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Hull damage forces Shell Arctic support ship back to dock

ANCHORAGE - An icebreaker carrying a key piece of equipment for Arctic drilling planned by Royal Dutch Shell off the northern coast of Alaska was forced to return to dock after a hole more than three feet long was discovered in its hull, the company said Tuesday.It was unclear if the mishap would delay Shell's plan for drilling this summer.The crew of the Fennica discovered the leak in a ballast tank on Friday as the ship was leaving the channel in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on its way to the Arctic, Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said.
My Turn: Sullivan: Alaska, Washington state must work together

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Judge hears arguments over ANWR exploration

The first skirmish - some say it may be the main battle - in the state's effort to explore the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas played out in U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason's courtroom in Anchorage Jan. 20.
State | AK legislature
USFWS: ANWR wilderness announcement was years in making

President Obama's decision to designate part of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as untouchable "wilderness" shouldn't have come as a surprise to Alaskans, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director said.
State | AK legislature
Community leader accused of embezzling from ANB nonprofits

The director of two nonprofit organizations run by an Alaska Native civil rights group in Juneau has been charged with a felony for allegedly embezzling tens of thousands of dollars. State prosecutors say Robert W.
Alaska communities to receive $28.5M in PILT

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday that $28.5 million in payment in lieu of taxes, or PILT, funding will be distributed to Alaska communities, according to a news release from Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.
Juneau's Schroeder to receive Women of Achievement award

YWCA Alaska and BP recently announced the Women of Achievement award recipients, inducted Nov. 14, with a Dec. 5 event in Anchorage honoring Juneau's Dr. Elaine Schroeder and the nine other recipients.
Anne Greene

By Virginia Whitehead BreezePerhaps it was because she was the youngest of five we thought she was special. Perhaps it was her large eyes, wide-spaced and bright. Perhaps it was because she was sweet and even-tempered. It was, perhaps, all that I've
Department of Interior sends cash into Alaska's businesses

A new report released by the U.S. Department of the Interior said Interiors activities added $385 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011 (, up from $363 billion in 2010. Of that, Department activities added $1.
Local trails could link into state, nat'l network

Everything from yurts to bathrooms to preserving wilderness character and solitude was discussed Friday and Saturday during a conference about the Southeast Alaska Trail System.


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