Thumbs up to a good opening. Judged by nothing else than its length, Friday's ceremony to dedicate the Walter Soboleff Building was an event to remember. Of course, it went beyond that.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who retained her U.S. Senate seat after challenging the Republican Party's official candidate in an improbable write-in victory, has retained her seat as ranking Republican on the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Two federal land proposals involving Alaska, including a controversial Tongass National Forest land exchange with Cape Fox Corp., are on hold until September.
WASHINGTON - With Congress out of town for August and then likely focused on spending bills through September, a two-month game of positioning on a final national energy policy bill has begun. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said last week that he has no doubt that a joint House-Senate conference committee will produce a final version. Republicans have the majority in the committee and they want a bill, Stevens said, so there will be no repeat of protracted, unsuccessful conference efforts last year.
ANCHORAGE - Democrat Scott McAdams knows he can't compete against the nearly $2 million that incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has in hand for this year's election.
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