Business, Safety, Fuel

Earthquake Strikes Southern Alaska, Threatening Oil Exports

Alaska Highway Major road damage was done by the Nov. 30 earthquake in Alaska. (Associated/Press)

A magnitude 7 earthquake struck Alaska early Nov. 30, shutting the state’s most important oil pipeline and potentially threatening crude exports.

Robert Tuttle and Sheela Tobben | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2018
Government, Business

John MacKinnon Appointed Alaska DOT Commissioner

Port of Anchorage Cargo unloads at the Port of Anchorage, Alaska. (Port of Anchorage)

Incoming Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has announced that John MacKinnon will serve as the next commissioner of the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Department of Interior Moves to Expand Drilling in Alaskan Oil Reserve

Alaska Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The Trump administration is moving to expand the territory open for oil exploration in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, a process that could shift drilling rigs closer to herds of caribou and flocks of threatened birds.

Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2018
Government, Safety, TCA

Alaska DOT Reroutes Dalton Highway to Protect Road From Creeping ‘Blob’

Dalton Highway Alaska Department of Transportation

Alaska highway workers have moved the Dalton Highway to protect it from a giant mass of frozen debris oozing down a hillside.

Alex DeMarban | Anchorage Daily News
September 7, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Truckers to Call for More Safety Measures on Alaska’s Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway A view of Dalton Highway. (Alaska Department of Transportation)

Representatives of the Alaskan trucking community plan to call for improved maintenance efforts along Dalton Highway, a harrowing route in the northeastern part of the state that became the site of a driver’s fatal crash Aug. 24.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 4, 2018

Alaska Sends Trump White House Infrastructure Wish List

Port of Anchorage

The Port of Anchorage is among the major infrastructure projects in need of federal assistance that Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) highlighted in a recent memo to the Trump administration.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 12, 2017

Report: Alaska Gasoline Tax Rate Would Stay Below National Average Even Under Proposal to Triple It

JLS Photography - Alaska/Flickr

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaskans spend less than one-tenth of 1% of their personal income on the state's rock-bottom gasoline tax, according to a new report, released as the Legislature takes up Gov. Bill Walker's proposal to triple the tax.

Nathaniel Herz | Alaska Dispatch News
January 26, 2017

Regulators: Tanker-Truck Crashes and Spills an Increasing Worry on Alaska Highways

Alaska DOT

Federal and state regulators in Alaska say they're working to stem what has been a growing number of tanker-truck accidents in recent years — including three big rollovers since September that dumped thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into woods and wetlands.

Alex DeMarban | Anchorage Daily News
November 28, 2016

After Failed Port Expansion, Anchorage Settles With Contractors for $12.6 Million

Port of Anchorage

Anchorage has settled out of court for $12.6 million with three subcontractors in the city’s failed port expansion project while a lawsuit against other players in the complex drama continues.

Elwood Brehmer | Alaska Journal of Commerce
October 31, 2016

Alaska Governor Expects Budget Impasse to Continue Until November

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said on July 14 that he doesn’t expect a legislative impasse over his budget vetoes to be solved until after the November elections. He spoke on the eve of what he expects will be an attempt by both houses of the Legislature to override his vetoes. The impasse has now lasted into a fifth special legislative session.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
July 14, 2016