Legislature Votes To Allow Hearings Outside Of Juneau
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau
While Gov. Bill Walker has ordered the Legislature hold its special session in Juneau, lawmakers may have found a workaround: He can’t control where they hold their committee meetings, or how often they have their floor session.
Mat-Su Gets First Look at Borough’s FY16 Budget
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Palmer
Matanuska Susitana Borough officials got an early look at the Borough’s FY 2016 spending plan Thursday. Borough manager John Moosey opened the discussion, saying the budget would be “very conservative”, compared with previous years.
ASD’s revised budget cuts 57 filled positions
Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage
The Anchorage School District plans to cut 57 currently-filled positions next year because of a $16.7 million dollar budget cut from the state legislature. That includes 37 classroom teachers and 12 literacy coaches.
Death Toll Now at 2 in Shooting Near Talkeetna
Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna
Alaska State Troopers say that both men involved in a shooting on April 18th have died. Troopers say that 57-year-old Billy Kidd of Willow died of his injuries in an Anchorage hospital. Previously, Kidd had been listed in critical condition. The other man, 33-year-old Andre Lafrance died at the scene of the incident, and was identified shortly thereafter.
U.S. House Panel Advances Fisheries Law
Liz Ruskin, APRN – Anchorage
In Congress Thursday the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee moved a bill to renew the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s bedrock fisheries law. The sponsor, Alaska Congressman Don Young, says the law has kept foreign fishing fleets off America’s shores and sustained healthy fisheries.
UAF Steps Into Spotlight Amid Arctic Council Transfer
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
Now that the United States has assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council, UAF’s top two administrators say the University of Alaska Fairbanks will play a central role in carrying out the U.S. agenda in the region.
Kick The Bucket: With Fleeting Funding, Projects Die
Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage
Even rural communities that have raised the money to build modern sanitation systems face the threat of their ultimate failure due to the lack of funding for operations and maintenance, wiping away whatever health gains were achieved.
Campaign Silent On Revelations Of Military Service, Divorce
Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage
New documents are coming to light that complicate the biography of Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski.
Red Chris Mine Inches Forward After Settlement
Katarina Sostaric, KSTK – Wrangell
A British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is one step closer to full production after reaching a benefits agreement with a First Nation group.
YWCA Alaska Holds Summit On Gender Pay Gap
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
YWCA Alaska is holding a Gender Pay Equity Summit Friday in Anchorage to focus attention on the wage disparity between men and women in Alaska.