TIM BRADNER

BOEM director hears support for OCS drilling in Alaska

ANCHORAGE - U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abby Hopper got an earful in Alaska last week. Hopper met with Gov. Bill Walker, the state’s congressional delegation and representatives of Arctic communities — all urging that Arctic offshore lease sales be included in the next five-year Outer Continental Shelf leasing schedule. Read more

Miners gather seeking bright spots

If you look around the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage next week, you wouldn't believe there's a slump in mining industry. The Alaska Miners Association holds its annual convention and trade show Nov. Read more

Paper: Cooperate rather than lead on LNG

A leading U.S. economist says a large natural gas pipeline project is vital to the state’s economic future and that the state should cooperate with experienced large companies in developing the project rather than attempting a plan for the state to lead the project. Read more

AG denies LNG plant sale

Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards has rejected the proposed purchase by Harvest Alaska of a small liquefied natural gas plant at Port MacKenzie. Read more

Federal judge rejects state stance on ANWR

Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason has dealt the State of Alaska another setback in efforts to conduct exploration of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain. Read more

Gov. Walker pitches TransCanada buyout

Gov. Bill Walker is considering ending the state's relationship with TransCanada Corp. in the big Alaska LNG Project and taking over a full 25 percent share of the project. Read more

Gov. Walker seeks input to balance state budget

Pick your poison: State income tax? State sales tax? A "cap" on Permanent Fund dividends? Draconian cuts to public services? A hike in oil taxes? It's time for Alaskans to make decisions, said Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Read more

Leaders rally against Army force reductions

Community leaders in Anchorage and Fairbanks rolled out the red carpet for a Pentagon team that is considering possible reductions in the number of U.S. Army troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. Read more

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. Read more

Slope construction season still strong amid price plunge

It's a seeming paradox: Oil prices are still sliding as North Slope crude closed at about $55 per barrel Jan. 6, but this year's winter construction season is shaping up to be one of the strongest ever. Read more

Politicos have tough hands to play in 2015

Gov. Bill Walker and his new administration are still settling in as state legislators are packing up to head to Juneau for the 2015 session. The annual political poker game begins Jan. 20 when the state Legislature convenes. Read more

Alaska's mines keep plugging

Alaska's miners are doing okay, at least those with producing mines. That trend seems likely to continue into the new year. Read more

State claims 20,000 acres on edge of ANWR

Alaska is laying claim to a sliver of what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thinks is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge along the northwest boundary of the refuge. Read more

Wide coalition forms to oppose pot legalization

Alaska employers should brace for problems if a ballot proposition legalizing marijuana sales and use is approved in the November state general election, critics of the measure say. Read more

GOP candidates square off for last time

The three Republican U.S. Senate candidates squared off against each other in the KTUU Channel 2 debate Thursday, touching mostly on old and familiar themes. Read more

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