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Noting tech needs, mining companies seek graphite

Mineral known for use in pencils now mainly needed for lithium-ion batteries ANCHORAGE - Tear apart an electric car's rechargeable battery and you'll find a mineral normally associated with No. 2 pencils. It's graphite.
State | AK legislature
City will support road to Skagway

The city of Juneau will support a road north toward Skagway when it submits comments at the state's deadline this week, city officials say.
New DNR directors announced

Commissioner Dan Sullivan has announced two new appointments in the Department of Natural Resources. Tom Crafford has been appointed as director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting. Ben Ellis will be the new director of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
Regional News
House committee supports Coeur's Kensington plan

The House Resources Committee passed a resolution Monday supporting Coeur Alaska's tailings plan for the Kensington Mine north of Juneau, encouraging an appeal to the nation's highest court if need be.
Communities rush to draw up coastal plans

Coastal communities struggling to meet a March 1 deadline to draw up new plans for environmental oversight of development along their coastline could be granted a temporary reprieve under a proposal before the Alaska Legislature.
Juneau's delegation to host Taku River talk

Will development of the Tulsequah Chief Mine harm Taku River fisheries? Thursday night marks the first meeting of a task force created to seek out and address potential threats. Sen. Dennis Egan, and Reps.
Pebble Mine a topic of legislation this session

January is a time for taking stock of one's resources. For the state of Alaska the resources are Alaska's natural resources. Development projects are high on the list of legislative priorities for many state office holders.
Bristol Bay stakeholders to address Legislature over Pebble Mine

The prospect of the Pebble Mine is a looming figure for many in Bristol Bay.
Northwest Digest

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