Monthly Archives: April 2010

Denali Commission Goes Before Congress

By Lori Townsend

The leaders of regional economic development commissions including Alaska’s Denali commission gave testimony today to a U-S House of Representatives Transportation subcommittee on their proposed 2011 budgets.  Continue reading

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Fifty Years of ANWR

By Libby Casey

Thousands of miles away from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Washington D-C prominent environmentalists and members of Congress kicked off a celebration of the Refuge yesterday.  They’re marking fifty years since the region first became a federally protected area under President Dwight Eisenhower.    Continue reading

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Oil and Gas Taxes Remain “Coupled”

By Dave Donaldson

Governor Parnell today vetoed the bill that would have separated oil taxes from natural gas taxes.   It was originally proposed after economic analysts found that under current market conditions and taxes the state risked losing as much as $2-Billion a year in revenue once gas is in the pipe.  Continue reading

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Obstacles Ahead for Law of the Sea Treaty

By Libby Casey

Senator Lisa Murkowski and experts in Arctic policy are pessimistic that the U-S will ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty this year, even as Norway and Russia say their countries were able to hammer out an Arctic border dispute this week thanks to the Treaty.  Continue reading

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Tony Knowles To Advise National Park Service

By Libby Casey

Former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles will sit on an advisory board for the National Park Service.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the appointment Tuesday.  Knowles and eleven others named will make recommendations to the Secretary and the National Park Service Director.   Continue reading

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Another Vote Today on Financial Reform

By Libby Casey

The U-S Senate yesterday voted not to take up a financial regulations overhaul bill, and Alaska’s Senators have very different – and strong – reactions.  All Republicans and one Democrat blocked moving forward with debate.   Another vote is planned for today.  Continue reading

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In-State Gas Development Has A Deadline

By Dave Donaldson

People hoping for a gasline from the North Slope to the Railbelt and SouthCentral Alaska now have a deadline for when they can expect delivery.    Continue reading

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White House Lobbies Murkowski on Financial Reform

By Libby Casey

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is among the Republicans the White House is trying to work with and mollify over a pending financial regulatory bill.    Continue reading

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Health Care Lawsuit Draws Criticism From Parnell Opponents

By Dave Donaldson

Candidates who want to take Sean Parnell’s seat in the governor’s office are reacting to this week’s announcement that he’s making a Constitutional challenge to the Federal health care legislation that passed Congress earlier this year.  Many of them see the litigation as a distraction from what the Governor needs to be talking about.   Continue reading

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Alaska Goes To Court Over Health Care

By Dave Donaldson

Governor Parnell yesterday announced that Alaska is joining nineteen other states in challenging the constitutionality of the new Federal health care legislation.    Continue reading

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