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.
News headlines up for discussion this week include: Labor law petitions rejected; keys facts in city employment; oil tax; Legislators Consider Oil Tax Debate and Marijuana Initiative; Governor Parnell’s world travels, a study of liquefied gas reports; Fairbanks woman sentenced for election fraud; Rosemary Shinohara retires from the Anchorage Daily News.
KSKA: Friday, 5/3 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/4 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 5/3 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/4 at 5:00pm
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
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