The state’s liquefied natural gas pipeline export project with China can continue regardless of whether Gov. Bill Walker is elected to a second term in November. Alaska Gasline Development Corporation senior vice president Frank Richards said the corporation was set up by the Legislature to transcend election cycles.
Anchorage entrepreneur Dimitri Shein is one of two main candidates in the Democratic primary for Alaska’s sole U.S. House seat. Shein was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to Anchorage in 1993. He was 12. The experience helps him appreciate what makes America exceptional.
The Bureau of Land Management has kicked off the environmental review process for what could be one of Alaska’s biggest future oil developments, in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Trump administration wants to make that process go faster. But environmental groups worry a faster review won’t do enough to protect the Arctic wilderness.
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz are touring the state in an effort to push for national security in the Arctic. Their visit Monday in Nome coincides with the National Defense Authorization Act, which was scheduled to be signed by President Donald Trump.