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Shell starts drilling in Chukchi Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) — More than four years after Royal Dutch Shell paid $2.8 billion to the federal government for petroleum leases in the Chukchi Sea, a company vessel on Sunday morning sent a drill bit into the ocean floor, beginning preliminary work on an exploratory well 70 miles off the northwest coast of Alaska. Drilling began at 4:30 a.m., said Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith. Shell Alaska vice president Pet...
Sep 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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As more votes are counted, Ballot Measure 1 looks to pass
Updated results from last week’s primary show a ballot measure concerning property taxes passing by a slim margin. Just 284 votes separated the two sides, with 58,014, or 50.1 percent, voting for Ballot Measure 1, and 57,730, or 49.9 percent, voting against it, according to unofficial results the state released Tuesday. The measure would make it legal for local governments to exempt the first $50,000 worth of a ho...
Sep 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Municipality of Anchorage will pay $5.5 million to settle police rape lawsuits
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Municipality of Anchorage will pay more than $5.5 million to 11 women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by a police officer now serving 87 years in prison for rape, Mayor Dan Sullivan’s office announced Tuesday. The settlement ends the lawsuits against the city, but some of the victims plan to continue separate civil actions against former office Anthony Rollins. The individual settleme...
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Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon dies at 92
GAPYEONG, South Korea (AP) — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon was a self-proclaimed messiah who built a global business empire. He called both North Korean leaders and American presidents his friends, but spent time in prisons in both countries. His followers around the world cherished him, while his detractors accused him of brainwashing recruits and extracting money from worshippers. These contradictions did nothing to s...
Sep 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Earthquake clusters detected at remote volcano
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Seismologists say a cluster of earthquakes has been detected at a remote volcano in Alaska’s western Aleutian Islands. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said the quakes began Wednesday evening at Little Sitkin Volcano and continued Thursday morning. No eruption has been detected. Scientist in charge John Power says there is no direct link to the swarm of earthquakes at Little Sitkin and a cluster of ...
Aug 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shell can start drill prep in Chukchi
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation is resigning. Marc Luiken submitted his resignation in a letter dated Wednesday to Gov. Sean Parnell. Luiken did not specify a reason for his resignation, which is effective Oct. 1. He was traveling Thursday and didn’t immediately return a message. He noted in the letter that his personal commitment “has been to loyally serve and support”...
Aug 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Aug 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
Aug 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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