Two recent news items out of Norway caught my attention. The first happened April 30 when Governor Parnell went there to discuss tax policy. The second was the announcement on May 6 that Norway had decided to make a change to its oil tax laws.
...Development Grants: Artchange, Inc., Sitka ($2,500); Cyrano's Theatre Company, Anchorage ($4,000); Institute of the North, Anchorage ($2,000); Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, Homer ($4,000); Kodiak Arts Council, Kodiak...
...Development Grants: Artchange, Inc., Sitka - $2,500; Cyrano's Theatre Company, Anchorage - $4,000; Institute of the North, Anchorage - $2,000; Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, Homer - $4,000; Kodiak Arts Council, Kodiak...
Marine transportation in the Arctic Ocean could become a reality in the next few decades as climate change thins Arctic sea ice, allowing icebreaker ships to plow through, scientists say.
Faced with millions of dollars in cuts to municipal programs by the state, Alaska cities are looking for solutions to budget shortfalls. Former Gov. Walter J. Hickel says he's got one: using money from the Permanent Fund dividend. Hickel, founder of Institute of the North, an Anchorage-based organization that explores Alaska public policy, said the community dividend would take half the money used to pay the dividend and distribute it to cities. "It came out of the whole idea of my objection to the dividend going out with no benefit to the state," Hickel said, noting that Alaskans have traded in their "pioneering spirit" for a "gimme mentality."
ANCHORAGE - The president of Iceland said Monday it would be wrong to ascribe any motive other than research to the country's first whale hunt in more than a decade. Iceland launched three ships on Sunday to begin hunting for 38 minke whales this month and next, despite the contention of several governments, including the United States, there is no scientific basis for the research. Animal welfare groups worry the hunt is a first step to determine international reaction to the possible resumption of commercial whaling by Iceland.
Four Juneau residents are among 12 applicants seeking to fill a position on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
An estimated 4.7 million dog bites are reported in the U.S. annually, with many more unreported, according to the Humane Society of the United States, which helps sponsor the prevention week.
The man who campaigned as ``Wally'' was Alaska's governor twice, winning as a Republican in 1966 and an Alaskan Independence Party candidate in 1990. He also served as Interior secretary in the Nixon administration and has been a player for a half-century in Alaska politics.
The other day I was introduced to someone with the comment that I was "a geographer.
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