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Jul 31, 2012

Young Alaska Native men at high risk for suicide: study

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Young Alaska Native men between the ages of 20 and 29 are at extremely high risk for suicide, killing themselves at a rate more than 13 times the overall national average, a state government study released on Monday showed.

The study by the state Department of Health and Social Services, which tracked records from 2003 to 2008 and examined a myriad of demographic groups, said that lack of opportunity and identity issues may be among factors contributing to the phenomenon.

Jul 31, 2012

Study: Young Alaska Native men at high risk for suicide

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 30 (Reuters) – Young Alaska Native
men between the ages of 20 and 29 are at extremely high risk for
suicide, killing themselves at a rate more than 13 times the
overall national average, a state government study released on
Monday showed.

The study by the state Department of Health and Social
Services, which tracked records from 2003 to 2008 and examined a
myriad of demographic groups, said that lack of opportunity and
identity issues may be among factors contributing to the
phenomenon.

Jul 26, 2012

Time ticking on Shell’s offshore Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 25 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s
plans to drill exploratory wells in remote Arctic
waters off Alaska are being hampered by its failure to secure
key regulatory approvals and lingering sea ice, which have
already led to a three-week delay.

Shell had hoped to use this year’s brief, ice-free season to
drill up to three exploratory wells in the remote Chukchi Sea
off northwestern Alaska and up to two in the Beaufort Sea off
the state’s northern coast. The company has similar plans for
2013.

Jul 20, 2012

Two Australians killed in Alaska air crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Two visitors from Australia were killed in a fiery small plane crash in Alaska’s interior, the Alaska State Troopers said on Thursday.

The Piper PA32 crashed on Wednesday about 39 miles north of Fairbanks, the troopers said. Searchers alerted to the plane’s emergency located its burning wreckage late in the day and confirmed that both people aboard the plane were killed.

Jul 18, 2012

Alaska governor says state won’t set up health-insurance exchange

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska will not set up a program allowing residents to buy health insurance across state lines as envisioned under the Obama administration’s new healthcare law, leaving that task to the U.S. government, Governor Sean Parnell announced Tuesday.

It is too expensive for the state to set up an insurance-exchange program, as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, said Parnell, a Republican who has been a critic of the Obama administration’s new healthcare law.

Jul 15, 2012

Shell drill ship slips moorings, drifts toward Alaska shore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 15 (Reuters) – One of the drill
ships that Royal Dutch Shell plans to use in a
controversial Arctic drilling program slipped off its moorings
and drifted to the edge of shore in Alaska’s Aleutian islands, a
U.S. Coast Guard representative said on Sunday.

The 500-foot (152-metre) Noble Discoverer, contracted by
Shell to drill exploration wells in the remote Chukchi Sea off
northwestern Alaska, drifted in windy conditions on Saturday
afternoon to within 100 yards (91 meters) of shore in an
Aleutian bay, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Francis said.

Jul 15, 2012

Alaska governor seeks disaster aid for weak salmon runs

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 14 (Reuters) – Alaska’s governor
asked the Obama administration on Saturday to declare a
fisheries disaster for parts of the state where weak salmon runs
are taking a toll on Native Alaskan villagers who rely on wild
fish for food and as one of their few income sources.

Governor Sean Parnell made the request to acting Commerce
Secretary Rebecca Blank in a move that could free up some
financial aid for impoverished residents of villages that depend
on salmon from the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers in western Alaska.

Jul 14, 2012

Alaska sues to block low-sulfur fuel requirement for ships

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The state of Alaska sued the Obama administration on Friday to block environmental regulations that would require ships sailing in southern Alaska waters to use low-sulfur fuel.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, challenges the new federal regulations, which require the use of low-sulfur fuel for large marine vessels such as cargo and cruise ships.

Jul 13, 2012

Family of missing Alaska mountain runner to hold memorial

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The family of a man who mysteriously vanished during a fabled Alaska mountain race last week has apparently given up hope of finding him alive and will hold a memorial service this week.

Michael LeMaitre, a 66-year-old Anchorage resident, failed to finish the July 4 Mount Marathon Race in Seward. His family ran an obituary in the Anchorage Daily News on Thursday and has scheduled a memorial service for Friday evening.

Jul 13, 2012

Huge landslide in Alaska park one of continent’s biggest

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A huge landslide in an Alaska park that went unnoticed for weeks turns out to have been one of the biggest on record in North America, National Park Service officials said on Thursday.

The slide spread rock and debris about 5.5 miles over a glacier in a remote section of Glacier Bay National Park in southeastern Alaska, officials said.