Tax Revenue Plummets in Oil Producing States


As budget negotiations continue, little public action from legislature

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Lawmakers have until June 1 to pass a budget before layoff notices are sent to state employees, and until July 1 before Alaska experiences a partial government shutdown.

Humpback whale diving in Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Hisgett)

Juneau Whale Watch pays nearly $12K in violation fines

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cited the company last fall for violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Fire burns at the Funny River area on May 25, 2014. (Photo courtesy of USFS/Josh Turnbow)

Extremely high fire danger in Juneau

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Fire Marshal discourages starting campfires and open burns until Juneau gets more rain.

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The smoke of the record fire year of 2004, so thick it lowered air temperatures by as much as 20 degrees. (Photo by Ned Rozell)

Anatomy of the worst fire year

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In a gorgeous warm May this year, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, many of us will think back to a year that still haunts us.

Tongass National Forest. (Creative Commons photo by Xa'at)

Hot, dry weather triggers logging restrictions in the Tongass

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The restrictions will continue until the region sees some rain. It’s also possible all operations could be shut down if the hot, dry weather continues.

Simulation of internal waves of the South China Sea by Dr. Harper Simmons of the University of Alaska Fairbanks using Arctic Region Supercomputer Center High Performance Computing resources. Visualization by the University of Washington Center for Environmental Visualization).

Research sheds light on massive, underwater, deep-sea churning waves

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Harper Simmons, an associate professor of oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been studying these massive, undersea waves for over a decade.

Moose calf. (Cretaive Commons photo by Shana Waller)

Fish and Game: Don’t touch ‘orphaned’ wildlife

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Too often people see a lone moose calf or bear cub they think they should rescue the animal, says one wildlife biologist.

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Juneau playwright gets national attention

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Urban life has long drawn young people out of rural Alaska. Now art is imitating Alaska life in a first-time Juneau playwright’s new play.

Fertilizer spreader awaits its first use of the season. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Gardentalk — Spread it!

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Ed Buyarski has a few tips for applying the right kind of fertilizer evenly throughout your lawn.

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Anchorage airman catches first king salmon at Ship Creek

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He caught the fish around 9 p.m. and says three more salmon were caught by fishermen shortly after that.

Alaska Troopers investigating unsalvaged bear carcasses

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State hunting regulations require hunters to salvage meat from bears killed between January and May.

Image captured from the walrus cam.

Alaska’s popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

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A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach is once again streaming on the Internet.

Portion of Dalton Highway to remain closed until next week

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Water levels vary along the 80-mile closure, but state transportation officials say about 2-feet of water is over the road at some parts.

Man enters plea deal in 2008 Kodiak death

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A 27-year-old Kodiak man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after running over a homeless man in 2008 and leaving him to die.

Alaska unemployment rate reaches 6.7 percent in April

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The first part of 2014 saw unemployment at 6.9 percent, cresting at 7 percent, before edging lower and ending the year at 6.4 percent.

Air Force to test Moose Creek wells for contamination

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The decision comes after a move in January to change the source of drinking water on base due to contamination from perfluorinated compounds, often known as PFCs.

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Drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O'Neill, also known by the stage name, Panti, celebrates with supporters of same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle as they await the result of the referendum on Saturday.
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Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

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Both sides in the debate conceded that the referendum to enshrine marriage equality in the Irish constitution has succeeded.

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Where Has Housing Grown the Fastest Since 2010?

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In every state except for Rhode Island, the number of housing units increased between 2010 to 2014.

A bird covered in oil flaps its wings at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Thursday. More than 9,000 gallons of oil have been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said.
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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

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Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a 9-mile stretch near Santa Barbara.

Still standing: The earthquake-proof desk can withstand 2,200 pounds dropped on top of it.
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A Desk That Can Take A Ton Of Earthquake Rubble

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It’s fairly light, costs $35 per student and could save lives in earthquake zones. But not everyone thinks this quake-proof desk is a good idea.