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In cool, damp summer, Alaska's wildfire season fizzles
August is typically the month when Alaska’s summer wildfire season comes to an end, but in 2012 it looks like that fade-out will be particularly anticlimactic. Barring an unexpected departure from the Interior’s cool, damp summer, this fire season will go down as the second-smallest of the past dozen years. Only about 200,000 acres have burned in Alaska this summer, with no new wildfires reported in almost a month...
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New airline to serve King Salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Another airline is stepping in to provide air taxi service to the village of King Salmon. Pen Air is pulling air taxi service from the village as it moves away from providing service to Bush communities in an effort to focus instead on its hub communities. KTUU-TV said Grant Aviation is stepping in to provide air taxi service to King Salmon. The two airlines say they are working closely together t...
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Smaller Permanent Fund Dividend expected this fall
JUNEAU (AP) — Alaskans could see a smaller Permanent Fund dividend this fall. The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. on Thursday said it expects to transfer $605 million to the dividend division for checks — down from $801 million last year and the lowest transfer since fiscal year 2005. The amount of investment earnings allocated to dividends is based on a five-year rolling average of Permanent Fund performance. Droppin...
Aug 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fishing boat sinks near Sitka
JUNEAU (AP) — The Coast Guard says a 50-foot fishing vessel capsized and sank while pulling in loaded salmon nets but another nearby boat rescued all five of the stricken vessel's crew members. Lt. Ryan Erickson says the Evening Star sank early Thursday about 40 miles northwest of Sitka, Alaska. The boat went down in Slocum Arm in 300 feet of water with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard. The fishing vessel...
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Shell drilling ships leave Dutch Harbor en route to Arctic
The first Shell drilling ships have left Dutch Harbor en route to the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic Ocean. On the same day the Coast Guard buoy tender Sycamore tested its oil spill response gear off Barrow, the anchor-handler Aiviq began its long sea journey north. The Alaska Dispatch first reported the ship movements, and Shell spokesman Curtis Smith told the online newspaper that there is “a little mov...
Aug 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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High-cost fuel now required for Alaska-bound cargo ships
JUNEAU (AP) — A court date has yet to be set in Alaska’s lawsuit over new rules intended to limit pollution from large ships. Rules took effect Wednesday that cargo carriers and cruise ships to use a low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of a significant portion of U.S. and Canadian shores. Officials in Alaska say the rules will have a disproportionate effect on the state and result in higher freight rates and pricier ...
Aug 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kenai setnet fishermen allowed to return to river despite king salmon shortage
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Setnet fishermen were thrown a lifeline Wednesday when the state fisheries board rejected a petition from Kenai River sport fishermen that would have left the setnet fishermen sitting on the beach for the remainder of their season. The board voted 3-3 against considering the petition, deciding that no emergency existed. The shutdown of the setnet fishery in July was one measure taken to preserve t...
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Mary Louise Rasmuson dies at 101
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A philanthropist whose family foundation has awarded more than $200 million in grants to nonprofit Alaska organizations has died at the age of 101, the Rasmuson Foundation said Tuesday. Mary Louise Milligan Rasmuson died Monday at her Anchorage home, foundation spokeswoman Cassandra Stalzer said. “We are fortunate to have had Mary Louise in our family,” Ed Rasmuson, her stepson and chairman of the...
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State opens marine debris information website
JUNEAU (AP) — The state of Alaska has set up a website to provide information on marine debris, including debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The website was called for by Gov. Sean Parnell as part of an administrative order focused on state agency coordination and public information surrounding the debris issue. Parnell also designated the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation as the lead state agenc...
Aug 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coastal management opponents take lead in fundraising for ballot measure
JUNEAU (AP) — Opponents of an initiative that would re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska raised more than 10 times that of supporters during the latest reporting period. Financial disclosures released this week show “Vote No on 2” raised $718,700 in June and July, with more than $49,000 in additional in-kind contributions. Much of the money came in big checks from mining and resource development gro...
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