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Alex DeMarban

With five weeks until voters hit the polls to consider repealing the oil-production tax cut, experts on both sides squared off at a debate in Juneau on Monday night, with Rep. Les Gara brandishing Parnell-administration statistics to argue for a repeal and a pair of high-level staffers who had worked for Gov. Frank Murkowski arguing that the tax cut should stay and that new investment has already led to higher-than-expected production...

Alex DeMarban

Alaska’s long-sought mega-gasline project recently moved forward as three big oil companies, the state and a pipeline builder agreed to conduct some $500 million worth of preliminary engineering and design projects over the next year and a half.

But don’t forget the small gasline that might one day be built instead of its larger cousin.

An official with the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., which is simultaneously working on both projects, said the proposed $7.7 billion smaller line is alive and well...

Alex DeMarban

Alaska Native leader Don Wright, who played a pivotal role in the Native land-claims movement decades ago, died peacefully in his home on Saturday. He was 84.

A pilot and contractor who helped build Alaska, Wright’s most lasting work began in the 1960s, when he and others organized the Alaska Federation of Natives as the land-claims movement gained steam.

Wright was president of the organization when President Richard Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act into law in 1971, creating today’s Native corporations -- some rank among the state’s strongest economic forces today -- and providing 44 million acres and $1 billion...

Alex DeMarban

Polls tracking the Republican primary in Alaska's closely watched U.S. Senate contest present very different views of voter mood, with local polling firms showing a tight race between front-runners Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell and Lower 48 polling companies giving Sullivan a comfy lead.

The Treadwell team points to the close numbers as evidence the race has narrowed since May, when two Outside polling firms showed Sullivan with a double-digit lead. The “Treadwell surge” will cause Sullivan to step up his personal attacks on Treadwell, said Tom Intorcio, Treadwell's spokesman.

"We expect that Mead Treadwell is next on the hit list," Intorcio said.

Sullivan’s campaign said it’s the one gaining ground...

Alex DeMarban

The epic battle over a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska has clogged television airwaves with thousands of commercials, pushed up ad rates, and left candidates in lesser-watched contests -- from the U.S. House race down -- scrambling to find cheaper ways to spread their message.

That means despite high-tech options such as Google, Facebook and Pandora, observers say it’s candidates who capitalize on old-school canvassing -- door-to-door knocking and meet-and-greets -- who will have the edge.

“It’s back to the future, so to speak; good old-fashioned shoe leather,” said political strategist Art Hackney. “It’s knowing how to find people, talk to them and get back to them.”...

Alex DeMarban

The epic battle over a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska has clogged television airwaves with thousands of commercials, pushed up ad rates, and left candidates in lesser-watched contests -- from the U.S. House race down -- scrambling to find cheaper ways to spread their message.

That means despite high-tech options such as Google, Facebook and Pandora, observers say it's candidates who capitalize on old-school canvassing -- door-to-door knocking and meet-and-greets -- who will have the edge.

"It's back to the future, so to speak; good old-fashioned shoe leather," said political strategist Art Hackney. "It's knowing how to find people, talk to them and get back to them."...

Alex DeMarban

One of Alaska's most prominent Native corporations is weighing in early to endorse Republican primary candidate Dan Sullivan in the hotly contested race for a U.S. Senate seat.

The decision means Arctic Slope Regional Corp., the state's largest Alaskan-owned company, is not endorsing Democratic incumbent Mark Begich or other prominent Republican opponents who could still beat Sullivan in the Aug. 19 primary.

With that primary vote several weeks away, Sullivan's top challengers are Joe Miller, winner of the last Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska, and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell...

Alex DeMarban

One of Alaska's most prominent Native corporations is weighing in early to endorse Republican primary candidate Dan Sullivan in the hotly contested race for a U.S. Senate seat.

The decision means Arctic Slope Regional Corp., the state’s largest Alaskan-owned company, is not endorsing Democratic incumbent Mark Begich or other prominent Republican opponents who could still beat Sullivan in the Aug. 19 primary.

With that primary vote several weeks away, Sullivan's top challengers are Joe Miller, winner of the last Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska, and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell...

Alex DeMarban

ConocoPhillips, BP, ExxonMobil and other parties have signed an agreement to advance the state's long-sought multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project.

The signing of the agreement will allow the parties to move toward a permitting phase and conduct work that will be needed to apply for a license to export the North Slope's massive natural gas reserves.

But the project remains a long way from reality. The new agreement will precede a second phase of work, expected to start in 2016, that will require another agreement and approval from the Legislature.

Production won't begin until 2025 or 2026, said Dan Fauske, president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp...

Alex DeMarban

ConocoPhillips, BP, Exxon Mobil Corp. and other parties have signed an agreement to advance the state’s long-sought multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project.

The signing of the agreement will allow the parties to move toward a permitting phase and to conduct work that will be needed to apply for a license to export the North Slope’s massive natural gas reserves.

But the project remains a long way from reality. The new agreement will precede a second phase of work, expected to start in 2016, that will require another agreement and approval from the Legislature.

Production won’t begin until 2025 or 2026, said Dan Fauske, president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp...

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