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Alaska lawmaker wants coal plant without fed regs

JUNEAU (AP) - A Republican senator says Alaska should ignore federal regulations and plan to build a large-scale coal-powered plant to generate electricity in the event of an energy crisis. Sen.
Judge allows lawsuit: Seward coal facility faces Clean Water Act suit

A Clean Water Act lawsuit alleging violations by the Seward Coal Loading Facility was allowed to go forward Jan. 10 by federal district Judge Timothy Burgess.
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KPC holds nursing advising session
Clean energy: If not Grant Lake, then what?

Homer Electric Association members like renewable energy. That's one reason they raised a ruckus over the Healy coal plant deal in 2009. They wanted clean energy from renewable technology instead. Most folks I hear from still do. The Grant Lake/Grant Creek small hydro project is HEA's first serious effort to provide it. So why do some HEA members think that's a terrible idea?
Beluga status could change

Cook Inlet?s population of beluga whales is half what it was less than a decade ago, leading some experts to argue the whales should fall under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Wildlife officials say project would fill in 30 acres of vital habitat

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state plan to build an interchange at the Parks and Glenn Highways is drawing criticism from state wildlife officials who say it could destroy productive salmon-producing wetlands.
Festival offers 'virtual vacation'

Winter can be a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but after more than a week of minus 20 degree weather some people may be ready for a change. And, if a break from the cold is in order, checking out the Alaska Ocean Film Festival this weekend may be almost as nice a reprieve as actually heading for the warmer climes of tropical destination.
Inlet whales face 1-in-4 chance of extinction in 100 years

The threat of extinction for Cook Inlet?s beluga whales is real, and the estimated 300 sea mammals should be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, National Marine Fisheries Service officials announced Thursday.
Off limits?

A group of citizens and conservation groups have petitioned the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to declare lands within the Chuitna River watershed as unsuitable for coal mining, a move that conceivably could lead the state to block plans for a major surface coal mine in the region.
Get ready, bears are waking up

Even though the landscape remains white and frozen, the promise of spring is in the air. Warmer temperatures and increased daylight are having profound effects, not always visible to the human eye. Bears, for example begin to stir; their winters' sleep slowly coming to an end. Although bears can be active throughout the year, April is the time of year when most bears emerge from their dens. For this reason, the Kenai Brown Bear Committee has joined with other statewide bear committees and the Governor to announce April as Bear Awareness Month.


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