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University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers plans to step down this summer. Rogers, who was a top candidate to replace retiring UA system President Pat Gamble, announced his intention to leave the university Thursday.
Alaska tribes can now ask the Interior Secretary to take land into trust, a legal designation called Indian Country. What would this mean for the future of tribal sovereignty? How would Indian Country status affect Alaska Native Corporations and the relationship between tribes and the state?
APRN: Tuesday, 4/21 at 10:00am
This week on Alaska Edition: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council takes action on Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska’s pollock fishery. How could the veto of HB132 affect the Mat-Su Valley? Where does Medicaid expansion stand in the legislature?
KSKA: Friday, 4/17 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/17 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 4:30pm
With the president of the Alaska Federation of Natives by his side, Walker announced at a press conference that the state would make it easier for Alaska Native children to remain with extended family or with tribal members in adoption cases.
Battle Over Medicaid Spills Onto Capital Steps; As Deadline Looms, Gov. Walker Says Legislature Could Gavel Out On Time; Emergency Regulations Strengthen Indian Child Welfare Act; Petitioners ask Governor to Stop Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Bans; Coast Guard Says Remains Of Missing Alaska Pilot Found; FBI Looks Into Bethel Incident; Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Defends Federal Land Management; Oil Price Likely To Dip Again After Brief Surge; Ninth Circuit Denies Big Thorne Injunction; Anchorage Students Rally Against Education Funding Cut; Juneau School District Seeking Special Election For School Bonds
More than 150 high school students walked out of class Thursday afternoon to attend an impromptu rally at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.
With the legislature scheduled to gavel out by midnight on Sunday, Governor Bill Walker has seen very few pieces of legislation make it to his desk. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez sat down with Walker yesterday afternoon to get his take on how the session is progressing. Walker said he thinks it’s still possible for lawmakers to get their work done on time.
More than 1,200 sign a petition asking Gov. Walker and Attorney General Craig Richards to remove Alaska from an amicus brief.
Searchers have found the remains of the pilot of a plane that went missing in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The Coast Guard says the man’s remains were recovered after being found Wednesday evening.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today defended the federal government’s land management and brushed off calls from legislators in Alaska, and other states, to seize federal lands.
The price of Brent Crude hit above $63 a barrel today, the highest it’s been this year. That gives Alaskans something to cheer about, but the head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration told a Senate panel Thursday two political events on the horizon would likely bring the global price down.
The Juneau School District wants a special June election asking voters to approve a bond for school renovations before a law stopping state reimbursements for school construction takes effect. The governor still hasn’t signed the bill, but if he does, the school district has 90 days before it becomes a law to hold an election. Even if all goes smoothly and the district beats the countdown, it’s still unclear if it will get reimbursed. Lisa Phu has more.
The executive proclamation comes days after legislative leadership cancelled their confirmation session — and days after the governor sent a six-page letter reiterating that he would veto a contentious gasline bill and urging lawmakers not to override him.
The Alaska House has narrowly passed a bill that would claw back raises for many state workers.
The U.S. Senate last night passed a bill to continue Secure Rural Schools. That’s a federal revenue-sharing program that delivers some $14 million to local governments in Alaska, primarily in Southeast, to compensate for low federal timber receipts. The bill also helps Medicare providers nationwide.
Based on a petition submitted about a year ago by a coalition of conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that protection for the Alaska yellow cedar tree might be warranted under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Senate Bill 89 aims to increase the authority of parents, allowing them to opt their children out of standardized tests, and educational programming dealing with sexual health.