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.

Committee Considers Issues Raised By Recent Court Cases

Monday, legislators revived what once was a regular step in preparing for upcoming legislative sessions – the House Judiciary Committee discussed recent court cases that might need action next year.

Destination of Nearly Complete Ferry Remains Unclear

Work on the ice breaking ferry Susitna is nearing completion, and Matanuska Susitna Borough officials are scrambling to find a place to put the vessel when it arrives. The Borough Assembly is considering a number of ideas as to how to cope with the financial obligations of storing the ferry over winter.

ANSCA at 40 Panel Meeting at UAA

A panel discussion at the University of Alaska Anchorage Friday night will be the culmination of a series of talks that were organized by the ANCSA at 40 committee.

Alaska Delegation Reacts to President’s Jobs Speech

Alaska’s Congressional delegation is giving the President’s speech Thursday night on creating jobs and boosting the economy mixed reviews along party lines. Before a rarely-convened joint session of Congress, President Obama laid out a plan he’s calling the American Jobs Act.

Committee Confirms Two Federal Judges

The US Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to confirm two Alaska women for federal Judgeships - Morgan Christen to the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court, and Sharon Gleason to the US District Court.

Obama’s Jobs Speech Receives Mixed Reviews

Alaska’s Congressional delegation is giving the President’s speech Thursday on jobs mixed reviews, mostly along party lines. President Obama laid out a plan he’s calling the American Jobs Act.

SBA Encourages Small Businesses to Export Goods, Services

The regional manager of the Small Business Administration’s International Trade Finance Programs is in Alaska encouraging small business owners to consider growing sales by exporting their goods and services.

Residents Urge Postal Service to Spare Douglas Post Office

Juneau residents turned out in force Wednesday night to urge U.S. Postal Service officials not to close the Douglas Post Office.