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U.S. Senate votes on modified salmon today
A U.S. Senate vote today will decide the fate of a measure that would limit the ability of the U.S. government to approve genetically modified salmon. Without federal approval, the salmon could not be produced, grown or sold in the United States. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, proposed the amendment to a Food and Drug Administration bill that levies fees on drug companies. As written, the amendment would require g...
May 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senate approves airline fee increase
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-controlled Senate panel Tuesday approved a $2.50 increase in airline security fees that would double the per-passenger fee for those taking nonstop flights. The move by the Senate Appropriations Committee would increase the fee on a nonstop round-trip flight from $5 to $10. Fees on a one-way, nonstop ticket would increase from $2.50 to $5. Passengers who change planes to reach their ...
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Administration seeks change in runoff rule
The Obama administration wants to change the rules applying to stormwater running off logging roads, blunting a landmark court ruling that found the muddy water running into salmon streams and drinking water reservoirs should be regulated like industrial pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed notice Wednesday in the Federal Register proposing to revise stormwater regulations to say hundreds of t...
May 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Data challenges NOAA mapping
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Kathryn Sullivan came to Alaska with a present for Alaska and its lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell: a newly minted map of Kotzebue Sound on the state’s northwest coast, upgraded from the 19th century model. Sullivan, a former astronaut and the first woman to walk in space, is now deputy administrator and acting chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Her agency,...
May 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Study: federal spending flattening in Alaska
A new study released by the University of Alaska has found that federal spending in Alaska is no longer growing. The study, released by the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, states that total federal spending in Alaska declined from $11.2 billion in 2009 to $10.9 billion in 2010. Without stimulus money passed by President Obama — a total of $2.3 billion in 2009 and 2010 — ...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Copper Center roadhouse burns down
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The owner of a historic roadhouse that was destroyed in a weekend fire suspects bad wiring was to blame and says the lodge's oiled logs fueled the flames. The Copper Center Lodge, located off the Old Richardson Highway in Copper Center, burned early Sunday. It was on the National Register of Historic Places. Owner Tom Huddleston told the Anchorage Daily News the building is a total loss. "It was a...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ketchikan man sentenced to 36 years for murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) — A 19-year-old Ketchikan man convicted of second-degree murder and evidence tampering has been sentenced to 36 years in prison. Devin Rossiter was charged with the murder of 45-year-old Nick Stachelrodt, who confronted Rossiter on March 12, 2011, as the younger man rifled a car belonging to Stachelrodt's father outside a home they shared. Rossiter had been drinking and had knocked on doors asking p...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Southeast communities protest redrawn district boundaries
JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Redistricting Board's latest attempt at redrawing the state's political boundaries has drawn opposition. The state Supreme Court must decide whether to approve the plan, or send it back to the board for another try. The candidate filing deadline is June 1. Earlier this month, the court ordered the board to redraw southeast Alaska districts, working off the second plan the board devised. Th...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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EPA: Mining could affect water, fish
JUNEAU (AP) — The possible failure of a dam holding waste from a large-scale mine near the headwaters of one of the world’s premier salmon fisheries in Alaska could wipe out or degrade rivers and streams in the region for decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a draft watershed assessment released Friday. EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran said there was a fairly low risk of that occurri...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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After Homer crash, murder charge is filed
HOMER (AP) — Nearly two years after a fatal traffic crash that killed a Washington, D.C., college student on the Sterling Highway outside Homer, Alaska State Troopers arrested a Kenai man and charged him with second-degree murder. Alfred C. Jones, 48, was charged last week in the 2010 Memorial Day Weekend death of Kathleen Benz, 25, a Georgetown University student visiting the state for a wedding. Alaska State Tro...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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