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The state of Alaska recently released their annual reports of the Alaska airports and aviation.

The report highlights:
  • Message from Deputy Commissioner Binder Highlighting 2014 Successes and Challenges
  • Alaska Aviation System Plan Accomplishments
  • Major Airport Projects
  • Alaska International Airport System Business Report
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Alaska Dispatch (1-14-15)
FAIRBANKS –  The three oil companies that own the trans-Alaska pipeline are putting a lid on plans to remove the tops of four giant empty storage tanks at the Valdez terminal, citing opposition from Tesoro."Removal of the tank roofs will reduce personnel safety risks associated with winter snow removal activities," the companies said in December, adding they wanted to avoid "tank top deformation." With an average of about 300 inches of snow each year in Valdez, the one-acre topside of each tank has to be periodically cleared by 10-member crews with shovels and scoops.

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BP representative Tara Stevens said the BP is accepting nominations for the 20th annual BP Teachers of Excellence program, which recognizes Alaska teachers’ exceptional work. The program will honor K-12 teachers from public or private schools who have made important contributions to education and their communities over the past year.
Anyone can nominate a BP Teacher of Excellence by visiting The deadline for nominations is Jan. 30, 2015. Since the program’s inception in 1995, BP has recognized more than 620 Alaska teachers. Last year, BP recognized 30 Teachers of Excellence from more than 1,400 nominations received from across the state. Valdez has had 12 BP Teachers of Excellence recognized over the years. Roz Strang, Barb Lyons, Patsy Collins, Laura Lappies, Susan Eide, John Strang, Sheri Beck, Candace Walker, Jan Michaud-Whalen, Kim Mackey, Peter Austad, Adam Sharrai and Kyle Moeller.

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Anchorage Daily News
Plan to allow Shell's Arctic drilling fleet in Seattle draws ire
A plan to allow oil major Royal Dutch Shell to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals.
Coast Guard taking public comment on Arctic vessel routes
The Coast Guard has begun accepting public comment on proposed vessel routes to the Arctic Ocean off western and northwest Alaska.
Laser scanning sheds a new light on animal habitats in Finland
A survey that is refining maps of Finland's surface and forests is providing another benefit -- new and ultra-precise information about areas suitable for use by the country's wildlife. 
Bear and lynx populations are shrinking in Sweden; harbor seal numbers on the rise
Predator declines in Sweden reverse previous population trends, but harbor seals are making a comeback.
White House to propose allowing oil drilling off Atlantic coast
The Obama administration on Tuesday is expected to announce a proposal to open up coastal waters from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling, while banning drilling in portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off of Alaska.
Bowhead whale songs are complex and copied, new study shows
Scientists have new information about the level of detail in the songs that bowhead whales sing to one another when they are migrating into the Beaufort Sea in the spring.
Four rockets launch from UAF research range
In an “unusual if not unprecedented” night of activity, scientists successfully launched four rockets into the upper atmosphere from the University of Alaska’s Poker Flat Research Range Sunday night.
Offshore drilling plan in Alaska may restrict parts of Arctic Ocean
The Interior Department will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday.
Climate worry grows at Arctic Frontiers
Ambition for expanded Arctic oil and gas development clash directly with growing concerns -- voiced at the Norwegian conference -- about accelerated climate change. 
Arctic oil is inconsistent with 2 degree Celsius target, says WWF
Norway's decision to expand offshore Arctic oil drilling will be costly, both environmentally and financially, the conservation group says.
Fairbanks Daily News
Plan to allow Shell oil drilling fleet in Seattle draws ire
SEATTLE - A plan to allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent wit
Alaska marijuana bills put on hold for rewrite
JUNEAU, Alaska - Bills that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana have been put on hold while lawmakers wait for a new draft that better reflects the intent of voters.
Alaska lawmakers propose resolution pushing back on refuge proposal
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska political leaders remain riled up about President Barack Obama's plans to recommend that the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be put off limits to potential
Walker, reversing campaign stance, appeals school funding ruling
FAIRBANKS—The Walker administration is appealing a Superior Court ruling that invalidated the required local contribution from municipalities to their local school districts, despite statements from t
Anchorage police release name of 2nd shooting victim
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police have released the name of the second victim of a fatal shooting at an eastside apartment.
Walker to invite Jewell to visit Alaska wildlife refuge
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker says he will invite President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Feds reject petition for Aleutians marine sanctuary
JUNEAU, Alaska - The federal government has rejected a petition to create a new marine sanctuary in the Aleutian Islands.
Anchorage Assembly approves pot public consumption ban
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Anchorage Assembly has approved an ordinance that bans marijuana consumption in public places.
Delta adds seasonal, year-round Alaska routes
JUNEAU, Alaska - Delta Air Lines will extend year-round service from both Juneau and Fairbanks to Seattle.
Tongass Advisory Committee shifts meetings to Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Tongass Advisory Committee is moving meetings scheduled for the next two months in Petersburg and Wrangell to Juneau.
State Senate committee hears praise of oil tax bill
JUNEAU — The oil tax regime passed in 2013 is better for Alaska’s budget than the one it replaced — at least under today’s low prices and high investment — consultants who helped lawmakers during its
Alaska marijuana activist plans to open medical pot dispensary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A marijuana activist is planning to open a medical pot dispensary in Anchorage next month on the day recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Alaska under a ballot initiative ap
Alaska ferry system to close bars on ships to save money
JUNEAU, Alaska - The state ferry system plans to close the bars on the six ships that have them.
North Pole man involved in Wisconsin plane crash
OWEN, Wis. - Wisconsin authorities say two friends were flying a recently purchased airplane to Alaska when it crashed, killing the pilot's father.
Obama puts Chukchi, Beaufort areas off-limits for oil drilling
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely i
Juneau considers $20 million fix to sewage problem
JUNEAU, Alaska - The City and Borough of Juneau is exploring options so it doesn't have to ship leftovers from its waste treatment plants to Oregon.
School bus struck in Anchorage collision
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police say a school bus was struck in a three-vehicle collision in Anchorage.
SUV crashes into four-wheeler in Lower Kalskag; 2 injured
LOWER KALSKAG, Alaska - A driver in the village of Lower Kalskag suspected of crashing into a four-wheeler carrying four children has been charged with four counts of assault and driving under the inf
Alaska state officials to meet with bond rating agencies
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's Revenue commissioner says state officials plan to meet with bond rating agencies next week.
2 dead in Anchorage shooting
Anchorage shooting leaves 2 people dead
First draft of pot bill receives criticism from all sides in hearing
JUNEAU — The Legislature’s first stab at a bill dealing with legalized marijuana was roundly criticized by lawmakers, state officials and legalization advocates during its first hearing on Monday.
Revenue officials explain tax credit issue flagged by Gov. Walker
JUNEAU, Alaska - State Revenue department officials told lawmakers Monday that the tax credits that were a source of contention in an opinion piece by Gov. Bill Walker are being paid primarily to smal
Alaska wants to ensure feds honor Medicaid expansion promise
JUNEAU, Alaska - State health commissioner Valerie Davidson says Alaska's participation in Medicaid expansion would be made contingent upon the federal government paying at least 90 percent of the cos
Alaska House, Senate discuss marijuana legalization
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska lawmakers are grappling with how to decriminalize marijuana after voters in November approved a ballot initiative to legalize the substance.
Walker names four to University of Alaska Board of Regents
ANCHORAGE — Gov. Bill Walker has named four appointees, including a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, to the University of Alaska Board of Regents pending confirmation by the Alaska

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