Alaska Dispatch's best of the week: Aug. 4-10

Craig Medred

What stories mattered most in Alaska this week?

A tariff fight over how much companies can pay to transport oil down the trans-Alaska pipeline has called into question Gov. Sean Parnell's publicly-stated reasons for restructuring Alaska's oil tax regime. Is the pipeline in danger of running dry in eight years, as Parnell has warned, or will it be around another 50, 60, 70 years, as his attorney general has claimed in court? Read more in our exclusive story.

Matanuska Maid, Alaska's only big dairy, suffered what could be a mortal blow this week when its Mat-Su buildings burned down. The dairy has been a controversial subject for many Alaska newswatchers since the days of the Sarah Palin administration.

Other big stories: the EPA came to town to assess Bristol Bay's salmon fishery and whether or not it can support large-scale mining. And a daughter continues to search on Mount Marathon more than a month after her father disappeared on its slopes in Seward's annual Fourth of July race.

  1. 1 Tariff fight resurrects dispute over Alaska pipeline's life expectancy

    A complex fight is again developing over how much the owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline charge to ship crude oil, a conflict that raises questions about Gov. Sean Parnell's push to slash oil taxes.

  2. 2 Arson suspected in fire that destroyed Alaska's Mat-Maid dairy

    A week before fire destroyed one of Matanuska Maid's buildings in Palmer, the historic company's successor said it won't make payments on hundreds of thousands it owes the state of Alaska.

  3. 3 Cold Alaska summer hurting farmers and fresh produce lovers

    With heat and drought ravaging the rest of the nation's crops, Alaska farmers are struggling with with the big chill of a lame summer in Southcentral.

  4. 4 Photos: Young Alaska sailors learn the ropes on Big Lake

    Southcentral Alaska kids get the chance to sail, thanks to a state grant and help from Mountain View Boys and Girls Club and the Alaska Sailing Club.

  5. 5 Limbless Frenchman plans swim from Alaska to Russia

    Almost exactly 25 years after the first person to ever swim the Bering Strait captured world headlines, a 44-year-old French man will attempt the same feat without any arms or legs.

  6. 6 Scientists hear from Alaskans on controversial EPA mine assessment

    Pebble Mine mash up: Advocates and opponents of giant gold and copper mine in Bristol Bay square off in a no-holds-barred session before scientists on Tuesday.  

  7. 7 Turning every leaf: Daughter's Mt. Marathon search goes on

    MaryAnne LeMaitre, the daughter of the man who went missing at Seward, Alaska's legendary Mt. Marathon race on the Fourth of July credits others in her decision to continue turning every leaf.

  8. 8 PHOTOS: Alaska Republican Party picnic 2012

    Alaska Republicans joined for the party's annual picnic at Anchorage’s Kincaid Park. And unlike past years, everybody seemed to get along.

  9. 9 In Alaska village, 'young punks' threaten workers, jeopardize fuel shipment

    A mob of teenagers in a Western Alaska village allegedly stole four-wheelers and taunted a foreman with racially charged threats, forcing a work crew Sunday to flee town and abandon a $10 million tank-farm project.

  10. 10 Alaska residency ruling offers ammo to Pebble Mine opponents

    Pebble politics: Bob Gillam bankrolled the anti-mining citizens initiative known as "Save Our Salmon," yet his vote was rejected by election officials over residency concerns. An Alaska judge recently weighed in.