The Alaska First Coalition spending money in support of the state Senate’s bi-partisan coalition. Is “reform” really the right word to use in the current oil tax debate? Senate candidate Bob Bell’s $1 million contract with BP. Superior court judge upholds the parental notification law. Fairbanks wraps up its municipal elections. The Big Three oil companies report to Gov. Parnell on the proposed gas line. Fairbanks struggling with the high energy costs. Early voting begins in Alaska.
KSKA: Friday, 10/12 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/13 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/12 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/13 at 5:00pm
Mayor Dan Sullivan presents the assembly with two versions of the Anchorage Municipal budget. Mayor Sullivan sticks with the sidewalk law. The major Alaska energy companies estimate that a liquefied natural gas project would cost up to $65 billion. BP paid Republican Senate candidate Bob Bell’s firm $1 million for contract work. Early voting has already started in other states, especially Ohio. In Alaska you can vote early by absentee ballot – in person – 15 days out from the election.
KSKA: Friday, 10/5 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/6 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/5 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/6 at 5:00pm
The Alaska Permanent Fund will be $878 this year. The International Association of Chiefs of Police make their recommendations from the audit of APD. The detox center at the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage is suspended. A new coalition is pushing cuts in oil taxes and an increase in oil production. Shell Oil calls it quits for the year.
KSKA: Friday, 9/21 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/22 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/21 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/22 at 5:00pm
Shell starts drilling, then calls it off as sea ice approached. A massive wind storm enveloped Anchorage last week. Ballot measure 1 has passed. The Mat-Su ferry has a big for sale sign on it, but who are potential buyers? Parents of chronically truant students may face criminal charges. The Joe Miller lawsuit against the Fairbanks North Star Borough has come to an end. Gov. Parnell says the state will no longer cooperate on NPR-A development unless some of the state’s ideas are implemented.
KSKA: Friday, 9/14 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/15 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/14 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/15 at 5:00pm
A massive wind storm hits Anchorage. The cost of health care in Alaska. The election is over but the vote counts continue. West Anchorage is getting a “mixed-use development,” complete with a bistro. The Matanuska River continues to swallow houses. The Anthony Rollins civil suits cost the Municipality of Anchorage over $5 million. After being at the center of 2008 convention coverage, Sarah Palin was invisible at the 2012 GOP convention.
KSKA: Friday, 9/7 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/8 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/7 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/8 at 5:00pm
Both ballot propositions fall in the Primary Election. Two Republic incumbents lose their primary election bids. Approximately 10 new members join the Alaska House of Representatives. Don Young takes the Republican nomination in dominating fashion. Voter turnout comes in at under 25 percent.
KSKA: Friday, 8/31 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/1 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/31 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/1 at 5:00pm
More information released on the APD shooting of Harry Smith. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visits Alaska. Senator Murkowski spars with the Obama administration on NPR-A. Former state Senator Al Adams passes away.
KSKA: Friday, 8/17 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/18 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/17 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/18 at 5:00pm
EPA holds the latest round of hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine. Gov. Sean Parnell is determined to get a Republican majority. Oil companies prepare to begin work at Point Thompson. The Alaska Renewable Energy Fair starts on August 10. Congressman Don Young tells a Fairbanks business audience that it’s time to forget about the EPA. The state will not re-try accused murderer Mechele Linehan. Gov. Parnell says no to insurance exchanges.
KSKA: Friday, 8/10 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/11 at 6:00pm
BP has very poor quarterly report. The ongoing saga of the Mat-Su ferry continues. Debates over the coastal zone management initiative heat up. Alaska Native suicide rates remain high. A Valdez couple admits to failing to pay $190,000 in income taxes and penalties. Around 4,000 summer fisheries workers in a government-sponsored program won’t be returning next year. The Fisheries Board throws a lifeline to set netters. The state of Alaska puts out new regulations dealing with one aspect of abortion.
KSKA: Friday, 8/3 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/4 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 8/3 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/4 at 5:00pm
As the election campaign heats up, we have seen a reincarnation of the group Backbone, which has interjected itself not only in the oil-tax debate but the elections. Oil prices have subsided – and this has serious implications for the state, especially the state budget. The Alcohol Beverage Control Board has switched locations. Formerly under law enforcement, it is now under commerce. Former Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller has become an on-line publisher. A study shows Fairbanks is paying double the national average for its utility bills. There’s a salmon shortage in the Bush, especially on the major rivers. Do we know why?
