Effects of last year's budget cuts loom over construction industry


Officials predict that Alaska's construction industry could lose as much as 18 percent of its workforce this year due to last year’s state budget cuts. Alaska Association of General Contractors director John Mackinnon, tells KTUU-TV the loss could affect more than 3,000 jobs.


Legislators considering privatizing Pioneer Homes for elderly

State Senate pares another $63 million from House budget

Based on a story by APRN’s Juneau Correspondent Andrew Kitchenman

With the state facing a $3.5 billion budget deficit, House and Senate Legislative leaders have focused on cuts to the state budget before finding ways to raise new or additional revenues.

The Senate voted Monday on a state government budget that goes $63 million deeper in cuts than the House budget passed Friday, thanks in part to a $100 million cut to the executive branch.

Alaska tribes to Receive $100 Million in Back Pay

A federal court has approved payment of almost a billion dollars by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to 700 tribes across the nation. The settlement is for decades of underpayment by the BIA to tribes for education, road construction, and other contracts.

Feb. 24, 2016

Professorship comes with $20,000 to support research

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Feb. 23, 2016

Anchorage sets new record of 37 days without snow

By The Associated Press

A nearly 60-year-old record for no snowfall in Anchorage went down over the weekend. National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Snider confirmed that Saturday night was the 37th day in a row without snow for Anchorage. The previous record was set in 1958 when no snow fell from January 21st to February 25th.


Feb. 22, 2016

State Representatives question proposal to cut oil and gas tax credits

By The Associated Press

Senate Labor and Commerce Committee Announcement

JUNEAU – The Senate Labor & Commerce Committee will host public testimony regarding Gov. Walker’s proposed individual income tax this Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. both evenings.

Citizens may testify in-person at their local LIO; submit written testimony to be placed on the record and distributed to committee members; or call to testify by phone. There are a limited number of phone lines to the Capitol; please plan to attend and testify at your local LIO.

By The National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a small stream flood advisory for rain and melting snow for streams on the western Kenai peninsula south of Kenai until 3:45 pm AKST Tuesday.

Feb. 15, 2016

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads field hearing of Energy Committee in Bethel

By the Associated Press

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join a host of state and federal officials in Bethel today to talk rural energy needs.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is holding a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, which she chairs. The hearing will focus on alternative energy projects throughout the state – as well as the continuing challenge of high rural energy costs.

Feb. 5, 2016

Legislators to hear public comments on proposals to cut into PFDs

By the Associated Press