ALASKA PRIMARY ELECTION A BLOODLETTING AMONG REPUBLICANS: The primary election was a bloodletting among Republican leaders, and while Republicans may command House and Senate organizations next year there may not be organizations that prove very functional in key decision-making. There’s still a general election in front of us but the Senate appears to have a likely split of seven Democrats and nine “regular” Republicans, with four Republicans as a part of the present Senate coalition (Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, and…
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State transportation officials are scrambling to work out problems in the State Transportation Improvement Program, which guides all-important federal funding. Federal highway officials sent the plan back to the state for revisions and the deadline is tight for these, so there’s a lot of attention focused on the plan. There’s also a lot of finger-pointing, much of it political. Many of the needed changes appear to be minor but a point of tension is over recommendations by two municipal transportation…
In this issue we discuss plans for major new cargo transfer facilities at Anchorage’s airport; we also describe a new joint-venture to develop a geothermal power project near Unalaska
In this issue we describe how oil companies are cutting the cost of finding developing new oil on the North Slope
In this issue we describe North Slope oil companies’ plans for $24 billion in projects next 10 years; also, we discuss a solar project in the Matanusuka-Susitna Borough that produces power cheaper than with natural gas.
In this issue we contemplate the stability that POMV brings to the state budge, as well as employment gains fragile but stable.
In this issue we talk about permafrost thaw and it’s opportunities, and new worries over the talent drain out of Alaska
In this issue we discuss how the surge in tourism is sparking new infrastructure, as well as the effects of the organizational turmoil at UAA.
In this issue we discuss the cost of the summer fires, what happens to Prudhoe Bay while BP sale is unresolved, and the results of a campaign to recall the governor.
In this issue we will be discussing the HILCORP/BP deal, the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, as well as the cost of delaying building maintenance for the University of Alaska and more.
In this issue we talk about the Governor’s budget and is it going to keep us in a recession, the new space data center in the Mat-su, and the season that the North Slope had.