Up for discussion this week: EPA in Alaska, Sudden Plane Crash Kills Two, Teacher Union’s New Contract, “On Frozen Ground” on Thin Ice, Giant Veggies at the Alaska State Fair, America’s Best Drivers Report, 50th Anniversary March on Washing, Dermot Cole Moves to Alaska Dispatch.
Anchorage Labor Law Overturned, Legislature Questioning Education Costs, Citizens Asked to Help Combat Drunk Driving
News headlines up for discussion this week: Anchorage labor law, education in the legislature, combating drunk driving, Anchorage shooter arrested, election 2014 underway, investing in school safety, further restricting abortions, reapportionment of legislature, EPA administration to visit Pebble mine site.
KSKA: Friday, 8/23 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/24 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/23 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/24 at 5:00pm
Anchorage State Senate Hollis French ponders a run for governor. Exploring life and politics in rural Alaska. The Mat-Su Borough is weary of the cost of mothballing its idle $80 million ferry. The Democratic Party files suit against the state’s redistricting board.
KSKA: Friday, 8/16 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/17 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/16 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/17 at 5:00pm
Bill Walker announces his intent to run for governor as an Independent. The future of Anchorage’s popular downtown market is uncertain. Former state representative Vic Kohring is running for Wasilla City Council. The Anchorage Assembly addresses bars’ safety hour.
KSKA: Friday, 8/9 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/10 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/9 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/10 at 5:00pm
The state’s redistricting board issues what it hopes will be the final plan, but it’s not without objections. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s municipal labor law makes it to state court. Congress searches for a solution to student loan rates. Senator Lisa Murkowski revisits revenue sharing.
KSKA: Friday, 7/26 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/26 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/27 at 5:00pm
Even though there’s no drilling in Arctic waters this summer, work is still being done in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. The Coast Guard has set up a forward operating location in Kotzebue this year after opening a seasonal location in Barrow last summer. Proponents of the oil tax referendum gather over 50,000 signatures. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves a TAPS settlement with the three owners.
KSKA: Friday, 7/19 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/20 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/19 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/20 at 5:00pm
Oil tax referendum proponents say they have gathered enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Assemblyman Dick Traini looks to limit executive pay and benefits. Governor Sean Parnell pushes for seismic testing in ANWR.
KSKA: Friday, 7/12 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/13 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/12 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/13 at 5:00pm
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly make a stop in Anchorage to promote gun control. Governor Sean Parnell scolds the oil industry for slow progress on an LNG pipeline. Alaska’s roads ranked worst in the nation.
KSKA: Friday, 7/5 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/6 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/5 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/6 at 5:00pm
The U.S. Supreme Court votes down the Defense of Marriage Act. Those gathering signatures for a referendum on Gov. Parnell’s oil tax legislation are experiencing paid opposition. An Anchorage resident is killed in the third fatal APD-involved shooting this year.
KSKA: Friday, 6/28 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/29 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 6/28 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/29 at 5:00pm
Current Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell officially announces his run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan announces his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the next election. Senator Lisa Murkowski says she now backs gay marriage. Proponents of a marijuana initiative have gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the 2014 ballot. In order to comply with the Clean Water Act, Anchorage Wastewater Utility may have to spend up to $800 million on equipment upgrades.
KSKA: Friday, 6/21 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/22 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 6/21 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/22 at 5:00pm
APD Policy Change on Vehicles as Weapons, BP Plans for North Slope, Immigration Bill Heats Up in Senate
APD policy change on vehicles as weapons. BP and others plan for North Slope. Immigration bill heats up in Senate. Governor Parnell signs $425 million bill to finance gas liquification plant. The Seaalska Bill is back and facing objections to making it law.
Lesil McGuire announces her candidacy for lieutenant governor. Group hopes to recall Lindsey Holmes. The Air Force makes its case to move Eielson’s F-16s to Anchorage. Review board adds billions of dollars to the estimated value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
KSKA: Friday, 6/7 at 2:00pm
TV: Friday, 6/7 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/8 at 5:00pm
Flooding continues throughout Alaska. A suspect in an Anchorage double homicide and sexual assault has a significant criminal history and is a registered sex offender. The Coast Guard wraps up testimony in its probe into the grounding of the Kulluk.
KSKA: Friday, 5/31 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/1 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 5/31 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/1 at 5:00pm
Governor Sean Parnell signs the oil tax revision into law. Anchorage’s public testimony ordinance gets shelved. Former Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller is ordered to pay $85,000 to the Alaska Dispatch for legal fees. Alaska Pacific University announces a dramatic cut in tuition.
KSKA: Friday, 5/24 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/25 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 5/24 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/25 at 5:00pm
The White House releases comparative cost information for medical procedures conducted by hospitals all over the country. Between Benghazi, the IRS misbehavior, and finally the Justice Department digging into the Associated Press phone records, the Obama Administration is awash in controversy.
KSKA: Friday, 5/17 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/18 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 5/17 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/18 at 5:00pm
The USS Anchorage is commissioned in it’s namesake city. Unions go to court over the Anchorage labor-law referendum. Parnell announces that he will not seek a senate seat in 2014. New developments in the Fairbanks Four case. Last, Wally Hickel, the movie…or at least the story on film.
News headlines up for discussion this week include: Labor law petitions rejected; keys facts in city employment; oil tax; Legislators Consider Oil Tax Debate and Marijuana Initiative; Governor Parnell’s world travels, a study of liquefied gas reports; Fairbanks woman sentenced for election fraud; Rosemary Shinohara retires from the Anchorage Daily News.
KSKA: Friday, 5/3 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/4 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 5/3 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/4 at 5:00pm
Tracking the oil tax reform, a gas line to Southcentral, and trucking gas to Fairbanks. Anchorage activists attempting to derail the tax plan. Labor leaders push to repeal Anchorage’s AO37. Senator Mark Begich votes against gun control proposals.
KSKA: Friday, 4/26 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 4/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 4/26 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 4/27 at 5:00pm
This week on Alaska Edition we discuss the rippling economic effect of federal sequestration cuts and the impact to IHS funding for tribal health facilities across the state. We also run through the legislature’s actions last night on the gas plan for trucking to Fairbanks, the latest on the oil tax overhaul and KABATA getting folded into the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation by the House. The Senate still has to vote on it. We also discussed the Mat-Su budget and the proposal for a CDQ harbor in Seward.
KSKA: Friday, 4/12 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 4/13 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 4/12 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 4/13 at 5:00pm
News headlines up for discussion this week include: Anchorage election results including school board; Governor Parnell’s oil-tax bill progress in Juneau; Natural gas, House bill 4; A tonguge lashing for Fairbanks Representative Scott Kawasaki; Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA) update; Governor Parnell says it is time for Alaskans to embrace smaller government, starting with the budget.
KSKA: Friday, 4/5 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 4/6 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 4/5 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 4/6 at 5:00pm