Land Use Issues Mark Mat Su Borough District Two Race

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.

Denali Commission’s Inspector General Advocates For Dissolving Organization

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

Newly-Enforced FAA Policies Cause Problems For Alaska Airports

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

Oil, Gas Exploration May Increase In Chukchi Sea

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

Secure Rural Schools Program Extension Approved

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

Mat Su Borough District One Race Pits Activist and Aviator

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.

Senators Weigh In On Government Shutdown

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

Arming VPSOs Discussed At Anchorage Meeting

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

Murkowski Secures $50 Million For Legacy Well Clean Up

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

DEC Proposes New Fine For Particulate Pollution

A state Department of Environmental Conservation official says proposed new fine particulate pollution regulations are designed more to meet federal requirements, than clamp down on Fairbanks area residents who depend on wood for heat. Download Audio

Task Force Says Assembly Broke Charter Rules

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

Wrangell Voters Consider Sales Tax Decrease

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.

Talkeetna Ranger Station to be Renamed

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.

Mat-Su Voters Will Decide On Alcohol Tax Proposition

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

Feds Release Affordable Care Act Insurance Rates

Alaskans will be paying some of the highest premiums in the country for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Download Audio

When Will Voters Weigh in on Anchorage Labor Law?

Anchorage Assembly members introduced two ordinances at their regular meeting Tuesday night that would suspend voting on a controversial labor initiative.

Lobbyists And Legislators Converge On Energy Council Meeting

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 To Get Day In Court

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.

MEA Appeals Wasilla Ruling

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

State Reviews Fracking Regulations

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is reviewing a set of regulations aimed at alleviating public concerns about hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in the state. Download Audio