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Talkeetna River Dam Project could have preliminary license revoked

A required progress report on the proposed Talkeetna River Dam is overdue, according to the federal agency that licenses large energy projects.

June 10, 2015

Navy holds community forum in Kodiak

Navy representatives held a community forum in Kodiak yesterday to address concerns about its training in the Gulf of Alaska, which they say begins Monday. They say many people believe this month’s training will include bombs, sonar, and exercises that will disturb commercial fishing, but say much of that is misinformation.

June 10, 2015
Rep. Don Young Marries on 82nd Birthday

Rep. Don Young Marries on 82nd Birthday

Alaska Congressman Don Young tied the knot today, on his 82nd birthday. Young married 76-year-old Anne Garland Walton, a flight nurse from Fairbanks. She says his birthday cakes will never be the same.

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June 9, 2015

Budget Woes Hurt Small Spuds

The legislature’s lack of action on a budget is no small potatoes.

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June 9, 2015

PFD earning, taxes highlight governor’s fiscal discussion

Governor Bill Walker gathered Alaska leaders from around the state in Fairbanks over the weekend to talk about state services and how to pay for them. The event called: “Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations With Alaskans” resulted in some clear and predictable messages, but it’s uncertain when or if they will result in legislative action.

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June 8, 2015
Sen. Sullivan Moves D.C. Office to Hart Building

Sen. Sullivan Moves D.C. Office to Hart Building

Sen. Dan Sullivan is out of the basement. His staff announced today that they’ve moved to their new office location in the nation’s capital, on the 7th floor of the Hart Building.

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June 8, 2015

Alaska residents rank 3 state services as low priority

State services like the pioneers’ home, the aerospace corporation and the agriculture division should be Alaska’s lowest priorities, according to participants in a budget conference held by Gov. Bill Walker.

June 8, 2015

Special session costs of at least $430K so far

The two special legislative sessions so far have cost the state at least $430,000, with costs still being tallied.

June 8, 2015
Governor’s weekend retreat to look beyond the budget impasse

Governor’s weekend retreat to look beyond the budget impasse

Weekend plans for about 175 diverse and influential Alaskans include right-sizing state government, working with interactive financial models and frank talk about the third rail of Alaska politics — revenue, taxes and tapping the Permanent Fund.

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June 5, 2015

FEC Hits Sullivan Campaign With $3k Fine

The Federal Election Commission slapped Sen. Dan Sullivan’s campaign with a fine of nearly $3,000 for failing to disclose donations. The total amount of the donations in question comes to just over $25,000. Most — if not all – of them appear to be from out of state.

June 5, 2015

Pebble FACA case against EPA to go forward

The Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the EPA, alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, will go forward. That’s according to a ruling Thursday by Anchorage federal court Judge H. Russel Holland.

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June 5, 2015

Senate Spokesperson Arrested For DUI After LIO Hit-And-Run

A spokesperson for the Senate Majority caucus has been arrested for a hit-and-run accident in the parking lot of the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. Press secretary Carolyn Kuckertz, 38, has been charged with three felonies and misdemeanor for allegedly striking two people while drunk. The arrest occurred on Tuesday around 5:30pm.

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June 4, 2015

Stowers chosen as next chief justice of Alaska Supreme Court

The Alaska Supreme Court has chosen Justice Craig Stowers to be the next chief justice. The announcement was made Wednesday in a release from the court system.

June 4, 2015

Alaska grizzly bear license plates off to a good start

Alaska’s grizzly bear license plate has made its comeback and is gaining popularity among vehicle owners.

June 3, 2015

Congress Approves Commission on Native American Children

The U.S. Congress on Tuesday unanimously adopted legislation to create a Commission on Native American children, according to a prepared statement by bill sponsor and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.

June 3, 2015

Alaska Senators Vote to Reform Patriot Act

The U.S. Senate today voted to curtail the National Security Administration’s collection of bulk phone data. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was an early sponsor of the reform. Sen. Dan Sullivan says he became convinced the bill was a good revision to the controversial parts of the 2001 Patriot Act.

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June 2, 2015
No budget by July means no ferry service

No budget by July means no ferry service

All state ferries will stop sailing by early July if the Legislature fails to reach a budget deal. The Alaska Marine Highway System’s plans are among dozens of state service cuts announced Monday by the Walker administration.

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June 2, 2015

Rep. Young’s Fisheries Bill Passes House

A bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act passed the U.S. House this evening, largely on party lines. Alaska Congressman Don Young says the bill makes practical revisions to continue a law that has restored the health of America’s fisheries. Opponents says it weakens environmental law.

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June 1, 2015

U.S. House Votes to Sell Midtown Lot to Muni

The House today voted to sell a 9-acre lot in Anchorage to the Municipality, at fair market value. The property at 40th and Denali Street, once intended for the National Archives, is one of the largest undeveloped lots in Midtown.

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June 1, 2015

Senate Finance rolls out proposal meant to spur talks

The Senate Finance Committee has proposed a version of the budget similar to what lawmakers passed in late April as a way to force negotiations between the House and Senate on a spending plan.

June 1, 2015