Murkowski Suggests Gas Line to Fairbanks

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is suggesting the state look at investing in a natural gas pipeline to Fairbanks as a way to jumpstart seemingly stalled efforts to commercialize North Slope gas, according to her spokesman on Friday.

Parnell Proposes New Way Forward With Gas Line

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell proposed a new way forward on a natural gas pipeline Thursday, saying if demand for gas has shifted from the Lower 48 to Pacific Rim markets, the state must be willing to move with it.

State Seeks Comments on Updated Suicide Prevention Plan

The statewide suicide prevention council has updated the plan for suicide prevention and is currently seeking public comment on it. The revision is entitled-Casting the Net Upstream: Promoting Wellness to Prevent Suicide in Alaska.

“Occupy Wallstreet” Movement Draws Alaskan to New York Park

The Occupy Wall Street protest is in its second month now. Different versions of the protest that began in mid-September have sprung up in cities around the world to highlight the inequality of the modern financial system and to call for change.

Lawmakers Hope to Revive Coastal Management Program

Gov. Sean Parnell says he doesn't plan to introduce legislation setting out a coastal management program during the upcoming session.

Veterans Speak of VA Struggles

During the AFN convention in Anchorage over the weekend, Alaska’s U.S. senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski brought together officials from both the federal and state Veterans Administration to conduct a Native Veteran’s listening session.

Journal of Commerce Investigates Executive Pay

Investigative reports usually get a lot of attention from the public and in the media. But an investigation of executive pay in the Community Development Quota program that was published in August 2010 in the Alaska Journal of Commerce seemed to slip under the radar.

‘Occupy Fairbanks’ Protestors Unable to Camp in Veteran’s Memorial Park

Fairbanks Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins has told members of the Occupy Fairbanks group they can’t camp out in Veteran’s Memorial Park. Members of the local group have been staying at the downtown park for more than a week in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Fairbanks Seeks to Dismiss Redistricting Lawsuit

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is seeking to dismiss its lawsuit over Alaska’s redistricting plan. The decision comes after the city of Petersburg decided to drop the bulk of its claims it made in suing the Alaska Redistricting Board.

State Denies Petition to Make Coal Mining in Chuitna River Watershed Off Limits

The state has denied a petition to put all coal mining off limits on land within the Chuitna River watershed. Department of Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan says the decision is not a “green light ” for mining, but it does indicate that reclamation of areas affected by strip coal mining is feasible.

Federal Cuts Threaten Ferry Repairs

The Alaska Marine Highway System could be another casualty of federal budget battles. Money used to repair and maintain the aging ferry fleet could become much tighter in the near future.

Officials Certify Results of Vote Against Pebble Mine

Election officials have certified the results of a vote against construction of the proposed Pebble Mine.

High Tech Maps Help Assess Potential LNG Pipeline Routes

The state is releasing high tech survey data for proposed gas pipeline routes. The Division of Geological and Geographical Survey’s project employed Light Detection and Ranging technology.

Alaska Native, Environmental Groups Challenging Shell Air Permits

Alaska Native and environmental groups announced Monday they will challenge a federal air permit granted to Royal Dutch Shell PLC for offshore drilling in Arctic waters.

Omnibus Lands Bill Could Include Sealaska Measure

It looks like the Sealaska land-selection legislation will become part of a larger bill that could be easier to pass. At least that’s the case in the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, opponents continue lobbying against the measure.

Alaska Survival Files Suit Over Susitna-Matanuska Area Plan

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage & Lorien Nettleton, KTNA – Talkeetna A Talkeetna group is suing the state Department of Natural Resources over the Susitna – Matanuska Area Plan. The non-profit, Alaska Survival, filed suit in Superior Court in Palmer earlier this month, complaining that the plan interferes with access to and use of fish , wildlife and waters in violation of the Alaska Constitution.

Murkowski Holds Suicide Prevention Hearing

At the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage Saturday afternoon, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on suicide prevention.

Study Criticizes Oil Tax Structure, Legislation To Change It

An independent study criticizes Alaska's oil tax structure but also takes issue with proposed legislation that would make changes.

Judge Sentences Kott, Kohring

Two former state lawmakers were sentenced to time served at a federal courthouse in Anchorage on Friday. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline accepted plea deals for former state House Speaker Pete Kott and former lawmaker Vic Kohring.

Murkowski, Begich Pushing Against Genetically Engineered Salmon

Alaska’s senators are making a last minute push against genetically engineered – or GE – fish. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve Massachusetts-based AquaBounty’s application to commercialize GE fish. If that happens GE fish could be found in grocery stores across the country.