This week on Alaska Edition we discuss the rippling economic effect of federal sequestration cuts and the impact to IHS funding for tribal health facilities across the state. We also run through the legislature’s actions last night on the gas plan for trucking to Fairbanks, the latest on the oil tax overhaul and KABATA getting folded into the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation by the House. The Senate still has to vote on it. We also discussed the Mat-Su budget and the proposal for a CDQ harbor in Seward.
KSKA: Friday, 4/12 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 4/13 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 4/12 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 4/13 at 5:00pm
News headlines up for discussion this week include: Anchorage election results including school board; Governor Parnell’s oil-tax bill progress in Juneau; Natural gas, House bill 4; A tonguge lashing for Fairbanks Representative Scott Kawasaki; Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA) update; Governor Parnell says it is time for Alaskans to embrace smaller government, starting with the budget.
KSKA: Friday, 4/5 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 4/6 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 4/5 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 4/6 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 state senate on Wednesday night narrowly passed an overhaul of the oil tax system. Iditarod Trail Committee deals with an unusual death of a dropped dog in Unalakleet. The Arctic is changing, investigate the impacts to subsistence and food resources and the potential for new economies there. Fairbanks officials looking for a way to bring in cheaper gas.
KSKA: Friday, 3/22 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 3/23 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 3/22 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 3/23 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
A Russian company signs an agreement for a stake in the Point Thomson project. Juneau minority Democrats offer their own version of oil-tax reform. Mayor Dan Sullivan unveils a surprise labor-law bill that will diminish the power of unions. The cruise ship wastewater bill is moving rapidly – if not smoothly – in the Senate. Shell is sending the damaged drill rig Kulluk to Asia. The filing deadline for the Assembly and the School Board has come and gone. Conservatives’ efforts to move legislation that would expand school choice – through Charter schools and aid to parochial schools – is getting a lot of legislative attention as is vouchers. It appears that Congress and the president will not avoid the sequester – major and sudden reductions in federal funding. The Republican Party’s battle over the chairmanship of the party is still making waves in the capital.
KSKA: Friday, 2/15 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 2/16 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 2/15 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 2/16 at 5:00pm
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