Obama Names New Secretary of the Interior; and the Anchorage School Board Passes A New Preliminary Budget
President Obama names 56 year-old REI Executive Sally Jewell the Secretary of the Interior. The Anchorage School Board passes a preliminary budget after hearing a great deal of public testimony. The United States Post Office will end Saturday delivery come August. The Anchorage School District and the teachers union have begun contract negotiations. The state House passed a revised cruise ship pollution bill. A group of homeowner in the Rabbit Creek neighborhood are concerned by the possibility that non-residential development could drain their water supply. The state House starts to move on legislation that would expand the school voucher program and provide aid to parochial schools. ConocoPhillips says the tax changes Parnell proposes for the oil industry just don’t go far enough. Sen. Murkowski unveils a sweeping energy bill from her position as ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee.
KSKA: Friday, 2/8 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 2/9 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 2/8 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 2/9 at 5:00pm
Anchorage attorney, and sometimes lobbyist, Dan Coffey is fined close to $12,000 for failing to register as a lobbyist for the Municipality of Anchorage. Lawmakers get what has been called a pay raise by a change in the rules governing their office expenses. Damage assessments continue on the drill rig Kulluk. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, once again, is arguing that Mt. McKinley should undergo a name change – and return to Denali. The Alaska Republican Party is still engaged in a leadership battle. Rep. Wes Keller has introduced a bill that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients. Anchorage’s Title 21 – is the end of the debate anywhere in sight? Former governor Sarah Palin parts ways with the Fox Network.
KSKA: Friday, 2/1 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 2/2 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 2/1 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 2/2 at 5:00pm
The Board of Fisheries adopted a new salmon management plan for the Kuskokwim last week. About 24 fishermen were cited last year near Dillingham; what’s happening in those cases? Is there any word from the congressional delegation about when relief funds may be put forward in legislation? How are families faring without the salmon they could not harvest last fall and without money for store purchases?
KSKA: Friday, 1/25 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 1/26 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 1/25 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 1/26 at 5:00pm
Gov. Parnell Delivers State Of The State Address; Anchorage Assembly Continues Struggles With Title 21
Sean Parnell delivers the governor’s annual State of the State address. The Anchorage Assembly continues its struggles with Title 21. Did Alaska get anything out of the Sandy bill? Cheryl Frasca is the new west Anchorage assembly member, replacing Harriet Drummond who is now in the Legislature. Senator Mark Begich gets new committee assignments. House Speaker Chenault has a bill that would take defiance of President Obama’s gun laws to the limit. Rep. Lindsey Holmes switches parties. The Anchorage School District is once again expecting layoffs. Rep. Bob Lynn has a bill that would arm school staff.
KSKA: Friday, 1/18 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 1/19 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 1/18 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 1/19 at 5:00pm
The Shell oil-drilling rig Kulluk makes headlines all over the United States and gets the attention of Congress, the Interior Department, environmentalists and the oil industry. Militia men Lonnie Vernon and militia leader Schaeffer Cox were sentenced by federal judge Robert Bryan on Monday and Tuesday. A 16-year-old Diamond High student with a BB Gun at school is arrested in algebra class. Who is Edison Chouest Offshore and why did they gain your attention during the Kulluk incident? Congress fails to renew the Violence Against Women Act. It’s dog racing season, and we may be seeing a Renaissance of the sport in Bush Alaska.
KSKA: Friday, 1/11 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 1/12 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 1/11 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 1/12 at 5:00pm
First adrift, then aground, but always mired in controversy – that’s the story of the Shell drill rig Kulluk, which has fetched up on an island near Kodiak. A look at the APOC complaint against lobbyist Dan Coffey. Sen. Murkowski says it is time to rein in the so-called Super PACs. About two-thirds of the Republicans in the U.S. House voted against the Senate-passed bill to keep us off the rocks below the fiscal cliff – Congressman Don Young was one of those who joined Speaker John Boehner in voting yes.
KSKA: Friday, 1/4 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 1/5 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 1/4 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 1/5 at 5:00pm
Many call for policy changes after the Newtown school shootings. Governor Parnell issues the 2013 budget. Update on the Port of Anchorage saga. Fairbanks continues to be burdened by high fuel costs. Attorney Dan Coffey faces and APOC complaint that he should have registered as a lobbyist while working for the Port of Anchorage.
