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Feds finish draft of Arctic drilling document

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has tentatively increased its estimate of recoverable oil from certain Chukchi Sea leases, but regulatory hurdles remain before offshore oil development can occur.
My Turn: Business benefits from SB21

I am against ballot proposition 1, which is designed to nullify SB21 and reinstate the failed tax policy called ACES on North Slope oil production.
My Turn: Muskoxen are a conservation success

Alaska state wildlife officials announced recently that a special subsistence hunt of muskoxen near Nome has been authorized because a few rogue bulls from the regional wild population of about 150 animals are wandering near and even into town, attacking residents and pets. Normally shy, muskoxen have historically avoided human contact, but some bold individuals may move closer to populated areas to seek protection from predatory wolves and bears.
Begich, Sullivan tout Alaska Native ties

JUNEAU - The major candidates for U.S. Senate on Friday touted their ties to the Alaska Native community, a key constituency in a state that could help decide control of the Senate. Democratic U.S. Sen.
Alaska to sue for King Cove road

The state of Alaska is taking its fight with the federal government over a 10-mile, "life-saving" road to King Cove to the courts. Gov.
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Katie John ruling wins Native leaders' approval

An Alaska Native group is heralding a U.S. Supreme Court decision to not review a legal case about subsistence fishing and hunting rights. The high court on Monday declined to hear the state's petition in the lawsuit State of Alaska v.
Planes: Fire & Rescue

Now Playing Synopsis: Adventure flies higher than ever before in this sequel that finds championship air-racer Dusty Crophopper (voice of Dane Cook) beginning an exciting new career fighting forest fires. In the wake of another successful racing season, Dusty returns home to Propwash Junction to resume his training. But a debilitating injury forces Rusty to consider a new career path. Before long Rusty is training with the Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base. Becoming a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) is no simple task for an injured plane, but with the guidance of seasoned fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris), fearless leader of the Piston Peak Air Attack team, Rusty is soon soaring through the clouds once again. Meanwhile, as Rusty gets up to speed, his presence in the unit catches the attention of Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), a cargo hauler-turned-water scooper capable of skimming lake water to combat raging fires. A major racing fan, Dipper can hardly contain her excitement at the prospect of working alongside Rusty, and meanwhile wise, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi) has never encountered a fire he couldn't conquer. In no time Rusty has made a whole host of new friends at Piston Peak, including hulking transport plane Cabbie (voice of Dale Dye), the brave grounded firefighters known as the Smokejumpers, the Secretary of the Interior (voice of Fred Willard), and Nick "Loop'n" Lopez (voice of Erik Estrada), a helicopter cop with an illustrious past. And though learning the secrets to dousing forest fires is sure to take time, Rusty is a fast learner, and eager to pitch in. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Report: Safety, justice systems in rural Alaska worst in U.S.

Safety and justice systems in rural Alaska are the worst in the United States, according to a recently released report by the Indian Law and Order Commission.
My Turn: The refuge and the road

Every spring and autumn, the bar-tailed godwit flies more than 7,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Alaska, making no stops. It doesn't eat or drink. It doesn't complain. It doesn't always survive.
State appeals Interior denial of ANWR plan

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has filed an appeal to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over that agency's rejection of a state application to do winter seismic exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a state spokeswoman said Aug.


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