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Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC

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Senators Urge Caution on Pebble Mine, Partnership Says Fishing on Decline

Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively is in Washington, D.C. this week lobbying Congress – which has no authority over whether the mine proceeds. The EPA could veto the mine outright if it deems the project too damaging to the region’s watersheds.

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June 14, 2013

Sealaska Bill Advances To House

The House Natural Resources Committee successfully reported out a bill transferring 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the Sealaska Corporation.

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June 12, 2013

Senate Begins Immigration Debate, Alaska’s Senators in the Middle

The Senate kicks off debate on the latest immigration overhaul. Both of Alaska’s moderate Senators could be swing votes.

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June 11, 2013

AVCP Looks to Leverage Izembek Road

The Association of Village Council Presidents is trying to block construction of the road, saying it’ll disrupt migratory patterns for waterfowl.

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June 7, 2013

Jewell Opposes ANWR Drilling

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tells the Senate Energy Committee she opposes drilling in ANWR and supports capping the legacy wells in NPR-A.

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June 6, 2013

Student Loan Rate Hike Pending, Congress Bickers Over Politics

Rates for federally subsidized Stafford loans are set to double July 1st.

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June 4, 2013

Potential Challengers Eye Begich’s Senate Seat

The next U.S. Senate race in Alaska is still 18 months away. A number of Republicans have jumped in the race, or are publicly mulling taking on Senator Mark Begich in November 2014.

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May 31, 2013

States Ordered to Refund Federal Money

The U.S. Forest Service asked governors to return millions of dollars from the Secure Rural Schools program.

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May 29, 2013

Pritzker Avoids Controversy at Nomination Hearing

President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department, businesswoman Penny Pritzker, answered far-ranging questions today.

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May 23, 2013

Alaskan Officials Rip Feds on NPR-A

Alaskans in D.C. tell Congress to alter NPR-A plans.

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May 22, 2013

Executives Push Feds for Export Approval

Energy company chiefs and politicians rip into Department of Energy for timely permitting process.

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May 21, 2013

State Proposes $50 Million for ANWR Development

Governor Sean Parnell says the new state plan will disclose the true oil volume in ANWR.

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May 20, 2013

Arctic Council Adds Six Observer Seats

None of the six nations borders the Arctic Ocean.

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May 16, 2013
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Senate To Vote On Nominee To Lead Energy Department

The U.S. Senate will vote on the nomination of Ernest Moniz on Thursday. He’s expected to pass with ease.

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May 16, 2013

Great Bear Undecided on 2013 Drilling Season

The small oil company won’t say whether it will proceed with oil fracking this summer.

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May 15, 2013

Bill Could Ease Way To Arctic Port

The U.S. Senate is expected to a pass a sweeping bill authorizing dozens of water projects on Wednesday. A provision is included that Alaska’s senators say could ease the way to an Arctic port.

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May 14, 2013

Wildfire Season Expected To Start Later Than Normal

The federal government is predicting a normal wildfire season in Alaska this year, but it could be later than normal.

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May 13, 2013

White House Releases Arctic Strategy

The Obama Administration lays out guidelines for future Arctic policies.

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May 10, 2013
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration downgraded the southern tanner crab – or bairdi – in its annual report to Congress. In 2011, the crab was listed as over fished. Now, the federal government reports the stock as safe.

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May 2, 2013

Saudi Oil Minister Welcomes U.S. Energy Boom

Saudi energy official said he has no concerns over growing U.S. energy supply.

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April 30, 2013