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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

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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

Gubernatorial Challengers Criticize Parnell For Missing Debates

Since April, gubernatorial challengers Byron Mallott and Bill Walker have gone after incumbent Sean Parnell for skipping debates. They hit that point again on Monday, at a candidate forum hosted by the National Congress of American Indians.

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June 10, 2014

As Oil Tax Referendum Nears, Dems Try Making Bet With Governor

A pair of Anchorage Democrats are calling on Gov. Sean Parnell to pass legislation serving as a guarantee that the new oil tax system will lead to more production on the North Slope.

June 10, 2014
Volunteers for Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Sullivan march in the Colony Days parade on June 7, 2014. (Alexandra Gutierrez/APRN)

As Festival Season Kicks Off, So Does Campaign Season

For the next few months, politicians are going to be swarming fairs and festivals in an effort to win voters. The Colony Days parade held in Palmer this weekend was the first stop on the circuit.

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June 9, 2014

Union Leader Files Complaint Against Anchorage Mayor Sullivan

The head of the state’s biggest labor union has filed a complaint against Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who is running for lieutenant governor.

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May 23, 2014
With Senate Change, State House Feels Ripple Effects

With Senate Change, State House Feels Ripple Effects

When the Bipartisan Coalition lost control of the State Senate in 2012, it was a given that its Democratic members would see a big drop in the number of bills they got through. But that loss of clout also affected Democrats in the House.

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May 22, 2014

Fired Oil Tax Assessor To Run For State House

In January, Gov. Sean Parnell removed Marty McGee from a board that deals with the oil producers’ tax bill. Now, McGee wants to take on oil tax policy again – but as a state legislator.

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May 20, 2014

Oil Tax Referendum Groups Organize For Campaign’s Final Stretch

With three months to go before the primary election, groups with a stake in the oil tax referendum are ramping up their campaigns.

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May 15, 2014