Congressional Delegates Divided on Likelihood of Gas Pipeline

The dream of getting a gas pipeline to connect Alaska’s North Slope with the Lower 48 is an old one, and in recent years, it’s seemed closer than ever. But even as the company TransCanada works toward building a line, skepticism is mounting among some members of Alaska’s Congressional delegation that a project will happen any time soon, if at all.

UAA Professor Urges Better Management of Oil Reserves

A University of Alaska professor says there’s a lot of value remaining in proven North Slope oil reserves, but the state needs to do a better job preparing for the future.

Annual Finances Released by Congressional Delegates

Alaskans got their annual glance at the personal finances of the state’s Congressional delegation on Wednesday. And they found Senator Murkowski and Congressman Young earning extra money from a range of investments that included stocks and real estate.

New Program Launched to Help Alaska Natives Protect Lands

The Alaska Conservation Foundation is launching a new program aimed at helping Alaska Natives protect their lands.

Fairview Hosts FBI Presentation on Hate Crimes

Last week, an FBI agent based in California who specializes in Civil Rights took part in a public forum held at Anchorage's Fairview Recreation Center. For an hour, Supervisory Agent Peter Kaupp told the packed room what constitutes a federal hate crime...and what does not.

Ferry Supporters Lobby Governor Parnell to Keep Funding

Ferry supporters are lobbying Governor Sean Parnell to keep money for a new vessel in the budget. But even if it survives his veto pen, it may not be enough.

Alaska News Nightly: June 16, 2011

House Votes to Bar FDA Approval of ‘Frankenfish’, Congressional Delegates Divided on Likelihood of Gas Pipeline, UAA Professor Urges Better Management of Oil Reserves, Annual Finances Released by Congressional Delegates, and more...

House Votes to Bar FDA Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon

The U.S. House has voted to bar the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption.

Congress Members’ Financial Disclosure Forms Made Public

Alaska’s congressional delegation annual financial disclosure forms were made public Wednesday.

Resource Developers Concerned About National Ocean Council Initiatives

Resource developers see a new White House initiative as a risk to Alaska’s coastal economy. And it’s coming as coastal communities anticipate the closure of the state’s Coastal Management program.

Gates Says Soldiers in Afghanistan Will Not Be Under-Funded

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says soldiers, including Alaskans, fighting in Afghanistan will not be given short-shrift during the coming troop draw-down. Gates assured Senator Lisa Murkowski Wednesday that a reduction in money for the Afghanistan War effort will not leave soldiers under-funded or under-supported.

Former Commissioner Pleads Guilty to DUI

Former Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. Lloyd entered the guilty plea Wednesday, and the city of Juneau dropped an additional charge of reckless endangerment as part of a plea agreement.

First Surge of King Salmon Enter Yukon River

The first major surge of king salmon is believed to be entering the Yukon River. The Chinook run is expected to be weak, and fishery managers have eliminated one of two weekly-subsistence fishing periods at the river’s mouth to try to get more early-run fish upstream.

Bill Noll, Former Mayor of Seward, Passes Away

Bill Noll, an Alaska entrepreneur and former Mayor of Seward, passed away suddenly on Monday in Anchorage. Noll was 72.

Galena Could Strike Deal for Fuel Waste Cleanup

Fuel waste areas left by the Air Force during its stay in Galena could be cleaned up soon. City Council voted Tuesday night to further talks about leasing a building on the former base to Air Force-hired subcontractors.

Alaska News Nightly: June 15, 2011

Resource Developers Concerned About National Ocean Council Initiatives, Gates Says Soldiers in Afghanistan Will Not Be Under-Funded, Investigation Looms as Park and Center Part Ways, Dion Convicted of Killing Bonnie Craig 17 Years Ago, and more...

Fire Island Wind Project Take Step Forward

Anchorage-based Chugach Electric Association's board has approved a set of terms and conditions for the project to supply the electric utility with power from the wind farm.

Alaska Visionary Dies at 72

Bill Noll, an Alaska entrepreneur and former Mayor of Seward, passed away suddenly on Monday in Anchorage. Noll was 72.

Senators Split Vote on Ethanol Subsidies

Alaska’s U.S. Senators split their votes Tuesday on whether to consider getting rid of the hefty subsides that go to ethanol producers. Senator Lisa Murkowski says it’s time to discontinue the ethanol tax credit and import tariffs prized by farming states.

‘Friends of the Children’ Eyes Fairbanks for Newest Branch

A national child mentoring program is eyeing Fairbanks for its newest branch. Duncan Campbell, founder of the Philadelphia-based nonprofit “Friends of the Children”, is in Fairbanks meeting with community members to gauge local support for the program for at-risk kids.