Larry Kobuk died in January after being restrained at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. His was one of many inmate deaths that led Gov. Bill Walker to call for a review of Alaska’s Department of Corrections.
Walker’s administration is releasing $3.6 million in previously set-aside funds to start an environmental assessment of the 200-mile road to copper, gold deposits in the northwest.
Now valued at more than $50 billion, the annual PFD payout is based on an average of the interest earned on the fund’s past five years of investments.
Josie Bahnke will lead Alaska’s Division of Elections after Lt. Governor Byron Mallot asked for the resignation of current Elections head Gail Fenumiai.
As lawmakers in Juneau go into overtime, Sounding Board wants to hear your thoughts on what should be a top priority as budgets get cut and funding dries up.
The Walker administration has restored $7.7 million to the state’s basic homeless assistance program, or BHAP, funding 40 shelters emergency and homeless shelters statewide.
In Kivalina, Interior Secretary Jewell Hears “Real Stories” from Community Living with Climate Change
Jewell was in Kivalina Monday to hear what residents say are their concerns as erosion linked to climate change and rising sea levels threatens their way of life—and the very island the community is built upon.
The Basic Homeless Assistance Program grant, which provides up to $6 million a year to emergency shelters and transitional housing programs across Alaska, has been cut from Gov. Walker’s budget.
The city’s top priority is continuing with ongoing water and sewer upgrades, but even modest projects are uncertain in the face of a potential $3 billion deficit due to falling oil prices.
With Alaska’s oil revenues shrinking in the face of falling oil prices, a mining road across the Interior that would end at a copper deposit near Ambler is among many projects being reassessed.