Young defends 'Coconut Road' earmark on House floor

Alaska Congressman Don Young spoke on the U.S. House floor today to defend the controversial $10 million "Coconut Road" earmark that was inserted into...

Young discusses controversial earmark situation with APRN

After the House vote, Young spoke further about the Coconut Road earmark dispute with APRN’s Joel Southern and Alaska reporter Robert Dillon. Since the...

Conservation groups celebrate ruling on Polar Bear status

Three conservation groups are claiming victory after a federal judge ruled late yesterday that the Bush Administration must decide in the next two weeks...

Juneau electricity crisis more than a local problem

Juneau’s huge power-cost jump could have statewide impacts. The capital city’s electric rate is part of the Power-Cost Equalization program formula. That means subsidies...

President pushes for ANWR drilling

President Bush called on Congress today to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration. David Shurtleff, APRN...

State Democrats ruffled by dirty web tricks

A series of fake websites intended to sabotage Congressional candidate Ethan Berkowitz are creating quite a stir within the state Democratic Party. Without pointing...

Juneau plans to educate residents through electricity crisis

City, state and federal officials have been discussing how to help Juneau weather its short-term crisis of very expensive electricity. Some members of Juneau’s...

DEC sends strong message to cruise ship industry

As the tourist season gets underway, The Alaska Cruise Association has been handed a strong message that the state Department of Environmental Conservation is...

Kodiak’s Larry LeDoux appointed state Education Commissioner

Kodiak Schools’ Superintendent Larry LeDoux is the state’s new Education Commissioner. The State Board of Education and Early Development made the selection Thursday, which...

US House passes Coast Guard authorization bill

A 2009 Coast Guard authorization bill passed by the US House has numerous provisions of interest to Alaska. In wake of the Selendang Ayu...

AK Supreme Court upholds supertanker tax

The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a property tax levied on supertankers entering the port of Valdez. The city of Valdez in 1999 began...

Alaska leads nation in latest worker fatality report

The 2006 statistic was made public this week in an annual report put out by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial...

Greenhouse gases rise sharply

There has been a sharp increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases. The Annual Greenhouse Gas Index report from a federal agency shows the concentration of...

Bill would provide impetus for alternative energy projects

Record high costs for energy have many Alaskans watching a bill that unanimously passed the legislature this year. The bill would set up a...

Energy crisis not just a Juneau story

As residents of Juneau brace themselves for a big spike in their monthly fuel expense, the sudden increase in power costs will mirror what...

Land swap leading to road for King Cove and Cold Bay at cost to Izembek refuge

Today the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee easily approved a bill that would swap land and allow for a road to be built through...

Governor's disaster cabinet reviewing Juneau power crisis

The governor's disaster policy cabinet met for nearly 2 hours this morning to discuss Juneau's request for state disaster funds to help the town...

Survey finds Arctic air a nasty mix of global pollutants

Federal scientists have completed a 3-week survey of the arctic atmosphere. 100 NASA, NOAA and Department of Energy researchers flew aboard specially-outfitted aircraft to...

Correctional officers union vote to censure commissioner Schmidt

The Alaska Correctional Officers Association gave the state corrections commissioner Joe Schmidt a "no confidence" censure vote today. ACOA union members voted 514 to...

Wade pleads not guilty

Joshua Alan Wade pled not guilty this morning to federal charges that he murdered Anchorage nurse Mindy Schloss. David Shurtleff, APRN - Anchorage