Archive for January 26th, 2012
Parents of students in rural Alaska schools have settled their litigation with the state over the level of state support required by the state constitution.
Although it’s not official yet, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources has announced its intention to change its mission statement. Recently, administrators quietly removed the words ‘conserve’ and ‘enhance ‘from the statement, leaving only the word ‘develop’ to describe how resources should be managed. They also removed a reference to ‘future Alaskans’. Legislators will soon begin weighing in on the issue.
State Senate President Gary Stevens says nothing is more important this legislative session than coming to agreement on oil tax legislation.
Thirty-five states have banned texting while driving – and Alaska thought it had too. But some judges say the law passed in 2008 is not clear, so legislation is on the move that specifically prohibits drivers from reading or typing a text, email or other message while their vehicle is in motion.
Crews in the St. Lawrence Island community of Savoonga are digging to reach contaminated snow after a fuel tank overflowed last Thursday and spilled thousands of gallons of diesel into a containment area. No fuel has breached the containment area.
For almost a week students at a Bethel elementary school have had to brave the cold and walk outside to a separate building just to use the restroom. That changed this week when the School finally got enough running water to flush the toilets.
Residents in a few dozen rural villages in Alaska are still using honey buckets. And with declining federal funds that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. But a group of state, tribal and federal representatives met at a workshop in Anchorage today to try to find innovative solutions to the problem.
Halibut management scientists this week reprised concerns that they’ve been overestimating halibut stocks for several years and repeated their recommendation for a 19 percent overall cut to the coast wide catch for this year.
Anchorage’s Folk Festival is in its 23rd year. The annual event banishes wintertime blahs with hot bluegrass music, folk tunes and fiddle dances.
Rural Alaska Parents Settle In School Funding Case, DNR Proposes Changes to Mission, Legislature to Review, State Sen. Stevens Says Oil Tax Agreement Most Important This Session, Rep. Gara Pushes Against Texting While Driving, Crews Clean Up After Savoonga Fuel Spill, Enough Running Water Returns To Bethel Schools For Restroom Use, Tribal, Federal Representatives Attempt To Solve Sewage System Problems, IPHC Meeting Underway, Scientists Detail Concerns Over Stock Assessments, Anchorage Folk Festival Taking Place
The Alaska Native Heritage Center unveils Indigenous films from Alaska, and around the globe, at the Eighth Annual Indigenous World Film Festival.
Various filmmakers and producers will be present throughout the event to introduce their films and answer audience questions. Admission is free!
For a pragmatic discussion of energy security in the United States, the Alaska World Affairs Council is pleased to announce the fourth program of the Northrim Bank Oil and Gas Series.
Energy analyst Kevin Book specializes in answering the questions “What happens next?” and “What will it mean?” on issues from oil and gas to climate and emissions policies.