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Tribal Fish Commission Seeks Management Role

Tribal Fish Commission Seeks Management Role

The path to unified management of Kuskokwim salmon stocks is uncharted, but along the way, the newly established Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission wants involvement at each step. That begins with tribal consultation in preparations for another summer of sacrifice. The commission’s inaugural meeting concluded Wednesday in Bethel.

May 7, 2015

Yup’ik fishermen won’t appeal to Alaska Supreme Court

The Yup’ik fishermen who were cited for fishing during a closure on the lower Kuskokwim River will not appeal their case to the Alaska Supreme Court.

May 7, 2015
Sen. Sullivan Lashes Out At Refuge Management He Calls Illegal

Sen. Sullivan Lashes Out At Refuge Management He Calls Illegal

Sen. Dan Sullivan pummels the head of U.S. Fish & Wildlife over management of the Arctic Refuge. Sullivan claims the feds are violating the law by managing areas as wilderness without congressional approval. Not so, says the refuge manager.

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May 6, 2015
Governor signs SLAM bill for Kashevaroff, Foster

Governor signs SLAM bill for Kashevaroff, Foster

Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill this morning officially naming the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum Building after Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff. The signing took place in the historical library in Juneau’s State Office Building.

May 6, 2015
Berkowitz 59%, Demboski 41% In Anchorage Mayor’s Race

Berkowitz 59%, Demboski 41% In Anchorage Mayor’s Race

Mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz beat rival Amy Demboski. Turn out was nearly 30%.

May 5, 2015
Budget Cuts Mean Less Lawyers, Trying Fewer Cases

Budget Cuts Mean Less Lawyers, Trying Fewer Cases

In an email Monday, the Department of Law told staff it is cutting 15 positions across the state to close a 6% budget gap.

May 5, 2015
(Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles)

Grizzly License Plates Ready For Issue

The Division of Motor Vehicles has brought back a 1976 license plate that was originally issued for the United States’ bicentennial. The updated plate features a grizzly reared up against a sunset backdrop.

May 5, 2015

Mat Su Assembly Struggles To Hold Mill Rate Steady

Few people turned out for a Matanuska Susitna Borough public hearing on the FY 2016 budget on Monday evening. But a divide is brewing between those who want to hold the mill rate steady, and those who say more services will require a nudge in property taxes.

May 5, 2015
Byron Mallott: B.C. officials ‘sincere’ about safe mining

Byron Mallott: B.C. officials ‘sincere’ about safe mining

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says British Columbia officials seem “sincere” about protecting transboundary rivers near provincial mines.

May 5, 2015
Tlingit-Haida Pushes For Larger Tribal Role In U.N.

Tlingit-Haida Pushes For Larger Tribal Role In U.N.

Alaska’s largest tribal government has joined an international effort to boost Native influence in the United Nations. The Juneau-based Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska wants a larger forum to address its concerns.

May 5, 2015
Anchorage School Board amends budget, moves charter school facility money to save teaching jobs

Anchorage School Board amends budget, moves charter school facility money to save teaching jobs

The Anchorage School Board amended their budget to account for proposed legislative funding cuts.

May 4, 2015

Anchorage Adopts Budget After Battle Over Utility Funds, Public Safety Jobs

The $483.6 million budget came after vetoes coming from the mayor’s office and a last minute deal over money connected to a utility the Administration has proposed privatizing.

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May 4, 2015
Forestry Jobs Lost But Haines May Retain Part Of Office

Forestry Jobs Lost But Haines May Retain Part Of Office

Two forester jobs in Haines and two in Ketchikan are wiped out in the state budget approved by the legislature earlier this week. Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed changes to that budget would add some money back into the Department of Natural Resources, but they wouldn’t bring back Southeast forester jobs. However, the two-person Haines State Forest office won’t be completely lost.

May 1, 2015

Regulatory Board Reviews Proposed Marijuana Regulations

Communities could opt-out or limit commercial and retail marijuana sales much the same way they do alcohol under proposed regulations put forth by the state alcohol control board.

May 1, 2015

U.S. House Panel Advances Fisheries Law

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee today moved a bill to renew the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The sponsor, Alaska Rep. Don Young, says the bill makes minor changes to the fisheries law. But some fishermen and conservationists say it undercuts environmental protections and the requirement of science-based management.

April 30, 2015

Military Construction Bill Has Money for F35s at Eielson AFB

The U.S. House today passed a military construction bill that includes $37 million for buildings at Eielson Air Force Base to support two squadrons of F-35s. The bill has almost as much for a new boiler at the Eielson power plant, and nearly $8 million for the Fort Greely gym.

April 30, 2015

Campaign Silent on Revelations of Military Service, Divorce, Forgery

New documents are coming to light that complicate the biography of Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski.

April 30, 2015

Legislature Votes To Allow Hearings Outside Of Juneau

While Gov. Bill Walker has ordered the Legislature hold its special session in Juneau, lawmakers may have found a workaround: He can’t control where they hold their committee meetings, or how often they have their floor session.

April 30, 2015
City Council Protests Two Liquor Store Licenses

City Council Protests Two Liquor Store Licenses

It’s been four decades since Bethel had a liquor store, and for now that status will continue. The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday to protest two liquor store license applications from the Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits and the Alaska Commercial Company. The debate now leaves city hall as citizens gear up for a new advisory vote.

April 30, 2015
Public Broadcasting Budget Cut Almost 25 Percent

Public Broadcasting Budget Cut Almost 25 Percent

Alaska’s public broadcasters dodged a bullet when the legislature’s regular session ended Monday. House and Senate negotiators decided on a 23.5 percent budget reduction. A proposed cut more than twice that size could have forced at least five stations off the air. It also would have dramatically reduced programming at other outlets.

April 30, 2015