Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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ConocoPhillips says it’s reviewing spending in Alaska, a month after the legislature passed Governor Sean Parnell’s oil tax reform. The tax cut is worth billions of dollars to oil companies in Alaska. ConocoPhillips executives talked about the state’s new tax regime during their annual meeting and an analyst presentation earlier this week.
State wildlife officials have closed a subsistence musk ox hunt near Kotzebue because of evidence of wanton waste of the animals. Area biologists say five cow musk oxen from the Cape Thompson herd were killed sometime during January or February of this year.
State officials are keeping an eye on anticipated flood conditions in the Interior of the state, but in the Matanuska Susitna Borough flooding is already starting. Borough officials say the ground is saturated with rain from last fall’s heavy storms, and that, coupled with the lack of snow this winter is causing conditions that give melting ice runoff nowhere to go.
Kali, the orphaned male polar bear cub that has been kept at Anchorage’s Alaska Zoo, spent Tuesday afternoon waiting patiently in his carrier for boarding on a UPS cargo jet bound for the East Coast. Kali is heading to his new permanent home at New York’s Buffalo Zoo.
A fatal accident that took the life of a bulldozer driver near Stephan Lake Lodge north of Talkeetna on Friday occurred only hours after a state Department of Natural Resources team had flown over the site on an inspection tour. The work is being done to build an airstrip to support studies on the Susitna Dam project.
An Anchorage based Community Development Quota group wants a greater share of Alaska’s deep sea fisheries. The Coastal Villages Region Fund, which represents 20 villages in Western Alaska, has asked the state’s Congressional delegation to make changes in how the fisheries quotas are allocated, but critics call the plan “reckless” and say it could endanger the entire CDQ program.
Matanuska Susitna Borough residents turned out at Tuesday night’s Borough Assembly special meeting to speak up about what they want included in this year’s budget. And one line item that many Valley health care and law enforcement professionals are backing is funding for a Sexual Assault Response Team.
Matanuska Susitna Borough residents turned out at last (Tuesday) night’s Borough Assembly special meeting to speak up about what they want included in this year’s budget. And one line item that many Valley health care and law enforcement professionals are backing is funding for a Sexual Assault Response Team.
Rural Alaska power costs are skyrocketing.. that fact is not in dispute This week, energy providers are gathering in Anchorage to find ways to help bring down costs (while investigating new projects that could work in the state.) The goal of the Alaska Rural Energy Conference is to create a forum to share ideas aimed at finding solutions for energy – challenged Alaskans.
Rural Alaska power costs are unsustainable. And this week, energy providers are gathering in Anchorage to find ways to help bring down those costs. The goal of the Alaska Rural Energy Conference is to create a forum to share ideas aimed at finding solutions for one of the biggest problems facing the state.
Alaska’s National Weather Service workforce is facing a political storm on two fronts. While sequestration has frozen hire on vacant positions, an upcoming furlough will further reduce staff in offices already barely able to cover the workload.
The Native Youth Olympics got underway Thursday in Anchorage. More than 600 student athletes are gathered at the city’s Dena’ina Convention Center for three days of competition in games that showcase Alaska Native traditions, skills and teamwork.
Residents in the Chase area say plans to bulldoze a trail to enable heavy construction in relation to the Susitna – Watana dam needs a lot more scrutiny. A local lodge-owner wants to build an airstrip in a remote area to prepare for the arrival of the dam project’s science and environmental crews — but getting the big caterpillars into the site could be the first challenge.
Building a computer is child’s play, or at least it ought to be. That’s the premise behind an innovative concept in science and engineering education. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District has partnered with UAA’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, to help middle schoolers achieve future university success.
The city of Seward and a Western Alaska CDQ group are working on a plan for a new harbor in the Southcentral community that could shelter a Bering Sea fishing fleet. The innovative plan is expected to keep more fishing-related income in Alaska, while it could help revive Seward’s seafood processing industry.
An Army MP has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage. 24- year-old William Colton Millay had pleaded guilty in March of this year to charges of attempted espionage, issuing false statements and communicating national defense information with intent to harm the US.
A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier is to be sentenced Monday on espionage charges. Army Specialist William Colton Millay, 24, a military policeman, pleaded guilty before a military judge in Anchorage in March to attempted espionage, issuing a false statement and communicating national defense information, among other charges.