Public Comment Period for ANWR Plan Extended to November

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is stretching out its planning process for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Six Groups Under Consideration for Designing, Managing of Knik Arm Bridge

The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority has accumulated a list of six engineering and development groups willing to consider designing and managing the project if it proceeds.

Short Term Spending Bill Shot Down in House

The U.S. government again faces threat of a shutdown because of Congressional disagreements. The House failed to pass a short term spending bill Wednesday night that would keep government running past Sept. 30. Its defeat was a surprise blow to House GOP leadership. Despite Speaker John Boehner’s entreaties four dozen Republicans defected and voted against the bill.

ANWR Drilling Discussion Continues in DC

The decades-long debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge continued in Washington on Wednesday, this time with a focus on what exploration...

Legislators Return from Norway Trip

A group of 40 Alaskans – including a dozen legislators — have returned from a tour of Norway, where their goal was to get...

Congress Considers Big Change to Forest School Funding

A key federal funding program for local schools in the Tongass and other national forests could once again be linked to logging levels, as...

Virginia Court Rules Against Kivalina in Favor of Insurance Company

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled against the Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina in favor of an insurance company in a case that legal experts say is the first in the nation on whether insurers may be liable for claims arising from global warming.

Senate Receives Update on State Employee Retirement System

Thursday, the State Senate got an update on the state employee retirement system’s unfunded liability – it’s now $11 billion.

Klukwan, Inc. Closes Haines Office

Klukwan, Inc. closed its Haines office late last week. The board of directors for the native corporation met over the weekend, and there is a possibility they could re-open the office at a later date.

Murkowski, Parnell Among Those to Discuss Plan for State’s Minerals

Governor Sean Parnell and Senator Lisa Murkowski are among the top state and federal leaders who’ve been invited to Fairbanks for a meeting on how Alaska could provide minerals that are essential to industry and national security.

Proposed Halibut Catch Sharing Plan Causing Rift Between Commercial, Charter Industries

The controversial proposed halibut catch sharing plan from the National Marine Fisheries Service has caused a rift in Homer between the town’s commercial and charter halibut industries.

Over $118 Million Will Be Given to American Indian, Alaska Native Tribes, Organizations

The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it is handing out over $118-million to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and organizations. Several in Alaska are receiving some of that money.

Native Organization Seeks Supreme Court Review on Contract Payment Disputes

The Arctic Slope Native Association is waiting to hear whether the U.S. Supreme court will review a case involving underfunded contract payments between tribally ran medical facilities and the Indian Health Service.

Dillingham Hoping to Annex Nearby Bristol Bay Waters

The efforts of Dillingham to annex the nearby waters of Bristol Bay will be brought to the ballot some time early next year - if the Local Boundary Commission makes its approval final next month.

BOEMRE Splitting into Two Entities

After the Deepwater Horizon spill last year, the Minerals Management Service became the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Now the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling in the U.S. is undergoing another transition.

Murkowski, Begich Joining in Formation of Ocean Caucus

Members of the U.S. Senate have formed a bipartisan caucus focused on the oceans, and both of Alaska’s Senators are on board. Republican Lisa Murkowski is co-chairing it with Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

ANSCA at 40 Committee Continues Panel Series

Friday at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the nonprofit ANCSA-at-40 Committee continued its series on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 with a panel entitled “ANCSA Corporations Overcome Challenges, Enter the Global Market.”

Marine Highway Under New Leadership

The Governor’s Advisory Board on the state’s marine highway system has new leadership. The Marine Transportation Advisory Board met late last week in Skagway - home of Mike Korsmo, outgoing Chair of the board.

Murkowski, Begich Joining in Formation of Ocean Caucus

Members of the U.S. Senate have formed a bipartisan caucus focused on the oceans, and both of Alaska’s Senators are on board. Republican Lisa Murkowski is co-chairing it with Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

Pebble Mine Battle Extends to Lower 48

The battle over the Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska is extending to the Lower 48. This week US Senator Maria Cantwell, from Washington State, sent a letter to the head of the EPA urging her to – if necessary – consider using the Clean Water Act to stop the development of the mine. If the EPA uses its veto power over the mine before the permitting stage, it would be a first for the federal agency.