By Liz Ruskin, APRN

Next week, downtown Anchorage will be crawling with dignitaries, in town for an international conference hosted by the State Department. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz today announced which streets will close for security. He says residents should be flexible when visiting downtown for the first half of the week. But, as APRN’s Liz Ruskin reports, he says it won’t be that bad.

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Aug. 27, 2015
By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA 90.3 FM

Over the next week and a half, about 300-thousand people are expected to visit the Alaska State Fair, which kicks off in Palmer today [Thursday]. Fair activities range from carnival rides, exhibits of giant vegetables, and face-painting, to live entertainment. Vendors will be selling food -- sweets galore -- as well as art, clothing and much more. Steve Victors, of Big Lake, owns Alaska Wildflower Honey. He’s president of the Southcentral Alaska Beekeepers Association which met Monday night to talk about their booth at fair.

ANWR also on Governor's list of topics to discuss with Presidnet

Gov. Bill Walker said he plans to emphasize the importance of the state being able to develop its resources during President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Alaska.

Walker told reporters he anticipates some one-on-one time with Obama and plans to raise  the issue of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with Obama.

Governor Bill Walker’s administration opposes tribes taking “land into trust.”

Monday the Alaska Department of Law filed a brief appealing court rulings in the Akiachak vs Jewell, Secretary of the Department of Interior lawsuit, which was first filed in 2006 by five Alaska tribes and an individual.

Alaska Permanent Fund's growth lower than last two years

The Alaska Permanent Fund is doing better than officials had expected. The corporation reported that the fund's investments gained 4.9 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, leaving the

value of the Permanent Fund at $52.8 billion dollars. That's $1.6 billion up from last year.  Acting executive director Valerie Mertz called it a solid performance, given the volatility in the market. The corporation had reported double-digit increases the prior two years. 

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Witnesses endorse tribal courts as a solution 

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Alaska has already outgrown the $250-million Goose Creek Correctional Center that opened in 2012. Instead of pouring more money into building and maintaining prisons, people testifying in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in Anchorage on Thursday said it’d be smarter to turn some of the money toward keeping people out of prison. 


Controversial Anchorage Legislative Office lease subject of lawsuit

By The Associated Press

Discovery will begin in a lawsuit challenging the Legislature's $4 million lease of Anchorage office space. The Alaska Dispatch News reports a judge has decided not to dismiss the case as the state requested. An attorney sued earlier this year claiming renovations damaged a wall that the Legislative Information Office shares with a building he owns.


Annie Feidt, APRN


Legislative panel votes to spend $450K to stop Medicaid expansion in court

By Annie Feidt, APRN

A legislative panel has voted to sue Gov. Bill Walker to stop Medicaid expansion. The Legislative Council made the announcement after a closed door meeting in Anchorage on Tuesday morning.

Aug. 18, 2015Arctic offshore drilling gets federal approvalThe federal government has given Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades.