Alex DeMarban

The state’s highest court on Friday upheld a value for the trans-Alaska pipeline that is billions of dollars more than the oil company owners wanted.

The state Supreme Court’s decision, issued Friday, fully affirmed a lower court’s decision supporting a Trans-Alaska Pipeline System value that averages out to $9.3 billion per year for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The decision builds on an earlier ruling by the state Supreme Court issued last year affirming the pipeline’s value at $9.98 billion for 2006...

Alex DeMarban

Huge, wind-whipped waves crashed onto the shore at Barrow on Thursday, forcing the closure of a nearby road, the National Weather Service reported. Westerly winds were gusting up to 50 miles an hour, pushing waves up to the top of the beach and causing some erosion, the National Weather Service said.

A National Weather Service employee in Barrow captured still images and video of the high waves and flooding...

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Republican lawmakers in Alaska's state House continued to press for more state budget cuts over new taxes or tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund to raise revenue during a presentation held by the Walker administration on Monday as part of its effort to inform Alaskans about the state’s dire fiscal situation.

Leading Republican members of the House Finance Committee complained the administration was “glossing” over the need for further cuts and instead was focused on raising revenues. Revenue commissioner Randy Hoffbeck fended off the attack, saying the state must take a balanced approach because cuts alone will not close the multibillion dollar deficit amid low oil prices...

Alex DeMarban

KIVALINA -- Alaska Gov. Bill Walker heard from anxious residents in this eroding village on Thursday, two weeks before an expected presidential trip to Northwest Alaska as Barack Obama highlights climate change in the Arctic.

No one could say whether the president will actually drop in on Kivalina, 640 miles northwest of Anchorage on the Chukchi Sea coast, though a presidential advance team visited the village earlier this month.

Some residents have heard the gravel airstrip is too tiny for the aircraft needed to support such a high-level visit, and that Obama will remain in the Northwest hub city of Kotzebue...

Alex DeMarban

Public officials and residents alike, from Anchorage to the 400-person village of Kivalina on the northwest coast, are watching and waiting for more details about President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Alaska.

But the details of Obama’s trip — and what impact it will have on the general public — remain largely elusive.

In Anchorage, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s administration is preparing for potential disruptions that could arrive with Obama when Air Force One touches down at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Aug. 31 and spread through the city as he heads downtown to address a conference on the Arctic organized by the U.S. State Department...

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The company hoping to develop the Pebble mining prospect near Bristol Bay wants a federal court to issue a subpoena for a former scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency who Pebble says fled the country to avoid answering allegations that he worked with mining opponents against the development.

The effort to bring Phil North back to the U.S. is part of Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit that alleges the EPA colluded with anti-mine activists as it developed a watershed assessment saying a large open-pit mine could severely damage one of the world’s largest commercial salmon fisheries...

Alex DeMarban

A cinematic classic that helped launch the career of the state’s first movie star -- complete with wife-sharing, whale-hunting and an Inupiat cast -- is getting a shot of publicity.

Organizers hope the extra attention will lead to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the late actor Ray Mala .

Released in 1933 and long beloved by Alaskans, "Eskimo" featured Ray Wise, an Inupiaq who would later change his last name to Mala after starring as “Mala the Magnificent,” a hunter who kills an unscrupulous ship captain with a harpoon.

One of Hollywood’s first "talkies," the $1.5 million movie was touted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as "the biggest picture ever made.”...

Alex DeMarban

Alaskans favor a combination of new revenue and spending cuts to help the state survive a fiscal crisis brought on by low oil prices and waning production, according to a poll released Thursday by the Rasmuson Foundation.

The results seem to be at odds with key Republican lawmakers who say their constituents prefer deep, aggressive cuts before new revenue is generated to help Alaska survive a $3.5 billion budget gap...

Alex DeMarban

A pro-business think tank supported partly by ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips has laid out a case for why Alaska leaders should fully get behind the Alaska LNG project and stop supporting a smaller, stand-alone gasline effort.

The American Council for Capital Formation, based in Washington, D.C., issued a white paper Wednesday saying Alaska could be jeopardizing Alaska LNG by creating an in-state competitor...

Alex DeMarban

Hoping to avoid bankruptcy, Miller Energy Resources is looking to sell its stake in a North Slope oil field and repay more than $170 million in debt, the company's CEO said Monday.

The Tennessee-based company’s survival plan also includes selling other “non-core assets," refinancing its debt, and receiving millions of dollars in state tax credits that the company has been awaiting since May for wells drilled in Cook Inlet last year.

The path to solvency was explained Monday by Carl Giesler, the company’s new chief executive, in a wide-ranging conversation with Alaska Dispatch News in which he spelled out the negative consequences of a Miller Energy bankruptcy...

Alex DeMarban