Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- An ExxonMobil executive said Tuesday that the company is on schedule to begin shipping about 10,000 barrels of oil a day from Point Thomson to the trans-Alaska pipeline in early 2016.

Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Karen Hagedorn, ExxonMobil's production manager for Alaska, said about 700 people worked at the site this past winter and finished a 22-mile pipeline to connect the field to the existing North Slope infrastructure at the Badami field. About 300 people are working there this summer.

The 12-inch pipeline has a capacity of 70,000 barrels a day, but initial production calls for shipping 10,000 barrels of oil. More than 500,000 barrels a day currently flow from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- Dozens of scientists from universities and research institutions are campaigning to stop the Department of Defense from demolishing the world's most powerful ionospheric research facility this summer.

The Air Force plans to start dismantling the $290 million High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Gakona as soon as the final research project ends June 10.

"This destruction is not in the nation's interest and the scientific community is speaking with one voice to urge you (to) intervene to prevent the loss," Robert McCoy, director of the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute, wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- An ExxonMobil executive said Tuesday the company is on schedule to begin shipping about 10,000 barrels of oil a day from Point Thomson to the trans-Alaska pipeline in early 2016.

Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Karen Hagedorn, ExxonMobil's production manager for Alaska, said about 700 people worked at the site this past winter and finished a 22-mile pipeline to connect the field to the existing North Slope infrastructure at the Badami field. About 300 people are working there this summer.

The 12-inch pipeline has a capacity of 70,000 barrels a day, but initial production calls for shipping 10,000 barrels of oil. More than 500,000 barrels a day currently flow from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- Two-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey and an Oregon knife company have cut a deal on the eve of a federal civil trial over whether a defective design or Seavey’s negligence led to the severe finger injury that forced the champion musher out of the 2011 Iditarod.

Details of the settlement, revealed Wednesday in a two-sentence notice filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, have not been announced, but the parties said a formal stipulation is expected within two weeks. The dispute, which had been set for a jury trial starting Monday, centers on one of the 46,000 Northside Hunter folding knives sold by the Kershaw Knife Company of Oregon, which Seavey purchased from a display case at a Sportsman's Warehouse outlet...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- Two-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey and an Oregon knife company have cut a deal on the eve of a federal civil trial over whether a defective design or Seavey's negligence led to the severe finger injury that forced the champion musher out of the 2011 Iditarod.

Details of the settlement, revealed Wednesday in a two-sentence notice filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, have not been announced but the parties said a formal stipulation is expected within two weeks. The dispute, which had been set for a jury trial starting Monday, centers on one of the 46,000 Northside Hunter folding knives sold by the Kershaw Knife Co., which Seavey purchased from a display case at a Sportsman's Warehouse outlet...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- Oil production predictions in Alaska have turned into a game of numbers as Alaska voters prepare to decide the fate of the oil tax cut in August.

While the production forecast for what might happen in five or 10 years remains uncertain because so much is unknown, there is less disagreement on the here and now.

But in the year since passage of Senate Bill 21, now targeted for referendum by Ballot Measure 1, advocates of the tax cut have been trying to prove that an immediate change in production has occurred despite evidence to the contrary.

A year ago, the state predicted that oil production this fiscal year would average 526,600 barrels a day...

Dermot Cole

About a quarter of the records stored in the National Archives office in Anchorage are being transferred to the state archives in Juneau, the head of the National Archives told Sen. Lisa Murkowski Friday.

The transfer includes court records from territorial days and documents concerning the history of the Alaska Railroad, archivist David Ferriero wrote to Murkowski.

He said it would "provide researchers with a single, centralized repository of Alaskan court records in the state archives at Juneau."

Dean Dawson, the state archivist, said the records are to be moved this summer into new storage facilities that are part of the $139 million State Library Archives and Museums complex...

Dermot Cole

About a quarter of the records stored in the National Archives office in Anchorage are being transferred to the state archives in Juneau, the head of the National Archives told Sen. Lisa Murkowski today.

The transfer includes court records from territorial days and documents concerning the history of the Alaska Railroad, archivist David Ferriero wrote to Murkowski.

He said it would “provide researchers with a single, centralized repository of Alaskan court records in the state archives at Juneau.”

Dean Dawson, the state archivist, said the records are to be moved this summer into new storage facilities that are part of the $139 million State Library Archives and Museums complex...

Dermot Cole

The annual luncheon of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association took on the form of an opposition rally to the proposed oil tax repeal measure set for the August primary, complete with exhortations to vote "No on 1" in August.

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, told hundreds of industry supporters at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center on Thursday that it's time to determine whether "Alaska is serious about providing the certainty and the predictability we need to encourage investments right here at home, to develop this vast resource you have."

"Our challenge coming up in August is to make sure everyone votes no on (Ballot Measure) 1,'" which would repeal the legislation known as SB 21, said Gerard...

Dermot Cole

The annual luncheon of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association took on the form of an opposition rally to the proposed oil tax repeal measure set for the August primary, complete with exhortations to vote “No on 1” in August.

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, told hundreds of industry supporters at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center on Thursday that it’s time to determine whether “Alaska is serious about providing the certainty and the predictability we need to encourage investments right here at home, to develop this vast resource you have.”

“Our challenge coming up in August is to make sure everyone votes no on (Ballot Measure) 1,’” which would repeal the legislation known as SB 21, said Gerard...

Dermot Cole

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