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As Alaska jousted with the federal government in federal court Tuesday over whether new oil and gas exploration could be conducted in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was defending her position on opening the potentially oil-rich refuge.

Alex DeMarban
A Dec. 22 nomination by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility to establish an Aleutian Islands National Marine Sanctuary has received opposition from some local communities in the region. John Messick
A subsidiary of Aleut Corp. will pay a $500,000 civil fine and another $200,000 for compliance measures for violating its oil discharge and prevention plan five years ago, as part of a settlement announced Tuesday by the Alaska Department of Law.Dan Joling
Ending with cold settling in around Anchorage Saturday, temperatures in the city were an average of 8.3 degrees above normal for 36-day span.Brian Brettschneider
Alaskans are three times as likely as Americans as a whole to know about ocean acidification and be worried about it -- but not entirely clear on the scientific process that is changing the chemistry of the oceans.Yereth Rosen
The Obama administration will move to block oil and gas leasing permanently on about 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, citing biodiversity and Alaska Native subsistence whaling.Alaska Dispatch News
Scientists have new information about the level of detail in the songs that bowhead whales sing to one another when they are migrating into the Beaufort Sea in the spring.Yereth Rosen
In a sign the honeymoon may be nearing an end for Gov. Bill Walker, an Alaska tribal government is blasting him for promoting a ConocoPhillips project that would result in the first oil production from federal lands in the nation’s largest undeveloped reserve.Alex DeMarban
A new approach to measuring methane leaks revealed that the Boston area alone lost enough natural gas during one year to fuel 200,000 homes.Pete Spotts
The Federal Subsistence Board voted to allow gillnetting primarily targeting sockeye salmon on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, though the potential to harvest other species of fish, like Dolly Varden and the beleaguered king salmon, was a sticking point in the discussion.Rashah McChesney and DJ Summer | Peninsula Clarion