KSKA: Friday, 7/27 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 7/27 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/28 at 5:00pm
Senators hold hearings across Alaska on gas prices. Conflict created by the proposed expansion of the Ted Stevens International Airport. Questions linger about the Mount Marathon Race. Shell moves ahead with Arctic development plans. The Alaska Dome is seeking tax relief. Some Senate Republicans are campaigning against the Senate coalition. Schaeffer Cox fires attorney Nelson Traverson.
KSKA: Friday, 7/13 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/14 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 7/13 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/14 at 5:00pm p.m.
Independent investigator Dan Hensley releases his report on the Muni election debacle. Reality TV flourishing in Alaska. Mayor Dan Sullivan takes his oath while on vacation in Hawaii. Muldoon community members finding resistance to their request for a local park. The U.S. Supreme Court rejects the Stolen Valor Act by a vote of 6-3. Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduces legislation to rename Mount McKinley to Denali. Governor Parnell might be saying no to the Medicaid expansion.
KSKA: Friday, 7/6 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/7 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 7/6 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/7 at 5:00pm p.m.
Four Japanese climbers die in an avalanche on Denali. Joe Miller wins $5,000 judgement from the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Militia trial wraps up in Anchorage. Concerns about flooding on the Matanuska River are on the rise. The special session cost tax payers almost half a million dollars.
KSKA: Friday, 6/22 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/22 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 6/23 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/23 at 5:00pm
APOC says independent political expenditures can now be unlimited. Parnell administration commissioners consider issuing up to $5 billion in pension obligation bonds. An APD officer shoots and kills a man during a confrontation. North Slope oil drops to its lowest price since February 2011. What happened at the Republican state convention. The militia trial goes to the jury.
KSKA: Friday, 6/15 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/16 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 6/15 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/16 at 5:00pm
The Anchorage Assembly puts off a controversial land swap. The EPA hears from Alaskans on the proposed Pebble Mine project. The Fairbanks militia trial continues with testimony from Schaeffer Cox and Coleman Barney. Anchorage is voted the worst-dressed city in America.
KSKA: Friday, 6/8 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/9 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 6/8 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/9 at 5:00pm
The major oil companies spent more than a million dollars lobbying the Legislature in hopes of changing Alaska’s oil-tax regime. What did they get for their money? Fairbanks played host to Gov. Sean Parnell this week. He was promoting natural gas and economic development. What does he have in mind? The Air Force says it will save more than $20 million by moving a wing of F-16s from Eielson to Elmendorf. How does Fairbanks react? The filing deadline for the Legislature approaches.
KSKA: Friday, 6/1 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/2 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 6/1 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/2 at 5:00pm
The stories up for discussion this week are: Municipal Clerk Barbara Gruenstein resigns; Resource Development Luncheon turns into anti-EPA rally; Ron Paul supporters take over the GOP; DNR cancels Alaska Crude oil lease; Fairbanks militia trial update; federal spending in Alaska levels off; and the oil tax debate.
KSKA: Friday, 5/25 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/26 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/25 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/26 at 5:00pm
The stories up for discussion this week are: Gov. Parnell’s vetoes; Rumrunners; the Fairbanks militia trial; Randy Ruedrich retires as chairman of Alaska Republican Party; ASD teacher layoffs; update on the Kodiak Coast Guard Base homicides; Cook Inlet oil and gas update; “The Eskimo and the Oil Man” book.
KSKA: Friday, 5/18 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/19 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/18 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/19 at 5:00pm
The stories up for discussion this week are: Assembly Chair Ernie Hall fires deputy clerk Jacqueline Duke; out of session work for the legislature; redistricting; body of Airman Clinton Reeves found; Ron Paul supporters take over Alaska Republican Party leadership; Port of Anchorage expansion remains stalled.
KSKA: Friday, 5/11 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/12 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/11 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/12 at 5:00pm
The stories up for discussion this week are: the Anchorage Assembly certifies the election; missing airman Clinton Reeves; looking back on the special session; an Anchorage mother accidentally runs over her child; and the Republican party has a new chairman.
KSKA: Friday, 5/4 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/5 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/4 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/5 at 5:00pm