Treadwell targets Begich, but may face crowded GOP primary. "Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was about to take the podium for the Anchorage launch of his bid for U.S. Senate Thursday morning when the governor's office emailed an announcement that natural resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan was resigning. Sullivan, who like Treadwell is a Republican, has been the topic of much speculation about whether he would also make a run at unseating Sen. Mark Begich, a first-term Democrat. Suddenly the Alaska Republican primary for U.S. Senate got interesting." Anchorage Daily News
Oblique icebreaker gives better access to Arctic waters. "Icebreakers trawl the world's frozen seas, cutting a path for other ships in the harsh Arctic winter. Now, a new kind of ship that can drift sideways could make traffic - and trade - easier. Could the maritime technology change life in the extreme north? Traditional icebreakers use their weight, size and power to bulldoze crusts of ice as much as 3m (10ft) thick when the sea freezes over. In its wake, this special class of ship leaves a narrow, open lane along which other vessels can follow." BBC News
Aid comes to wrecked Northern Sea Route tanker. "According to the Russian Sea and River Transport Agency, a total of 1800 litres of diesel oil was on Wednesday reloaded from the 'Nordvik' into the tanker 'Boris Vilkitsky'. The two vessels are now accompanied by two nuclear-powered icebreakers, the 'Taymyr' and the 'Vaigach', out of the Matisen strait, the agency informs. The escort started early Thursday and the wrecked 'Nordvik' will be taken to its home port of Khatanga. There has been no leakage of oil from the vessel, the agency informs. The Murmansk-based 'Boris Vilkitsky' is expected to bring the 'Nordvik' oil to Murmansk." Barents Observer
SHI wins $455,000 language-revitalization grant. "Sealaska Heritage Institute officials say the organization has won a federal grant that will go toward a Tlingit (CLINK'-it) language program. The $454,828 grant is from the Administration of Native Americans for Language Preservation and Maintenance. The money will establish a mentor-apprentice program in Southeast Alaska. Institute officials say the goal to perpetuate and revitalize the Tlingit language." Anchorage Daily News
Arctic panel needs members. "Federal land managers have issued a second request for people with experience in the Arctic to serve on a advisory panel as part of the North Slope Science Initiative. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in a notice in Wednesday's Federal Register, said nominations to the Science Technical Advisory Panel must be received within 30 days. The BLM issued a similar notice in June.
"For more information or to nominate someone, contact John F. Payne, executive director, North Slope Science Initiative, AK-910, c/o Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Ave., 13, Anchorage, AK 99513, call 907-271-3431 or email jpayne.blm.gov. Nomination forms are available on the initiative website, www.northslope.org." Fairbanks News-Miner