Feds Want Public Input on Exploratory Drilling in Beaufort Sea

The federal government is looking for public input on Shell's plan to do exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea next summer.

Southeast Tribal Reps Discuss Environmental Issues

Southeast tribal representatives met in Juneau last week to discuss environmental issues and programs.

Alaska News Nightly: July 6, 2011

One Borough Plans to Sue Over Redistricting, Others May Join, Legislators Pore through Gasline Report, Documentary Airs About Alaska’s Century-Old Schooners, Sutton Mine Continues Development During Renewal Process, and more...

Districts Prepare Lawsuit Against Redistricting Plan

The Fairbanks Borough opposes the inclusion of rural areas all the way out to the coast in one of its districts and the Aleutians East Borough does not want to be split up.

DNR Withdraws Approval for Sutton Coal Mine

The state Department of Natural Resources has withdrawn a decision allowing a coal mine project to go forward near Sutton.

Thieves Target Likeness of Sarah Palin

A likeness of Alaska’s most famous former governor has become a popular target for thieves in Juneau.

Alaska News Nightly: July 5, 2011

Study Shows Natural Gas Pipeline Could Deliver Directly to Anchorage, Pelican Struggles with Absent Fish Economy: Part One, DNR Withdraws Approval for Sutton Coal Mine, Backyard Chicken-Keeping Gains Momentum in Anchorage, and more...

Officials Ponder Coastal Zone Management Program Successor

The doors are now locked on the state’s Coastal Management Program. That’s the bottom line result of the legislature and governor’s action last week in not extending it.

Court Rules Against Bill Restricting Online Distribution of Adult Material

Local independent booksellers and First Amendment protection groups are applauding a federal judge’s decision against criminalizing the sale of material that could be considered harmful to minors.

Supreme Court Upholds Smoking Ban in Juneau

In a case that could have statewide implications, the Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the City and Borough of Juneau’s smoking ban for private clubs.

Alaska News Nightly: July 1, 2011

Nixon’s Moon Rock Creates Legal Battle, Supreme Court Upholds Smoking Ban in Juneau, EPA Grants New Coastal Drilling Permits to Shell Oil, UAF Program Connects Fisheries to Cafeterias, and more...

Parnell Plans Aggressive Push for ANWR and APR-A Development

Governor Parnell announced plans on Thursday to aggressively push oil development on state lands and waters including areas next to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska.

Judge Upholds Threatened Status of Polar Bears

A judge on Thursday ruled the federal government was correct in listing the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2008 because of global warming. The state of Alaska was suing to remove protections for the bear.

Parnell Accused of Targeting Budget Cuts at Lower Kuskokwim District

Bethel Representative Bob Herron says that his region was hit particularly hard by Governor Sean Parnell’s veto pen. According to Herron’s office, the Govenor vetoed more money from his house district than in 39 of the 40 house districts in the state.

Alaska News Nightly: June 30, 2011

Parnell Plans Aggressive Push for ANWR and APR-A Development, Seven Fishermen Killed So Far in 2011, Judge Upholds Threatened Status of Polar Bears, Parnell Accused of Targeting Budget Cuts at Lower Kuskokwim District, and more...

Juneau Will Retain Mail Processing Center

The U.S. Postal Service was considering closing Juneau’s mail processing center and transferring its operations to Anchorage, but it’s nixed the idea.

Parnell Finalizes Operating and Capital Budgets

On Wednesday, Governor Sean Parnell finalized the state's operating and capital projects budgets.

Parnell’s Budget Cuts Expected, Despite Complaints

Although some areas in the state are bemoaning budget losses, the cuts were not unexpected. Governor Parnell cited declining oil production as one reason for the cuts, and that decline is spurring inclusion in the budget of money aimed at upgrading infrastructure friendly to oil development.

Alaskans Asked for Feedback on Chukchi Oil Spill Impact Plan

Federal leasing officials are again asking Alaskans to provide feedback on a document that looks at the possible impacts of a very large oil spill in the Chukchi Sea.

Study Show New Details on Declining Oil

A study released today lays out new details on an old problem: declining oil throughput in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.