A political upstart is challenging a Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly incumbent in Tuesday's election. The District Two race highlights the clash between newcomers who want to keep things rural, and old timers who favor an industrial future.
The federal co chair of Alaska's Denali Commission was taken by surprise early this morning when a Washington Post reporter called for reaction to a letter sent to Congress that advocated for dissolving the commission. It was surprising because the letter came from an employee, Mike Marsh- the commission's Inspector General. I spoke with commission co-chair Joel Niemeyer is his office in downtown Anchorage this afternoon. He said Marsh's letter is damaging to the organization. Download Audio
Alaska occasionally gets caught in federal rules that may work in Ohio, but not in Ozinkie. One such national policy that has been confounding airport managers and pilots may be close to at least a temporary fix for Alaska. Download Audio
More areas of the Chukchi Sea may open up for oil and gas exploration in 2016, but the decision has not been made yet. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is calling for comments on a proposed lease sale in the area. But this time they are doing things differently. Download Audio
Congress has passed a one-year extension of a program that pays out millions of dollars to communities in Alaska near national forest land, like Petersburg. The extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000 was approved by the house and senate this week. Download Audio
Two long-time Alaskans are vying for the Matanauska-Susitna Borough's District One Assembly seat. Both candidates have colorful backgrounds, although that's where their similarity ends. A newcomer to Borough politics is challenging a candidate with a long record in community service, and Valley voters will decide who gets the job on October 1.
The Senate passed a measure advancing a government funding bill yesterday that zeroes out money for the Affordable Care Act. Both Senators Murkowski and Begich supported the measure. And Congressman Don Young supported it in the House last week. Download Audio
An effort is underway to allow Village Public Safety Officers in Alaska to carry guns. VPSO’s are currently precluded from being armed but the shooting death of a VPSO officer in the Bristol Bay region earlier this year has resulted in an effort to change the rules. Download Audio
Legislation that passed Congress today will allocate $50 million to clean up the 130 oil and gas wells that were drilled and abandoned by the federal government in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. Download Audio
A citizens' task force charged with reviewing the Anchorage Assembly's public hearing process has released a draft of their recommendations. One of their conclusions is that the Assembly erred in cutting off public testimony about a controversial labor law. Download Audio
A ballot initiative to lower Wrangell’s city sales tax by 1.5 percent is up for a vote of the public in the Oct. 1 general elections.
The Talkeetna Ranger Station has a new name. President Obama has signed the Denali National Park Improvement Act, which officially renames the Park Service building to the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station in honor of the Athabascan climber who was the first person to set foot on the summit of Denali in 1913.
Matanuska Susitna Borough voters will consider an alcohol tax proposition on the Oct. 1 election ballot. The 5 percent tax would be used to offset the burden on Borough property owners, but opponents of the plan say it unfairly targets a specific industry. Download Audio
Anchorage Assembly members introduced two ordinances at their regular meeting Tuesday night that would suspend voting on a controversial labor initiative.
Every March, the Alaska legislature shuts down so lawmakers can travel to Washington, DC to participate in the Energy Council. The Council is a non-profit whose stated mission is to facilitate discussion about energy and environmental issues. But the trips have frequently been criticized as taxpayer-funded junkets. Download Audio
Former Matanuska Creamery owner and CFO Karen Olson was arraigned in federal court Thursday [yesterday] to charges of fraud. She pleaded not guilty. Olson was indicted last month on six counts of making false statements to the federal Department of Agriculture and defrauding the state of Alaska.
Matanuska Electric Association is appealing a city of Wasilla decision that requires the power company to bury high voltage transmission lines that are planned for the city's downtown area