A federal judge dismissed three claims and a portion of a fourth out of five claims the city of King Cove and the state brought against the federal government over its decision to prevent construction of a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, giving residents access to the Cold Bay airport.Alaska Dispatch News
The Shell contractor that broke environmental and marine-safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season was sentenced on Friday to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, to serve four years’ probation and to undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program.
Seven of eight felony counts concerned practices aboard the Discoverer, a ship that plagued with engine and operational problems throughout 2012. Many of those involved a required oil-water separator.Yereth Rosen
Despite worries its facility sponsor, FedEx, would pull out, the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering will go on as scheduled next year. FedEx announced this week it would allow the Alaska Airmen's Association to use its Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport hangar for the 2015 event, as it has for the past 17 years. Sean Doogan
Officials say it's the first fare increase since 2007, and is expected to bring in an additional $1.8 million. Reservations made before the effective date of Jan. 1 will not be affected.Associated Press
In the early days of aviation, the Alaska fishing industry only slowly accepted the new mode of transport as a reliable method of getting seafood from point A to point B. But over time, the two industries became inextricably linked.Colleen Mondor