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August 2014

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ML&P’s New Plant Under Construction

ML&P’s New Plant Under Construction

Five years ago, Municipal Light and Power (ML&P) began the process of considering, evaluating, and deciding whether or not they should build a new power plant.

Heavy Opportunity

Heavy Opportunity

It’s sticky, gooey, gritty. And Alaska is fortunate to have a lot of it.

Diver Down, Diver Drone

Diver Down, Diver Drone

Working in the oil and gas industry in Alaska often means working in remote and inhospitable conditions, especially when the projects are located offshore.

Mitigating Contamination on Alaska Native Lands

Mitigating Contamination on Alaska Native Lands

The modern history of Alaska is one of massive transfers of land from one government entity to another. Prior to statehood, the federal government owned nearly all the land in Alaska. In 1959, the new state of Alaska got the right to select 104 million acres. As part of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Alaska Natives were granted title to 44 million acres—and about $1 billion—in return for relinquishing aboriginal rights to their land in order to permit construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

NPR-A Legacy Wells Targeted for Cleanup

NPR-A Legacy Wells Targeted for Cleanup

This summer the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is targeting surface cleanup of high priority legacy wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), with the majority of the remediation work to be contracted for winter. Of these 136 abandoned exploratory and scientific wells drilled by the federal government between 1944 and 1982, only 16 have been properly plugged and remediated to Alaska standards.

Tongass Bellwether: Dargon Point Timber Sale

Tongass Bellwether: Dargon Point Timber Sale

Dargon Point lies on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island at the southernmost tip of Alaska. In recent months, a stand of trees near this isolated rainforest coastline has become a bellwether on the Tongass National Forest.

Tongass Timber Program

Tongass Timber Program

We need a rational, economic transition to a young-growth timber program on the Tongass.

Party Time

Party Time

By now I had hoped all those thirty-five thousand unregistered voters would have registered because it’s about time to vote. At press time, only about four thousand had, with less than two weeks left before the deadline on July 20 for the August 19 Alaska Primary Election. Much will be decided that day. There are eleven candidates for United States Senator; seven candidates for United States Representative; seven candidates for Governor; five candidates for Lieutenant Governor; and one Ballot Measure.

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