Tag Archives: Alaska

Feds Deny Permit For Alaska Gold Mining Project

Politico reports: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the Pebble Mine in Alaska on Wednesday, effectively killing plans to build the massive copper and gold project that opponents had warned could wipe out the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. The decision from the Trump administration, which had reversed course several times on the issue, comes just …

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AK Sen. Dan Sullivan Clinches 50th GOP Senate Seat

The Associated Press reports: Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) is projected to keep his Senate seat in Alaska, defeating Al Gross, who had been backed by the Democratic Party. His win is another crucial victory for Republicans as the party seeks to maintain control of the chamber, which will now be determined by a pair of January runoff elections in Georgia. …

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AK High Court Boots Witness Law For Absentee Ballots

The Anchorage Daily News reports: Alaskans do not need to have a second person sign their absentee ballots, the Alaska Supreme Court said on Monday, confirming a lower-court decision. A record number of Alaskans are voting absentee this year, and “improper or insufficient witnessing” has consistently been the top reason for rejected absentee ballots during the past few primary elections, …

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Anchorage Bans Ex-Gay Torture Of Minors, Haters Rage

It’s not a perfect ban, but for Alaska, it’s something. The Anchorage Daily News reports: The Anchorage Assembly on Wednesday passed a ban on “conversion therapy,” making illegal the practice of trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The practice has been widely condemned by medical professionals and counselors. The move drew criticism from some religious institutions …

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Republican Alaska AG Quits Amid Sexting Scandal

The Associated Press reports: Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has resigned, shortly after details of text messages he exchanged with a woman were revealed Tuesday. Clarkson submitted his resignation letter to Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the governor’s office said. “Kevin Clarkson has admitted to conduct in the workplace that did not live up to our high expectations, and this is …

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Trump Admin Okays Plan To Drill In Alaskan Refuge

Reuters reports: The Trump administration on Monday finalized a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, putting it on track to issue decades-long leases in the pristine wilderness area before a potential change in U.S. leadership. The 19 million acre (7.7 million hectares) refuge is home to wildlife populations including Porcupine caribou and polar …

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Canada Tightens Rules On Driving Through To Alaska

The Washington Post reports: The Canadian government said Thursday that it would tighten restrictions for all travelers transiting through Canada to Alaska for “nondiscretionary” purposes, such as work or going to a primary residence. The new rules will require travelers to enter Canada at one of five ports of entry: Abbotsford-Huntingdon, Kingsgate or Osoyoos in British Columbia; Coutts in Alberta; …

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ALASKA: Small Town Approves LGBTQ Protections After Florist Refuses Order For Same-Sex Wedding [VIDEO]

Ketchikan’s NPR affiliate reports: An ordinance that prohibits discrimination against LGTBQ individuals in Ketchikan city limits was passed today. The local law was approved by the Ketchikan City Council over the objections of religious advocates. Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this summer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender …

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Trump Admin Plans Greatly Expanded Drilling In Alaska

The Hill reports: The Trump administration wants to open up 82 percent of an Alaska reserve for oil and gas leasing, it announced on Thursday. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) unveiled its plan for oil and gas leasing at the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The plan would allow for 18.7 million acres of the approximately 23 million acre …

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ALASKA: Court Advances Bid To Recall GOP Governor

Courthouse News reports: An Anchorage Superior Court judge on Friday directed Alaska’s Division of Elections to allow the effort to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy to proceed. Judge Eric Aarseth directed the division to distribute petition books no later than Feb. 10. Recall supporters gathered more than 49,000 signatures, nearly twice as many as the 28,501 required to submit the petition …

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Trump Orders Lift On Logging Ban In Alaska Rainforest

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration Tuesday proposed allowing logging on more than half of Alaska’s 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in North America. President Trump instructed federal officials to reverse long-standing limits on tree cutting at the request of Alaska’s top elected officials, on the grounds that it will boost the local economy. …

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ALASKA: State GOP Cancels 2020 Presidential Primary

The Associated Press reports: The Alaska Republican Party has canceled holding a presidential primary in 2020. In a statement Saturday, the party’s State Central Committee passed a rule saying a primary “would serve no useful purpose” because Republican Donald Trump is president. Earlier this month, Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests …

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ALASKA: EPA Approves Mining Project In Wild Salmon Fisheries After Trump Meets With Republican Governor

CNN reports: The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska’s governor, CNN has learned. The EPA publicly announced the reversal July 30, but EPA staff sources tell CNN that …

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Warmer Than Miami: Alaska Heat Sets All-Time Record

Axios reports: Anchorage, Alaska, saw sizzling temperatures on Thursday, hitting 90ºF degrees and toppling the city’s all-time record-high temperature by 5 degrees, as well as the daily record of 77ºF for July 4, according to Weather.com. Why it matters: The Arctic region has pushed into an entirely new climate. The last 6 years have been the warmest Alaska has experienced …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Humane Society Forces Release Of Clip Showing Hunters Illegally Killing Bear And Two Cubs

Anchorage’s NBC News affiliate reports: In April of 2018, Alaskan father and son Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, both of Wasilla, illegally killed a black bear sow and her two cubs on Esther Island in Prince William Sound. Video of that incident has now been made public, nearly a year later. The sow and cubs that the Renners …

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Trump To Alaska: You’ve Been Hit Hard By The Big One

Politico reports: President Donald Trump expressed his support for Alaskans affected by an earthquake on Friday, telling them to listen to emergency response personnel and calling the earthquake a “big one.” Trump has a history of comments after natural disasters that many have characterized as tone deaf or just plain weird. After Hurricane Maria, Trump and San Juan Mayor Carmen …

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Sarah Palin Reports Damaged Home After Major Quake

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Sarah Palin and her family are safe following two intense earthquakes in Alaska, however, as she tweeted Friday, her residence is not. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 7.0 magnitude quake near Anchorage, Alaska, at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Five minutes later, another, measuring at 5.8, struck again nearby. According to seismologists, both earthquakes had “epicenters …

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ALASKA: Tsunami Warning After 7.0 Magnitude Quake

The Associated Press reports: A 7.0 magnitude earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey says. A tsunami warning has been issued 30 miles south-west of Palmer, Alaska. There are numerous reports of damage coming in. A magnitude of between 7 and 7.9 is considered a major earthquake that will cause serious damage. Terrified residents took to social …

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ALASKA: Gov Drops Reelection Bid, Endorses Democrat

The Alaska Dispatch News reports: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday he is dropping his bid for re-election, and threw support to Democrat Mark Begich over Republican Mike Dunleavy. Walker, elected as an independent, made the surprise announcement at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention, three days after former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly stepped down from both his …

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ALASKA: Track Palin To Spend One Year In Custody

The Associated Press reports: The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will spend a year in custody after a judge ruled Wednesday that allegations of hitting a woman on the head disqualified him from a therapeutic program for veterans stemming from a separate assault case. Track Palin, 29, has been accused of three attacks on people close to …

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