Murkowski sees reason for optimism, though work remains to be done

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 21:10

The economy still isn’t great in Alaska, but there are reasons to be positive, according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Cuts in commercial fishing budgets lead to reductions in staffing

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:09

Budget cuts at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have led to reductions in staffing in the commercial fishing division, leading to a potential loss in fishing opportunity.

Alaska Legislature considers bills to create electronic hunting, fishing licenses

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:45
HB 129 and HB 260 are advancing through the legislative process

The exact details of how the license would be carried and displayed have yet to be determined.

Smoking ban moving through committees, as divisive as ever

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 21:01

The debate over whether smoking should be banned in Alaska workplaces is as divisive as ever, despite several years of amendments and discussion.

Lawmakers could affect value of the Permanent Fund

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 22:12
Permanent Fund CEO Angela Rodell discusses fund’s strengths, weaknesses as lawmakers consider using it to patch deficit

Permanent Fund CEO Angela Rodell discusses fund’s strengths, weaknesses as lawmakers consider using it to patch deficit.

Quiet wires: Alaska illegally fails to report its wiretaps to public

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 20:09
Since 1993, Alaska has never publicly reported its tapping of Alaskans’ phones, as required by law

The Alaska Department of Law is failing to disclose when it taps the phone of an Alaskans, the Empire has learned through a public records request.

Eagle River residents want to fight back against crime

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 20:07

EAGLE RIVER (AP) — Armed and angry, Chugiak-Eagle River residents say it’s time to get tough on crime.

Senator optimistic for Alaska’s outlook in 2018

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:28

Alaska’s junior U.S. senator is heading into 2018 with a sense of optimism about the state’s future.

Juneau legislators ‘worried’ about upcoming session

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 21:39
At town hall meeting, three-person delegation answers questions about deficit and fiscal impasse

At town hall meeting, three-person delegation answers questions about deficit and fiscal impasse.

In new state role, Navarre’s message about fiscal plan remains the same

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:45

The commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is making rounds of the state, advocating for a stable fiscal plan.