Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Anchorage on Saturday and met with Gov. Bill Walker.
Walker says they talked about Alaska’s trade relations in Asia. Walker spoke about developing the state’s natural resources for foreign and domestic use. Walker and Pence also talked about the state’s strategic location for military operations. And Walker raised the importance of the Essential Air Service Program to Alaska.
Alaska Gasline Development Corp. President Keith Meyer joined Walker in the meeting.
Pence stopped in Alaska while his plane refueled, on the way to South Korea.
- The Department of Interior is aiming to reverse Obama-era offshore drilling policy, which largely blocked oil development in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.
- If repairs are successful, the Columbia would next head north from Bellingham on Jan. 26 with service to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Haines and Skagway.
- The Juneau Assembly's plans to annex four new areas into the borough is drawing opposition from officials and residents of Angoon, which lays historic claims to Admiralty Island.
- Members of Alaska's National Guard were supposed to be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend for drills. But most of those exercises were canceled.