Northwest Digest

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2007

Electric company to drill 2 test holes

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DILLINGHAM - As rural Alaska wrestles with the rising cost of energy, the Naknek Electric Association has revived its research into local geothermal resources.

The cooperative plans to drill two test holes at locations near Naknek to better determine the local geothermal resource.

The cooperative has proposed a 25-megawatt electrical generating plant and an extensive distribution network consisting of 424 miles of electrical transmission lines. In addition, the plan would route 24 miles of transmission line under Lake Iliamna.

B.C. mining minister resigns over e-mail

HELENA, Mont. - A British Columbia official whose profile rose with Montana's challenge of a Canadian mining proposal has resigned after denigrating a constituent's U.S. ties.

Bill Bennett resigned Tuesday as British Columbia's minister of state for mining, about a week after sending a hotly worded e-mail to the Fernie (British Columbia) Rod & Gun Club's president.

"I resigned as a result of a really stupid thing that I did," Bennett said Wednesday.

Besides having held the mining post, Bennett is a member of British Columbia's legislative body, and the gun club's Maarten Hart is a constituent.

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