Anchorage State Senate Hollis French ponders a run for governor. Exploring life and politics in rural Alaska. The Mat-Su Borough is weary of the cost of mothballing its idle $80 million ferry. The Democratic Party files suit against the state’s redistricting board.
KSKA: Friday, 8/16 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/17 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/16 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/17 at 5:00pm
Bill Walker announces his intent to run for governor as an Independent. The future of Anchorage’s popular downtown market is uncertain. Former state representative Vic Kohring is running for Wasilla City Council. The Anchorage Assembly addresses bars’ safety hour.
KSKA: Friday, 8/9 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/10 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/9 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/10 at 5:00pm
The state’s redistricting board issues what it hopes will be the final plan, but it’s not without objections. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s municipal labor law makes it to state court. Congress searches for a solution to student loan rates. Senator Lisa Murkowski revisits revenue sharing.
KSKA: Friday, 7/26 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/26 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/27 at 5:00pm
Oil tax referendum proponents say they have gathered enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Assemblyman Dick Traini looks to limit executive pay and benefits. Governor Sean Parnell pushes for seismic testing in ANWR.
KSKA: Friday, 7/12 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/13 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/12 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/13 at 5:00pm
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly make a stop in Anchorage to promote gun control. Governor Sean Parnell scolds the oil industry for slow progress on an LNG pipeline. Alaska’s roads ranked worst in the nation.
KSKA: Friday, 7/5 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/6 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/5 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/6 at 5:00pm
The U.S. Supreme Court votes down the Defense of Marriage Act. Those gathering signatures for a referendum on Gov. Parnell’s oil tax legislation are experiencing paid opposition. An Anchorage resident is killed in the third fatal APD-involved shooting this year.
KSKA: Friday, 6/28 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/29 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 6/28 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/29 at 5:00pm
Current Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell officially announces his run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan announces his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the next election. Senator Lisa Murkowski says she now backs gay marriage. Proponents of a marijuana initiative have gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the 2014 ballot. In order to comply with the Clean Water Act, Anchorage Wastewater Utility may have to spend up to $800 million on equipment upgrades.
KSKA: Friday, 6/21 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/22 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 6/21 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/22 at 5:00pm
APD Policy Change on Vehicles as Weapons, BP Plans for North Slope, Immigration Bill Heats Up in Senate
APD policy change on vehicles as weapons. BP and others plan for North Slope. Immigration bill heats up in Senate. Governor Parnell signs $425 million bill to finance gas liquification plant. The Seaalska Bill is back and facing objections to making it law.
Lesil McGuire announces her candidacy for lieutenant governor. Group hopes to recall Lindsey Holmes. The Air Force makes its case to move Eielson’s F-16s to Anchorage. Review board adds billions of dollars to the estimated value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
KSKA: Friday, 6/7 at 2:00pm
TV: Friday, 6/7 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/8 at 5:00pm
Flooding continues throughout Alaska. A suspect in an Anchorage double homicide and sexual assault has a significant criminal history and is a registered sex offender. The Coast Guard wraps up testimony in its probe into the grounding of the Kulluk.
KSKA: Friday, 5/31 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/1 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 5/31 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/1 at 5:00pm
Governor Sean Parnell signs the oil tax revision into law. Anchorage’s public testimony ordinance gets shelved. Former Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller is ordered to pay $85,000 to the Alaska Dispatch for legal fees. Alaska Pacific University announces a dramatic cut in tuition.
KSKA: Friday, 5/24 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/25 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 5/24 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/25 at 5:00pm
The White House releases comparative cost information for medical procedures conducted by hospitals all over the country. Between Benghazi, the IRS misbehavior, and finally the Justice Department digging into the Associated Press phone records, the Obama Administration is awash in controversy.
KSKA: Friday, 5/17 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/18 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 5/17 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/18 at 5:00pm
The USS Anchorage is commissioned in it’s namesake city. Unions go to court over the Anchorage labor-law referendum. Parnell announces that he will not seek a senate seat in 2014. New developments in the Fairbanks Four case. Last, Wally Hickel, the movie…or at least the story on film.
Tracking the oil tax reform, a gas line to Southcentral, and trucking gas to Fairbanks. Anchorage activists attempting to derail the tax plan. Labor leaders push to repeal Anchorage’s AO37. Senator Mark Begich votes against gun control proposals.
KSKA: Friday, 4/26 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 4/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 4/26 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 4/27 at 5:00pm
The U.S. Senate rejects President Obama’s gun-control proposals. Action on Railbelt energy relief proposals. Trials for subsistence fishermen continue in a Bethel court. KABATA advocates suffer a surprising setback. A tribal court in Aniak banishes an Anchorage man for alleged bootlegging.
KSKA: Friday, 4/19 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 4/20 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 4/19 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 4/20 at 5:00pm
The Anchorage Assembly passes AO37. The immediate consequences of the union battle will be felt in the municipal election. Assembly Chair Ernie Hall says he will clarify the standards for handling public testimony. The Parnell oil-tax bill – or versions of it – continue to get attention in the House after passing the Senate.
KSKA: Friday, 3/29 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 3/30 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 3/29 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 3/30 at 5:00pm
The Senate moves closer to a vote on oil-tax legislation. Anchorage School Board Superintendent James Browder announces his impending retirement. Conservative lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require welfare recipients to submit to drug and alcohol tests. New analysis show that health-care costs are slowing down.
KSKA: Friday, 3/15 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 3/16 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 3/15 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 3/16 at 5:00pm
Superintendent of Schools James Browder announces his intended departure. It looks like the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 40 years ago is finally over with the transfer of 230,000 acres to Native village corporations. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has questions for and about Secretary of the Interior nominee Sally Jewel. How do sled dogs develop qualities that allow them to travel a thousand miles in a few days?
KSKA: Friday, 3/8 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 3/9 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 3/8 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 3/9 at 5:00pm
Title 21 measure finally passes in Anchorage. Shell suspends Arctic drilling. Distinguished economist Scott Goldsmith, formerly of UAA, talks to lawmakers about oil taxes. The Alaska Legislature continues to challenge the Obama Administration on gun laws. Labor unrest continues in Anchorage.
KSKA: Friday, 3/1 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 3/2 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 3/1 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 3/2 at 5:00pm
The Alaska State Senate passes the Parnell Administration’s cruise ship bill over the protracted objections of the Democratic minority. Mayor Dan Sullivan effort to re-write the municipal labor law has the unions and their allies in a frenzy. The Senate is in an uproar over the proposed school-voucher amendment to the Constitution.
KSKA: Friday, 2/22 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 2/23 at 6:00pm
TV: Saturday, 2/23 at 5:00pm