APRN: Alaska News
It’s the 26th anniversary of America’s second largest oil spill, when an Exxon tanker leaving Valdez Arm ran aground, leaking 11 million gallons of North Slope Crude into Prince William Sound. In Washington D.C., environmental activists marked the occasion with a demonstration in front of the White House. Their message was less about Exxon and tanker safety than it was about Shell and its plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea.
A bill with the goal of seizing federal land is now one step away from a vote on the House floor.
Bering Sea crab fishermen are trying to get through as much Bairdi tanner quota as they can before the season ends next week. This year’s huge allocation put the fleet in a time crunch — and future seasons could bring more of the same, thanks in part to a new preferred size for the species.
An Ojibwe woman and independent journalist Mary Annette Pember recently visited Alaska for a series of stories on historical trauma and Native American mental health practices. Pember says the troubled lives of Native Americans reflect their troubled history.
The Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council met in Saxman and Sitka last week to discuss and gather input on issues related to subsistence in the region, including a proposed change to the rural designation process.
The Alaska House has fired its latest salvo at Gov. Bill Walker in an ongoing dispute over a gasline. The body passed a bill to keep him from pursuing an alternative to the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas project on Monday, ignoring a veto threat from the governor.
More than $1 million originally planned for Anchorage bike infrastructure in 2012 is now being allocated for use on other road projects instead.
Police Confident Remains Belong To Missing Kenai Family; Shell Oil Replaces Pete Slaiby; Sen. Sullivan: Alaska One Family, Obama Not Its Friend; Committee Takes Up Gas Line Board Appointments; State Senators Question Need For Water, Sewer Construction Dollars; USFS Celebrates Big Thorne Decision As Environmental Groups Weight Options; Potential Alaska State Park Cuts Rile Valdez Residents; After 3 Failed Attempts, Freeride Holds Haines Competition; Cindy Abbott Claims 2015 Iditarod Red Lantern Award
Police investigators in Kenai are confident they’ve found the remains of a family missing since last May.
State Senate Finance Committee members are going over proposed agency budgets one by one, looking for funds or programs they can cut. Thursday they questioned Department of Environmental Conservation officials, asking just how bad it would be to turn down federal dollars for water and sewer systems.
The U.S. Forest Service says a Friday court decision allowing a timber sale will help speed changes in Tongass National Forest logging. But opponents say it will damage other Southeast Alaska industries.
Proposed funding cuts for Alaska State Parks have caused a stir in Valdez where the one Park Ranger position could be eliminated.
The fourth time was a charm for the Freeride World Tour in Haines. The big mountain ski and snowboard competition made three attempts to hold the event, but cancelled each one because of weather.
After two prior attempts, this year’s Red Lantern, Cindy Abbott, completed her first Iditarod late last night.
The criticisms are part of the politicking ahead of the April 7th election, but carry extra weight because of how close the candidate is to the topic.
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan returned to Juneau and today gave his first speech as a senator to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. The first-term Republican established an “us versus them” theme – a united Alaska up against the Obama administration.
At a legislative committee Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it could absorb part of the responsibilities of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission if it was eliminated.
You’ve probably heard that state ferry fares are going up in May. The Alaska Marine Highway System also plans to increase commercial rates later this year.