Monthly Archives: October 2009

Parnell the Optimist

Governor Parnell says he’s still optimistic about the completion of a gas line from the North Slope to North American markets.  He said he’s been meeting with companies that could use the project – and he says he doesn’t see any reason for changing the statutory terms at this point.

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Permanent Fund Turns Around

The Permanent Fund has begun to turn around the stock market losses of the past two years.   Executive Director Mike Burns reports a return of $3.4 Billion during the first quarter of this fiscal year.  That’s a 10.7% increase – putting the fund’s value at $33-Billion. Continue reading

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Looking at 8(a)’s Value

The U-S Small Business Administration is prepared to issue new regulations changing the federal oversight of the 8(a) program that allows regional and village native corporations to avoid the competitive bidding process on many federal purchases.

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DNR Asks Reconsideration of Pebble Ruling

The Department of Natural Resources today (Friday) asked a Dillingham Superior Court to reconsider a decision ten days ago concerning a challenge to the Pebble Mine.  Judge Fred Torrisi denied a motion to dismiss a case brought by the Nondalton Tribal Council and other plaintiffs who said the Murkowski’ administration’s reclassifying of land around the mine for development was improperly done.

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Yes to Coghill…No to Wagoner

House Rules Chairman John Coghil, of North Pole, is on his way to the Senate. Senate Republicans approved his appointment by Governor Parnell two weeks ago to replace Gene Therriault, who quite the Senate to join the Governor’s staff.

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No Free Medicine in Pioneer Homes

The six Pioneer Homes around the state do not administer free prescription medicines to Disabled Veterans who reside there.  Instead, the residents are required to purchase their medication from the state assisted living facilities.

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Parnell Takes Polar Bears to Court

The state has begun a three-pronged response to what Governor Parnell calls the improper use of the Endangered Species Act to shut resource development. He says that won’t happen on his watch.

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