Archive of: Alaska Politics



December Issue 3 2014

Walker: Alaska will weather fiscal storm

Gov. Bill Walker is reaching out to community and business leaders to help guide him through some tough times with the state budget. In a speech to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Dec. 15, Walker’s first address to a major business group since taking office Dec. 1, the governor promised to be honest and “blunt” about the state’s deteriorated fiscal position.

Walker faced with widening deficit scenario December Issue 2 2014

Walker faced with widening deficit scenario

Gov. Bill Walker faces a grim budget scenario that may distract the new governor from other priorities, like a natural gas pipeline and an expansion of Medicaid.

December Issue 2 2014

Gasline efforts, Medicaid face challenges

Walker brings back several Palin officials December Issue 1 2014

Walker brings back several Palin officials

New Gov. Bill Walker took office Dec. 1 and ordered immediate changes in top echelons of state government. Walker brought back several top officials from Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration for senior positions in the natural resources and revenue departments. Walker defeated former Gov. Sean Parnell by about 6,200 votes in the Nov. 4 Alaska elections. Parnell first took office in July 2009 when Palin resigned before the end of her term.

December Issue 1 2014

Sealaska nears completion of land deal in Defense act

Sealaska Inc. might finally be whole after the Dec. 3 announcement of a lands package agreement between the House and Senate. The broad package of lands bills would allow the Southeast Native corporation to select about 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest for timber production and historic preservation, according to a release from Sen. Mark Begich’s office.

NOAA proposes huge critical habitat area for ringed seals December Issue 1 2014

NOAA proposes huge critical habitat area for ringed seals

The federal agency that oversees the U.S. seal population has proposed 350,000 square miles of ocean off Alaska’s north and west coast as critical habitat for the main prey of polar bears. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Dec. 2 that it’s proposing critical habitat for ringed seals throughout U.S. jurisdiction in the Beaufort and Bering seas and in much of the western Bering Sea.