Two new pieces of national legislation could pave the way for an Arctic deep draft port in Alaska.
Introduced in February of last year, the Water Resources Development Act, now called the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, has officially been signed into law.
Down 15 students from last year, Nome Public Schools will receive less money from the state’s enrollment funding.
With a focus on infrastructure, the bill would also place grant money in rural Alaska villages that do not have basic drinking water or wastewater services.
Senator Lisa Murkowski just wrapped up her first trip to Nome in almost four years, touring local facilities, talking with leaders, and hosting a community meet-and-greet.
On Friday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill that would encourage infrastructure development at Port Clarence.
Concessions from opponents over the past few days means Bill Walker will take the governor’s job, while Dan Sullivan will take one of Alaska’s Senate seats in Washington.
With an additional 15,200 votes counted, Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker maintained their election leads.
Voters in western Alaska bucked state trends in some races, but gave more decisive returns in others.
Polls across Alaska closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and while results are still unofficial the big winners appear to be Walker, Sullivan and marijuana.