Permanent funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a federal program providing health insurance for children in lower income families, ran out in September.
As Alaskans, there's no doubt we face significant challenges, including high crime rates, domestic violence and sexual assault, thousands of Alaskans struggling with addiction, and a continuing recession that has left too many without jobs.
The cruise industry has dodged a tax increase after Alaska's U.S. senators helped strike the provision from the tax bill that passed the Senate. The bill approved early Saturday includes other provisions that Alaska Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan hailed as significant for Alaskans, including allowing oil and gas drilling on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Legislation to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration advanced out of a Senate committee on Wednesday, largely along party lines. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, joined with GOP lawmakers to pass ANWR legislation in a 13-10 vote.
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said the Alaska mountain came up during an hourlong meeting he and fellow Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski had with Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in March. Sullivan said during a weekend speech to the Alaska Federation of Natives that Trump asked if the senators thought the name change from Mount McKinley to Denali should be reversed, the Alaska Public Radio Network reported .
Wednesday marks the 150th anniversary of the US taking possession of Alaska following the 1867 purchase of the territory from Russia. The idea of an "Alaska Purchase" saw a renaissance last month, when the phrase was borrowed to describe the possibility of sweeteners in the GOP health care bill meant to woo Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
The last runs of heavenly wild salmon are trickling in this month, the buttery coho with flesh the color of fall foliage. After that, we'll have to settle for mostly farmed and frozen fish until next spring - no substitute for the real deal.
On August 25th, Governor Bill Walker, our second Alaskan born governor, arrived in Seward to spend some personal time here with his wife Donna in celebration of their fortieth wedding anniversary and to take part in the Lost Lake Run benefiting those with cystic fibrosis; a cause that is close their hearts as their daughter-in-law has cystic fibrosis. The governor mentioned that he likes to take the opportunity to thank those that participated in the run while raising money for a good cause.
Gov. Bill Walker was back in Ketchikan on Thursday, signing two bills into law, one of which Sen. Lisa Murkowski excitedly called "a win-win-win situation!" The governor, who was in town on Saturday for the Blueberry Arts Festival, was already back on Thursday with a whirlwind of handshakes, photo-ops and signatures.
The Interior Department's internal watchdog is examining phone calls to Alaska's Republican senators from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke seeking support for the GOP health care bill. Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall said her office was launching a "preliminary investigation" of Zinke's July 26 calls to Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.
Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan speaks at a town hall meeting at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Saturday, May 20. Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan speaks at a town hall meeting at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Saturday, May 20. How dare you, Mr. President, from your Twittering perch in distant Washington, threaten a senator from Alaska - or any senator - with damage to her state's share of public interests because she voted not your views but her own carefully considered views on a matter of concern to Alaskans. Apparently you think that Alaskans are so attuned to top-down dictatorial styles of government that they will punish Sen. Lisa Murkowski at the polls at your direction.
A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the couple's blood-splattered room that he did it because she laughed at him, the FBI said in documents released Thursday. Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, was charged with murder after he was found with blood on his hands and clothes, and with blood spread throughout the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship Tuesday night, according to a criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Michael L. Watson.
President Donald Trump meets with Senate Republicans about health care in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Trump is flanked by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
This graph was derived from a Legislative Finance Division computer model used to analyze different long-term state budget plans. It appeared in a House Finance Committee document in April.
The Alaska Senate on Friday rejected the House's income-tax proposal in a 15-4 vote - an emphatic statement of opposition to a key deficit-reduction measure that also underscored how far apart the two chambers remain after nearly four months in Juneau. Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, talks with members during a break from the Senate debate on the House income tax proposal Friday at the Capitol.
High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Donald Trump called for more oil drilling and development. Among those expected to attend the meeting of the Arctic Council beginning Thursday in Fairbanks are U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met Wednesday with Trump and Tillerson in Washington.
High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic natio... . U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, seated right, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, seated left, speak with representatives of Alaska Native groups at an Arctic Council event in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Something truly unexpected happened this session in the Alaska Senate. The Republican leadership decided to arbitrarily cut the state's education budget by over $69 million.
The Alaska House of Representatives approved a personal income tax on Saturday that would, if it becomes law, be the first in the state since 1980.
" Chinese President Xi Jinping was able to take in views Friday night of the natural beauty that Alaska has to offer. The state's governor hopes this will lead to an increased appetite in the world's most populous nation for more natural resources from Alaska.
Small groups in favor of Affordable Care Act protested and marched outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday morning. Republicans in the House have postponed the vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as they try to overcome opposition from members of their own party.
