Residents of Western Alaska villages pay several hundreds of dollars a month for data speeds that max out at 10 Mbps.
Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Director Cynthia Franklin told state legislators that marijuana testing should begin within weeks.
The races to replace Anchorage Republican Lesil McGuire and Democrat Johnny Ellis in the Senate have drawn the most spending this year.
Democrats Tom Begich and Ed Wesley are running to succeed Ellis. Republicans Wasilla Rep. Lynn Gattis and David Wilson are running for Huggins’ Senate seat.
Gov. Walker wants to permanently resolve the budget shortfall this year with the Permanent Fund. Two lawmakers have offered their own bills for closing the budget gap with the fund.
Alaska officials, municipal and Native corporation representatives, and top Coast Guard officers are attending the third annual Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle.
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lesil McGuire said Tuesday the legislature will consider an omnibus bill addressing reforms, including a comprehensive look at the statutes defining the parameters for incarceration for alcohol abuse.
The Alaska Senate voted 19-3 on Tuesday to buy out TransCanada and take a larger stake in the Alaska LNG gas pipeline.
The rewritten law is unlikely to reach the governor’s desk this year, said Senate Rules Committee Chair Charlie Huggins.
The hearing provided an overview of Arctic issues: The prospect of new trade routes and drilling as the sea ice retreats, the need for infrastructure, the threat of erosion.