Oct. 29, 2015

Buyout of LNG pipeline partner getting close look by Legislators

Oct. 26, 2015

Risks, rewards at issue

By The Associated Press

Republican legislative leaders say they want to know more about the potential risks and rewards of the state buying out gas pipeline project partner TransCanada Corp.

They also want to know how the state would pay for its share.

The Legislature opened a special session Saturday to consider buying out TransCanada's share in the project. As it is now, TransCanada would hold the state's interest in a gas treatment plant and pipeline.

President Obama takes no questions from Alaska media

Sept. 4, 2015

By Zachariah Hughes, APRN

During his visit to Alaska, President Obama did not take a single question from Alaskan reporters. KNOM news director Matthew Smith traveled with the press pool to Kotzebue.

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.

Aug. 17, 2015

Civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich nominated to be on new $10 bill

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska

The Walker-Mallott administration has nominated Tlingit civil-rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich to be on the new $10 bill.

The U.S. Treasury is collecting nominations of women who were champions for democracy to put on the redesigned note. The governor and lieutenant governor say Peratrovich fits the description well. 

Walker Press Secretary Katie Marquette says Peratrovich is an obvious nominee.

Reports to the Federal Elections Commission show Sen. Mark Begich spent $10 million in  his campaign to retain his seat. Senator-elect Dan Sullivan spend $7.6 million. With PAC spending added in, the total spent on the race was $60 million.


Late onset of winter cold in Bethel sets a record

Alaskan tribes allowed to exercise same rights as lower 48 tribes

Tribes in Alaska are celebrating a decision that allows them to apply to have lands placed into trust status with the federal government. The Department of Interior issued regulations settling a long-running dispute between Interior, the state of Alaska, and tribes over an interpretation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA). 

Gov. Bill Walker's pick for Attorney General says he will review litigation over same-sex marriage strictly on is constitutionality. He says he will also review National Guard matters to ensure misbehavior was prosecuted, and former Governor Sean Parnell shared public records diligently.


Cost of energy, Medicaid expansion high prioritues

The mood was celebratory in Juneau yesterday (Dec. 1) during the inauguration ceremony for Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott. Mallott called for unity,  saying Alaskans from all walks of life can rise as one.

"Haa shagoon ... it's our ancestors and future generations, everything we were and everything we will be."