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Walker may call gas line special session in October

Walker may call gas line special session in October

Gov. Bill Walker may call a special session of the Legislature next month to consider the Alaska LNG Project, and a possible state purchase of TransCanada’s share in the gas pipeline.

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September 4, 2015
In historic visit, president dodges Alaska press

In historic visit, president dodges Alaska press

In the wake of President Obama’s visit, Alaskans are still sorting out the significance of new climate initiatives, cultural recognition, and more. But there’s lingering frustration among one particularly vocal group, who found that all the president’s messages came from the same place: His staff.

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September 4, 2015
Debrief with Gov. Walker: The aftermath of a Presidential visit

Debrief with Gov. Walker: The aftermath of a Presidential visit

President Obama’s visit to Alaska was unprecedented in terms of the length of stay and the places he visited. Governor Bill Walker was able to have the President’s full attention on Air Force One. What will this historic visit mean for Alaska’s future? What did our state’s top executive discuss with the Commander in Chief and how was it received?

APRN: Tuesday, 9/8 at 10:00am

September 4, 2015

Rep. Young Ducks POTUS Hoopla

Alaskans of all stripes came out this week for a chance to shake hands with President Obama, or glimpse his motorcade, but one person not on hand was Don Young, Alaska’s only member of the U.S. House of representatives.

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September 3, 2015

Medicaid looks to cut back on new disability program users

An Alaska Medicaid program that funds care for adults with developmental disabilities is looking to cut the number of people it enrolls each year by 75 percent.

September 3, 2015
Arctic leaders outline local priorities in letter to President Obama

Arctic leaders outline local priorities in letter to President Obama

A celebration took place in Kotzebue as final preparations are made for President Obama’s visit today. And with the spotlight on the Northwest Arctic hub — for the first visit by an American president above the Arctic Circle — local leaders have drafted a letter outlining their vision for the Arctic’s future.

September 2, 2015
Obama Does Seward

Obama Does Seward

President Obama is flying to Dillingham and Kotzebue today. The White House says he’ll announce a new role for the Denali Commission in helping Alaska communities respond to climate-change impacts. Yesterday, Mother Nature indulged him with stunning fall weather in Seward.

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September 2, 2015
Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit

Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit

As president Barack Obama plans to shift his focus to western Alaska by midweek, residents of Kotzebue — the northwest Arctic hub of about 4,000 people — are making final preparations for the president’s historic visit above the Arctic Circle.

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September 1, 2015

Judge grants Pebble request to subpoena former EPA official

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered a former EPA official to appear in a case involving whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly in the lead up the agency’s proposed restrictions against the Pebble Mine. Phillip North’s emails were reportedly destroyed, and he has apparently left the country.

September 1, 2015
Kotzebue Prepares for President Obama’s Visit

Kotzebue Prepares for President Obama’s Visit

As President Barack Obama plans to shift his focus to western Alaska by midweek, residents of Kotzebue — the northwest Arctic hub of about 4,000 people — are making final preparations for the president’s historic visit above the Arctic Circle.

September 1, 2015
Obama Lands in Alaska; Says Time is Now to Act on Climate

Obama Lands in Alaska; Says Time is Now to Act on Climate

Air Force 1 landed in Anchorage yesterday, with President Obama and Gov. Walker on board. Obama’s motorcade sped downtown, where the president struck a somber note in a speech about climate change.

August 31, 2015
Protesters constructed the "Polar Profiteer" to oppose offshore drilling in the Arctic. Hillman/KSKA

Alaskans rally against drilling, climate change outside of GLACIER conference

About 200 people gathered on the Park Strip in downtown Anchorage on Monday afternoon to protest offshore drilling in the Arctic and to speak in favor of stronger measures to fight climate change.

August 31, 2015

Alaska Supreme Court Refuses To Block Medicaid Expansion

The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to temporarily block the state of Alaska from expanding Medicaid. About 20,000 more people will become eligible Tuesday.

August 31, 2015

Alaskan Greens: Obama’s Words, Actions Conflict On Climate Change

President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska this week, aimed at highlighting his push to fight climate change, comes just two weeks after his administration approved drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Some Alaskan environmentalists see a disconnect between the president’s rhetoric and his actions on climate change.

August 31, 2015
‘Denali’ restored as official name for North America’s tallest peak

‘Denali’ restored as official name for North America’s tallest peak

President Obama is due to arrive in Alaska on Monday, and the White House says he will announce a new official name for North America’s tallest mountain.

August 31, 2015

Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska

Secretary of State John Kerry says history will not look kindly on climate change skeptics who fail to take action to curb warming.

August 31, 2015
Alaska governor to fly with President Obama to Alaska

Alaska governor to fly with President Obama to Alaska

Gov. Bill Walker will fly to Alaska with President Barack Obama on Monday.

August 31, 2015

GLACIER conference brings together Arctic policy makers, stakeholders

Alaska is readying to host a rare high-profile meeting of international diplomats focusing on the challenges facing Arctic communities.

August 31, 2015

Obama to Talk Climate, Reveal New Alaska Policies

To a president calling for global action on climate change, Alaska is one big show-and-tell exhibit. Exit Glacier is on the presidential itinerary next week, and Obama is expected to announce new Alaska initiatives related to climate.

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August 28, 2015

Judge denies injunction; Medicaid to roll out Sept. 1

An Anchorage Superior Court Judge ruled Friday afternoon that Medicaid expansion can go forward in Alaska as planned next week. Judge Frank Pfiffner denied the Alaska Legislative Council’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the program. The council is appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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August 28, 2015