New climate action task force to tackle Sitka’s carbon footprint

The ways Sitka could and is being affected by climate change are numerous: the impact of warming oceans on the fishing industry, landslides, increased pest activity in the Tongass, more intense storms impacting utilities — the list could go on.

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Drilling boosters, opponents consider next steps after first Arctic refuge lease sale

The state won 10-year oil leases for nine pieces of land by submitting the minimum offer: $25 an acre. But drilling for oil in the refuge is expensive, and it faces an aggressive opposition campaign.

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Southeast Alaska small businesses, local officials worry they’ll be left out of cruise industry bubble

Business owners and local officials say they’re worried that keeping guests in a bubble would squeeze out most of Southeast Alaska’s small tour companies, retailers and restaurants.

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Amidst concerns about profitability, companies tout Donlin Gold test results

Barrick’s CEO said the biggest challenge to developing the mine is the nearly $7 billion cost, including building a power plant, road and 315-mile gas pipeline.

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