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Army hears from Alaska on force cuts March Issue 1 2015

Army hears from Alaska on force cuts

It felt like a high school pep rally, but the result is far more important than any Friday night football game. Alaska leaders joined hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Feb. 23 — an effort to demonstrating the state’s support of the military before a U.S. Army panel tasked with determining which bases should lose troops.

March Issue 1 2015

Upsized ASAP may rattle AK LNG Project

JUNEAU — Finance subcommittees in the state House were closing out budgets for state agencies this week, while other legislative committees heard updates on the Alaska LNG Project and worked on energy legislation. A bill dealing with regulation of now-legal marijuana is also being worked on in House and Senate committees.

March Issue 1 2015

AGDC board nominees include former AGPA lobbyist

Murkowski on budget, Arctic, mines and new governor March Issue 1 2015

Murkowski on budget, Arctic, mines and new governor

Issues unresolved after Jewell’s visit February Issue 4 2015

Issues unresolved after Jewell’s visit

KOTZEBUE — Alaska legislators left Kotzebue unsatisfied after a Feb. 16 meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Attempts by the Obama administration to limit North Slope oil and gas development were the focus of the roughly hour-long meeting.

Leaders rally against Army force reductions February Issue 4 2015

Leaders rally against Army force reductions

Community leaders in Anchorage and Fairbanks are rolling out the red carpet for a Pentagon team visiting Alaska that is considering possible reductions of Army troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. The visitors will be in Anchorage Feb. 23 and in Fairbanks Feb. 24.

US releases ‘One Arctic’ theme as it readies to take chair February Issue 4 2015

US releases ‘One Arctic’ theme as it readies to take chair

The Arctic Council wants to make sure citizens and politicians start looking northward as trade routes, natural resource development and national security issues emerge. The United States will enter into the chair position of the Arctic Council in April 2015, taking over for Canada, which held the position since 2013. The chair position is held for two years before being taken by another of the eight member countries.

Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan February Issue 4 2015

Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan

Medicaid expansion is taking on a partisan edge in Juneau, to no surprise. Hearings on the plan by Gov. Bill Walker opened Feb. 16 in a House Finance subcommittee. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson made the case for expansion, citing improved health care for Alaskans, lower near-term costs to the state budget, and lower costs for many employers if workers have better access to health care.