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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

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Oil Tax Heavyweights Spar At Packed Debate

Oil Tax Heavyweights Spar At Packed Debate

It was standing-room only at an Anchorage debate on whether to keep the new capped oil tax rate or to switch back to a system where the rate goes up along with the profits.

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July 24, 2014

Judge Allows Set-Net Ban Initiative To Move Forward

The measure would shut down the commercial set netters who operate on Cook Inlet, the only region in the state that would be practically affected by the ban.

July 23, 2014

Mallott Raises Most Funds, But Parnell Maintains Biggest Bank Account

Democratic candidate for governor Byron Mallott was the top fundraiser this reporting period, but Republican incumbent Sean Parnell maintains the most money going into the general election.

July 22, 2014
Tuck Fined $14,000 For Campaign Finance Violations

Tuck Fined $14,000 For Campaign Finance Violations

House Minority Leader Chris Tuck acknowledged that he mixed up his campaign contributions with his personal savings and failed to make accurate and timely disclosures.

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July 16, 2014

Judge Blocks Law Limiting Medicaid Payments For Abortion

In an order issued on Tuesday, Judge John Suddock wrote that there are “serious questions of constitutional validity” of a new state law that puts limits on what qualifies as a “medically necessary” abortion.

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July 15, 2014

In Fight Over Marijuana, Alcohol Becomes Taboo

While alcohol is usually a fixture of most political fundraisers, there will be no wine or cocktails at events focused on the marijuana initiative.

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July 15, 2014

At Democratic Lieutenant Governor Debate, Differences In Style Over Substance

The only area where Hollis French and Bob Williams really seemed to disagree was on who would make a better running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott.

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July 14, 2014

Legislators Authorize $500,000 For Anchorage LIO Furniture

A subcommittee concluded that the Anchorage LIO should be outfitted with surplus furniture from state agencies, with a cap of $100,000 for new furniture, but that recommendation was rejected.

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July 9, 2014

FAA Hazardous Material Fine Prompts Legislators To Redo Relocation Policy

Next session, state lawmakers will have to be a little more careful about what they ship down to Juneau. The Legislative Council has changed their moving reimbursement policy in response to the Federal Aviation Administration discovering hazardous materials in a representative’s air freight.

July 9, 2014
For Seattle Cops, Marijuana Biz Is Business As Usual

For Seattle Cops, Marijuana Biz Is Business As Usual

Since Washington State legalized marijuana, Seattle’s crime rate has staying mostly flat.

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July 7, 2014
Holly Brooks hugs fellow competitor Charlotte Edmondson before race. (Photo by Alexandra Guitierrez, APRN - Seward)

Holly Brooks Reclaims Mt. Marathon Title

Tens of thousands of spectators were on hand in Seward for the start of the 2014 Mount Marathon race Friday.

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July 4, 2014
White House Makes Economic Case For Expanding Medicaid In Alaska

White House Makes Economic Case For Expanding Medicaid In Alaska

The White House has issued a report laying out the costs of not expanding Medicaid. Alaska is one of 24 states that rejected federal dollars to increase access to Medicaid, preferring instead to study how those who would have qualified are currently receiving care.

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July 4, 2014
Walker Poll Suggests Parnell Vulnerable … In A Two-Way Race

Walker Poll Suggests Parnell Vulnerable … In A Two-Way Race

Independent candidate Bill Walker has released a poll suggesting he would be competitive against Gov. Sean Parnell, if Democrat Byron Mallott were no longer running.

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July 1, 2014

High Court Throws Out Petition Case

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a challenge to Alaska’s signature-gathering laws because of lack of standing.

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June 30, 2014

Alaska Supreme Court Clears Bristol Bay Initiative For Ballot

An initiative that would add another roadblock to the Pebble Mine project will appear on the ballot this fall, now that a legal challenge against it has failed.

June 23, 2014

Native Voting Rights Case Kicks Off

A federal trial is underway to determine whether the State of Alaska does enough to serve voters who speak Native languages.

June 23, 2014

New State Law To Bring Back Universal Vaccine Access

Universal access to vaccines may be coming back to Alaska. The governor signed a law this week that allows the state to serve as a broker between insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies to get immunizations at bulk rates.

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June 20, 2014

Oil Tax Advocates Spell Out Their Case Against Referendum

A handful of leading advocates for the new oil tax regime made the case for keeping the law to a friendly audience on Wednesday.

June 18, 2014
A relief effort coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is building nearly a dozen homes in Galena this summer. (Alexandra Gutierrez/APRN)

One Year After Galena Flood, Rebuilding Effort Underway

The 470-person village is still recovering from a catastrophic flood last year, when the break-up of an ice jam caused the Yukon River to overflow.

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June 16, 2014
(Alexandra Gutierrez/Alaska Public Media)

State Supreme Court Hears Case To Remove Pebble Initiative From Ballot

The health of the Bristol Bay watershed and its salmon fishery is an issue of statewide importance: That’s the position the State of Alaska took when defending its decision to certify a citizen’s initiative that would add another obstacle to the development of Pebble Mine.

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June 11, 2014