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Alaska Highway gas line proposed

Governor Tony Knowles has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Energy Committee that puts the Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline in the national interest with 10 provisions that should be included in any federal legislation authorizing the pipeline. “ With the stock market slide and unemployment at a four-year high, this multi-year, multi-billion-dollar project would be a shot in the arm to the sagging national economy. The time is right for congress to enact an Alaska National Interest Gas Development Act,” Knowles said.

Pipeline committee stands firm on route preference

The Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines has strongly stated opposition to a proposed “over the top route” that would apparently deny Alaska the greatest benefits of the North Slope gas development. The “over the top” route is controversial because of concerns surrounding its use of an undersea pipeline. Rep. Joe Green, vice chairman of the committee, says the high environmental hazards are significant negatives to the plan.

Subsistence amendment in the works

Governor Knowles is convening with 11 Alaskan leaders to write language for a subsistence constitutional amendment. The amendment comes after last month's Governor's subsistence leadership summit. The group is working to protect subsistence and regain state management of Alaska's fish and game. The governor has said that he would take the work product of the 11 Alaskan's to elected legislative leaders and the congressional delegation, and that he is prepared to call the legislature into special session so it can provide every Alaskan voter the opportunity to vote on a subsistence amendment.

Nutcracker auditions

Auditions for local dance parts for Ballet West's 2001 Nutcracker will be held at the Alaska Dance Studios, 2602 Gambell St. Auditions will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, 4:00-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. There will also be a how-to-audition class held on Friday, Sept. 28 from 6-7 p.m.