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 By Larry Persily    News    July 22, 2021

Wrangell scheduled for reduced ferry service October-November

Wrangell would see one northbound ferry every other week during October and November, and one southbound ferry the other weeks in October and November under the draft winter schedule released by the Alaska Marine Highway System. That’s down signifi...

 

Murkowski out-fundraises Senate challenger

JUNEAU (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski ended the latest quarter with a big cash-on-hand advantage over conservative Republican rival Kelly Tshibaka, according to fundraising reports released July 15. Murkowski, a Republican who has not officially...

 

From the publisher

Could anything be more difficult than getting the Alaska Legislature to settle on a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state? Yes. Getting a clear majority of Alaskans to accept...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Lawmakers work on fiscal plan, but PFD is the deadline question

Alaska lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene in another special session in just over two weeks to consider a long-term fiscal plan for the state — and to set the amount of this fall’s Permanent Fund dividend. The Aug. 2 start date for the special...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    July 15, 2021

No new numbers from Dunleavy recall effort

A group seeking Gov. Mike Dunleavy's ouster has yet to gather enough signatures to force a recall election, nearly two years after getting started and with just over a year before the 2022 primary election. Recall Dunleavy Chair Meda DeWitt said the...

 

Alaska Republican Party votes to support Murkowski opponent

ANCHORAGE (AP) - The leaders of Alaska’s Republican Party on Saturday endorsed a Trump-backed conservative challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has been one of the GOP’s most outspoken critics of the former president. The Alaska...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Governor vetoes legislative attempt to boost ferry budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his veto power to thwart a legislative effort to boost the state ferry system budget. The governor cut almost $8.5 million from an overall appropriation of $190.7 million intended to cover the next 18 months of Alaska Marine...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Dunleavy vetoes small PFD, tells legislators to try again

Legislators are scheduled to return to Juneau next month and will try again to settle on an amount for this fall's Permanent Fund dividend after the governor vetoed the $525 PFD appropriated by...

 

From the publisher

The governor’s office got it wrong when it referred to $400,000 in state funding for the Alaska Legal Services Corp. as a subsidy. Guess they had to come up with a catchy explanation of why Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed the long-standing state help...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Wrangell positions survive budget veto

Legislative efforts to restore an Office of Children’s Services caseworker in Wrangell and fund a commercial fisheries staffer in town survived the governor’s budget vetoes. Wrangell lost its Department of Fish and Game position last year due to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 1, 2021

Legislature finishes budget but dividend fight will resume Aug. 2

The Alaska House avoided a government shutdown when it voted Monday for the state budget to take effect with the start of the new fiscal year today, though the political battles over state spending and the Permanent Fund dividend are far from over. G...

 

Governor offers Malaspina to the Philippines for free

JUNEAU (AP) - The state of Alaska is trying to dispose of a 58-year-old, unused ferry, and even has offered to give it free to the government of the Philippines. Gov. Mike Dunleavy offered to give away the Malaspina in a letter last month to the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 24, 2021

Legislature, governor in dispute over budget

A budget debate has brought the state to within a week of the start of the new fiscal year and the risk that state agencies could close on July 1 if the governor and legislators cannot settle the dispute. The battle between the governor and...

 

Editorial: Governor, please don't veto Wrangell positions

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will have multiple big decisions to make when the state budget lands on his desk and he decides which appropriations he likes and which he will veto. Alaska's governors have the pow...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 24, 2021

Trump endorses Murkowski challenger

Making good on previous threats, former President Donald Trump has endorsed Kelly Tshibaka, a former official in the Gov. Mike Dunleavy administration, in her challenge against Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “Lisa Murkowski is bad for Alaska,”Trump...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 17, 2021

Legislature funds 2 new state positions in Wrangell

Wrangell should know by June 30 — maybe sooner — if Gov. Mike Dunleavy will veto funding to restore two state jobs in the community that were headed toward approval by lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session. The governor has 20...

 

Editorial: No secret that governor's math fails

Gov. Mike Dunleavy must have learned how to manage state finances from the same people who guard the world’s biggest secret recipes: Col. Sanders’ fried chicken, Coca-Cola, Big Mac’s special sauce, Twinkies and Dr. Pepper. Keeping secrets from...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 17, 2021

Fish Factor: New Alaska mariculture alliance looks for members

Alaskans who are engaged in or interested in mariculture are invited to become founding members in a new group that will advance the growing industry across the state. The newly formed Alaska Mariculture Alliance is a private, nonprofit successor to...

 

Forest Service will 'repeal or replace' decision opening Tongass to more logging

JUNEAU (AP) - The federal government has announced plans to “repeal or replace” a decision by the Trump administration that intended to lift restrictions on logging and road building in Southeast Alaska. Conservationists cheered the announcement...

 

State may spend $14 million on projects for 500-mile trail

JUNEAU (AP) - A proposed 500-mile hiking trail from Southcentral Alaska to Fairbanks aimed at drawing more adventurers to the state has garnered support from the governor, tourism officials and others, and it could get a funding boost to help begin...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 10, 2021

Businesses report hiring struggles

Much like the rest of the country, several businesses in Wrangell said hiring has become a greater struggle than in the past. “I haven’t had a full staff in a year and a half,” said Josh Young, with J&W’s. “I hired my first new employee in...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 10, 2021

From the publisher: Alaska elections will be different next year

Yeah, I know, it's 14 months from Alaska's 2022 primary election for governor, legislative seats and two of the state's three members of Congress. And who wants to spend the summer of 2021 fretting ov...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 3, 2021

Legislature hung up on dividend amid budget negotiations

Setting the amount of this year's Permanent Fund dividend - and deciding on how to pay the cost - continues to hold up agreement on a state spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The...

 

State settles alleged political firing cases for $160,000

The state has paid a cash settlement to a second former employee who alleged her firing early in the administration of Gov. Mike Dunleavy was political, not based on merit or job performance. A former assistant public advocate for the state will...

 

Southeast cemetery bill awaits governor's signature

JUNEAU (AP) - A bill that protects the graves of Unangax people in Southeast Alaska awaits a signature from Gov. Mike Dunleavy after both chambers of the Alaska Legislature approved the measure. The Unangax cemetery holds more than 30 graves of peopl...

 

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