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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
The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is expected to submit its final report to the Legislature on Friday. Companion bills introduced in both houses identify four areas of focus: economic and resource development, infrastructure, health communities and a state-based agenda for science and research.
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
Small planes collide in Mat-Su Valley; both pilots survive
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Federal Aviation Administration says an Alaska Wildlife Trooper airplane collided with another aircraft in Alaska's Mat-Su Valley.
Bethel police: Woman, 25, found shot dead in the head
BETHEL, Alaska - Police are investigating the shooting death of a woman found at a Bethel home.
Alaska might not be able to afford generous film subsidies
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Low oil prices could prevent Alaska from being able to afford to dole out generous film subsidies, Gov. Bill Walker said.
Comment period extended for Arctic ringed seal habitat
JUNEAU, Alaska - The public has an extra three weeks to comment on a proposal to designate critical habitat for Arctic ringed seals.
Series of earthquakes recorded under Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The U.S. Geological Survey says there have been a series of Alaska earthquakes in the Bering Sea.
Alaska lawmaker proposes limits on left lane driving
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state representative from Palmer has proposed legislation aimed at reducing the number of drivers who linger in the left lane.
Anchorage fraternity investigated for sexual harassment
ANCHORAGE, Alaska  - A fraternity at the University of Alaska Anchorage is under investigation for sexual harassment.
Remote Alaska park seeks comment on future management plans
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The nation's northernmost national park says its new management plan will have to consider the effects of a new industrial road to the mining district of Ambler, the first road tha
Commission opposes changing annual financial disclosure date
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Public Offices Commission opposes pushing back the deadline for filing annual financial disclosures for legislators and public officials.
Arctic policy commission to submit report to lawmakers
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is recommending the state take several steps to enhance Arctic communities in its final report, which was delivered to the Legislature on Friday.
Walker names Hummel as adjutant general for Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker named retired U.S. Army Col. Laurie Hummel as Alaska's new adjutant general on Friday.
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 referenced Alaskans "packin' heat" at the end of a poem skewering federa
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 2 1/2-hour standoff
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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 to add turbines to the Fire Island Wind project were suspended this month when the project ran into a hitch: No one wants to buy the power.
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.

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