Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2006

Knowles concedes governor's race

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ANCHORAGE - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Knowles conceded the race to Sarah Palin on Wednesday, calling the Republican to congratulate her on her victory.

"I told her that I wish her the very best success in uniting Alaskans on the issues that we're going to face and the challenges that we face," Knowles said at a news conference.

Palin won the race with 49 percent of the vote; Knowles had 41 percent.

Knowles refused to concede the race Tuesday night, preferring to wait to see if votes from rural Alaska and Southeast would give him a third term.

In conceding Wednesday, he said he would continue to fight for the things that caused him to try for a political comeback - a North Slope natural gas pipeline, improving education and expanding health care throughout the state.

Coal-gasification could help Agrium

KENAI - A coal-gasification system would eliminate Agrium's dependence on natural gas at its fertilizer plant in Nikiski, according to study by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Agrium is engaged in a long-range feasibility study to determine if it can continue operating the plant profitably by constructing a power generation plant and coal gasifier to produce energy.

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