KSKA: Friday, 12/21 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 12/22 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 12/21 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 12/22 at 5:00pm
More bad news for the Port of Anchorage. Redistricting talks continue in Anchorage. What’s happening with the upcoming “fiscal cliff?” Rep. Bob Lynn introduces an Alaska voter photo ID law. Alaska could play an important role in future LNG exports.
KSKA: Friday, 12/14 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 12/15 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 12/14 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 12/15 at 5:00pm
Israel Keyes commits suicide in prison. U.S. budget cuts could be a big blow to Alaska. Enstar warns it’s customers to be prepared for a gas shortage. Fairbanks wood smoke battle continues. Rumrunners may lose its liquor license. Alaska could lose up o $700 million in revenue next year.
KSKA: Friday, 12/7 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 12/8 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 12/7 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 12/8 at 5:00pm
Revisiting the “Fairbanks Four” 15 years later. Where is the secession impulse heading now? How did Black Friday affect Anchorage’s consumer market? Buccaneer Oil has high hopes for drilling in Alaska. Lawmakers rally against renewing Rumrummers’ liquor license. The Anchorage School District to cut 100 jobs next year. The Mat-Su ferry may have found a home in the Marianas Islands.
KSKA: Friday, 11/30 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 12/1 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/30 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 12/1 at 5:00pm
Looking back at the state-wide election. The legislature has been reorganized. Lawyer claims House District 38 results suggest racial gerrymandering. What should be expected of Gov. Parnell this session. The U.S. is predicted to be the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, what does that mean for Alaska? The Anchorage Assembly approves a $475 million budget.
KSKA: Friday, 11/16 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/17 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/16 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/17 at 5:00pm
Democrats lose seats in the Alaska legislature. What’s likely to happen in the unfinished race between Hollis French and Bob Bell? Republicans Click Bishop, Pete Kelly and John Coghill win key Interior Alaska Senate seats. Don Young handily wins reelection. All Southcentral Alaska judges are retained. What happened with the Constitutional Convention ballot question?
KSKA: Friday, 11/9 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/10 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/9 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/10 at 5:00pm
Legislators asking voters to approve $433 million in bond projects, including $50 million for the Port of Anchorage. How are Alaskans affected by Hurricane Sandy? Three subsistence fishermen found guilty of fishery law violations. Campaign season wraps up as the Nov. 6 election draws near. The Anchorage Assembly eyes reapportionment. Social conservatives target Judge Sen Tan, who is up for retention on this year’s ballot
KSKA: Saturday, 10/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Saturday, 10/27 at 5:00pm
The Alaska Federation of Natives conference concludes in Anchorage. What is happening with the APOC hearing on a complaint against Bob Bell? There are $50 million in bonds for the Port of Anchorage on the November ballot. “Protesters say No to Outside money in politics.” Murder suspect Israel Keyes home is searched by police again. New Cook Inlet analysis raises LNG gas concerns.
KSKA: Friday, 10/26 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/26 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/27 at 5:00pm
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan releases revised proposal for municipal budget. Crime declines in Anchorage, except in rapes and robberies. Heroin use is growing and affecting more and more people. Cook Inlet Housing talks about a major revitalization of a portion of the Spenard area. The Alaska Supreme Court gives gadfly Andree McCleod a partial victory in her court case challenging former Gov. Sarah Palin’s use of a private e-mail account to conduct state business. A Fairbanks woman was arrested for forging signatures on an initiative petition.
KSKA: Friday, 10/19 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/20 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/19 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/20 at 5:00pm
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
Southcentral starts to clean up after a series of September storms. Issues regarding the Wishbone Hill coal development resurface in the Valley. The Mat-Su Borough election takes place next week. Coleman Barney is sentenced in his Fairbanks militia trial. Gov. Parnell wants to break up the Senate Bi-Partisan Coalition. How has money affected this fall’s elections? Concerns raised about the availability of natural gas to Anchorage in the future.
KSKA: Friday, 9/28 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/29 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/28 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/29 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