Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Head of Alaska Coast Guard Tours the Arctic

The retreating ice has increased traffic in the Arctic Ocean raising the need for the Coast Guard to look at improving its oversight and rescue capabilities in the region. Tuesday, Admiral Tom Osteobo, head of Alaska’s Coast Guard operations, headed north on a C-130 with media in tow, to take a look around.

Final Pebble hearing draws mix of views

A sizable minority of speakers - maybe one in three - argued in favor of the mine, saying the state needs the jobs. Others, like Emily Taylor, said the mine threatens the salmon runs of Bristol Bay.

Don’t count on oil to bail out Alaska’s budget soon, says unpublished state tax memo

The National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska is a hot area for oil development right now. But don’t count on new production there to bail out the state budget any time soon. That’s the takeaway from a previously unpublished, two-month-old analysis drafted by former independent Gov. Bill Walker’s administration.

RUNNING: State Senate, District P Anchorage

Janet Reiser (D), Cathy Giessel (R) and Phillip L. “Phil” Dziubinski (non) are running  for State Senate in District P, Anchorage in...

Legislature Voting on Confirmation of Parnell Appointees Today

Tony Gorman, KCHU - Valdez The state Legislature goes into joint session at 11 this morning to vote on confirmation of Governor Sean Parnell's appointees. ...

Why general aviation isn’t cheering Trump’s air traffic control plan

The president wants to privatize air traffic control to improve a system he calls "broken, antiquated, horrible." Most major airlines are on board. But among small-plane pilots and general aviation, skepticism abounds.

Legislators Examining Two Versions of Budget

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau While legislators have waited for a capital projects budget since long before the end of the regular session...

Federal government shutdown’s effects linger for Coast Guard in Alaska

The commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Alaska district says it may take until summer’s end to catch up on some of the work delayed by the partial federal government shutdown.

New Tustumena design ready

The State Department of Transportation has a design for the ship that will replace the Ferry Tustumena. The Tustumena has served communities in South Central and Southwest Alaska for a little more than 50 years. The ferry’s home port is in Homer and it regularly travels to 13 ports between Homer and Unalaska.

After Five-Month Break, More National Guard Records Released

The 4142-page file was sent to news organizations at 3p.m. on Friday afternoon. Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News requested the materials nearly a year ago, during the Parnell administration, but were denied access until a superior court judge ruled for their release in October. Download Audio

Walker Plans To Stick To Marijuana Implementation Schedule, But Other Delays Still Possible

At a recent meeting with governor, participants concluded that is possible to meet the timeline established recently passed marijuana initiative. It's just not certain. Download Audio

Congress Reignites Tax Debate

Weeks before it takes more than a month off to campaign, Congress is reigniting the debate over taxes. Lawmakers are taking votes to bolster campaign talking points.

Legislature Researching DNR’s Mission Change

Legislators are looking into the Alaska Department of Natural Resources move to change their mission statement. Representative Berta Gardner is the democratic whip in the House representing midtown Anchorage. She says legislators have asked for a research report on the matter.

Air Pollution Ballot Measure on October Ballot in Fairbanks

Fairbanks borough voters will consider a ballot proposition this fall aimed at reducing fine particulate pollution.

Alaska officially parting ways with fast ferries

Selling off the fast ferries was anticipated after the Alaska Marine Highway System removed the Fairweather from service earlier this year. Its sister ship Chenega has been tied up since 2015.

Alaskans Asked for Feedback on Chukchi Oil Spill Impact Plan

Federal leasing officials are again asking Alaskans to provide feedback on a document that looks at the possible impacts of a very large oil spill in the Chukchi Sea.

State House Finance Committee Passes $9.1 Billion Operating Budget

The $9.1 billion state operating budget has passed the House Finance committee. It's down about $1.6 million from the original bill, much of that due to a cut in school construction and debt service money.

Library Upgrades Depend on Prop 3

There are seven bond Propositions on the April 1 Municipal Ballot. Proposition 3, allots $2.75 million for renovation of Loussac Library, the main library in Anchorage, which was built in the 1980s. Download Audio

In District E, once-spurned Kowalke vies with outsider-turned-appointee Shower

The primary election for state Senate District E is between two candidates involved in a messy appointment process earlier this year. Listen now

Arctic Council Signs Search and Rescue Agreement

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage Representatives of the eight nations in the Arctic Council met in Nuuk, Greenland today to sign the Arctic...