It’s been 25 years since the first check from the state’s share of oil royalties was deposited and invested in what is now known as the Alaska Permanent Fund. That account has grown to over 24-billion dollars and is now seen as a potential vehicle for helping the state pay for it’s growing deficit. Meanwhile, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation celebrates the anniversary of the first deposit by looking ahead to the next 25 years and beyond. This segment includes an excerpt of a story that aired in June of 2000 that focused on the Corporation’s creation and it’s 20th anniversary.
- Lawmakers who represent areas outside Juneau receive $295 for each day of the special session. Juneau lawmakers receive $221.25 per day.
- Sixteen veterans of the Alaska Territorial Guard will be honored at a discharge ceremony today. Four of them are from Western Alaska.
- The historic houses in Juneau and Douglas were predominately built by miners and fishermen long before today's zoning was put into place. That's prevented homeowners from restoring or rebuilding homes in these neighborhoods without running into conflict with the city's zoning laws -- a temporary fix may be on the way.
- Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young wants to know why Americans are still fighting in Afghanistan. He has co-sponsored a bill that would end funding for the war in a year, unless the president and Congress affirm the need for it.