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Alaska ferry project caught in flap over US steel

JUNEAU - A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials, potentially threatening the project.
Federal highway fund not worrying AKDOT

A July 1 letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation about the federal highway trust fund's fiscal condition has some states sweating if new road projects will be funded as planned, or if the brakes will have to be thrown on in the middle of construction.
Hawaiian Airlines still tops on-time rankings, Alaska Airlines in second

Here are the federal government's rankings of how often airline flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule in February: 1. Hawaiian Airlines, 90.1 percent 2. Alaska Airlines, 85.7 percent 3. Delta Air Lines, 77.5 percent 4. AirTran Airways, 75.
Making green: Peony growers blossoming in Alaska, Southeast

Juneau gardener Brad Fluetsch has a photograph that, multiplied by thousands, tells the story: a $20 bill resting on a blooming Dutchesse peony flower.
Warning issued about oil shipped from ND, Mont.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.
Airlines' on-time rating drops again

...Summer travelers should pack plenty of patience: More flights are running late this year than in 2012.The U.S. Department of Transportation says that only 79.4 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in May, down from 83.4 percent in...
With new transportation funds, Douglas Indian Association looks to its members

Coming out of a six-year transportation funding partnership with the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, the Douglas Indian Association has found itself with its own federal transportation funds - about $150,000.
Audit outlines Anchorage port expansion problems

ANCHORAGE - The federal agency that agreed to manage expansion of the Port of Anchorage did not provide effective oversight of the project whose costs have more than quadrupled, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation review.
Willoughby District may benefit from federal greening program

Downtown Juneau could a green facelift. The City and Borough of Juneau Lands Committee recently discussed the idea to enter Alaska's capital in the Greening America's Capitals program. The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Policy, U.S.
Empire editorial: Polar history sent to the scrap yard

A piece of Arctic and Antarctic history was scrapped on July 2 in Brownsville, Texas, a sad end for a noble ship that pioneered modern exploration and observation of the regions around both poles.


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