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ALASKA AIRPORTS AND AVIATION 2014 ANNUAL REPORT
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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 OIL COMPANIES PUT A LID ON PLANS TO CUT TOPS OFF VALDEZ STORAGE TANKS
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 ALASKA TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
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 BPteachers.com. 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
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.
Norwegian bank loses $38.5 million in Murmansk, Russia
With the Russian economy in crisis, the Arctic metropolis has been a poor investment for financial companies. 
Warmth, lack of snow in Yukon threatens winter events
Organizers of outdoor sports and cultural events are nervous about the mild and snow-sparse winter, and are hoping conditions will be dramatically different in the next two weeks. 
Glacial melt could change chemistry and food web in world's oceans
Along with increasing sea levels, melting glaciers are putting something else into the world’s oceans -- a huge load of organic carbon that could change marine ecosystems, says a newly published study by a team of mostly Alaska scientists.
Old chart identified as artifact from ill-fated Arctic voyage of the Karluk
A chart of the marine areas in western Alaska and adjacent parts of Russia has been confirmed as an item used by Robert Bartlett, captain of the Karluk, a ship that was the center of a 1914 wreck off the Siberian coast.
Russia still open for cooperation in the Arctic, explorer says
Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov, famous for planting the Russian flat on the seafloor at the North Pole, used a speech at the Arctic Frontiers conference to tout international exchanges and "good-neighborly" policies.
Russia wants Total out of Arctic project
The French company has fallen short of production targets and other responsibilities and should be stripped of its status as operator of the Kharyaga oil project, Russia's Ministry of Energy says. 
Norway offers 34 Arctic blocks along Russian border
The Norwegian government is offering oil companies the chance to explore far-north offshore territory near the Russian border, including sites where the two countries had competing territorial claims.
Fairbanks Daily News
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
Drilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member o
5 things about Obama's move to protect Alaska refuge from drilling
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness
Alaska House, Senate panels to discuss marijuana legalization bill
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska lawmakers are grappling with the regulations surrounding marijuana after voters in November approved a ballot initiative to legalize and commercialize the substance.
Juneau sets record for January rainfall with 11.29 inches
JUNEAU, Alaska - January is becoming something of rainy affair in Alaska's capital.
Nuiqsut tribal officials criticize Walker for support of reserve drilling plan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Tribal government officials in the North Slope village of Nuiqsut are taking issue with Gov. Bill Walker for promoting parts of a ConocoPhillips petroleum drilling project that the
Anchorage police investigate shooting death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say a 14-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man outside a midtown drugstore.
Alaska State Troopers investigating alleged stun-gun use on boys
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers are investigating allegations that a village public safety officer in Kake used a stun gun or Taser on two boys.
Former Anchorage soldier gets 62 years for wife's murder
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former soldier has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for the murder of his wife in their Anchorage home.
NASA brings earthquake monitoring to Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — It's not quite rocket science, but close enough, and closer to home — students in the Tribal Scholars Program began cutting-edge earthquake monitoring research in a partnership wit
Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge
FAIRBANKS - The Obama administration on Sunday recommended the full Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be designated as wilderness, igniting outrage among Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation
Walker brings back Marc Luiken as DOT commissioner
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker is bringing back a familiar face to fill the job of state Transportation Department commissioner.
Anchorage man sentenced to 30 years for abuse of minor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A former University of Alaska Anchorage assistant professor has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor.
Couple taps into passion for vinyl at new Anchorage store
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On a dark January evening, the Black Keys' album "Brother" spun on a turntable inside the newly established Obsession Records shop off Tudor Road in Anchorage. A steady flow of cus
University of Alaska dedicates herb book to Fairbanks expert
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - When the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service published its book on growing and using fresh herbs in the Far North, dedicating it was as easy as sprinkling chives on a baked potato
Former state crime lab worker pleads guilty to theft of drugs
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A former state employee has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from the state crime lab in Anchorage.
Yukon Quest purse party tonight
FAIRBANKS — The Yukon Quest will host its “Pints for the Purse” party at 6 p.m. tonight at the Dog Mushers Hall.
Jet skips Nome landing because of ash from Russian volcano
NOME, Alaska - Flights are operating as normal Friday in western Alaska after ash from a Russian volcano dissipated.
Walker says he's haunted by drawn-down rate of savings
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Even with the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bill Walker for next year, the state will still face the potential of having to draw on $3.3 billion from its savings, his budget director
Federal board approves Kenai Peninsula gillnetting
KENAI, Alaska - The Federal Subsistence Board has voted to allow subsistence gillnetting on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.
Army to hold public hearings in Alaska over possible cuts
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Army is planning to hold two public listening sessions in Alaska for people to weigh in on potential personnel cuts.
Case dismissed against woman who freed eagle from trap
JUNEAU, Alaska - Prosecutors ended the case against a Juneau woman cited for hindering trapping, saying springing legal traps to save an ensnared eagle was admirable.
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