Brower Moves into North Slop Borough Mayor’s Office

Charlotte Brower has moved into the office of the Mayor of the North Slope Borough, following certification of the runoff election. She had 1,022 votes to George Ahmaougak's 960.

Judge Sharon Gleason Confirmed by Senate

Alaska will soon get its first female judge appointed to the federal bench in state history. Judge Sharon Gleason was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday on a vote of 87 to 8.

Begich Questions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bonuses

As police in New York routed the Occupy Wall Street encampment this morning, there are indications that some in Congress have taken notice of the movement. And that includes Alaska Senator Mark Senator Mark Begich is trying to block million-dollar bonuses to the executives at mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Young Faces Criticism for Voting Absence

The U.S. House returned to work Monday after a week-long recess and took up a series of non-controversial votes to name post offices after members of the military, some of whom died in battle. Alaska’s Congressman Don Young was there along with his colleagues, but he’s faced criticism recently for the number of votes he’s missed this year.

State Decides Not Apply for ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waivers Yet

The Parnell Administration has let pass an opportunity to get waivers from parts of the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001. The federal standards that accompany the law have drawn criticism in Alaska – particularly in rural school districts that are not able to provide staff and services needed.

State Decides Not Apply for ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waivers Yet

The Parnell Administration has let pass an opportunity to get waivers from parts of the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001. The federal standards that accompany the law have drawn criticism in Alaska -- particularly in rural school districts that are not able to provide staff and services needed.

Persily Says Exxon, TransCanada on Track to Meet AGIA Requirements

Efforts to clear the way for a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway to Alberta continue, though prospects for the line may have diminished.

FEC Dismisses Joe Miller Complaint Against Alaska Native Corporations

The Federal Elections Commission has dismissed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller's complaint against the Alaska Native corporations. Miller contended that the corporations should not have been contributing money to Senator Lisa Murkowski-s write-in campaign because under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act they were receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in no-bid, no-ceiling federal contracts.

Young Pushing ‘Alaska Energy for American Jobs Act’

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Doc Hastings of Washington and Rep. Don Young of Alaska announced plans Friday to push the “Alaska Energy for American Jobs Act.”

Senators Honor Vets, Help Pass Job Legislation

Alaska’s senators honored veterans in Washington on Friday and were part of a successful effort to pass legislation aimed at getting more veterans jobs on Thursday. There are an estimated 240,000 unemployed vets from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Alaska VA Spreading Word of Tribal Veteran Representative Program

The Alaska VA Healthcare System is working to get the word out about their Tribal Veteran Representative program. TVRs volunteer to get training to assist Native veterans in their communities with filing VA paperwork to access benefits through the VA system.

Community Leaders Gather for Local Government Conference

Community leaders from around the state are gathered in Fairbanks this week for the Alaska Municipal League’s Local Government Conference. The annual gathering is a chance to talk about shared issues, and two are at the top of everyone’s agenda.

Senators Honor America’s Veterans

Alaska’s senators are honoring veterans in Washington on Friday. The Senate’s votes this week prevented them from coming home, but they’re attending events recognizing veterans, and both are launching projects to reach out to Alaska’s men and women who have served.

Senate Passes Veterans Job Bill

On the eve of Veterans Day, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to get veterans more job training, and encourage businesses to hire them. Thursday’s unanimous vote was a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress – and the first piece of President Obama’s jobs package to get approval.

Politics of Climate Change Subject of Conference

Like it or not, discussions about climate change in the United States are awash in politics

NCAI Passes Variety of Initiatives

Alaska tribal members were in Portland last week for National Congress of American Indians or NCAI conference meetings where resolutions supporting a variety of initiatives passed.

Mallot Says ANCSA Work in Progress

But in a recent lecture in Juneau, Sealaska director and former CEO Byron Mallott says the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is a work in progress.

Young Urges Super Committee to Come Up With Sellable Plan

With just two weeks left until the Deficit Reduction Committee must come up with a plan to save over $1 trillion, Alaska’s Representative Don Young is urging it to go big. Young signed on to a bipartisan letter last week calling for the so-called Super Committee to come up with a sellable plan.

North Slope Election Won’t Be Decided Until Tuesday

North Slope Borough residents will not have a final answer on who their new mayor will be until next Tuesday. The borough had a run off election yesterday between Charlotte Brower and George Ahmaogak.

North Slope Borough Runoff Election Awaits Absentee Ballots

There are still a lot of absentee and questioned ballots to be counted, but Charlotte Brower got the most votes of those counted so far in runoff election for Mayor of the North Slope Borough - 906 to 841 - a margin of 65 votes, with 268 ballots remaining to be counted.