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Ten run for five Sealaska Corp. board seats

Ten run for five Sealaska Corp. board seats

Five independent candidates are challenging five incumbents for seats on Sealaska’s board of directors. The election is quieter than last year’s, but not without controversy.

May 27, 2015

McCain leading US Senate delegation to Vietnam, Singapore

Sen. John McCain is leading a U.S. Senate delegation, including Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, that will visit Vietnam and Singapore this week.

May 27, 2015

With Budget Talks Stalled, Republicans See Out With Permanent Fund Shift

The House’s Republican Majority is moving forward with a contingency plan to tap the rainy day account without Democratic support. The bill would shift money around the Permanent Fund without using it to plug the state’s multi-billion-dollar deficit.

May 27, 2015

With Legislature At Impasse, One Alaskan Suggests A Kickstart

For weeks, the Alaska Legislature has been wrestling with how to cover its multi-billion-dollar budget deficit. Now one Juneau man has a modest proposal for them: Try crowdfunding.

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May 26, 2015

As Negotiations Continue, Little Public Action From Legislature

With negotiations over the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit still underway, the Alaska House and Senate met in brief and uneventful floor sessions over the weekend. But legislative leaders say there has been some progress on a compromise between the Republican Majority and Democratic Minority.

May 25, 2015

Unhappy Public Speaks For First Time In Special Session

The topics that came up after were varied. Some called for increased education funding, others Medicaid expansion, and then there were comments on a smorgasbord of other cuts. But there was one common theme: frustration.

May 22, 2015

For $1B Radar, It’s Clear

The Missile Defense Agency today confirmed Clear Air Station as its preferred location for a new type of radar system, called Long Range Discrimination Radar. The selection of Clear helps solidify Alaska’s role as host to the ground-based mid-course missile defense system, designed primarily to shoot down warheads from North Korea.

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May 22, 2015
Y-K’s Facebook Phenom Helps Kick Off Arctic Council Chairmanship

Y-K’s Facebook Phenom Helps Kick Off Arctic Council Chairmanship

A Tooksook Bay teenager who became a singing sensation on Facebook performed for ambassadors and Arctic VIPs at the State Department in Washington D.C. last night. Byron Nicholai was introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry at a reception to mark the beginning of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

May 22, 2015

The Legislative Special Session

Lawmakers have gaveled out of the Governor’s special session without acting on his requests of fully funding the state budget, expanding medicaid and passing sexual abuse prevention legislation, known as Erin’s law for schools. Legislators have now called themselves into special session. What changes when lawmakers make the call?

APRN: Tuesday, 5/26 at 10:00am

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May 22, 2015

Robert Mumford named to Board of Fish

Alaska Governor Bill Walker late Tuesday night appointed Robert Mumford to the seven-member Board of Fish. The governor was required by state statute to make the appointment by May 19th.

May 22, 2015

Construction starts on Alaska Native Medical Center housing

Tribal, state, and private sector leaders Wednesday kicked off construction of housing at the Alaska Native Medical Center. They say it will improve services for Alaska Native and American Indian people who travel to Anchorage from across the state for health care. A state Senator who helped get the project financed says it will also save the state millions of dollars a year for decades to come.

May 22, 2015

The Legislature’s Second Special Session

With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.

KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 22, 2015

Legislature Adjourns Special Session, Only To Call New One

The Alaska State Legislature has gaveled out of special session, without voting on any of the items on the governor’s agenda. But almost immediately, lawmakers called themselves back — but on their own terms. They have formally relocated to Anchorage, and have set aside Medicaid expansion.

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May 21, 2015
Hyder border to reopen for 24-hour access

Hyder border to reopen for 24-hour access

The border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, soon will be open 24-hours a day. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office announced today that after many discussions with her office, the Canadian government has agreed to work with U.S. officials to open the gate — and keep it open, all the time.

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May 21, 2015

Sen. Sullivan: Prepare for Long War

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is one of five freshmen on the Senate Armed Services committee, and he’s carving out a place for himself among the national security hawks. Today, as the committee heard from two architects of the 2007 surge in Iraq, Sullian said the president should prepare Americans for prolonged war and win their support for ongoing combat.

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May 21, 2015
Gov’s Arctic advisor discusses climate change, subsistence regs at convention

Gov’s Arctic advisor discusses climate change, subsistence regs at convention

Alaska communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible.

May 21, 2015

Senate panel advances rewritten sexual assault-prevention bill

The Senate Education Committee has advanced a rewrite of legislation that would leave as optional sexual assault prevention and awareness programs in Alaska public schools.

May 21, 2015
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White House Says Veto Likely on Young’s Fisheries Bill

The U.S. House this evening began debate on a bill by Alaska Congressman Don Young to renew the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary fishing law. Actually, lawmakers just debated how they’re going to debate the legislation. Meanwhile, the White House yesterday issued a policy statement criticizing Young’s bill, suggesting the president would veto it. 

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May 20, 2015
Murkowski, Cantwell Bill Pushes For Icebreakers

Murkowski, Cantwell Bill Pushes For Icebreakers

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell of Washington and Lisa Murkowski have introduced a bill that would allow the Coast Guard to build as many as six heavy icebreakers.

May 20, 2015
Critics question Sealaska finances

Critics question Sealaska finances

Could Sealaska make more money, pay higher dividends and make better use of its land? Yes, say some shareholders critical of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s management.

May 20, 2015