Alaska Politics

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Several Alaska Native Leaders Backing Murkowski

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Several Alaska Native leaders are backing Lisa Murkowski’s write buy cheap kamagra uk in campaign bid to hold onto...

State House Challenger Concedes to Incumbent

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg The challenger in the Republican primary race for state house district two has conceded the race. Just 142 votes...

Peggy Wilson Ending Long Legislative Career

One of Southeast’s longest-serving lawmakers is retiring. Peggy Wilson says she will not seek re-election to her Wrangell-based House district. Download Audio

Tongass Forest advisers finish review of logging transition plan

The Tongass Advisory Committee ended a 16-month series of meetings Thursday, formally completing its effort to advise the Tongass National Forest in a transition from old to young growth logging.

Lawmakers to Pebble: Why not file already?

The proposed Pebble Mine was Exhibit A at a hearing in the U.S. House this morning. The Republican-led hearing was supposed to be a critical look at environmental regulation, but the focus shifted as lawmakers of both parties kept asking the same question: Why hasn’t Pebble filed for its permits yet? Download Audio

Election Officials Mail More than 30,000 Absentee Ballots

Associated Press Alaska election officials mailed more than 30,000 absentee ballots to voters for next week’s election. This surpasses the roughly 26,460 absentee ballots mailed...

SB53 Would Reestablish Alaska Commission on the Status of Women

Senate Bill 53 passed Wednesday in the state Senate. It would re-establish the Alaska Commission on the Status of Women, which was combined with the Alaska Human Relations Commission in 1993 and then that body was zeroed out of the budget.

Arctic is Top Priority for Homeland Security – But One of Many

Sen. Lisa Murkowski today pressed the Secretary of Homeland Security to make the Arctic a priority for the Administration, particularly for the Coast Guard. She got no disagreement. Download Audio

Alaska National Guard calls for new military code

The Alaska National Guard is asking lawmakers to pass a new version of the state's code of military justice to help fix a lack of accountability in the guard.

Fairbanks Draft Fine Particulate Pollution Regulations Released

The State has released draft fine particulate pollution regulations. They’re designed to be part of an overdue implementation plan the DEC is required to submit to the Environmental Protection Agency, which designates Fairbanks as a non attainment area due to wintertime emissions from wood and coal burning. Download Audio

Primary Election: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mead Treadwell

It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which Republican should face incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich in November. Will it be Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan, or Mead Treadwell? Each candidate will have an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell will go first, on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 7/1 at 10:00am Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: June 7, 2011

Copies of Palin’s Emails Will Be Available to Public, British Ambassador Takes First Trip to Alaska, DOD releases IDs of soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Mountain Sickness Keeps Ranger Patrol Busy, and more...

Legislative Session Gives Juneau Businesses Temporary Boost

Dozens of lawmakers and their staffers are relocating to the capitol city for Tuesday’s start of the legislative session. Lobbyists and reporters will also spend at least part of the 90 day session in Juneau. The temporary population influx provides an important revenue boost to many local businesses. Download Audio

Report Focuses On Potential NPR-A Development

An analysis of what would be the first commercial development in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska is the subject of a report issued by the Bureau of Land Management. Download Audio

YK Delta Halibut Quotas Halved

The statewide halibut and black cod season opened last Saturday. When YK Delta fishermen participate in the Community Development Quota allocations this summer, they will see their halibut quota cut nearly in half. Download Audio

Bipartisan Group Working On Immigration Overhaul

A bipartisan group of senators is laying out the framework for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration status. Alaska’s senators are welcoming the movement.

Board of Game Delays Bear Control Expansion Decision

Alaska’s game board has decided to delay a decision on a controversial plan to expand the use of snares to kill grizzly and black bears as a means of predator control. Bear snaring is limited to an area on the West side of Cook Inlet.

Fairbanks Municipal Leaders Hold Joint Meeting to Consider Pot-Legalization Law

Municipal leaders from all three local governments gathered for a joint meeting Tuesday night with about 120 citizens to talk about the state’s new marijuana-legalization law. The first-of-its-kind meeting was held so the leaders could talk amongst themselves, and with the audience, about how they’re going to put the law into practice. Download Audio

With No Deal On Budget, Legislative Session Goes Long

The hold up is a vote to draw from the constitutional budget reserve to fill a multi-billion-dollar deficit. Without support from the Democratic minority, the Legislature is short at least three votes to tap the rainy day fund.

Gov. Dunleavy postpones budget signing, signals support for two more vetoed programs

Gov. Dunleavy has reversed himself and declared support for subsidized broadband internet for rural libraries and a free service allowing online tutors for students. The governor had previously vetoed the $809,200 in funding.