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After providers lobby, Walker reverses cuts to homeless programs

After providers lobby, Walker reverses cuts to homeless programsAdvocates are rejoicing after Gov. Bill Walker released an updated budget that restores funding for homeless programs.

Tongass transition plan may run short

Tongass transition plan may run shortA new forecast says current plans for logging younger Tongass trees will not provide enough wood to maintain the region’s timber industry. But a more aggressive approach might.

House Bill targets Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission for elimination

House Bill targets Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission for eliminationHB112 comes after a Department of Fish and Game report questions the efficiency and organizational structure of the CFEC.

Alaska tops Gallup’s Index of Well-Being

Alaska tops Gallup’s Index of Well-BeingGallup yesterday released its annual Index of Well-Being, and for the first time, Alaska tops the list.

Walker seeks to scale up state gasline project

Walker seeks to scale up state gasline projectWalker would like to substantially grow the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project, so the state could sell gas to Asian buyers, too.

New Alaska branch of Americans For Prosperity campaigns against Medicaid expansion

Americans for Prosperity led a successful campaign to defeat a Medicaid expansion bill in Tennessee this year. Price is hoping for the same success in Alaska.

Lawmaker proposes eliminating film tax credit program

Lawmaker proposes eliminating film tax credit programAn Alaska lawmaker wants to eliminate the program that provides tax credits for films produced in Alaska.

Alaska’s youth advocate foster care reform at Capitol

Alaska’s youth advocate foster care reform at CapitolMembers of the Alaska Youth Policy Summit shared traumatic stories of drug abuse, foster care and mental illness with state legislators on Tuesday.

International experts on Arctic warfare gather for first time at remote Alaska training site

International experts on Arctic warfare gather for first time at remote Alaska training siteElite specialists in mountaineering, skiing, and Arctic survival came to the Northern Warfare Training Center near Fairbanks to learn new techniques for fighting in terrain that can itself be a weapon against troops.

With budget changes, Walker boosts ferry, community jails funding

With budget changes, Walker boosts ferry, community jails fundingWith Wednesday’s deadline for changes, Gov. Bill Walker has sent his final amendments to the capital and operating budget to the Legislature.