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  • FAIRBANKS, Alaska— A small Alaska- based firm is defending itself against criticism that it helped the much bigger Dish Network claim more than $3 billion in federal credits through a regulatory loophole involving a company jointly formed by the two entities. Northstar Wireless— the joint company owned by Doyon Ltd., which is headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska,...

  • SEATTLE— Several environmental groups on Monday sued the Port of Seattle to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from using Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet. The Port of Seattle in early February signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime Co., whose client is Shell, to rent 50 acres across from downtown Seattle.

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • US rig count decreases 43 to 1,267 Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:49 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,267 amid depressed oil prices. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota's count fell by 11, Oklahoma lost nine, Louisiana seven, Texas six, New Mexico four, Colorado three and Wyoming two.

  • Budget proposal could ground some department aircraft Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    An Alaska House subcommittee denied a $2.4 million request by the Department of Public Safety for an expanded aircraft section, a request that followed an audit. Matt Claman, D- Anchorage, that would have added a portion of the request. The subcommittee's recommendation will be considered as the House Finance Committee crafts its version of the operating...

  • *U.S. exports to Asia not profitable at current prices. Asia has traditionally taken more than 70 percent of annual global liquefied natural gas demand, and exporters developing new projects in the United States, Canada and Australia had been looking to China, Japan and South Korea- the world's top three buyers- as the most reliable outlets. Nuclear energy, coal and...

  • When the Lindavia entered Dutch Harbor Feb. 12 to pick up fish for delivery to Asia, the crew notified the Coast Guard that it had suffered damage to some navigation lights and radar systems during storms on its voyage to Alaska from China, Feldis said. Coast Guard officials noticed the possible environmental crimes when they boarded the ship to check the damage.

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products. A Senate committee voted 3-2 to approve the bill and send it to the full Senate after a nearly two-hour debate about the legal and...

  • Hosman is CEO of Assessments.com, a Utah company with about 100 contracts with state and county governments from Florida to California. An early advocate and true believer in the industry, Hosman has spoken at justice forums in Texas, Idaho and Washington state. He also has been a frequent visitor to county jails in his home state of Utah and other states in the...

  • According to the Feb. 18 indictment, Byler and Riedel-Byler piped raw sewage from the vessel's bathrooms into the harbor near Kodiak instead of taking the waste 3 miles offshore. The Bylers also are accused of telling the Coast Guard they were properly disposing of the waste when they actually weren't. "We're not guilty of pumping into the channel," he said, adding...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana:. BUT WASN'T POT ALREADY LEGAL IN ALASKA? A 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision protected residents with small amounts of pot in their homes from prosecution.

  • Alaska quietly becomes 3rd state to legalize marijuana Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But unlike in Colorado and Washington state, there were no street parties and public smoking displays in Alaska's biggest cities. Dolly Fleck-Phelps, a Kenai resident with an ancillary marijuana business, said she thought people would look back on the day as a turning point for...

  • SEATTLE— A Skagit County hearing examiner handed conservation groups a victory Monday, ruling that an oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes should undergo a full environmental review. In 2013, Shell sought a development permit from Skagit County to build a rail spur from existing railroad tracks to handle oil brought in by...

  • Alaska minimum wage rises to $8.75 an hour Tuesday Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 3:42 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska's minimum wage will rise to $8.75 an hour Tuesday, giving a pay increase to thousands of workers. Voters in November overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour, effective Jan. 1. The increase to $8.75 an hour, Alaska's first minimum wage hike in just over five years, will rank the state's minimum wage...

  • Aging baby boomers boost Alaska's senior population Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska— Aging baby boomers are significantly boosting Alaska's senior population, while younger age groups are maintaining their numbers, according to the state Department of Labor. Alaska's senior population— age 65 and older— in 2014 reached 71,080, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Alaska has more baby boomers in comparison to the...

  • US rig count decreases 48 to 1,310 Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 48 this week to 1,310 amid depressed oil prices. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count fell by 22, Oklahoma lost 16, North Dakota and Wyoming each lost four, Alaska lost three, Colorado lost two and California and Utah...

  • Walker plans to pursue 2 export-capable gaslines Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    Bill Walker said he plans to retool an in-state natural gas pipeline project into an export project, prompting concerns from some lawmakers about the message that sends as Alaska continues to pursue a separate major gas line. In an opinion piece published on newspaper websites, Walker said he's pleased with the progress that has been made on the major...

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to release a study for public comment that suggests expanding the Port of Nome as a first step in improving infrastructure along Alaska's west and north coast. Nome is south of the Bering Strait but far closer to Arctic waters than the nearest Coast Guard base in Kodiak, an island east of the Aleutian Chain.

  • Murkowski pushes back on federal government in speech Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:51 PM ET

    Lisa Murkowski used her speech before state lawmakers Wednesday to push back against a federal government that she says seems to want to starve the trans- Alaska pipeline system of new oil. Murkowski, chair of the Senate energy committee and Alaska's senior senator, said she's never been a good alarmist but it has become harder for her to conclude otherwise...