Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau
Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.
With the U.S. Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in the health care reform case this week, the debate over access to affordable insurance is in the news.
It’s March Madness Alaska-style this week, as adult teams from around Southeast gather in Juneau for the 66th annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. The event, organized by the Juneau Lions Club, has achieved legendary status in many of the small village communities that dot the panhandle.
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent in January, to 7.2 percent, according to figures released by the state Labor Department Tuesday.
The City of Hoonah is feeling pressure from cruise lines and local Native village Corporation Huna Totem to build a multi-million dollar dock at the corporation’s popular Icy Strait Point tourist destination.
Mediated negotiations between the state and the owner of the Alaska Department of Labor building in Juneau have ended without a deal to extend the state’s rental agreement.
Avalanches from Mt. Juneau pose an “unacceptable risk” to Capital City residents and property. That’s the finding of a new report presented to the Juneau Assembly this week (Monday). The study also recommends the city buyout at risk homes.
Members of Alaska’s bipartisan Senate Majority fired back at Governor Sean Parnell and his allies today (Tuesday) for calling the Senate’s proposed revision of the state’s oil tax structure an “increase.”
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation set new records for production, metal sales, and cash flow in 2011. The Idaho-based company, which owns the Kensington Mine near Juneau, released year-end financial results yesterday (Thursday).
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski touched on an array of federal issues that affect Alaskans in her annual speech to the state Legislature on Thursday.
The state is negotiating a new lease for the Department of Labor building in Juneau, even as employees who work there continue to suffer ill health effects.
House Majority Leader Alan Austerman says he’s open to changes to a bill that would re-establish an Alaska Coastal Management Program.
Governor Sean Parnell has signed a bill easing the state’s requirement for certain political candidates to file disclosure information electronically.
With oil and gas issues dominating Alaska politics, it can be easy to forget that as many as 20,000 people work in the state’s commercial fishing industry every year. That’s six to 7,000 more jobs than on the North Slope. So as many fishermen near retirement age, the next generation is looking to step into leadership roles.
A bill re-establishing an Alaska Coastal Management Program has been introduced in the state House of Representatives. House Bill 325 closely mirrors a citizen’s initiative that’s on track for a statewide vote later this year. Lawmakers can pre-empt the measure by passing substantially similar legislation.
A state Senate panel has advanced a bill giving Alaska’s public employees a choice of retirement systems.
Members of the Alaska Public Offices Commission today (Tuesday) blasted the legislature for a bill that would ease the state’s electronic campaign disclosure requirement.
A bill easing a requirement for certain political candidates to file campaign financial disclosure reports electronically hit a snag Monday afternoon.
The state could save more than $5 billion in future payments to the Alaska Public Employees’ Retirement System by immediately putting $2 billion into a pension reserve fund, according to Legislative Fiscal Analyst David Teal.
More than 60 percent of signatures collected by the group behind a citizen’s initiative to revive the Alaska Coastal Management Program have been verified by an initial computer review.
Longtime Juneau businessman and Chamber of Commerce luminary Romer Derr passed away last week at the age of 75. He’s being remembered not just for his efforts to improve Juneau’s economy, but for his participation in the Capital City’s first ever statehood celebration.