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Alaska, British Columbia leaders sign cooperative agreement

Nov 25, 2015 -- 12:00pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark have signed a cooperative agreement, committing to work together on issues of shared interest, including the ongoing discussion over Canadian mining impacts on Alaska waters. The non-binding memorandum of understanding was signed Wednesday. In a release, Walker said it's important the state foster good relationships with its trading partners and neighbors as it works to improve its economy. Clark said the province and Alaska have a long history of working together. She says the memorandum provides for more collaboration to ensure the protection, conservation and enhancement of the shared environment and a better future for residents. The memorandum comes as the two sides look at ways to address Alaska concerns about the impact of Canadian mining on waters flowing into the state.

Not guilty plea entered in Alaska abduction, rape case

Nov 25, 2015 -- 11:45am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A not guilty plea has been entered in the case of a man accused of repeatedly raping a woman and holding her captive for five weeks in Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that 37-year-old Daniel Selovich of Manley Springs was arraigned Tuesday in Fairbanks Superior Court, where his public defender entered the plea on his behalf. The attorney also requested a jury trial for Selovich on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and assault. The woman told Alaska State Troopers that Selovich took her to his property south of Manley Springs on Oct. 1 and held her captive. The woman contacted a friend through Facebook, and Selovich was arrested on Nov. 8. He and the woman were taken to Fairbanks, where the woman was hospitalized.

Alaska wants Fairbanks area split into 2 air quality zones

Nov 25, 2015 -- 11:30am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The state of Alaska is calling on the federal government to split Fairbanks and North Pole into separate smoke pollution non-attainment areas. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the state's request comes as the Fairbanks North Star Borough faces tougher rules for smoke emissions, mainly due to worsening emissions in the North Pole area. Program manager for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Cindy Heil, says the dividing line between the two areas would be along Badger Road. While the east side of the borough is struggling to decrease pollution in the area, smoke pollution on the borough's west side is improving. The west side must continue to make progress for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to agree to separate non-attainment areas. A response from the EPA could take 18 months or longer. 

State buys out TransCanada's interest in gas project

Nov 24, 2015 -- 12:30pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state of Alaska has completed its acquisition of TransCanada Corp.'s interest in a major gas project. Gov. Bill Walker, in a release, called it an historic day. Legislators earlier this month approved funding for the state to buy out the Canadian pipeline company's interest in the project, giving the state a greater stake. The governor's office says Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers finalized the termination of the agreement that established TransCanada's participation in the project, and the state paid the termination amount, totaling about $64.6 million. TransCanada has transferred its interests in the project to the state-sanctioned Alaska Gasline Development Corp., Walker's office said.

Walker appoints Crosby to Anchorage Superior Court

Nov 24, 2015 -- 12:15pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker has appointed attorney Dani Crosby to fill an upcoming Anchorage Superior Court vacancy. Crosby will succeed Judge Michael Spaan, who is retiring. Crosby, who has been in private practice, was one of four finalists for the job put forward by the Alaska Judicial Council. According to biographical information included in a release from Walker's office, Crosby has been a lawyer for nearly 20 years, with a focus on employment issues, complex business disputes and family law. Crosby also is president of the Alaska Bar Foundation. Walker said that reading the recommendations submitted by Crosby's peers, it's clear she has the sound judgment and character to make tough but fair decisions. 

Tesoro to buy Flint Hills assets in Anchorage, Fairbanks

Nov 24, 2015 -- 12:00pm
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Tesoro Corp. has announced that its Alaska affiliate will purchase a portion of Flint Hills Resources assets in Fairbanks and Anchorage. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that under the agreement, Tesoro Alaska will acquire a terminal at Fairbanks International Airport, including storage for 22,500 barrels of jet fuel. The San Antonio, Texas-based company has agreed to a multi-year contract with the North Pole terminal to provide better access to Interior Alaska. The deal also includes the purchase of all Flint Hills' wholesale fuel marketing contracts in Alaska. Tesoro will also gain an Anchorage terminal with 580,000 barrels of in-service storage capacity, a truck rack and rail loading capability. The former Flint Hills refinery in North Pole is not included in the purchase. The deal is expected to finalize before February.
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