Monthly Archives: March 2010

WASPs Get Formal Recognition

By Libby Casey

More than a thousand skilled aviators who served the United States during World War II didn’t receive military benefits, weren’t commissioned, and for decades after the war weren’t viewed as veterans.  The reason?  They were women.   Continue reading

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Budget Passes House, Leaving Worries About Gas Line Work

By Dave Donaldson

The House today passed its version of the operating budget that will go into effect July first.   But it did so leaving questions unanswered about the future of a gas line from the North Slope.   Continue reading

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New Consideration of Izembek Exchange

By Libby Casey

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is looking at the environmental impacts of a planned land-exchange and road project in the Alaska Peninsula’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.    Congress passed legislation signed into law last year calling for the land exchange and allowing for a road to connect two communities.  But environmentalists are still fighting the plan.  Continue reading

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U-S Senate Confirms Larry Persily

By Libby Casey

Larry Persily has been confirmed by the U-S Senate as the new federal coordinator of Alaska gas pipeline projects.  Continue reading

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State Budget on House Floor Thursday

By Dave Donaldson

A Five Billion dollar operating budget goes on the floor of the House tomorrow for consideration by the entire membership.  Continue reading

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Begich on Budget Committee

By Libby Casey

Senator Mark Begich gained a new committee spot this week.  He’ll serve on the Senate Budget Committee, which drafts Congress’s annual budget plan and monitors action on the budget for the federal government.  Continue reading

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Bipartisan Congressional Support of Tax Extenders

By Libby Casey

Senator Lisa Murkowski and a handful of other Republicans crossed party lines today to join with Democrats and pass a tax-extenders bill worth 140 Billion dollars.  Continue reading

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Saying No to Decoupling

By Dave Donaldson

Hearings opened in the Senate this morning on a bill to separate oil taxes from gas taxes — addressing the risk that,  taken together,   the two resources reduce the total revenue to the state than if they were collected separately.  Continue reading

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White House Energy

By Libby Casey

A Republican Senator negotiating climate change legislation left a White House meeting today saying NOW is the time to act on energy policy.   Continue reading

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“Decoupling” Bill Ready for Hearings

By Dave Donaldson

The first steps toward separating oil taxes from gas taxes are ready for formal consideration — and they’ll begin tomorrow.   Two bills were introduced in the Senate today that will be in front of the Finance Committee for the rest of this week.  Continue reading

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