Legislature Passes Bill On AGDC Appointment; Legislature Considers $150m to Help Refineries; Nikiski LNG Plant May Reopen Soon; Yukon Fishermen Prepare For Summer Of Conservation; Some Southeast Chinook Runs Expected To Be Strong; MEA Official Accuses Anchorage Assembly Of Misusing City Funds; Haines Residents Pursue Railroad Link; Group Uses National Water Dance To Raise Compassion
Earlier this month, lawmakers announced they were killing House Bill 77, saying that emotions had become so inflamed over the permitting bill that it was best left alone. But now, some of its less controversial provisions might be coming back in a different form.
The Parnell Administration warns Petro Star’s refinery in North Pole might fold without state assistance. A bill pending in the state House would prop up Alaska’s three remaining oil refineries with $150 million in state funds. But even some legislators who are helping advance the bill say they’re uncomfortable with it.
Fishers on the Kuskokwim River are expecting unprecedented restrictions to bring more king salmon to spawning grounds. On the Yukon River, fisherman can expect a similar set of restrictions.
King Salmon are expected to be plentiful in parts of Southeast Alaska this summer.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game this month announced a king salmon harvest quota allowed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty and based on the forecasts of Chinook returning to rivers and streams on the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada.
A Matanuska Electric Association official charges that the Anchorage Municipal Assembly is spending city funds on private interests. Joe Griffith, MEA’s executive director, has contacted Anchorage officials with concerns that city money is being spent on one Assemblyman’s legal fight against a power station upgrade.
A small group of people gathered Saturday in Anchorage to use art to make change. The National Water Dance was an effort to use the art of human movement to generate compassion for the nation’s streams, lakes and oceans.
Former Fairbanks resident John Luther Adams has won a Pulitzer Prize for his composition “Become Ocean.”
Want to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the law itself, the answer is complicated. The administration is tracking the number of plans purchased on healthcare.gov and on the state exchanges. But the federal government isn’t counting the number of people buying plans directly from insurance carriers.
With a 16-4 vote on Saturday, the state Senate approved House Bill 23, allowing public financing of the Knik Arm Crossing. The approval moves the $892 million project forward by updating the project’s financial model. The bill allows funding for the bridge to come from three public entities: one third from bonds, one third from National Highway System funds, and the final third from federal loans.
It will be a few months before butterflies flit through the air in Interior Alaska, but the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was recently filled with them.
Facing the possibility of a total closure of the King salmon fishery this summer and new dip-net openings, people from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta are speaking up on all sides of the issue.
Inmate Found Dead At Eagle River Women’s Jail; Legislature Passes Bill Limiting Medicaid Payments For Abortion; House Passes Minimum Wage Bill, As Initiative Sponsors Cry Foul; NTSB Advances Investigation Into Fatal Training Flight Crash; John Luther Adams Wins Pulitzer For ‘Become Ocean’; How Many People Have Signed Up Insurance Under Obamacare?; Museum Experts Sift Through The Arctic’s Largest Butterfly Collection; HB23 Would Allow Public Financing Of KABATA; YK Delta Residents Speak On Possible King Salmon Fishery Closure; Jeff King Wins Kobuk 440
The National Transportation Safety Board has finished its on-scene investigation into the crash that killed two Hageland Aviation pilots Tuesday. Derrick Cedars of Bethel and Greggory McGee from Anchorage died in Tuesday’s crash.
The Alaska Senate unanimously passed Erin’s Law this morning. The law provides age-appropriate sexual abuse education to children in public schools.