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Rule allows trust status for tribal lands

...Alaska are applauding a regulation that allows them to apply for federal trust status for their lands.The U.S. Department of Interior published a final regulation this week in a prolonged dispute between tribes, the agency and the state of...
Judge tosses lawsuit over federal refuge closures

JUNEAU - A federal judge in Alaska has dismissed the state's lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year. U.S.
NOAA begins taking volunteers for whale count

...count was named the best federal volunteer program in 2012 by Take Pride in America, a federal program of the U.S. Department of Interior used to promote stewardship of public lands.NOAA says more than 2,000 volunteers participate in the program...
Parnell's oil tax numbers don't add up

The U.S. Department of Interior published a worldwide comparative analysis of taxes on oil profits. (Profits: Distributable cash remaining after production...
BP won't pursue Alaska project in current form

JUNEAU - BP PLC has decided not to pursue a huge oil project off Alaska's coast in its current form. It's the latest setback for BP's Liberty project, and it raises questions about how, or whether, the project will be pursued in the future.
Is BP cutting production to blackmail Alaska?

BP's tankers occasionally return to Valdez with millions of gallons of Alaskan oil on board, reports The San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and the Fairbanks News Miner.
Alaska Digest

A car carrier carrying nearly 5,000 autos was being towed Sunday to calmer waters inside the Bering Sea to continue efforts to right the 654-foot ship.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

The growth of Native corporations has resulted in an increase in their influence. However, the political power and experience helps Native corporations with their businesses more than it influences social policies affecting Natives, according to corporation executives, lobbyists and legislators.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Alaska Attorney General Bruce Botelho said the state will take a long, hard look at the merger. He said consolidation of the companies controlling most of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and leases of state-owned oil fields on the North Slope will have a dramatic impact on Alaska.
Commercial fishing group opposes hoverbarge proposal

The largest commercial fishing group in Alaska has voted to oppose a plan to transport unprocessed ore on the Taku River using a hoverbarge until the group's concerns about fish habitat have been resolved.


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