same animals in real time.
Retirement is fertile artistic ground for local couple

Literary and visual art intertwines in "Together," a joint exhibit by husband-and-wife team Gordon Harrison and Sarah Isto, opening Friday at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Gallery.
My Turn: Alaska can't regulate marijuana like alcohol

Lower 48 organizations and individuals have funded approximately 98 percent of the campaign to legalize, commercialize and industrialize marijuana in Alaska, spending more than $800,000 and counting.
My Turn: Ballot Measure 4 is bad policy and bad for business

There are two key issues relevant to your decision about whether to vote yes or no on Ballot Measure 4, which adds legislative approval for mining projects in Bristol Bay after securing well over 50 permit approvals from the state, and federal agencies.
If pot bill passes, former prosecutor will be the boss

Cynthia Franklin is a former prosecutor, a wife, a mother of two, a film fan and a recovering cynic. On Nov. 5, she may be the person in charge of writing the regulations that cover legalized marijuana in Alaska.
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Shepard bequeaths donation to Museum Heritage Endowment Fund

Bea Shepard, a longtime Alaskan and supporter of the Alaska State Museum, has bequeathed a sizable cash donation to the museum's Heritage Endowment Fund. Shepard, 94, died November 1, 2013, in Juneau.


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