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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

agutierrez (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.209.1799 | About Alexandra

BP Plans Alaska Layoffs

The oil company announced on Monday that it will reduce its staff by 275 employees and full-time contractors to match a “reduced operational footprint” in the state.

September 15, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Search Begins For New National Guard Leader

A week after firing the Alaska National Guard’s adjutant general, Gov. Sean Parnell is accepting applications for the leadership post.
Parnell requested the resignation of Major Gen. Thomas Katkus after a federal investigation concluded the Guard mishandled cases of sexual assault and found cases of fraud and ethical misconduct.

September 12, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Marijuana Coalition To Court Conservative Voters Despite GOP Opposition To Measure

This spring, the Alaska Republican Party came out against an initiative that would regulate marijuana like alcohol. Now, some conservatives are formally declaring their support for Proposition 2, without the backing of the party’s official organizations.

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September 10, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Gasline Partners Take Steps Toward Permitting, Marketing Of Project

The partners described the pre-filing as a “major milestone” in the development of a liquefied natural gas export project that could cost upward of $45 billion.

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September 8, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Parnell Vetoes A Bill Curbing Record Access

Gov. Sean Parnell has vetoed a bill that would have scrubbed Courtview — the state’s online criminal records database — of any charge that did not result in a conviction.

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August 28, 2014 - 5:44 pm
Senate Candidates Stake Ground In Unconventional First Debate

Senate Candidates Stake Ground In Unconventional First Debate

Begich emphasized his experience as someone who knows how Congress operates, while Sullivan presented himself as an “outsider” who wants to take Washington on.

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August 28, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Alaska Mayors Group Rallies Against Pot

The Alaska Conference of Mayors has come out against a ballot initiative that would regulate marijuana like alcohol.

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August 28, 2014 - 4:43 pm
Libertarian Senate Candidate To Withdraw, Leaving One Walker On Ballot

Libertarian Senate Candidate To Withdraw, Leaving One Walker On Ballot

There won’t be two Walkers on the November ballot after all. Thom Walker, the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate, announced he was dropping out of the race via Facebook on Wednesday.

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August 27, 2014 - 6:41 pm
More Than A Win, Constitution Party Candidates Want Ballot Access

More Than A Win, Constitution Party Candidates Want Ballot Access

If gubernatorial candidate J.R. Myers can secure three percent of the vote, the Constitution Party will get formal recognition from the Division of Elections.

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August 26, 2014 - 5:41 pm

On Ballot Or Not, Nees Continues Campaign For West Anchorage House Seat

In June, the Division of Elections rejected David Nees’ candidacy because his filing papers weren’t notarized. Now, the Anchorage Republican plans to run for State House anyway, even if it means a write-in campaign that could pit him against another member of his party.

August 25, 2014 - 5:39 pm
Thom Walker, left, will be appearing on the same ballot as Bill Walker in November. (UAF/Bill Walker for Governor campaign)

Walker Wins Primary … For Libertarian Senate Nomination

Walker had been a registered Republican until this spring. He hasn’t campaigned or raised any money. He hasn’t even joined the Alaska Libertarian Party Facebook page. So, when Walker got 2,600 votes – more than Fish and Kohlhaas combined – it was not expected.

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August 21, 2014 - 8:47 pm
Proposition 1 Opponents Declare Victory

Proposition 1 Opponents Declare Victory

A referendum to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell’s signature oil tax law is trailing by nearly 7,000 votes, and its opponents are now declaring victory. When the first returns came in, the referendum was up by exactly five votes. The Vote Yes Repeal the Giveaway team marched into Anchorage’s Election Central cheering enthusiastically and believing momentum was on their side.

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August 20, 2014 - 6:00 am

Steady Voter Turnout Reported In Primary

Elections workers are reporting a steady turnout for today’s primary. Nearly 10,000 voters cast their ballots early, compared to 5,000 voters in the 2010 primary.

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August 19, 2014 - 5:38 pm

In Wake Of “Education Session,” Democrats Run Teacher Candidates

In the aftermath of what Gov. Sean Parnell dubbed the “education session,” half a dozen of the new candidates being fielded by the Democratic Party are educators. The most high profile of these is Bob Williams, who was once named the Alaska Teacher of the Year and is now a candidate for lieutenant governor.

August 18, 2014 - 5:58 pm
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AK: A Kinder, Gentler Militia? Alaska’s Movement Rebrands

In 2011, members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia were arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. The trial of their leader, Schaeffer Cox, continually made headlines in the years that followed, most of them bad. Now, other militia groups in the state are trying to show a different side to the movement.

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August 15, 2014 - 3:55 pm
Lieutenant Governor candidate  Hollis French.

With Senate Career Behind Him, French Not Looking Back

On Tuesday, voters will decide which Republican candidate will face off against Mark Begich in a closely watched Senate primary. But while it’s gotten less attention, there’s also a contested statewide race on the Democratic ballot for the office of lieutenant governor. One of the two candidates is Hollis French, a state senator who is giving up his seat in the Legislature to run for the job.

August 14, 2014 - 6:58 pm
Rivals Question Sullivan’s Absence From Debate

Rivals Question Sullivan’s Absence From Debate

Republican Senate candidates Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell debated each other and an empty chair on Wednesday at Alaska Public Media’s Debate for the State.

August 13, 2014 - 10:00 pm
EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

The Environmental Protection Agency had barely started its five hours of public testimony in Anchorage before 100 people signed up to speak on the proposed limits to the Pebble Mine project.

August 12, 2014 - 5:47 pm
Oil Tax Referendum Ignites a Neighborly Sign War

Oil Tax Referendum Ignites a Neighborly Sign War

On top of being the most expensive ballot measure in state history, next week’s referendum on oil taxes may also be one of the most contentious. The polling shows a tight race, with the state’s voters almost equally divided on the question. Which means that no matter which side you’re on, it’s almost inevitable you’l have to deal with someone who disagrees.

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August 12, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Mayor Vetoes Labor Compromise

After months of compromise between the Anchorage Assembly and public employee unions, the city’s voters may still end up deciding on a controversial labor law due to a mayoral veto.

August 11, 2014 - 4:14 pm