Alaska News Nightly: August 8, 2011

Salazar’s Third Visit to Alaska Focuses on Development Issues, States Offered Waivers From No Child Left Behind Bill, Rising Gold Price Good for Business In Alaska, Redistricting Challengers Will Present Case in January, and more...

Interior Secretary Salazar Visiting Alaska

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is in Alaska, along with his deputy, David Hayes. They will meet with Alaska businesses this morning and then have a press availability.

State May Intervene in Pebble Mine Case

The State of Alaska has intervened in the case of the Pebble Limited Partnership versus the Lake and Peninsula Borough.

Murkowski Unaware for Months of Aide’s Plea Deal

Senator Lisa Murkowski says she didn’t know for months that her fisheries aide had signed a plea deal with federal authorities admitting to fishing illegally.

Airport Safety Project to Resume Following FAA Reauthorization

On Thursday, congress was finally able to end a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Court of Appeals Will Not Hear State’s Juneau Access Petition

The full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will not take up the State of Alaska’s latest petition in the Juneau Access case.

DNR Makes Increased Oil Flow Top Priority

The State Department of Natural Resources top priority is increasing the amount of oil moved by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Alaska News Nightly: August 5, 2011

State Intervenes in Pebble Mine Case, Murkowski Unaware for Months of Aide’s Plea Deal, Airport Safety Project to Resume Following FAA Reauthorization, Boycott, Protests Continue Outside of Hilton Anchorage, and more...

Shell Gets Conditional Drilling Approval

The federal government has given conditional approval to Shell's plan to drill exploratory wells in the Beaufort Sea.

Congressional Deal Allows FAA Employees to Return from Furlough

Furloughed workers are breathing a sigh of relief after Congress threw together a bipartisan deal today to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration’s funding.

Alaska Hit Hard by Debt Ceiling Agreement

The details of the debt ceiling legislation signed into law on Tuesday are still emerging but one thing is clear: Alaska is going to feel the effects.

Court of Appeals Orders Forest Service to Re-Examine Timber Sales

The U.S. Court of Appeals is ordering the Forest Service to revisit its decision to offer four timber sales on the Tongass National Forest.

Alaska News Nightly: August 4, 2011

Seward Highway Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 14 Injured; Shell Gets Conditional Drilling Approval; Congressional Deal Allows FAA Employees to Return from Furlough; Alaska Hit Hard by Debt Ceiling Agreement; and more...

Sullivan Promotes Proposed Oil Tax Changes

Tuesday, State Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce the Parnell administration wants to get throughput on the Trans Alaska Pipeline up to a million barrels a day within a decade.

Forest Service Told Tongass Assessment Must Better Analyze Deer Habitat

The U.S. Forest Service has been told by a federal appeals court that it hasn't done enough study to justify four timber sales in the Tongass National Forest. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that their analysis must better analyze deer habitat and assure a habitat for the wolves that prey on those deer.

State Approves Lease Agreement for In-State Gasline

The state has approved a right-of-way lease agreement for the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline, the in-state gas project which has the approval of the Alaska State House.

Denali Commission Official Anxious for Clarity on Returned Funds Request

As Congress debates how to cut federal spending, federal managers are left without answers about how their agency will be impacted.

Parnell Objects to Federal Management of Wetlands

Governor Sean Parnell is working to change what he sees as the direction of federal management of wetlands in the state.

Alaska News Nightly: August 3, 2011

State Approves Lease Agreement for In-State Gasline, Denali Commission Official Anxious for Clarity on Returned Funds Request, Parnell Objects to Federal Management of Wetlands, Arkansas Teenagers Who Killed Juneau Man Will be Tried as Adults, and more...

Partial FAA Shutdown Will Continue Through Congressional Recess

Congress wrapped up its summer work Tuesday without passing legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration open. Political bickering has partially shut it down – and may continue to until after Labor Day when Congress returns from its August recess.