Facing lean capital expenditures from the Legislature, the City of Anchorage is hoping a multi-year funding commitment can avoid future increases in overdue upgrades to port infrastructure.
Charter schools in Anchorage are struggling with a facilities problem. The schools are part of the Anchorage School District, but they have to find and pay for their own buildings. And it’s really hard to find empty schools or pay to build new ones. Now the Anchorage School Board is discussing a potential solution.
Mark Begich said goodbye on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday. His six years in office end with this Congress.
During a 2010 expedition in the Beaufort Sea’s deep, Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, scientists discovered what turned out to be a previously-unknown, ancient type of mollusk.
With Lower Oil Prices, State Expecting Major Deficits; Port Funding Tops Anchorage Mayor’s Budget Wish List; Outgoing Senator Mark Begich Bids Farewell On Senate Floor; Anchorage School Board Discusses Charter Schools’ Facility Issues; Senior Care Center Key to Development Plan; Arctic Expedition Uncovers Previously Undiscovered, Ancient Mollusk Specimens; Former NBA Coach Leads Haines Girls’ Basketball
Counts come after a four-year investigation by FBI, IRS, U.S. Attorney’s Office, APD and State Department of Law looking into promotion of prostitution.
When lawmakers passed their budget this spring, they planned for a gap of $1.4 billion. The deficit for that same budget has now ballooned to $3.5 billion because of low oil prices.
The U.S. Senate and House on Wednesday passed a Coast Guard bill that includes a three-year moratorium on vessel discharge regulations for boats 79 feet and smaller. Both Alaska Senators spoke in favor of it. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, argued from the Senate floor for a permanent fix but she says other lawmakers insisted on a temporary moratorium.
A new fiscal analysis of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project questions the Alaska Energy Authority’s estimates regarding how much the 735-foot tall dam would cost the State of Alaska, if built.
Walker says he will be reviewing candidates for the adjutant general position next week and that a decision should be made shortly after.
Valerie Davidson has been one of the biggest advocates in the state for Medicaid Expansion. Now implementing that expansion is one of her top priorities as Alaska’s new Commissioner of Health and Social Services. Another focus for Davidson will be child welfare- she just served on the U.S. Attorney General’s advisory committee on Native children exposed to violence.
Davidson started in the job December first. She says when she accepted the appointment she consulted her two daughters and her mom.
The Fairbanks man who was buried in an avalanche near Isabel Pass Saturday and lived to tell about it says he’s learned that even an experienced backcountry skier can get into trouble in a rugged area like the Eastern Alaska Range. He says unusual winter weather is making it more unpredictable.
Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines is the only craft distillery in Southeast. When the business started, distilleries in the state were not allowed to sell their spirits on-site. But a law passed earlier this year removes that restriction.
Police: Felon Killed Prosecutor in Jealous Rage; Senate Gives Fishermen 3-Year Reprieve from EPA Regs; New Report Questions Susitna-Watana Economics; AEA Responds; Walker To Begin Reviewing Candidates For National Guard Post; Medicaid Expansion, Child Welfare Top Priorities For New DHSS Commissioner; Avalanche Survivor Says He’s Shaken, Humbled After Ordeal Near Rainbow Ridge; Eek Fisherman Catches Silver Salmon in December; After Lobbying Effort, Haines Distillery Opens Newly Legal Tasting Room
A state attorney was shot and killed in Barrow last night. Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Law’s Criminal Division Rick Svobodny says Brian Sullivan was killed some time before midnight. Barrow police are leading the investigation.
The Senate is expected to pass a major public lands package this week as a rider to the annual defense bill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of the key negotiators on this controversial compromise, which has split advocacy groups on the right and left. Murkowski is planning more of the same when she becomes a committee chairman in the new year. What did it take to free these bills from the Congressional quagmire?