Nome

Oct. 27, 2015

Gas pipeline partner supports state buyout proposal

A TransCanada Corp. spokesman says the company respects Gov. Bill Walker's wishes to take on an increased role in a proposed natural gas project. Walker has argued a buyout would give Alaska a greater say in the project. A TransCanada  official is scheduled to appear at legislative hearings Wednesday and Thursday.

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Nome port study put on hold

By Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome

The Institute of the North is bringing stakeholders and policy leaders together in a series of meetings in Arctic Alaska communities. As KNOM's Matthew Smith reports, the first two days of meetings in Nome covered both larger Arctic ambitions, and more immediate local needs. Participants included representatives of the City of Nome, the Sitnasuaq Native corporation, and the regional Native nonprofit organization Kawerak, as well as several other organizations and individuals from around the region.

About a hundred residents of Tyonek, on the west side of Cook Inlet, were evacuated yesterday. Now shifting winds have the fire headed toward the village of Beluga, about ten miles from Tyonek. The wildfire near Soldotna, which started on the Funny River on the Kenai Peninsula, has burned across 31 square miles, or 20,000 acres.

Certain kinds of ammunition are in short supply in Northwest Alaska.

The federal archives in Anchorage is closing next month. Records will be sent to Seattle and digitized.

About a hundred residents of Tyonek, on the west side of Cook Inlet, were evacuated yesterday. Now shifting winds have the fire headed toward the village of Beluga, about ten miles from Tyonek. The wildfire near Soldotna, which started on the Funny River on the Kenai Peninsula, has burned across 31 square miles, or 20,000 acres.

Certain kinds of ammunition are in short supply in Northwest Alaska.

The federal archives in Anchorage is closing next month. Records will be sent to Seattle and digitized.

Governor Sean Parnell says it would be immoral to leave the state's debt to public employees' retirement benefits for future generations to pay, so he's proposing moving $3 billion out of savings to pay it down.

Food security from an Inuit perspective is the top agenda item at the Inuit Circumpolar Council's meeting in Nome this week.