APRN News – Alaska Politics
As the design for Anchorage’s contentious Northern Access Project — the proposed 2-lane road connecting Elmore Road with Bragaw Street in Anchorage’ U-Med District – nears completion, the municipality’s planning division released a memorandum recommending the project be sent back to the drawing board.
Students at the University of Alaska Southeast will recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 12, a day otherwise known as Columbus Day. The student government recently passed a resolution to do this on the second Monday of every October.
The controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule took effect in most states this summer, redefining which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act. While legal challenges progress, the WOTUS rule remains a political hot button. Sen. Dan Sullivan pushed that button at a hearing this morning.
Proposed state regulations could keep marijuana businesses from opening almost anywhere in downtown Ketchikan.
Alaska Congressman Don Young and other Republicans this morning attacked the idea that President Obama might create a marine national monument around the Aleutian Islands, with unknown effects on the fishing industry. But the administration has given no sign it’s considering the notion.
Senator Lesil McGuire, a Republican from Anchorage, likely surprised attendees at the Arctic Energy Summit in Fairbanks today when she announced she would not seek re-election next year.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski says news that Shell is pulling out of the Alaskan Arctic hit her hard.
“Heartsick. Kick in the gut. Just really devastated,” she said.
Murkowski says dry holes are a fact of oil exploration, but she blames the federal government for curtailing Shell.
Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s mayor’s seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks re-election, and he’s is being challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemary Vavrin. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6.
Lawmakers have been expecting a special session on the state’s proposed $55-billion gas pipeline project. But when Gov. Bill Walker called the session, it came with a surprise – a proposed tax on natural gas reserves held by the very companies the state is trying to partner with.
Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s mayor’s seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks reelection, and is being challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemary Vavrin.
Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s mayor’s seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks reelection, and is challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemany Vavrin.
Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s mayor’s seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks reelection, and is challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemary Vavrin.
Alaska’s prison population has grown by 27 percent in the last decade. Without reforms to our justice programs, the state’s prison population could exceed capacity within 2 years. What are the best ideas for keeping people off the path to incarceration and reduce recidivism while maintaining public safety?
APRN: Tuesday, 9/29 at 10:00 a.m.
Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday formally called the Alaska Legislature back to Juneau for a third special session this year. His proclamation calls for considering two topics: A tax targeting undeveloped natural gas still in the ground, and buying out Canadian pipeline builder TransCanada’s ownership stake in a proposed natural gas pipeline.
In a press release, Walker likened the state’s unproduced natural gas reserves as milk with no expiration date. He says taxing it serves as an insurance policy against the “significant risk of never monetizing” the gas.
Alaska’s congressional delegation had an audience with this pope this morning. Actually, all of Congress did, along with the president’s cabinet and the Supreme Court. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski did have a close encounter with Pope Francis, a personal moment that left her awestruck.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of eight Republicans to vote against advancing a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. She also explains why she missed an abortion-related vote on Tuesday: She was in Texas, fundraising.
The recreational marijuana industry in Juneau won’t be growing when it was originally scheduled as the city won’t be accepting conditional use permits for marijuana businesses until next year.
As Alaska continues to grapple with a major budget shortfall, one line item promises to be particularly controversial: tax credits for oil and gas producers.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski was absent today for a procedural vote on banning abortion after the 20th week. As her spokeswoman explains it, Murkowski did not intentionally duck the abortion vote, but missed it due to “prior travel commitments.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday challenged National Park and Forest Service officials about the fees they collect from visitors. At a Senate hearing, Murkowski said she “generally” supports the law allowing the agencies to collect fees. But then Murkowski homed in on the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center, in Juneau.