James Brooks

  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s natural gas megaproject is moving forward. With a 39-0 vote, the Alaska House approved spending $161.25 million to advance the AKLNG project, which promises to bring natural gas from the North Slope to an export terminal at Cook Inlet. Much of that figure will be used to end ...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 3:03pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is preparing to roll out the most radical change to the state’s annual budgeting process since the creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund in 1976. Lawmakers on Oct. 28 were briefed on a budget plan that redirects almost all of the state’s oil revenue...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:52am
  • “I’m not trying to buy love. I’m trying to sell gas.” So declared Gov. Bill Walker in a press conference Friday as he explained to the state’s political reporters why his call for a special session next month includes a controversial tax plan. The third special session of the Alaska Legisl...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:29am
  • Late Sunday, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, an Ohio Republican and Speaker of the House, said he was “deeply disappointed” that President Obama allowed U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to restore Denali’s name from Mount McKinley. On Monday, Jewell said it doesn’t matter. “T...

    Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:59pm
  • On Monday, as the price of West Texas crude oil dipped below $39 per barrel for the first time in six years, state revenue commissioner Randall Hoffbeck told the Alaska House Finance Committee that the decline is exacerbating the state’s budget problems. The state’s budget is based on an average...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:40am
  • On Tuesday morning, the cruise ship Norwegian Jewel pulled into the port of Juneau, its white hull containing nearly 3,500 passengers eager to debark and enjoy Alaska’s capital city. From its stacks, only a thin stream of exhaust could be seen floating into the air. That hasn’t always been the c...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:30am
  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in Sitka to cut by 25 percent the amount of halibut that pollock and cod trawlers can catch in the Bering Sea. On paper, that’s good news for halibut fishermen, who have been demanding a cut in halibut bycatch. In reality, ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 7:51am
  • JUNEAU — Alaskans know Valdez as the state’s oil port of choice, but an independent Yukon oil producer is planning to make Skagway No. 2 on the list of Alaska oil ports. Last week, Skagway Mayor Mark Schaefer announced that officials from Northern Cross Yukon are interested in using the port of ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:52am

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