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Kachemak Selo highlights need for new school

Kachemak Selo highlights need for new school

A new school for the town of Kachemak Selo is at the top of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s list of funding requests to the legislature. But with the state in financial crisis due to declining oil revenue, their request may go unmet. The tiny Russian Old Believer village is at the head of Kachemak Bay. Download Audio
February 4, 2016
Senate takes public testimony on Walker’s Permanent Fund bill

Senate takes public testimony on Walker’s Permanent Fund bill

Alaskans get their first chance today to tell legislators what they think of the centerpiece of Gov. Bill Walker’s fiscal plan for the state.
February 4, 2016

Sen. Sullivan co-sponsors bill to split 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

The age-old effort to split up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is back. Republican senators Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana have co-sponsored the latest bill.
February 4, 2016
Proposed bill would protect Chilkat River, among others

Proposed bill would protect Chilkat River, among others

The Chilkat Indian Village in Klukwan is trying to preserve its main salmon resource – the Chilkat River — with the highest environmental protection available.If the river is named an Outstanding National Resource Water, it would be protected from activities that degrade water quality. But there is no system in place in Alaska to evaluate this kind of water protection request. That could change with a bill in the State Legislature that would place these types of decisions in the hands of lawmakers.
February 4, 2016
Three pitches for closing state budget deficit with the Permanent Fund

Three pitches for closing state budget deficit with the Permanent Fund

Gov. Bill Walker has proposed using the Permanent Fund to pay for much of the state’s annual budget. But Walker isn’t alone in eyeing the $50 billion account. Lawmakers have introduced two other bills to pay for part of the budget using the fund. Download Audio
February 3, 2016

AK House passes military code of justice reforms

The state House today passed a bill designed to strengthen the state's Military Code of Justice. It passed on a 39-0 vote with one member absent, and now goes to the state Senate. Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, a Republican from Anchorage, says the revisions create a state code which is similar to the federal code. The code would apply to military members in Alaska not covered by federal regulations, such as many members of the Alaska National Guard. Download Audio
February 3, 2016

Court will hear oral arguments on Medicaid expansion

The issue of Medicaid expansion will be back before a Superior Court in Anchorage Thursday morning. The Republican led legislative council sued last summer to stop Governor Bill Walker from unilaterally expanding Medicaid. Download Audio
February 3, 2016
ANSEP proposes to run Mt. Edgecumbe as 3-year STEM school

ANSEP proposes to run Mt. Edgecumbe as 3-year STEM school

Lawmakers this week heard a proposal from the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program to turn Mt. Edgecumbe High School into a three-year accelerated program. Download Audio
February 3, 2016
Bill aims to split Ninth Circuit Court

Bill aims to split Ninth Circuit Court

The age-old effort to split up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is back. Republican senators Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana have co-sponsored the latest bill.
February 3, 2016
Ortiz gives an update on the legislative session

Ortiz gives an update on the legislative session

The Alaska Legislature is about two weeks into the current session. KRBD’s Leila Kheiry talked with House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz to get a sense of how the session is going, so far. Rep. Ortiz says the atmosphere in Juneau is pretty positive, with most lawmakers focused on resolving the state’s $3.5 billion deficit rather than delaying action.
February 3, 2016

Revision to Kodiak law bans camping, lying on sidewalks

Kodiak officials have passed a revision to an ordinance that targets the city's homeless population. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the revision approved by the City Council Thursday prohibits aggressive panhandling and camping, sitting or lying on public sidewalks.
February 3, 2016
Marijuana laws missing key language

Marijuana laws missing key language

Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott signed the state marijuana regulations into law last month (01-22-16) and the state will begin accepting license applications on February 24th. But there’s a wrench in the works: the original bill fails to properly authorize background checks. Download Audio
February 2, 2016
New system will warn of big quakes - but not in Alaska

New system will warn of big quakes – but not in Alaska

A prototype of an earthquake early warning system called Shake Alert is close to launch. Soon, West Coast residents will be able to get alerts on their cell phones a few seconds to a few minutes before a big quake strikes. But the warnings won’t cover Alaska.
February 2, 2016
Alaska sends second draft of transboundary agreement to BC

Alaska sends second draft of transboundary agreement to BC

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott sent the second draft of a Statement of Cooperation to British Columbia officials last week as part of an ongoing effort to preserve water quality and fisheries of the Stikine, Taku, Unuk and Alsek rivers.
February 2, 2016

Board of Fisheries member resigns

The newest member of the state Board of Fisheries is planning to resign after less than a year on the job.
February 2, 2016
Bill would restrict attorney general appointments to boards

Bill would restrict attorney general appointments to boards

A bill introduced in the Alaska House seeks to restrict the attorney general from serving on the governing body of a state public corporation or on boards or commissions.
February 2, 2016
Lawmaker proposes license plate contest for artists

Lawmaker proposes license plate contest for artists

An Alaska lawmaker says a contest among artists to design a specialty license plate in Alaska could have the excitement of "American Idol."
February 2, 2016
As U.S. buys more guns, state agency has more dough than it can handle

As U.S. buys more guns, state agency has more dough than it can handle

The Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation is largely funded by a federal tax on the sale of guns and ammunition, and sales nationwide are booming. But now the division may have to give back a portion of its bounty. Download Audio
February 1, 2016

Business group projects 1,600 job loss in Anchorage in 2016

A jobs forecast prepared for a business group in Alaska's largest city projects that Anchorage will suffer a loss of 1,600 jobs this year, including 600 in the oil and gas sector.
February 1, 2016
Murkowski reports ending 2015 with about $3.1M for campaign

Murkowski reports ending 2015 with about $3.1M for campaign

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has reported bringing in more than $575,000 toward her re-election bid during the last quarter of 2015.
February 1, 2016