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Second major oil company abandons Arctic exploration

Environmental groups are hailing the announcement that Norwegian oil giant Statoil is giving up on its oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska. The reaction of the state's elected officials has been far different.
Juneau APOC office skeletal after cuts

When the local office of the Alaska Public Offices Commission became a casualty of the governor's fiscal year 2016 budget in February, the Juneau delegation rallied to restore it. At first, it seemed to have worked.
State | Local
House offers bill for Perm Fund draw

The Alaska House Finance committee introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow a multibillion-dollar draw from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve as a stepping stone to a complete operating budget.
State | AK legislature
Medicaid expansion, the golden opportunity

Medicaid expansion is a golden opportunity. My comments, although I could say more, are limited to one point that needs to be highlighted, and one in response to a previous letter to the editor. 1.
The Road's new price tag: $4 million

There are many ways the state could fund Juneau's long-debated highway north, but the simplest method could cost the state as little as $3.8 million.
Photo: Retirement dollars

Randall Hoffbeck, commissioner of the Department of Revenue, left, and Sheldon Fisher, commissioner of the Department of Administration, deliver an update of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Walker appoints three to cabinet

Amid the bustle of the first day of the legislative session Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker appointed three commissioners, including two former placeholders.
Susan Bell joins McDowell group

...joined research and consulting firm McDowell Group in February after five years with the state of Alaska as commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."We are very excited about Susan's return to McDowell...
Female AKNG boss is one of few in country

When Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday that retired U.S. Army Col. Laurie Hummel is his pick for heading the troubled Alaska National Guard, he admitted her to an exclusive club of women who lead state military forces. Only three women head U.S.
State | AK legislature
Walker asks for 200 employees' resignations

After his inauguration Monday morning, Gov. Bill Walker announced two more commissioner appointees, however, not just the governor's cabinet is being rebuilt.
Local | AK legislature


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