Exxon Valdez litigation records cataloged at state archives

Litigation records related to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound are now available to the public. The two-year project to appraise, organize and archive 6,100 boxes of records resulted in archivists selecting 918 boxes for permanent preservation at the State Archives in Juneau.

Project staff created a dictionary with definitions of 1,400 acronyms and technical terminology, a list of more the 2,500 participants and a list of resources and links to assist researchers.

The project was funded by a $109,267 grant from the National Archives. In March, U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland expressed concern that the project might indirectly affect an ongoing dispute in a spill-related case against Exxon. The project allowed archivists to determine which records had permanent value and which could be disposed of. Once the case is settled, the state may dispose of the nonpermanent files.


For more information visit http://archives.alaska.gov/valdezproject.html


Ketchikan theater named for Elizabeth Peratrovich

KETCHIKAN — Elizabeth Peratrovich’s name now stands over the theater in the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, placed there by the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood and revealed in an emotional ceremony on Thursday.

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Waste not: Ferries’ flushing bill wins Senate support, 16-2

The Alaska Senate voted 16-2 Friday to cut a break in the state’s environmental regulations for small cruise ships and the Alaska Marine Highway.

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Kenai Peninsula pot businesses may add $5M boost to economy

KENAI — With several marijuana businesses up and running on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, industry estimates show the businesses could contribute $5.3 million annually to the local economy.

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