Bill would expand prisoner employment opportunities

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 20:23

A bill making its way through the Alaska House of Representatives has the potential to revitalize work programs for the state’s incarcerated population and fill gaps in certain industries, according to its supporters.

Senate slashes millions from schools, university and health care

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 20:59

If the Alaska Senate gets its way, Alaskans can expect fewer teachers, less ferry service, fewer criminal prosecutors, fewer Alaska State Troopers and a much lower Permanent Fund Dividend in 2018.

Despite Trump overturning refuge hunting rules, conflict remains

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 22:00

Although Congress put an end to a set of federal restrictions on wildlife management on national wildlife refuges in Alaska, the underlying conflict is far from over.

China president’s plane stops in Alaska after Trump visit

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 22:00

ANCHORAGE — 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.

Caelus seeks to invest locals in Smith Bay oil

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:33

Under Alaska’s current oil tax and incentive program, the state “is really a co-investor” in oil and gas development, according to Pat Foley, Senior Vice President of Alaska Operations for North Slope oil producer Caelus Energy.

Alaska lawmaker wants primary elections to be more like California

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 22:29
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux proposes ‘blanket primary’ system

The chairwoman of the powerful House Rules Committee believes she has a plan to drive Alaska politics toward the center.

State launches review of Premera’s finances

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 09:40

After the state’s sole individual market health care insurance provider posted a higher than expected profit this year, the Alaska Division of Insurance launched an investigation into the company’s financials.

Trump revokes Alaska refuge rule; change may be symbolic

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 22:36

ANCHORAGE — The state of Alaska’s toolkit for increasing moose and caribou numbers includes killing wolf pups in dens, shooting wolf packs from helicopters, and adopting liberal hunting regulations that allow sportsmen to shoot grizzlies over bait.

Alcohol rewrite bill addresses unfinished business

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 20:38

The second half of a sweeping update to Alaska’s alcohol laws is making its way through the Legislature and seeks to streamline the alcohol licensing process.

Arctic sea ice dips to record low for winter

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 22:18

WASHINGTON — The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world.