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Alaska Politics

Dunleavy Faces Independent Challenger in Senate E Race

Political newcomer Warren Keogh, non-affiliated, is challenging incumbent Republican Michael Dunleavy for the Senate E seat in the November general election. Two candidates both live in the Matanuska Valley – other than that, they have little in common.

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October 20, 2014
United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. (© Jarek Tuszynski / Wikimedia Commons)

Supreme Court denies stay; same-sex marriages can continue in Alaska

Same-sex marriages are legal again in Alaska. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the state a stay, which would have halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the 9th Circuit Court heard the state’s appeal early next year. The governor’s office is continuing with the appeal.

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October 17, 2014

State Disputes ANWR Boundaries

The state of Alaska has launched the opening salvo in a border dispute with the federal government over the western edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. At stake is a 20 thousand acre wedge of land that the federal government counts as part of ANWR. But in a letter to the BLM today, the state asserts the government has mapped ANWR incorrectly. The state says the wedge of land between the Canning and the Staines River is actually outside the refuge, according to a 1960 legal description of the refuge border.

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October 17, 2014

Air Quality Settlement Requires Review Of Particulate Pollution Plans

A legal settlement between an environmental organization and the federal government requires review of plans for dealing with new sources of fine particulate pollution in Los Angeles California and Fairbanks.

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October 17, 2014

State Senator Plans To Investigate Guard Situation

State Senator Lesil McGuire says the Legislature will hold hearings into the troubled Alaska National Guard, but she’s getting push back from the Senate president.

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October 17, 2014
Host Lori Townsend (left) with Republican gubernatorial candidate incumbent Sean Parnell (right). (Photo by Monica Gokey, KSKA - Anchorage)

Gubernatorial Candidate Sean Parnell

Sean Parnell is in a close race to keep his position as Alaska’s top executive. The state is facing tough issues. Revenue shortfalls mean hard budget questions in the future, and reform is needed in the troubled National Guard. But gasline development may also be on the horizon.

APRN: Tuesday, 10/21 at 10:00am

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October 17, 2014
Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker

Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker

Bill Walker wants to be the next Governor of Alaska. Whoever wins will take the job in a tough fiscal environment. Walker is running in a tight race without a party after running as a Republican in the past.

APRN: Wednesday, 10/22 at 10:00am

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October 17, 2014

BBEDC Releases 2013 Annual Report

Mailboxes across the Bristol Bay region have been filling up in recent days with the 36-page annual report from the community development quota organization that represents the region.

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October 16, 2014

Yup’ik Language Assistance Available For Early Voting In Bethel

Early or absentee voting begins Monday, October 20th for those who want to cast their ballots before the General Elections on November 4th.

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October 16, 2014

Environmental Concerns Raised Over Navy Training In Gulf of Alaska

For several decades the United States Navy and other branches of the Military have performed a series of training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska during the spring and summer months. The Navy is required to file an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, which needs to be updated every five years. The public comment period for the latest Supplemental EIS closes next week. These exercises are conducted in some of the Alaska’s key fish habitats, so environmental concerns have been raised.

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October 16, 2014

Audit Of Alaska National Guard Launched

The audit team is composed of three investigators from the National Guard Bureau. They arrived over the weekend, and will look into allegations of embezzlement and misuse of funds.

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October 15, 2014

Appeals Court Halts Gay Marriages In Alaska

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska.

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October 15, 2014

Fairbanks Air Quality Regulation Now In Local Lawmakers’ Control

Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have rejected a ballot initiative that would have continued a ban on local regulation of area clean air standards.

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October 15, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Interior Issues

Two candidates running for Alaska Governor debated during a forum Tuesday in Fairbanks. Sean Parnell defended his administration when Bill Walker questioned what the current governor is doing about the high cost of energy in the Interior.

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October 15, 2014

Sullivan Raises More Than Begich In Latest Quarter

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan raised more money than Democratic Sen. Mark Begich during the latest fundraising quarter.

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October 15, 2014
A few dozen people participated in a rally the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council organized outside Centennial Hall. They were supporting ferries and opposing an extension of the Juneau’s main road. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

Cost, Avalanche Danger High On Juneau Access Opponents’ Concerns

At a public hearing Tuesday night in Juneau, locals spoke out nearly 4-1 against transportation officials’ effort to extend the capital city’s main road 48 miles farther north.

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October 15, 2014
Caribou grazing along the Transalaska Pipeline. (Photo Courtesy of DNR Alasksa Pipeline Coordinator’s Office)

Y-K Delta Residents: How Will Donlin Gas Pipeline Benefit Us?

The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Pipeline Coordinator’s Office collected comments on a natural gas pipeline being proposed by Donlin Gold at Bethel’s Cultural Center Monday evening. It was the first state hearing on the pipeline that would run from Cook Inlet to the proposed Donlin Creek Mine site near Crooked Creek.

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October 15, 2014

Judge Allows Gay Marriages To Continue In Alaska

A federal court judge has denied a request from the state of Alaska to put gay marriages on hold until an appeal is heard.

October 14, 2014

Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit

Arguments have been scheduled on the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Interior Department’s refusal to allow for a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

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October 14, 2014

Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit

A coalition of environmental organizations are criticizing the state for issuing a coal mining permit for a site near Palmer.

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October 14, 2014