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Top federal officials overseeing the Tongass National Forest are disputing environmental group claims that an announced shift to logging second-growth timber instead of controversial old growth has "stalled," but they acknowledge the transition will take time.Pat Forgey
On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Anchorage handed up a 28-page indictment accusing XS Platinum and five executives of conspiring to violate the federal Clean Water Act and of falsifying compliance reports to the government. The five men – two Americans, two Australians and a Canadian – are scheduled to make their first court appearance Jan. 21.Lisa Demer
A sharply critical legislative audit questions whether a backlog of 55 oil and gas tax and credit audits can be completed before the six-year statute of limitations runs out, risking hundreds of millions in back taxes.Dermot Cole
Oil companies spent big money Wednesday for rights to explore the Colville River Delta and other state territory, making this year’s North Slope auction the richest Alaska state lease sale in 21 years.Yereth Rosen
Energy giant BP on Tuesday closed the sale of assets related to four oil fields it operates on Alaska’s North Slope, in a deal with Hilcorp Energy previously announced at up to $1.5 billion.Alex DeMarban
A set of rules that will govern shipping in international Arctic waters is on the edge of approval as members of the International Maritime Organization meet and are expected to approve proposed new safety measures with implementation set for 2017.Carey Restino | Arctic Sounder
The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday night voted 8-3 to pass an ordinance that could eventually break the stalemate between ride-sharing giant Uber and city officials and taxicab permit owners.Sean Doogan
An Australian-led mining company owned by an offshore corporation and five of its top officials and employees conspired to dump waste from a platinum mine into a Southwest Alaska salmon river, a federal indictment handed up Tuesday alleges.Lisa Demer
An Anchorage road construction company that wants the Mat-Su Borough to lift agriculture-only protections near Willow has reinvigorated the debate over the Valley's shrinking farmland. Zaz Hollander
The Anchorage Assembly looks poised to pass an ordinance Tuesday that would take a step toward governance of the ride-sharing service Uber after its months of uncertain operations in the city.Sean Doogan

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