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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
Greenland -- barrels of oil and bottles of water
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Arctic policy commission to submit report to Alaska Legislature
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Economic crisis hit airlines hard in Russia’s western Arctic
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Nordic information office suspends activities in Russia
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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.
Fairbanks Daily News
Walker names Hummel as adjutant general for Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker has named Laurie Hummel as Alaska's new adjutant general.
State lawmakers riled up over federal actions
JUNEAU, Alaska - One Alaska state senator is advocating an act of civil disobedience against the federal government and another warned at the end of a light-hearted poem that Alaskans are "packing hea
Pot legalization puts Alaska drug-sniffing dogs out of work
JUNEAU, Alaska - The legalization of marijuana in Alaska is putting some police dogs out of work.
Alaska sea otter pup moving into Seattle Aquarium
SEATTLE - The Seattle Aquarium is welcoming a 6-month-old sea otter from Alaska.
Alaska halibut catch sees first increase in decade
JUNEAU, Alaska - Fishermen in Alaska will have access to slightly more halibut this year than last.
Fairbanks fugitive arrested in Tok after standoff
FAIRBANKS - A Dot Lake man, wanted on outstanding warrants after failing to return from a temporary release from custody, was arrested early this morning by the U.S. Marshals Alaska Fugitive Task Forc
ConocoPhillips to slow petroleum reserve project investment
JUNEAU, Alaska - ConocoPhillips Alaska says that it's slowing its pace of investment on the Greater Mooses Tooth 1 project, citing permitting issues and oil prices.
Search suspended for woman missing along Kuskokwim River
BETHEL, Alaska - The search has been suspended for the third person missing since December when a snowstorm hit the Kwethluk area.
Plans suspended to build more wind turbines at Fire Island
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Plans have been called off to double the number of wind turbines on Fire Island just off Anchorage.
Alaska ups effort to warn women about alcohol during pregnancy
JUNEAU, Alaska - A media campaign is set to launch in March that is aimed at reducing the number of children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Alaska.
Overdue plane found on lake near Cook Inlet, pilot rescued
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Searchers have rescued a pilot on a lake west of Cook Inlet.
Lawmakers hear from administration on marijuana regulations
JUNEAU, Alaska - Health concerns and workplace issues were flagged for further consideration by Alaska lawmakers Thursday as they continue work on drafting regulations for the legalization of recreati
Shell says it will drill off Alaska if it can get permits
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska's northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and drill safely, its chief executive officer said Thursday.
Consultants suggest revisiting Cook Inlet oil and gas credits
JUNEAU, Alaska - Legislative consultants this week suggested that it may be wise for lawmakers to examine their approach to creating incentives for oil and gas development from Cook Inlet.
Avalanche closes Klondike Highway
SCAGWAY, Alaska - The Klondike Highway has been closed again.
Police investigate another fatal shooting in Anchorage
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Inmate dies after being restrained at Anchorage jail
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An inmate at the Anchorage jail has died after being restrained by correctional officers after his arrest.
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.

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