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The effort to expand natural gas distribution in Fairbanks took a big step forward Thursday with the approval of $23 million in state loans aimed at preparing for a gas trucking plan slated to begin in a couple of years.

Dermot Cole
As the Legislature nears the final days of its 2014 session, with most major issues unresolved, a plan to subsidize in-state Alaska refineries won House approval Thursday. The first Senate hearing is set for Friday.Dermot Cole
The Senate Finance Committee added the University of Alaska Fairbanks power plant to the capital budget Wednesday, a $245 million addition that pushes the total plan to $2.1 billion.Dermot Cole
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District released the information in a brief statement, saying the leave wasn't a "disciplinary action" or because they'd found any "wrong doing," but offering little else about the circumstances surrounding the move. Dermot Cole
The arguments over spilled sulfolane up to 3 miles from the Flint Hills Refinery took a new twist Friday when the Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner ruled that the agency may have misinterpreted its regulations in setting a cleanup level.Dermot Cole
OPINION: Since the state’s strategy of financial incentives to find and develop new Cook Inlet gas fields has been a losing bet, the optimal bet to secure a long-term, secure, truly affordable gas supply would be for the state to develop the Cook Inlet gas resource it owns.Jan Konigsberg
Despite the fact that the ground is still frozen, trees in Alaska's Interior are swelling with water as they prepare for the warmth to come. Ned Rozell
The University of Alaska Fairbanks expects that budget cuts in Juneau will lead to a loss of about 100 jobs in the next fiscal year, while the other major UA campuses are also looking at job losses to deal with a $26 million budget gap, university officials said.Dermot Cole
COMMENTARY: While politicians and reporters have quoted predictions that the gas pipeline could generate $4 billion a year for the state a decade from now, consultants for the Parnell administration and the Legislature say that it's too soon to be so specific.Dermot Cole
COMMENTARY: Fairbanks Sen. Pete Kelly says that a disaster is coming that will send energy prices sky high. To prepare, he says, Alaska needs to build massive coal-fired power plants that it may not use. Does this make any sense? Not to me.Dermot Cole