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.

Alaska News Nightly: June 21, 2011

State Receives Record Number of Bids on Cook Inlet Lease Sale, Two Yakutat Men Drown After Boat Capsizes, Missing Musher’s Brother Speaks About Disappearance, Scientists Use Drones to Study Stellar Sea Lions, and more...

Fort Greely Missile Defense Contract Delayed

Pentagon officials have delayed awarding a multibillion-dollar missile-defense contract that includes operation of the interceptor base at Fort Greely until November. More than 100 civilians maintain the missile facility which is operated by 150 Army National Guard member.

House Rejects Special Session for Coastal Management Program

So far, there's been no deal on a one-year extension of the Coastal Zone Management program. State House Majority Leader Allen Austerman says polling over the weekend did not yield enough support to accept the Senate's offer.

Alaska Dispatch Hosts Arctic Imperative Summit

The Arctic Imperative Summit, now meeting in Girdwood, is a gathering of political and civil interests, all of whom are interested in how to best deal with the fast changing Arctic environment.

Navy Officials Meet to Plan for Diminished Arctic Ice

The U.S. Navy is trying to keep tabs on how diminishing Arctic ice will impact future shipping. Monday through Wednesday, high ranking Navy officers, U.S. Coast Guard officials and heads of federal agencies are meeting in Washington, DC for the fourth Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations.