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AK gains 900 jobs – where is the capital budget? A tale of two climate nations?

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May job numbers in Alaska up from last year’s Associated Press, June 21, 2019 Alaska’s unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent last month, which would be its lowest level in more than a decade.  But the figure is preliminary and could still change; the state’s unemployment rate had stood at 6.5 percent since August.  State labor department economist Karinne Wiebold … read more

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Alaska LNG Updates; Summer Solstice Stalemate on Climate Goals. NPRA Comments. 

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AGDC Management and Operational Updates At it’s June 20th meeting, the AGDC board heard operational, technical and regulatory updates. Some highlights: First third-party financial participation in Alaska LNG in 3 years. (BP and ExxonMobil) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) anticipated June 28th AGDC underspending budget by 9% YTD $5m reduction in FY 19 contracted commitments 90-day public comment period July-September … read more

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Thank Pebble for litter clean up in Bristol Bay;  Palmer Project Proceeds

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Thank Pebble Craig Medred, June 20, 2019 Inadvertent though Pebble’s role might be, the hugely controversial, proposed copper mine near Lake Iliamna clearly deserves some credit for inspiring at least a small effort to pick up some of the most common litter in Bristol Bay.  Nakek fishermen Nels Ure last week told Alaska Public Media he has collected dozens of … read more