Murkowski all in for Hyde-Smith, despite ‘hanging’ remark
Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington
Some contributors asked for refunds after the Mississippi senator seemed to make light of lynching. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski made a maximum campaign contribution.
Appeals court ruling mixed on Alaska campaign finance laws
A divided federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that Alaska’s limit on what nonresidents can contribute to candidates is unconstitutional.
Johnson murder trial begins
Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
The trial began yesterday for an Alaska man accused in the killing of a 16-year-old boy near Palmer.
ConocoPhillips executive: more land around Teshekpuk Lake should be available for drilling
Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk
A top executive with ConocoPhillips said the federal government should shrink — but not eliminate — the protected area around Teshekpuk Lake, the biggest lake in Arctic Alaska, which is important habitat for wildlife.
As oceans heats up off Northwest Alaska, the fishing does too
Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage
This year’s commercial harvest of chum salmon in Kotzebue Sound was nearly 700,000 fish, breaking a record nearly four decades old. To the south, the value of the commercial salmon catch in Norton Sound was also the highest ever.
Fisheries managers report declining halibut stocks
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
The International Pacific Halibut Commission’s annual survey showed the numbers of halibut coast-wide dropped by six percent from the year before.