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

FAIRBANKS -- When Alaska legislators approved the state operating budget a month ago, they made a point of saying they'd reached a goal of cutting the governor's spending plan by about $50 million, or 2.2 percent.

"The objective that I was given was to try to lower the governor's budget, particularly in the unrestricted general funds, to $50 million below what the governor had," House Finance Committee co-chair Alan Austerman said on April 20. "I'm quite proud to announce today that we are, on general funds, $51,382,000 below what the governor had given us. We met our objectives."...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- When Alaska legislators approved the state operating budget a month ago, they made a point of saying they’d reached a goal of cutting the governor’s spending plan by about $50 million, or 2.2 percent.

“The objective that I was given was to try to lower the governor’s budget, particularly in the unrestricted general funds, to $50 million below what the governor had,” House Finance Committee co-chair Alan Austerman said on April 20. “I’m quite proud to announce today that we are on general funds, $51,382,000 below what the governor had given us. We met our objectives.”...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- An arrest in the biggest sabotage case in the history of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline came Friday, 36 years after the fact.

Federal authorities said they can't charge Phillip Martin Olson, 61, of Fairbanks, with the bombing because of the statute of limitations, which is five years in most federal crimes, though there are exceptions. But Olson has been charged with three counts of making false statements about the bombing and falsely accusing another person, identified only as "C.D.," as taking part in it...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- An arrest in the biggest sabotage case in the history of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline came Friday, 36 years after the fact.

Federal authorities said they can’t charge Phillip Martin Olson, 61, of Fairbanks, with the bombing because of the statute of limitations, which is five years in most federal crimes, though there are exceptions. But Olson has been charged with three counts of making false statements about the bombing and falsely accusing another person, identified only as “C.D.”, as taking part in it...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The trans-Alaska pipeline is worth $4.5 billion more for property tax purposes than the Parnell administration contends, the State Assessment Review Board said Friday, dealing the governor and oil companies a setback.

In setting a tax value of $10.2 billion, the appeals board offered a compromise of sorts. The three board members rejected arguments by Gov. Sean Parnell's administration that it is worth $5.7 billion, by the oil companies that the right number is $2.7 billion and by the municipal governments that $13.7 billion is correct. A year ago, the board set the pipeline value at $11.8 billion...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The trans-Alaska pipeline is worth $4.5 billion more for property tax purposes than the Parnell administration contends, the State Assessment Review Board said Friday, dealing the governor and oil companies a setback.

In setting a tax value of $10.2 billion, the appeals board offered a compromise of sorts. The three board members rejected arguments by Gov. Sean Parnell's administration that it is worth $5.7 billion, by the oil companies that the right number is $2.7 billion and by the municipal governments that $13.7 billion is correct. A year ago, the board set the pipeline value at $11.8 billion...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The survivors of the two Alaska State Troopers killed in the line of duty in Tanana don't qualify for continued health insurance coverage under state law. But Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday directed the Department of Public Safety to fund continued coverage for the families of trooper Sgt. Scott Johnson and trooper Gabe Rich.

"While we will work next session to address the gaps in state law, I believe it is necessary to act immediately to secure health insurance for the survivors of these state heroes, who have given their lives to protect the people of the state of Alaska," Parnell said in a memo to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Gary Folger...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS — The survivors of the two Alaska State Troopers killed in the line of duty in Tanana don’t qualify for continued health insurance coverage under state law. But Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday directed the Department of Public Safety to fund continued coverage for the families of Trooper Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich.

“While we will work next session to address the gaps in state law, I believe it is necessary to act immediately to secure health insurance for the survivors of these state heroes, who have given their lives to protect the people of the state of Alaska,” Parnell said in a memo to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Gary Folger...

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