The Alaska Legislature's budget process for the past two years has ended in gridlock and partisan sniping, then long overtime sessions. Halfway through the Legislature's 90-day session, the Republican-led Senate and the largely Democratic House majority are still drifting apart, with senators pushing for a spending cap and steep budget cuts as the House advances an income tax proposal and increased oil and gas taxes.
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan joins Senate colleagues and President Donald Trump at the White House for the signing of an executive order requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to revise its "waters of the U.S." regulation. Feb. 28, 2017.
Alaska's governor is asking President Donald Trump to lend his support to what he termed an "ideal" megaproject - the $45 billion Alaska gas pipeline - as the president moves ahead with his $1 trillion plan to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. In a Feb. 7 letter addressed to Trump, Gov. Bill Walker also includes the ultimate federal wish list to help expedite the Alaska LNG project that seeks to sell huge reserves of North Slope gas to Asian utilities.
Juneau residents take part in a rally Friday in front of the Alaska Capitol, encouraging U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan to hold a town meeting. Sullivan was at the Capitol earlier in the day to give his annual address to the Alaska Legislature.
Northern Dynasty's key asset, the low-grade Pebble deposit, is not commercially viable: mining it would require so much upfront investment that it would actually destroy value. Kerrisdale believes Northern Dynasty's former partners concluded that the Pebble project had a negative present value - an assessment that Northern Dynasty has spent years trying to conceal from public.
The last-minute decision by President Obama to indefinitely ban any future offshore energy activity in the U.S. Arctic should be reversed by President Trump, soon - within the first 100 days of his term. Why? Obama's decision was taken with no public comment or consultation ahead of time.
Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, right, listens to a reporter's questions during a news conference discussing the Senate Majority's budget priorities ahead of the start of the Alaska legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska. The state's multibillion dollar budget deficit is expected to dominate this year's session.
Alaska could benefit if Congress confirms ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson as the next secretary of state despite Tillerson's tense relations with Gov. Bill Walker over Alaska's gas line project, some Alaskans believe. That's because the Alaskans hope that Tillerson, regarded as a no-nonsense deal-maker, will shift his focus away from the interests of ExxonMobil's shareholders to national needs that include energy security, presenting an opportunity for hydrocarbon-rich Alaska.
The Mississippi fire marshal says investigators don't see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" a week before the... The Mississippi fire marshal says investigators don't see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" a week before the presidential... By The Associated Press The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued its highest level of alert for aviation after what it says was a brief explosion of a volcano on the Aleutian Islands.
President Barack Obama is preparing to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in most of the U.S. Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, a move that could indefinitely restrict oil production there, according to people familiar with the decision. Obama will invoke a provision in a 1953 law that gives him wide latitude to withdraw U.S. waters from future oil and gas leasing, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.
News-Miner opinion: It appeared earlier this year that Congress was on track to pass the nation's first comprehensive energy legislation since 2007, something of high interest to Alaska.
The man he selected to lead the transition for the Environmental Protection Agency and shape climate policy for the next administration is like-minded. Trump adviser Myron Ebell, trained in philosophy and politics, has spent his career trying to create political uncertainty about the scientific consensus on climate change and preserve the status quo for the fossil fuel industry.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are seeking public input to identify coastal areas around the Alaska Peninsula and southern Alaska where the use of chemical dispersants in response to oil spills should be avoided.....
The final debate between Alaska's U.S. Senate candidates Thursday night revealed three ideologically divided candidates, and one attempting to campaign in 2008. An Alaska Public Media Debate for the State showed the candidates - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Libertarian Joe Miller, independent Margaret Stock and Democrat Ray Metcalfe - divided on key issues: Supreme Court, abortion, and how to get along in Congress.
Even after his partial veto of Alaskans' Permanent Fund dividends, residents still are giving Gov. Bill Walker better grades than the Alaska Legislature for their responses to the state's budget crisis, according to a new Alaska Dispatch News poll. Walker's ratings suffered after his veto sliced this year's dividends to $1,022 from $2,052: Fewer Alaskans gave him an A or B grade, and more gave him Ds and Fs.
The U.S. State Department has taken a positive step to recognize the concerns some Alaskans have with upstream Canadian mining projects, but the issue is far from resolved, according to the members of Alaska's congressional delegation. Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Julia Frifield wrote in an Oct. 6 letter to the delegation that the State Department is actively engaged with Canadian officials to protect the watersheds that bisect the U.S.-Canada border along Southeast Alaska.
