Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau
In the legislative session that begins in January, members of the House and Senate will face several high priority issues. But at the top will be whether to change the state’s oil tax structure in hopes of encouraging more new production.
Sponsors of the initiative to reinstate the state’s Coastal Management Program are ready to gather nearly 26,000 signatures to get their ballot question approved.
An agreement between two federal agencies on Monday leaves only one formal step in the process to open the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska – or NPRA -- for development.
Anchorage Republican Mike Hawker today learned that the cancer he has been fighting for more than a year is in complete remission. A year ago, doctors had not expected Hawker to live more than a few weeks. Today, they told him that his life expectancy is the same as it was before the cancer ever appeared.
Although there is a child nutrition program within the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the state does not contribute any money to see that kids eat on a regular basis. Financial help comes from the federal government – $34-million two years ago, and an expected $50-million this year.
A major education effort by scientists and fishermen is leading to the conclusion that if Ocean Acidification is not a problem yet, it’s about to be. And a proposal that will likely be before the legislature next session is looking for money to enlarge the state’s Ocean Acidification observation network with new monitoring buoys to provide an early warning system that could help avoid an immediate fishing disaster – and help determine the long-term impacts of acidification.
A federal court in Washington D-C has upheld the “endangered species” listing of Cook Inlet’s Beluga Whales.
Former Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams – who was the Democratic nominee for U-S Senate last year – has formed a non-partisan interest group with the expressed purpose of providing financial support to candidates who commit to putting Alaska’s communities and people ahead of out-of-state interests.
The Parnell Administration has let pass an opportunity to get waivers from parts of the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001. The federal standards that accompany the law have drawn criticism in Alaska – particularly in rural school districts that are not able to provide staff and services needed.
The Parnell Administration has let pass an opportunity to get waivers from parts of the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001. The federal standards that accompany the law have drawn criticism in Alaska -- particularly in rural school districts that are not able to provide staff and services needed.
House Speaker Mike Chenault is calling for the House and Senate to increase the profile of an in-state natural gas line dedicated to providing energy to Alaskans.
The company with the largest stake in future development of shale oil on the North Slope says a decision on whether to proceed with work there will not be made for another year.
Monday, the Parnell Administration began explaining the reasons behind a 249 percent increase in licensing fees for Real Estate professionals. The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing increased the cost of a license from $275 to $685.
The Village Public Safety Officer Program may be the only line in the state budget where there has been no talk of reducing over the past few years. It’s a program that provides first responder service to rural Alaska communities – and is a critical element in the fights against domestic violence, alcoholism, and suicide.