Senate E: Huggins – Herman

Incumbent Charlie Huggins, a Republican with a strong military background and a Vietnam veteran, is being challenged for the Senate E seat representing Wasilla, Big Lake, and Point Mackenzie, by a woman who is a professional therapeutic masseuse with long roots in early childhood education. Democratic opponent Susan Parsons Herman, says she'll work across party lines, while two term Senator Huggins says he'll stick to a party agenda. KSKA's Ellen Lockyer has more.

House District 6: Feige – Duhamel

A newcomer to the Matanuska Valley political scene is challenging House District 6 incumbent Republican Eric Feige for his seat in the legislature. Feige, a professional airplane pilot with one House term under his belt, is a self-styled "conservative voice" for the district. His Democratic opponent, Jamey Duhamel, has spent the last year working for an anti-coal citizens' group. But both candidates agree: energy is the big issue. KSKA's Ellen Lockyer reports

Shell Concludes Exploratory Drilling Operations In Arctic Ocean

Shell Oil must stop its drilling operation in the Arctic Ocean by midnight. The Department of Interior established Oct. 31 as the deadline for drilling to prevent any possible disaster from sea ice. Environmental groups call this year’s drilling season was a failure.

Campaigning Heats Up For Petersburg Borough Vote

Petersburg is far from the presidential swing state circuit and does not even have any contested state legislative races to weigh in on this fall. However, yard signs are up around town showing a political campaign of a different sort heating up this fall. Supporters and opponents of the creation of a new Petersburg borough are making their case through mailings and on the airwaves, editorial page and online.

Fairclough Challenging Davis in Redrawn District

A Republican representative from the state House - Anna Fairclough is hoping to unseat long term Democratic Senator Bettye Davis from Anchorage. Redistricting changed the playing field. The new Senate district now includes Eagle River where Fairclough has been a popular candidate in the past.

Media Scrutiny of Port Project Puts Officials on the Spot

After news reports highlighted them, the Anchorage Assembly moved concerns about the Port of Anchorage Expansion project to the top of their agenda at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Oil Taxes Key Issue In Fairbanks-Area Elections

Candidates for three State Senate seats representing portions of the Fairbanks area are on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The candidates took questions during a Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce sponsored forum last week, and Alaska’s oil tax was a key issue.

Skwentna Coal Project Subject of Public Hearing

Skwentna residents asked to weigh in on coal exploration.

Point Thomson Project Gets The Green Light

The Point Thompson project moved a step forward today, when the US Army Corps of Engineers issued Exxon Mobil Corporation and PTE Pipeline LLC a wetlands permit allowing construction of three drill pads in the Arctic Coastal Plain off the Beaufort Sea. The move could spell good news for the state's long-awaited gasline plan. KSKA's Ellen Lockyer has more. [:20]

Congress Waving Wind Energy Tax Credit Goodbye?

Congress will debate whether to extend a whole host of tax credits when it returns a week after the election. One key tax provision could affect the future of wind energy in Alaska.

Finance Reports Show Thomas Far Ahead Of Kreiss-Tomkins

More money is going into the House District 34 campaign than any other race in Southeast. Changing legislative boundaries combined Sitka with much of the old Southeast Islands House District. That’s the one that includes Haines, Craig, Metlakatla, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake and some other small cities.

Alaskans To Decide On Constitutional Convention

On the November ballot, Alaskan’s will vote on whether the state should hold a convention to amend or revise the constitution. The state constitution requires that the question appear on the ballot every 10 years.

District 6 Candidates Battle For Mat-Su Valley Seat

A newcomer to the Matanuska Valley political scene is challenging House District 6 incumbent Republican Eric Feige for his seat in the legislature. Feige, a professional airplane pilot with one House term under his belt, is a self-styled “conservative voice” for the district. His Democratic opponent, Jamey Duhamel, has spent the last year or so working for an anti-coal citizens’ group. But both candidates agree: energy is the big issue.

Assembly Gives Final Green Light To Blue Lake

The Sitka Assembly gave final approval Tuesday to begin work at Blue Lake. The dam is one of two hydro projects generating electricity for Sitka. Increasing its height by about 80 feet should boost the capacity to make power.

Juneau Appeals Decision On Petersburg Borough

The City and Borough of Juneau is appealing a decision by the state’s Local Boundary Commission on the northern boundary of a proposed Petersburg borough.

Kayhi Students Host District 33 Candidate Forum

Republican Peggy Wilson, Democrat Matt Olson and Independent Kyle Johansen found themselves on Ketchikan High School’s auditorium stage for a forum Wednesday night. It wasn’t local media or city organizations moderating the question-and-answer session, but rather, Kayhi student body leaders.

Stedman Fund-Raising Twice Kookesh Total

There’s a significant fund-raising gap between the two incumbents fighting to represent a new Southeast Senate district. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld takes a look at some of the details of the District Q race. It’s the first of four reports on campaign financing in the region.

APOC Fines Bob Bell $390

The Alaska Public Offices Commission has fined State Senate Candidate Bob Bell $390 for violating public official financial disclosure reporting law. The complaint against Bell was filed in August. It alleged that Bell had not reported some personal finances in his the financial disclosure statement he made when he filed for office.

Young, Cissna Participate In Fairbanks Forum

Long time U.S. House incumbent Republican Don Young and Democratic challenger Sharon Cissna took part in a forum in Fairbanks last week. The candidates highlighted some key priorities and shared differing views on issues ranging from resource development to health care.

Natives Lobby Obama Administration On Subsistence Rights

Alaska Natives from the North Slope are meeting with Obama administration officials this week. They hope to sway officials to support subsistence rights in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.