For the last seven years, Alaska’s offered financial incentives to draw filmmakers and TV crews to the state. But as lawmakers scramble to fill a widening gap in the budget, Alaska’s film tax credit program is on the chopping block.
Governor Bill Walker has proposed eliminating three positions from the Alaska Film Office. Without auditors and accountants to help review information from production companies, the program would essentially go on hiatus.
As Shell tries to chart a course back to the Arctic this summer, the company is looking for new space to store its drill rigs in Unalaska.
Shell has asked the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to sign off on three moorage sites for the Noble Discoverer and the Polar Pioneer -- all on on state-owned tidelands. If they’re approved, the rigs could cycle through Wide Bay, Nateekin Bay, and the edge of Summer Bay until 2019.
Shell wants to use its Noble Discoverer drill rig to explore the Chukchi Sea this summer. (KUCB)
Federal regulators are suggesting that Shell’s disputed oil leases in the Chukchi Sea be left intact.
That’s the conclusion of a new assessment of Lease Sale 193 -- the auction where Shell and other companies spent more than $2 billion on Arctic drilling prospects.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its final analysis today, almost a year after a federal appeals court ordered them to double-check how much development the sale would trigger in the Chukchi.
The boundaries of a marine sanctuary proposed by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. (Credit: PEER)
For over a hundred years, presidents have used the Antiquities Act to order permanent protections for federal land and resources at sea. Now, Alaska’s congressional delegation is looking to curb that authority.
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are co-sponsoring a bill that would require lawmakers to sign off before a president can set up a national monument.
Murkowski introduced similar legislation in the past. But spokesman Matthew Felling says the senator has new concerns about the president's agenda for Alaska.
On Thursday, the two councils that control halibut fishing in the Bering Sea met to address a thorny debate over bycatch.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission -- which sets catch limits in waters stretching from Canada to the Pribilof Islands -- stopped into Seattle for a joint session with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Together, the groups looked at options for counting and cutting back on the halibut that trawlers and catcher-processors scoop up while pursuing other species.
A Sand Point man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two children has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars.
James Griffith, 26, was originally facing up to two decades in prison for molesting a seven-year-old boy during a babysitting job back in 2011 -- and for attempting to trade marijuana for sexual favors from a 15-year-old while he was out on release.
Prosecutors agreed to drop several of their charges under a partial plea deal. But they argued that Griffith’s crimes warrant significant jail time.