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Shell can start drill prep in Chukchi
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has been given a permit to begin preparation work at exploratory drilling sites in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast while it awaits certification for its oil spill response barge, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Thursday. “We are allowing certain limited preparatory activities that we know can be done in a safe manner,” he said in a teleconference with re...
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Puppy found gagged in trash bin back home
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Scrappy the puppy is living up to his name. Not only did the 4-month-old puppy survive being gagged, put in a suitcase and thrown in a trash bin, but now he’s back home and playing with his littermates. It turns out Scrappy, a Labrador-pit bull mix, was stolen. On Wednesday, the black pup showed no signs that he even remembered being gagged with a bandanna, zipped into a suitcase and put in the tr...
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Woman testifies in Coast Guard court-martial
JUNEAU (AP) — A court-martial is under way for a member of the Coast Guard accused of sexually assaulting another Coast Guard member during a belated New Year’s celebration. The woman testified Tuesday that the night of Jan. 3, 2011, began as a celebration for herself and a female co-worker since they worked on the actual holiday, the Juneau Empire reported. The woman said that she had consumed alcohol during the ...
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Remote Alaska to stockpile food, just in case
JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska is known for pioneering, self-reliant residents who are accustomed to remote locations and harsh weather. Despite that, Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state’s 720,000 residents stranded and cut off from food and supply lines. His answer: Build giant warehouses full of emergency food and supplies, just in case. For some in the Lower 48, it may ...
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Election focus shifts to November
JUNEAU (AP) — With the primary in the books, and at least two incumbent state senators defeated, the election focus shifted Wednesday to November and the fight for control of the Alaska Senate. Sens. Linda Menard, R-Wasilla, and Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, lost their respective GOP primaries in races Tuesday where their participation in the Senate’s majority bipartisan coalition became an issue. Sen. Bettye Davis, D-Anc...
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Homer bans plastic grocery bags
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Business owners in Homer will no longer be giving customers disposable plastic bags. The Anchorage Daily News said the Homer City Council on Monday passed a ban on thin plastic bags, the type used for groceries and other times. City council member David Lewis said the ordinance arose from concern over pollution of both the land and marine environment. Lewis said Homer’s economy is based on tourism...
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Coastal zone management reauthorization fails by large margin
JUNEAU (AP) — Early results showed a measure to re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska as failing. With 81.5 percent of precincts reporting, 62.3 percent of the vote was against Ballot Measure 2 and 37.7 percent for it. In House District 35, which contains Kodiak, 1,069 ballots were counted. That number includes 353 ballots from Cordova, now part of the same House district as Kodiak, following redistr...
Aug 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young wins GOP
ANCHORAGE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young easily won his Republican primary Tuesday. Young, who is seeking his 21st term as Alaska’s sole U.S. House member, was leading with 78 percent of the vote with 33 percent of the vote counted and wasn’t challenged by lesser-known Republicans John R. Cox and Terre Gales. Young, as usual, spent election night at his home in remote Fort Yukon. However, he said in statement that he ...
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Menard, Wagoner upset in GOP primaries
JUNEAU (AP) — Incumbent Sens. Linda Menard and Tom Wagoner were upset Tuesday in their respective GOP primaries. Menard, of Wasilla, lost to Mike Dunleavy, the Matanuska-Susitna School Board president who garnered support from Alaska Family Action and the tea party-style Conservative Patriots Group. With all precincts reporting in Senate District D, Dunleavy had 58 percent and Menard, 42 percent. Soldotna Mayor Pe...
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Couple admits to planning judge’s murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alaska couple admitted to buying a gun, silencer and hand grenades, and having a map to a federal judge’s homes, in what prosecutors said was a murder plot that developed from a dispute over paying taxes. Lonnie and Karen Vernon, of Salcha, appeared in U.S. District Court to change their pleas and admit to conspiring to murder federal officials. Under his signed plea agreement, Lonnie Vernon wi...
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