JUNEAU, Alaska - Bill Walker is coming into the governor's office faced with high expectations for a renewed spirt of bipartisanship in Alaska politics and the grim reality of plunging oil prices and gaping budget holes.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Early results indicate Alaska's new petroleum-tax system will be spared an early death by referendum. If the vote holds up, opponents vowed Wednesday to track promises its supporters made and pounce if they prove to be false. Ballot Measure No. 1 proposed a repeal of Gov. Sean Parnell's "More Alaska Production Act," approved last year as Senate Bill 21 and in effect since Jan. 1. As of Wednesday, the repeal was failing by almost 6,800 votes out of 153,164 cast but too close to call.
ANCHORAGE - Early results indicate Alaska's new petroleum-tax system will be spared an early death by referendum. If the vote holds up, opponents vowed Wednesday to track promises its supporters made and pounce if they prove to be false.
A low-profile state commission most Alaskans have never heard of helps keep the oil industry safe. Only rarely does the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission get into the mainstream news, and that's a good thing according to its three commissioners.
The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission began two days of hearings Thursday on proposed new regulations on hydraulic fracturing. The petroleum industry said they would be among the toughest in the nation, if adopted.
JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature, on the last scheduled day of session Sunday, passed a multibillion-dollar oil tax cut in the hopes it will lead to more production.
While state lawmakers have been mulling changes to Alaska's oil tax system on the North Slope for the last several years, interest, exploration and production has been increasing in Cook Inlet.
JUNEAU - The state has finalized rules to help determine what oil qualifies for special tax breaks under Alaska's new oil tax law. The law championed by Gov.
Two representatives debated on Wednesday the merits of re-establishing a version of Alaska's Coastal Management Program - one argued the idea would be bad for business, the other said it would be good for communities.
Smiles, hugs, champagne and salmon were plentiful at the 5th Annual Kenai River Women's Classic. Sixty-eight of Alaska's top business leaders cashed in on good weather and silver salmon fishing. "No Mother Nature doesn't have a sexual bias, she has a fear of Purcell!" joked KTUU Channel 2's meteorologist Jackie Purcell. Purcell has been the ladies only events emcee since its inaugural year which has seen beautiful autumn weather without exception.
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