Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage Biologists have found Polar Bears in the Beaufort Sea with hair loss and skin lesions. Those are the same symptoms that have sickened ice seals and walruses in the arctic since last summer and led the federal government to declare the incident an unusual mortality event. Scientists are just beginning an investigation into whether polar bears are suffering from the same thing.
Oil Companies Criticize Senate’s Tax Plan
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Oil Industry today (Friday) was very critical of the Senate’s re-write of the state’s oil tax regime. The bill now in the Finance Committee makes a structural change to the current profit-based tax system, replacing it with a tax on the oil’s gross value. Studies by the committee show that the new tax is a reduction from the current plan although it is not as industry-friendly as the bill introduced by the Governor last year.
Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage
Alexandra Gutierrez – KUCB – Unalaska
Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska