anchorage

May 3, 2016

Legislators have 45 days to negotiate purchase of building at Minnesota and Benson

The Legislative Council voted Monday evening to spend $12.5 million to buy a mid-town Anchorage Wells 

  Fargo bank building for Legislative offices. Gov. Bill Walker had threatened to veto the $32 million the Council planned to use to buy the downtown Anchorage Legislative Office building. A judge had also overturned the state’s lease at that site, saying the council had violated competitive bidding laws.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

May 2, 2016

Bethel getting first liquor store in 40+ years

By Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

Bethel’s first liquor store in over 40 years is set to open soon. AC Quickstop received the town’s first liquor license last fall after decades of restricted alcohol sales. AC General Manager Walter Pickett says the store could open as early as this week.

A few details still have to be worked out: wiring security cameras, hooking up a phone, installing a bulletproof front door, and receiving final stock deliveries.

April 29, 2016

Legislators to put Power Cost Equalization excess earnings to other uses

By Associated Press

House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement for use of any excess earnings from a fund set up to help rural areas faced with high electricity costs. A conference committee Thursday agreed to legislation that would allow for 70 percent of excess earnings from the Power Cost Equalization endowment fund to be put to other uses. Sen. Lyman Hoffman says the remaining 30 percent of any excess earnings would revert to the endowment.

KTOO - Juneau

Knowing Tlingit makes possible a life of understanding the ways of our elders

By Johanna Eurich

Most of Alaska’s twenty Native languages are going extinct. However, a Native languages assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast is bucking that tide. Lance X’uneit Twitchell worked hard to learn Tlingit, a language used by his family for thousands of years. Tlingit people have a rich and complex high civilization along the Pacific coast in Southeast Alaska famous for its totem poles, clan system, regalia, rich poetry and formal rhetoric.

April 28, 2016

Most current oil and gas tax credits in Alaska would be phased out by 2020 under a draft rewrite of legislation pending in the House Rules Committee. The draft has yet to be formally introduced or heard by the committee, which took possession of the bill after a prior version appeared destined to fail on the House floor. Resolution on credits is seen as key to making progress on the budget and revenue measures as the Legislature continues working in extended session.

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By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Alaska Natives have been struggling with the failure of public education in their villages for a long time. Today, we look at two communities taking control of their schools.

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Many if not most of Alaska's rural schools are not working.  Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it's time for radical changes.

Paul Berg has taught in Alaska for more than 40 years -- ten of them in villages.

Only 10 people from across the country are getting an award on April 27, 2016 for their work to get a second chance for people with a criminal record. One of them is a Yup’ik Alaskan.

Greg Razo, is in Washington DC to accept a White House Champion of Change award.

“I’m proud to represent Alaska and Alaska Native people as we strive for equity in justice, in the criminal justice system,” said Razo.

Governor says Alaska can’t afford it

By The Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker says he would veto the purchase of a legislative office building in Anchorage if that item remains in the state infrastructure budget. Walker says he doesn't think the state can afford it. He says he thinks legislators should know as they put the budget together where he stands on that issue.

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State budget cuts stymie Mat Su Port MacKenzie project

By Rachel Woldholz, APRN - Anchorage

The scheduled debate on a bill overhauling Alaska’s oil and gas tax credits never happened on Wednesday.

Speaker of the House Mike Chenault (sha-NALT) pulled the bill, saying that it didn’t have enough votes to pass.

Members of the Republican-led House majority are unhappy with a provision of the bill that changes tax credits in Cook Inlet. But members of the Democratic minority also don’t like the bill. They say it’s too generous to industry.

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