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Empire Editorial: Our need for more icebreakers keeps getting cold shoulder

America's only active heavy-duty icebreaker, the Polar Star, is mission-ready once more. The problem: The elderly vessel should have been decommissioned in 2006, and even with its current repairs, its life has only been extended 5 to 20 years.
Sochi opening: Let Putin's games begin

SOCHI, Russia - It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship.
Assembly approves funding for two projects

...already been budgeted and will come from the city's Docks Fund. The other $75,000 is coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ? Port Security Grant Program.It was also announced that a consulting firm has been chosen to head up...
Suit targets air-traveler screening

Two Anchorage travel agencies and other Alaska plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking review of an airline passenger screening system they say the government is developing in secret.
Homeland Security rejects Murkowski jet

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected a request by Alaska officials to purchase a jet with federal homeland security funds, saying the state failed to...
Homeland Security asking for info on gangs

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has asked federal immigration officials here to investigate gangs in Alaska. Robert Eddy, assistant special agent in charge of...
City OKs security cameras for docks Juneau. Sound off on the important issues at The Juneau Assembly appropriated $219,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at its regular meeting Monday, which includes $75,000 to purchase a closed circuit surveillance system...
Escopeta faces possible fine, and is chastised by state over Cook Inlet rig

ANCHORAGE - Escopeta Oil and Gas Co. is negotiating a possible fine with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over a violation of the U.S. Jones Act that occurred when the company moved the Spartan Drilling Co.
Coast Guard commander urges treaty ratification

JUNEAU - The departing commander of the Coast Guard's 17th District, which includes Alaska, said the U.S. must ratify the Law of the Sea treaty to ensure access to and control over a rich oil and mineral bed that is getting attention from China.
Oil company facing $15M fine for rig transport from Texas

ANCHORAGE - An oil company that is conducting exploration drilling in Cook Inlet is facing a large fine in connection with the move this summer of a jack-up rig from Texas to Alaska. Escopeta Oil Co. has been fined $15 million by the U.S.


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