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  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on March 29, 1989, some have commemorated Alaska’s biggest human-made, technological disaster with a look at how oil spill response has improved — more skim...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:18pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer As word spread that the belly of the Exxon Valdez, a tanker carrying Alaska oil from Valdez to Long Beach, Calif., had been ripped open and its contents were pouring into Prince William Sound, Homer-area residents were filled with an urgen...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:17pm
  • In two separate cases and in the same week last month, two lower Kenai Peninsula men have been charged with felony assault under a “three strikes” provision of Alaska’s assault law.  Jamie L. Mosquito, 24, Port Graham, and Kenneth W. Kvasnikoff, 43, Ninilchik, both were charged with third...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:50pm
  • Alaska is set to receive $20.8 million for the 2012 salmon fisheries disasters, but how the money will be used is still being decided. First, the state of Alaska and the Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, must work on how to split the funds between Cook Inlet and Yukon-Kuskokwim sta...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:07pm
  • The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, in releasing its preliminary report, seeks public comment into the work that’s been done and still to do. ...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:07pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital is offering walk-in services for enrollment in the health-care insurance marketplace. It will be held near the hospital’s front desk registration offices from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 and 29. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. To schedule an appointm...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:06pm
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate has voted to advance a proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline project. If approved by the Alaska House of Representatives, the project will enter a period designed to determine its economic feasibility. The 15-5 nod of approval followed more than six hours of debate ...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:06pm
  • Things have not gone well for Trans-Alaska Pipeline System owners in the courts and key federal regulatory arenas in recent weeks, but the battles aren’t over. First, on the state level, Alaska’s Supreme Court upheld a $9.98 billion valuation of the pipeline for property tax purposes on Feb. 21,...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:05pm
  • ANCHORAGE,  — A regulatory system and enforcement involving legalized marijuana could cost Alaska $3.7 million to $7 million, according to a report by eight state agencies. Alaskans will consider a pot legalization measure on the Aug. 19 primary ballot then would have nine months to prepare f...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:03pm
  • JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee on Tuesday continued its discussion of Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill, focusing on the charter schools. Many committee members worried that House Bill 278 may unintentionally create new school districts operated by the state if a charter is denied...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:02pm

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