Obama’s Oil Release Dismays Alaska’s Congressional Delegation

Alaska’s Congressional Delegation is unilaterally dismayed at President Obama’s decision Thursday to tap into the nation’s emergency oil reserves.

Troop Draw-Down Concerns Alaska’s Congressional Delegation

Alaska’s Congressional delegation reacted with some concern Thursday about just what the President’s planned draw down of troops in Afghanistan will mean for Alaskan soldiers.

Draft Legislation Being Written to Extend Coastal Management Program

Legislative leaders Thursday began distributing draft legislation that, if enacted before the end of the day next Thursday, would extend the state’s coastal management program.

Complaint Filed Against Unalaska for Violating Clean Water Act

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint Thursday against Unalaska and the State of Alaska on the Environmental Protection Agency’s behalf, charging that the city repeatedly violated the Clean Water Act between 2004 and 2010.

Pebble Partnership Challenges ‘Save Our Salmon’ in Court

The Pebble Limited Partnership challenged the Lake and Peninsula Borough’s approval of the “Save Our Salmon” Initiative in an Anchorage court Thursday morning.

Critics Concerned about Decrease in Ocean Rangers This Year

Alaska has fewer environmental monitors on cruise ships this year. State officials say enough Ocean Rangers remain to do the job. But critics are worried.

Alaska News Nightly: June 23, 2011

Obama’s Oil Release Dismays Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, Troop Draw-Down Concerns Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, Draft Legislation Being Written to Extend Coastal Management Program, Complaint Filed Against Unalaska for Violating Clean Water Act, and more...

Obama Releases Oil Due to Supply Disruptions

Thursday morning, the Obama Administration announced it was releasing 30 million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the price of crude on the futures market went down $5 a barrel.

President Announces Planned Troop Draw-Down in Afghanistan

President Obama announced, Wednesday evening, a plan to begin drawing down troops in Afghanistan - 33,000 of them by this time next year. Alaska’s Senators both said the draw-down must be done in such a way that does not leave the remaining American forces high and dry.

DNR Declares New Renaissance for Cook Inlet’s Oil and Gas

The Department of Natural Resources is declaring a new Renaissance for oil and gas in Cook Inlet. A lease sale Wednesday was the most successful in recent memory, taking in 110 bids and raising $11 million.

Ambassadors Visit Alaska to ‘Experience America’

This week some three dozen foreign ambassadors are visiting Alaska as part of a U.S. State Department program called "Experience America."

House and Senate in Talks for Coastal Management Special Session

House and Senate leaders report progress in talks that could lead to extending the state’s Coastal Management Program.

NOAA Calls for Creation of Climate Change Agency

A longtime National Weather Service meteorologist is pushing for a new sister agency focused on predicting climate change.

Alaska News Nightly: June 22, 2011

DNR Declares New Renaissance for Cook Inlet’s Oil and Gas, Ambassadors Visit Alaska to ‘Experience America’, House and Senate in Talks for Coastal Management Special Session, More Shipping Means More Resources Needed for North Alaska, and more...

Officials Confirm High Gas Price Investigation

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington says federal officials have confirmed to her that they are investigating the high price of fuel.

“Arctic Imperative” Concludes With Investment Discussion

The "Arctic Imperative" conference concluded yesterday in Girdwood with talk of future investment options.

State Receives Over 100 Bids on Cook Inlet Lease Sale

The state has received more than 100 bids for this year's Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale. That's the highest number since 1983. At the lease sale Wednesday morning in Anchorage, the state will learn the dollar amount of the bids and which tracts companies are interested in.

Mayor Itta Criticizes State on Arctic Resource Development

North Slope Borough mayor Edward Itta addressed the Arctic Imperative Summit in Girdwood Tuesday, in a speech that criticized the state of Alaska for not stepping up to a leadership role in Arctic resource development.

Subsistence Fishing Shuts Down on Kuskokwim River

Subsistence fishing on the Kuskowim River will shut-down for the longest time in recent memory later this week. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game declared an emergency, five-day closure just as the river was re-opening from a previous closure.

Weak King Salmon Run Results in Restrictions

The King run on the Yukon River is weak. State Arctic Yukon Kuskokwim Regional Management Supervisor Dan Bergstrum says the Department of Fish and Game has been assessing the early run since the first pulse of kings began moving upriver a week ago.