September 21, 2008 6:00 AM

In Alaska area, fear, not favor, greets offshore drilling talk

Worried that noise from oil exploration and, ultimately, drilling will drive off the bowhead whales hunted by the Inupiat Eskimos of the North Slope, the people of the vast North Slope Burrough — a county-like area bigger than all but nine U.S. states — will elect a new mayor Oct. 7. Offshore oil drilling and conflicts of interest permeate the race.

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