Multiple federal agencies are planning to meet with Alaska’s tribes on a government to government basis. Regional meetings are being planned all over the state but the first one is in Bethel Friday at the Yupiit cultural center. It includes tribal delegates from the region’s 56 villages.
Governor Sean Parnell and several legislators took part in a rally in Juneau Wednesday, demanding justice for the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. The organizers want federal prosecutors held accountable for cutting corners in order to convict Stevens of ethics violations in 2008.
Governor Sean Parnell says he will call Alaska lawmakers into special session if the Senate passes an oil tax bill by Sunday. The Session is under a statutory deadline to adjourn by that day, but with a key piece of legislation still pending in the Senate, Parnell says he wants to make sure the House has time to evaluate the version that emerges.
The Senate unanimously passed a $2.6 billion capital projects budget Wednesday – a bill that Finance Co-Chairman Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) says is another step toward keeping Alaska’s economy going well.
State Representative Sharon Cissna is running for Don Young’s seat in Congress. She filed her paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission this morning. Cissna is a Democrat who currently represents the University/medical district in Anchorage.
The Anchorage Assembly has voted ‘no’ on appointing an independent council to investigate the Municipal Election and called a special work session to review the situation. The announcement comes a week after polling places ran out of ballots.
Alaskans are on their way to getting immunizations again. The Senate Wednesday passed a House bill reinstating the adult and children’s immunization program – at least temporarily. The program was disassembled in 2009. Nome Democrat Donnie Olson said federal funding has dropped by 84 percent and all adult vaccinations have be stopped – as well as many vaccinations offered to children.
The state House Wednesday approved a bill creating a Knik Arm Crossing Fund that critics say could put the state on the hook for about $2.9 billion over the next three decades.
The margins are slim and there are still votes to count but it looks like Dillingham residents have approved Proposition One to annex the local Nushagak commercial fishing district into the city limits and also approved the second proposition to impose a 2.5 percent raw fish tax. Both measures gained about 50 more votes in favor than those opposed. But, the final results won’t be known till tomorrow.
Matanuska Susitna Borough officials are saddened by Gatto’s passing. Patty Sullivan, now a spokesperson for the Borough and a former radio reporter who followed Gatto’s initial election campaigns, says he had a homespun sense of humor.
As of noon on April 10, the ACLU of Alaska says more than 150 voters had called or emailed them to report disenfranchisement during last week’s municipal election in Anchorage. They say the voters that contacted them represent at least 54 separate polling places where they encountered problems. The ACLU is presenting affidavits from the disenfranchised voters to the Anchorage Assembly, and pressing for an independent investigation.
"Moving Weapons" will be illegal if the Senate concurs with a bill that passed the House Tuesday. Anchorage Democrat Les Gara was one of the sponsors of the measure.
The legislature Tuesday approved all but one of the people appointed by the governor to serve on state boards and commissions. Members also had no opposition to the choice of Michael Gerraghty to be the state’s next Attorney General.
Rep. Carl Gatto died this morning. The Palmer Republican was battling prostate cancer and last week suffered kidney failure. His death was announced about 12:30 p.m. on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives. He was 74.
The Municipal Attorney for Anchorage has issued an opinion on the validity of last week’s election. Attorney Dennis Wheeler says it’s unlikely that voting problems due to a ballot shortage will invalidate the election.
The Parnell administration has budgeted millions of dollars toward a program aimed at building gravel roads to Northwestern Alaska mineral resources, but a conservation group is calling the program a waste of money.
The largest campaign in the history of Dillingham has been geared toward defeating a long discussed annexation effort by the city.
Dan Sullivan won another term as mayor of Anchorage beating his main rival Paul Honeman and four other candidates in Tuesday's elections. Proposition 5 was defeated. All the other major propositions passed. Read More View Complete Anchorage Municipal Election Results
The House today set a priority for state funding – transportation. Members voted to ask Alaskans to approve a constitutional amendment that would set up a dedicated fund that could only be used to pay for transportation projects – even if state revenue falls.
Governor Sean Parnell was in Fairbanks this afternoon as part of his ‘Choose Respect’ campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual abuse in Alaska. This is the third year for the campaign. Similar events are happening this week across the state.