Who's up / Who's down

February 18, 2012 

Quest champ Huge Neff, left, and runner-up Allen Moore.


UP -- Hugh Neff: Yukon Quest winner rallies to beat Allen Moore by 26 seconds. Shades of Nome 1978 in Whitehorse 2012.

UP -- Kikkan Randall: America's best Nordic skier takes a tumble and still takes bronze. Kikkanimal drives on.

EVEN -- ANWR drilling backers: Victory in the House. But Alaskans of a certain age will remember we've been here before, and the Senate is another story.

UP -- Shell Oil: Interior blesses spill response plan for summer's exploration in Arctic waters. One more hurdle down.

DOWN -- Shell Oil: Repsol blowout in North Slope exploratory well on land gives offshore drilling foes more ammo. Timing is everything, eh?

UP -- Veterans and families: Fisher House opens at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, keeping families close when a loved one is hospitalized.

EVEN -- Alaska movie subsidies: Big names and big projects come north for big breaks, but sometimes Alaskans pick up crumbs. May need to tweak our Dream Machine generosity.

DOWN -- AWWU union workers: Judge finds for the city in contract dispute, a ruling worth $2.5 million. Supreme Court next?

EVEN -- Sarah Palin: She won't be president, but she can still fetch a fine speaking fee. Enough stardust left for another book deal?

EVEN -- Gov. Sean Parnell, state Senate: Even, as in locked horns. Gov stands by his oil tax bill; key senators can't stand it. Stay tuned.

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