With the state facing a deficit of more than $4 billion, the budget is arguably the most important issue facing the Alaska Legislature this session. The House Finance Committee is now hearing from the public on its cuts, in preparation for any changes it might make to the spending proposal. Download Audio
Last summer, Shell asked the government to extend its offshore drilling leases in the Arctic. Today, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski pressed Shell’s case to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a Senate hearing. Murkowski says Shell needs certainty to continue to invest billions of dollars in its Arctic operations. Download Audio
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan today engaged the head of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, in a testy exchange. Sullivan’s focus was the EPA’s proposed rule for the Clean Water Act. But first the senator extracted some crow from McCarthy for dissing gifts given to her when she visited Alaska last year. Sullivan says her reference to a jar of moose meat that could “gag a maggot” was disrespectful to Alaskans. Download Audio
Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it. Download Audio
Scenes from Kivgiq 2015
- Authorities release Nome port draft reportMost economically feasible site selected for northern port facility
- Search-and-rescue teams have busy weekSearch and rescue teams in Northwestern Alaska were busy over the last week with several reports of missing and overdue travelers.
- Tracking yearly flood into the Gulf of AlaskaMountains and rainforests of southern Alaska dump a lot of water into the ocean
- Whalers hold onto top spot in 3A ABC pollThe Barrow High School Whalers held onto the top spot in the latest Class 3A polls, according to the Alaska Basketball Coaches poll.
- Noorvik Lady Bears continue late-season pushWith its roster getting healthy, the Noorvik Lady Bears are doing exactly what they thought they would be this season - winning on the court.
- Lady Whalers sweep two from Nome-BeltzThe Barrow High School Lady Whalers had a little trouble with the Nome-Beltz Lady Nanooks on Saturday afternoon. About six minutes worth, to be exact.
- Whalers clinch No. 1 seed with sweep of Nome-BeltzThe Barrow High School Whalers wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Western Conference tournament with a pair of wins over the Nome-Beltz Nanooks in front of a large crowd in the Barrow gym.
- Kotzebue girls and boys teams split games with GalenaThe Kotzebue High School Lady Huskies suffered a pair of tough losses to the Galena Lady Hawks in non-conference action in Galena.
- Top seed within reach for LynxThe Noatak Lynx are just 32 minutes away from East Street. Or, at least, the easiest road to the Northwest Arctic Conference championship - and a possible trip to the Class 1A state tournament.
- Lady Huskies head into finaleThe Kotzebue Lady Huskies, by all accounts, have played well this season as they reload with a young team