November 2, 1991
Big Oil, after a 10-year stalemate, has lost its fight, at least for now, for drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve in Alaska. Environmentalists, making ANWR their driving wedge to block energy legislation they decried as the handiwork of the petroleum, coal and nuclear power industries, resorted to a Senate filibuster to win the day. They had the support of both Maryland senators. Fifty senators, half the membership, wanted to push the measure to passage, but they lacked the 60 votes needed to cut off debate.
December 22, 1991
State authorities in Alaska, responding to angry complaints from the state's scenic coastal areas, have found that cruise ships are pumping dense amounts of smoke and obscuring views. They have given the cruise lines until the end of 1992 to reduce the smoke emissions sharply.An Alaska law prohibits ships from emitting smoke that blocks or obscures the view of more than 20 percent of background scenery.State inspectors said any ships that failed to meet the new standard by the end of next year would be fined or denied docking.
July 30, 2006
NORTH POLE, ALASKA / / Holiday banners hang overhead, giant plastic candy canes adorn the utility poles and alongside the roadway, an enormous fiberglass Santa beckons shoppers in out of the threat of snow that hangs palpably in a leaden sky. Christmas must be just around the corner, right? Well, not in North Pole. It's not the North Pole, of course, but the Alaskan interior community of about 1,700, which, at 64.45 degrees north latitude, is generally close enough for most lower 48ers.
July 27, 2003
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Many and varied are the wonders, the splendors and the peculiarities of the Other Great State. The funniest thing said by Alaskans is, "Gonna be another scorcher" (means "could get into the 70s"). In Alaska, God is called Ted Stevens. The senior senator and chairman of the Appropriations Committee is worth an estimated $3 billion a year to the state. One of the oddest things about Alaska is the complete disconnect between its politics and its reality. Alaska is an implacably conservative state, albeit with a lovely libertarian lilt.
October 18, 1996
Attention must paid -- and better late than never -- to Harold Sparck, a man who grew up in East Baltimore, moved to Alaska and made a huge difference in the lives of thousands of America's poorest people, along the coast of the Bering Sea. It was Harold Sparck's doing, his drive, his prodding, his spirit that made something good and important happen. Just last week, more than a year after Sparck's death, his spirit reached the Oval Office. Tell you how in a minute. First, some background.
December 24, 1991
What do basketball, ice fishing and dog-sledding have in common?Members of Western's girls basketball team will be doing all three during their stay in Anchorage, Alaska for The Great One Tournament, Jan. 2-5. The team departs for Alaska on Dec. 31."We have a slew of activities planned," Western coach Breezy Bishop said. "There will be plenty of time for basketball, but there will also be time to learn about their culture."The second-ranked Doves were one of four teams in the country invited to join four Alaskan teams for the tournament.