Alaskans to comment on directing Permanent Fund earnings to budget rather than, in part, to dividends

By Andrew Kitchenman, APRN State Government and Politics Reporter - Juneau

Alaskans get their first chance tonight (Thursday) to tell legislators what they think of the centerpiece of Gov. Bill Walker's fiscal plan for the state.

The Senate State Affairs Committee will begin hearing public testimony at 5:30 p.m. on Senate Bill 128, which would direct $3.3 billion annually in Alaska Permanent Fund earnings and other state funds to the state budget.

Alaska not affected by this round of layoffs

Associated Press

British Petroleum announced yesterday it is laying off 3,000 positions from its worldwide marketing and refining operations. That comes on top of 4-thousands layoffs BP announced last month in its global production and exploration units. However, a spokesperson says this round of cuts will not affect Alaska. BP does expect to cut about 260 jobs in Alaska this year. 


Feb. 2, 2016

A Commission set up by the Alaska Legislature in 2014 has issued a report on Alaska's corrections and judicial systems -- which the report said cost a lot but don't do enough to improve public safety. Commission members presented the findings and recommendations to the House Finance Committee last week [Jan. 25].

Alaska Criminal Justice Commission chair Greg Razo told legislators Alaska is expected to run short of prison beds next year.

Anchorage police have located armed robbery victim

Feb 1, 2016

Anchorge Police Department Bulletin

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Police have located woman who was robbed of her purse at gunpoint at Sams Club Muldoon. Suspects in custody.

Anchorage Police Department bulletin - Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Anchorage police are looking for additional information on the victims whose bodies were discovered near Point Woronzof Thursday morning [Jan. 28].

Police are trying to determine the relationship between 20-year-old Foriegnne Aubert-Morissette and 19-year-old Selena Annette Mullenax. It was reported to police that Foriegnne Aubert-Morissette also goes by the name “Onie.”

At 2:08 AM on Sunday, January 31, 2016, Anchorage Police responded to the area of 20th and Muldoon in reference to several callers reporting they heard multiple gunshots.  Shortly after officers arrived in the area, a local hospital called stating an adult male had walked in with a gunshot wound.

Police made contact with the injured male.  While officers were able to establish the male was connected to the Muldoon shooting, he was otherwise completely uncooperative.  After being treated for a single wound to his torso, he was taken to the Anchorage Jail on two unrelated warrants.



Anchorage Police Department Bulleting

At 1:42 p.m. on January 30, 2016, Anchorage Police responded to the 4000 block of Lois Drive in regards to an injured man lying outside on the ground.  The man sustained critical injuries when he fell from a third story apartment window.  The man is currently in stable condition at the hospital after undergoing surgery.  Police are still investigating the circumstances of the fall.

Two injured in Saturday shooting at 4th and Gambell

Feb 1, 2016

1/30/16 - Anchorage Police Department bulletin

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 03:09 AM an Anchorage Police Sergeant reported that she had heard several gunshots in the area of 4th and Gambell.  Right after that broadcast, another APD Sergeant saw a dark-colored pickup run a red light and leave that same area at a high rate of speed.

New technology allows monitoriing of ocean acidification as it occurs

By Johanna Eurich, Freelance Journalist – Anchorage

Alaska's Shellfish hatcheries are worried that they may have to shut down their operations like hatcheries further south did when waters got too acidic to grow healthy shellfish. Willey Evans, a researcher with the Hakai Institute in British Columbia is working with Aleutic Pride shellfish hatchery in Seward. 

Governor sets deadline for alignment with oil and gas producers

By the Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker says he wants the state and the North Slope's major producers to reach agreement on key contracts and issues related to a major gas project before the end of the current legislative session. If the parties don't reach alignment on those issues, he says, he'll have "no other choice" but to consider other options for commercializing Alaska's gas.