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Alaska Gov. Walker proposes head tax to boost state revenue

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Bill Walker's latest proposal for closing the gap between state revenue and spending is a limited tax on payroll wages and self-employment income. Walker, an independent, is calling the proposal a modified "head tax." The matter...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    May 31, 2017

Opening ANWR asks new questions in an old fight in Alaska

President Donald Trump's plan to help balance the federal budget features a new attempt to open the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to petroleum drilling. The effort is the latest chapter in a long-running political fight...

 

Big State truck overturns and spills fuel on the Richardson Highway

Responders have collected an estimated 350 gallons of mixed fuel oil and water from a spill that occurred when a fuel trailer overturned Friday into an old channel of a river bed along the Richardson Highway, according to the state Department of...

 

Senators file lawsuit over Walker's permanent fund veto

Gov. Bill Walker illegally vetoed Alaska Permanent Fund earnings that were required to be transferred to dividends, a lawsuit filed Friday by a state senator and two former state senators claims. Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, Walker in June c...

 

Arctic waters should be in lease plan business and labor groups say

ANCHORAGE: Business and labor groups launched a campaign Monday to include Arctic waters in the next federal five-year offshore oil leasing plan. The 20 groups, mostly based in Alaska, want the Obama administration to retain a Beaufort Sea lease...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    June 15, 2016

Campaign begins to thwart Crowley's exit from tanker escort contract

Two maritime unions with 250 Alaska jobs at stake have begun a campaign to stop the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline from switching to a nonunion company for escorting oil tankers safely out of Prince William Sound, where the Exxon Valdez...

 

Chemical dispersant rules changed for oil spills

Alaska oil spill responders have adopted new rules for the rapid use of chemical dispersant but say dispersant will continue to be considered only rarely when mechanical cleanup is not practical. Chemical dispersant has been used on an oil spill...

 

Oil exposure linked to heart defects in fish

Federal scientists may have found a link between the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and a decline of herring and pink salmon populations in Prince William Sound. In a study published a week ago Tuesday in the online journal Scientific Reports,...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    May 7, 2014

Probe likely after airline safety record questioned

A troubling safety record with the parent company of Ravn Aviation, formerly known as Era Aviation, has prompted federal regulators to take a closer look at operations and a review of the Alaska-based operations of the Federal Aviation...

 

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