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Alaska Politics

Military Recruiters Banned From Anchorage, Mat-Su Schools

Military recruiters are no longer welcome at Anchorage or Mat-Su schools.

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October 21, 2014

Federally-Managed Cook Inlet Waters Could Open Up For Oil, Gas Exploration

The federally-managed waters of Cook Inlet could open up for oil and gas exploration in the next few years. Industry interest has spurred the review of sites along the Inlet by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. BOEM held the first of two meet-and-greets yesterday with Peninsula residents to reopen the conversation about the proposed sale. Today, it released its intent to draft an environmental impact statement in support of a potential sale.

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October 21, 2014

Public Meetings Begin On Proposed Park Service Sport Hunting Ban

The National Park Service will host 17 public hearings across the state beginning Tuesday, October 21 through November 20th to address the agency’s proposals to prohibit some sport hunting on National Park and Preserve lands.

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October 21, 2014

Courts Rule Against 2 Plaintiffs Challenging Park Service Authority

The 9th Circuit Court of appeals has ruled against plaintiffs in two cases challenging National Park Service authority. The court found against hunters John Sturgeon of Anchorage and Jim Wilde of Central, who challenged park service regulation of state waters inside Yukon Charley Rivers Park and Preserve.

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October 21, 2014

Ketchikan Assembly Says No To Adding Official Prayer

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance Monday that would have added prayer to the regular meeting agenda. The issue was controversial, with many people taking one side or the other during public comment.

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October 21, 2014

Military recruiters banned from Anchorage Schools

Military recruiters are no longer welcome at Anchorage schools. Superintendent Ed Graff made the decision after the Anchorage Press published allegations that an Army National Guard recruiter had sex with and made sexual advances toward high school JROTC cadets.

October 20, 2014
With Millions Pumped into U.S. Senate Race, Voters Near Their Limit

With Millions Pumped into U.S. Senate Race, Voters Near Their Limit

About $46 million has been spent so far to convince Alaskans to either vote for Sen. Mark Begich or challenger Dan Sullivan. One clear effect: Voter annoyance is rampant.

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October 20, 2014

As Field Season Ends, Gasline Becomes Focal Point In Gubernatorial Race

Just about every major gubernatorial candidate since Jay Hammond has made advancing a gasline part of their platform. This election is no different. With early field work being done on a project, Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker are sparring over who can negotiate the best deal and who can close it.

October 20, 2014

Parnell Meets With Guard Members

Gov. Sean Parnell met with Alaska National Guard members Sunday amid ongoing criticism about the administration’s response to allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the Guard.

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October 20, 2014

Elders and Youth Conference Kicks Off In Anchorage

The 30th annual Elders and Youth conference began Monday in Anchorage. The conference is held each year at the beginning of the same week as the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The gathering is an opportunity for youth to discuss an array of issues relevant to Alaska Natives with support from their elders.

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October 20, 2014

Small Southeast Community Becomes New Alaska City

A small community in southeast Alaska is the state’s newest city. A state commissioner signed incorporation documents last week for Edna Bay, which has a population of 49.

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October 20, 2014

Deadline Approaches For Fairbanks Air Plan

The clock is ticking toward the deadline for a plan for getting Fairbanks into compliance with federal air quality standards. The state hasn’t given up on getting the fine particulate pollution plan in by a Dec. 31 Environmental Protection Agency deadline.

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October 20, 2014
(Image by Sarah Glaser, Alaska Public Media)

Attack Ads…With A Twist

It seems to be fairly universal that everyone is growing weary of the constant barrage of attack ads. To help us lighten the mood a bit as we race to the November 4th finish line, KSKA’s Dave Waldron found a way to bring levity to the attack.

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October 20, 2014

Dunleavy Faces Independent Challenger in Senate E Race

Political newcomer Warren Keogh, non-affiliated, is challenging incumbent Republican Michael Dunleavy for the Senate E seat in the November general election. Two candidates both live in the Matanuska Valley – other than that, they have little in common.

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October 20, 2014
United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. (© Jarek Tuszynski / Wikimedia Commons)

Supreme Court denies stay; same-sex marriages can continue in Alaska

Same-sex marriages are legal again in Alaska. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the state a stay, which would have halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the 9th Circuit Court heard the state’s appeal early next year. The governor’s office is continuing with the appeal.

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October 17, 2014

State Disputes ANWR Boundaries

The state of Alaska has launched the opening salvo in a border dispute with the federal government over the western edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. At stake is a 20 thousand acre wedge of land that the federal government counts as part of ANWR. But in a letter to the BLM today, the state asserts the government has mapped ANWR incorrectly. The state says the wedge of land between the Canning and the Staines River is actually outside the refuge, according to a 1960 legal description of the refuge border.

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October 17, 2014

Air Quality Settlement Requires Review Of Particulate Pollution Plans

A legal settlement between an environmental organization and the federal government requires review of plans for dealing with new sources of fine particulate pollution in Los Angeles California and Fairbanks.

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October 17, 2014

State Senator Plans To Investigate Guard Situation

State Senator Lesil McGuire says the Legislature will hold hearings into the troubled Alaska National Guard, but she’s getting push back from the Senate president.

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October 17, 2014
Host Lori Townsend (left) with Republican gubernatorial candidate incumbent Sean Parnell (right). (Photo by Monica Gokey, KSKA - Anchorage)

Gubernatorial Candidate Sean Parnell

Sean Parnell is in a close race to keep his position as Alaska’s top executive. The state is facing tough issues. Revenue shortfalls mean hard budget questions in the future, and reform is needed in the troubled National Guard. But gasline development may also be on the horizon.

APRN: Tuesday, 10/21 at 10:00am

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October 17, 2014
Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker

Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker

Bill Walker wants to be the next Governor of Alaska. Whoever wins will take the job in a tough fiscal environment. Walker is running in a tight race without a party after running as a Republican in the past.

APRN: Wednesday, 10/22 at 10:00am

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October 17, 2014