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Without its monied partner, Alaska's Pebble Mine developers is cutting staff and ending contracts
Published: October 7, 2013 Updated 19 hours ago
By Lisa Demer — Anchorage Daily News
Developers of the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine are laying off staff and ending contracts as a result of partner Anglo American pulling out of the project, a spokesman said Monday. Pebble Partnership, which has one remaining partner, Northern Dynasty, is reassessing its...
BC mine proposal on Unuk headwaters
By Victoria McDonald
October 07, 2013
Since 2008, Seabridge Inc of Toronto, Canada has been compiling studies and engineering plans, into a 42 volume, 3,100 page document concerning the KSM mining proposal on the headwaters of the Unuk River. Seabridge was in Juneau in late August to talk to State and federal officials and met with a few tribal officials to give an hour and a half power point presentation. Water quality issues that will....

Study: Southeast’s “blue economy” growing
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm
Southeast Alaska’s maritime economy provides more than a quarter of the wages paid in the region. That’s according to a new study published by the Southeast Conference. Frank Foti,  president and CEO of Vigor Industrial, says the Ketchikan Shipyard is “Alaska’s newest and best ship-building facility.” He’s biased, since his Portland-headquartered company owns Alaska Ship and Drydock. He elabarated during a speech celebrating last spring’s opening of a new ship-construction hall. “After the collapse of the timber economy here, these leaders saw an opportunity for growth and....
Ferry staff repairing LeConte generator
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
October 7, 2013 3:13 pm
The ferry LeConte is on schedule to return to service Tuesday, Oct. 8. The small ship was out of service Oct. 6-7 due to a generator failure. It was tied up....

Companies announce LNG port site for Alaska gas line
Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 11:08 am | Updated: 11:30 pm, Mon Oct 7, 2013.
Associated Press
JUNEAU — The companies seeking to advance a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline project in Alaska have a leading contender for the terminal site where gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asia, signaling that a decades-old dream could become a reality even though major hurdles remain. Exxon Mobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada Corp. announced Monday that the Kenai Peninsula town of Nikiski is the leading contender. Senior project manager Steve Butt said....

The battle lines on food labeling
By JENNY HOPKINSON | 10/8/13 5:06 AM EDT
Washington state voters look ready to deliver the country’s first mandatory GMO labeling law with no strings attached early next month. But the food and biotechnology industries are far from giving up in their battle against labeling requirements for food containing genetically modified organisms and, in fact, have several more arrows in their quill — including a bill to preempt all state laws.....