An Alaska state agency is apologizing after political comments aimed at Donald Trump were posted on its official social media site. KTOO reports that the posts to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Twitter account occurred during Monday night's presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, including one that referred to Trump as a "red-face mansplainer."
In the first week of September, 45 years ago, Robert Mottram flew by helicopter to the Chilkat Mountains west of Admiralty Island.
Five people were killed when two small airplanes collided in midair Wednesday over a remote section of Alaska, the Alaska State Troopers reported. It's not known why the midair crash happened about 376 miles west of Anchorage, said Allen Kenitzer, with the Federal Aviation Administration office of communications.
Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth is working with stakeholders on the lands-into-trust issue after Gov. Bill Walker decided not to appeal a recent court decision allowing the transfers. Photo/Elwood Brehmer/AJOC New Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth has been given a tricky assignment by Gov. Bill Walker: forge a compromise on lands-into-trust, a contentious issue that is developing around the legal status of certain Alaska Native lands.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has joined a growing group of U.S. lawmakers calling for an investigation into a pharmaceutical company's controversial decision to sharply increase the price of EpiPens.
By Bering Land Bridge National Preserve - Shishmaref- Erin edit, CC BY 2.0, The Alaskan village of Shishmaref has voted to relocate because global warming puts its residents at risk of being washed away - or at least that's the simplified narrative environmentalists and the media peddle. Shishmaref, a small town of nearly 600 people just north of the Bering Strait, has become a poster child for global warming.
Southeast Alaska's House districts are 33, 34, 35 and 36. The Senate districts, which each include two House districts, are Q and R. Southeast Alaskans heading to the polls Tuesday will find few legislative candidates on their ballots. That's because the region's four House and two Senate districts have no primary contests .
The right to vote is a foundation of our democracy and exercising that right is important. This year more than 19,000 Alaskans have registered to vote and most of them did it via our new online service.
Federal officials attended the Summit to hear what unique obstacles Alaskans face, when seeking treatment and recovery. Featured speakers included U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, among others.
In this hub city and in the small villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, an unusual political battle is brewing in the primary race for state House. Four-term Democratic incumbent Bob Herron is bristling, challenger Zach Fansler is vowing to "fix Juneau" and the Democratic Party is firmly in the race - on the side of the challenger.
Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard said. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships, in a fairly calm seas, Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said.
Two Good Samaritan ships were helping rescue 46 crew members who abandoned a sinking fishing vessel in Alaska's Aleutian Island chain, Coast Guard officials said Tuesday. There were no reported injuries to the crew members, who had donned survival suits and then huddled in three large life rafts awaiting rescue after the 220-foot Alaska Juris started taking on water late Tuesday morning.
Presidential elections typically elicit cantankerous, but harmless, vinegar for the "other side's" candidate. The 2016 election cycle, however, has been more vitriol than vinegar.
During his campaign and throughout his term as governor so far, Gov. Bill Walker has frequently said he wasn't governing to be re-elected.
At the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport last winter, as passengers streamed off the flight from Fairbanks, one man turned around and walked toward me.
Alaska Native communities won a significant victory against the state of Alaska on Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that tribes in the state have the right to place their land in federal trust.
Seagulls feed on fish scraps Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon cleaning tables Friday, June 3, 2016, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska.
Are campaign promises empty promises that no one expects candidates to keep? Have we become that cynical? Running as the "unity ticket" in 2014, Bill Walker and Byron Mallott promised to improve the state of Alaska's tribal relations.
Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are playing the Washington, D.C. word game of the moment, in which they say they are supporting Donald Trump for president, but not endorsing him. There is no real difference between support and endorse, but Murkowski and Sullivan would love it if the former could signify a bare minimum level of approval, like a "D" in political science class.
Two maritime unions with 250 Alaska jobs at stake have begun a campaign to stop the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline from switching to a nonunion company for escorting oil tankers safely out of Prince William Sound, where the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil in 1989. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
The Alaska Federation of Natives announced its two keynote speakers for this year's convention and both are from western Alaska. The AFN Board of Directors selected Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle to speak alongside Emil Notti.
The original AFN president and a former Congressional staffer will be the two keynotes speakers when the largest gathering of Native people in the United States holds its annual convention in Fairbanks this fall.
Jon Morris, left, and Aaron Amador, both of WHPacific, work a GPS receiver as they plot utility locations on Airport Vista Way in Santee. - John Gastaldo Jon Morris, left, and Aaron Amador, both of WHPacific, work a GPS receiver as they plot utility locations on Airport Vista Way in Santee.
Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski , Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska. The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.