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Walker Says Rupert Terminal Will Be Rebuilt

Walker Says Rupert Terminal Will Be Rebuilt

Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll continue pushing for construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. His administration cancelled project bidding Jan. 21 due to a dispute over construction materials.

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January 27, 2015

With New Regents, Walker Alters Geographic Makeup of University Board

With four members, Fairbanks now has the most representation on the 11-person board. A spokesperson for the governor says the governor desired “more regional representation.”

January 26, 2015
Murkowski Says Obama Plans 3 Gut Punches to Alaska Economy This Week

Murkowski Says Obama Plans 3 Gut Punches to Alaska Economy This Week

Alaska’s governor and congressional delegation are furious over President Obama’s announcement this weekend that he’s seeking wilderness status for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That would put the area off-limits to oil and gas development. Permanent wilderness designation would require congressional approval, and this Republican-led Congress is unlikely to grant it. But that’s just the start of what Obama has in store for the state in the coming days.

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January 26, 2015
Aleutian Sanctuary Proposal Stalls Out

Aleutian Sanctuary Proposal Stalls Out

The federal government has turned down a request to create a vast marine reserve around the Aleutian Islands.

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January 26, 2015

Walker, Delegation Irked By President’s ANWR Proposal

President Obama is proposing the largest ever wilderness designation in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which would forever put the coastal plain off-limits to oil and gas development.

January 26, 2015

Fish Commissioner Names New Habitat Director

Biologist Tony DeGange takes over the position at a time when the division is reconsidering its habitat management process.

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January 23, 2015
Senate Bill 30 has a deadline of February 24th in order to meet the requirements of Ballot Measure 2.

Joint Session to Address Marijuana Decriminalization As Municipalities Scramble to Regulate

Republican Senator Lesil McGuire of Anchorage has introduced the first large-scale bill regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska. The measure includes fine points that lawmakers, police, and the public need to adapt November’s Ballot Measure 2 into a legal framework.

January 23, 2015

Walker Names Transportation Commissioner

There’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing, roads, airports and ferries. Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named Marc Luiken as his commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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January 23, 2015

Murkowski, Sullivan Agree Climate is Changing but Split on Naming Cause

Both of Alaska’s U.S. senators voted for an amendment saying climate change is real and not a hoax. The rub came on amendments declaring a cause.

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January 23, 2015

Leaner Times In Store For Alaska’s Budget

Governor Bill Walker’s State of the Budget speech made clear that leaner times are ahead for Alaska. His address was a somber departure from the optimistic state of the state address. He noted almost right away that managing the state’s finances into better standing will not be easy.

KSKA: Friday, 1/23 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/24 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/24 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 23, 2015

Murkowski to Deliver GOP Weekly Address

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will deliver the next Republican weekly national speech on Saturday. It’s the party’s response to the president’s weekly radio address.

January 23, 2015
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Walker Outlines Plans For Budget Cuts

With Alaska facing a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, Gov. Bill Walker is proposing 5 percent cuts to agency funding.

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January 22, 2015

Sullivan to Chair Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan has been named chairman of the subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, part of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Its jurisdiction includes oversight of the Clean Water Act, wetlands, the Endangered Species Act, invasive species and National Wildlife Refuges.

January 22, 2015
Walker Names National Guard Special Investigator

Walker Names National Guard Special Investigator

Gov. Bill Walker has named a retired judge as his federal investigator into the Alaska National Guard. Patricia Collins, a former Superior Court judge for Juneau, will conduct the investigation into the Alaska National Guard.

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January 22, 2015

Sullivan Starts Committee Work With a Pile-up

Just this week, the U.S. Senate got started with committee work, with most panels holding their first hearings. All four of Sen. Dan Sullivan’s committees met Wednesday, colliding in a scheduling pile-up that’s typical in Congress. To get by — and be effective — requires skill in the art of Senate juggling.
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January 22, 2015

Bill Streur Hired As Medicaid Budget, Expansion Consultant

The Senate Finance Committee approved hiring former-health commissioner Bill Streur today as a consultant on the Medicaid budget and Medicaid expansion. Expanding the program as part of the Affordable Care Act is a priority of Governor Bill Walker, but many Republican lawmakers say the state can’t afford any new spending.

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January 22, 2015
Healthcare.gov Navigators See Steady Enrollment As Deadline Approaches

Healthcare.gov Navigators See Steady Enrollment As Deadline Approaches

Nearly 17,000 Alaskans have signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during this open enrollment period. That’s already a substantial increase from last year. And Affordable Care Act navigators expect the next three weeks will be even busier as the February 15th enrollment deadline approaches.

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January 22, 2015

Mat-Su Borough Establishes Marijuana Advisory Committee

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough passed a resolution this week establishing a Borough Marijuana Advisory Committee.

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January 22, 2015
Kenai Peninsula Borough Takes on Cannabis Cultivation Outside City Limits

Kenai Peninsula Borough Takes on Cannabis Cultivation Outside City Limits

Kenai Peninsula residents overwhelmingly turned out in support of establishing cannabis agribusiness in the borough, or at least not restricting it too much this early in the game.

January 22, 2015
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Walker Sketches Agenda In State Of State Address

In his first State of the State address to the Legislature, Gov. Bill Walker spoke broadly of the need to address the state’s financial shortfall and the importance of building a natural gas pipeline. But while its spirit was praised, legislative leaders found it short on detail.

January 21, 2015