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Alaska House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, introduced legislation Monday that would temporarily bar a state corporation from working on a state-sponsored pipeline intended primarily for shipping North Slope natural gas for export.
Nathaniel Herz
Alaska is continuing to clamp down on the use of drones to aid in hunting and fishing. The Board of Fisheries on Sunday moved to prohibit commercial fishermen from using drones to spot schooling salmon.
Craig Medred
The spill came from a Hilcorp pipeline about 25 miles northwest of Deadhorse. Officials said the cause and exact extent of the spill -- first detected Saturday -- remain unknown.
Alex DeMarban
Several environmental groups say they're suing the Port of Seattle to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from using Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.
Phuong Le | Associated Press
Cleanup work is scheduled to start this week on six abandoned legacy oil wells, which date back more than half a century and are located near the settlement of Umiat.ArcticYereth Rosen
Doyon Ltd. 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.TechnologyAssociated Press
Cyclist Andrew Kulmatiski was blazing along the historic Iditarod Trail at a pace that may bring him within reach of musher Aliy Zirkle's time of 2 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes to McGrath. AdventureCraig Medred
A Fox News list labels Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve as America's second-worst national park. But it gets a few details about the wilderness park wrong.OutdoorsCraig Medred

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Sports

UAA guard Thompson is All-GNAC pick again

Thompson leads the Seawolves in scoring with 17.2 points per game headed into the conference tournament this week.Alaska Dispatch News

Arctic

Cleanup planned this spring for 6 Arctic legacy wells

Cleanup work is scheduled to start this week on six abandoned legacy oil wells, which date back more than half a century and are located near the settlement of Umiat.Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday opened his high-profile visit to the U.S. capital by playing down any personal dispute with President Barack Obama, but he said that he had a “moral obligation” to warn against the dangers of a U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran.

  • With diplomatic relations fraying rapidly between the United States and Venezuela, the government of President Nicolás Maduro has given the U.S. Embassy here 15 days to come up with a plan to drastically shrink its staff.

We Alaskans

Haammom’ax. A gift that makes you smile. It’s my daughter’s Tsimshian name. She received it last summer at her great-grandparents’ home in the Southeast Alaska community of Metlakatla after we met them for the first time earlier that day.
Bob Hallinen