“We’re willing to sit down and negotiate and to talk about what it takes to not only get a budget done for the upcoming year, but to put a package together that keeps essential services in plan and allows for our economy to once again stabilize,” said House Speaker Bryce Edgmon.
Nominees, Sandy Shroyer-Beaver and Eugene Smith have years of experience on Kotzebue’s city council. The third, Leanna Mack of Utqiagvik, said her community involvement makes up for her relative lack of political experience.
The recall election of Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty is set for March 6. A recall petition signed by 172 community members seeks to remove him due to allegations of misconduct in office – specifically attempting to sole-source land use agreements for the Unalaska Marine Center positions 5-7.
The Sierra Club’s Melinda Pierce thought if Sen. Ted Stevens couldn’t get Congress to open ANWR in 2005 when Republicans controlled Congress, gas prices were up and the Iraq war was raging, it may never happen. Opening it up now is a stunning reversal for environmentalists.
The Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is raising the alarm about what it characterizes as a raid by federal immigration authorities in Anchorage this week. According to the ACLU, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested at least five people in Anchorage on Tuesday.
Walker also proposed process changes. Lawmakers’ per diem payments would stop if they don’t pass a budget in the 90-day session set by state law. Their salaries would also be delayed. Another change would shift the state to a two-year budget.