Politics

Legislators running out of time to stop overhaul of Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board, discussing executive order this week

Alaska lawmakers have less than a month, until March 16, to vote down any of the dozen executive orders introduced by Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the start of the legislative session. One of those would replace the existing makeup of the Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board with the governor’s appointees. Legislators have begun discussing and will take public comment on …

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New bill introduced to U.S. Senate that could benefit Alaska’s coastal communities

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill Feb. 12 to support coastal communities.  The legislation, called the Working Waterfronts Act, would establish grants for marine infrastructure and mariculture, resources for fishermen to convert boats to hybrid or electric engines, and improve research on ocean acidification, among other things.  Murkowski’s office said in a press release the bill aims to improve …

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Kodiak delegation pushes bills to support fisheries and establish a state pension

The Alaska Legislative Session started Jan. 16 and Kodiak’s delegation has already introduced a slew of bills on the floor.  According to the Alaska Beacon, Representative Louise Stutes has three bills in the house as well as one house concurrent resolution so far.  HB 18 would have the state help create nonprofit regional fishing cooperatives with the goal to develop …

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Kodiak Island’s legislators highlight education funding and state employee pensions during preview of legislative session

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State Senate President Gary Stevens and Rep. Louise Stutes say they are already preparing for the likely possibility they will need to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes this year. Kodiak Island’s two state legislators gave a preview of the upcoming 2024 legislative session to the city council Tuesday night (1/9).   Stevens says he has invited Gov. Dunleavy to …

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Alaska Aerospace could get a new CEO soon

Alaska Aerospace has gone without permanent leadership for most of the past year but could announce a new chief executive officer soon.  Alaska Aerospace runs the Pacific Spaceport Complex at the end of Kodiak’s road system. (Brian Venua/KMXT) Alaska Senate President Gary Stevens is a non-voting member of the state-owned company’s board. He couldn’t give a name but said they’ve …

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Local Candidate Forums 2023

Local candidates for City Council, City Mayor, Borough Assembly, and School Board met in a forum sponsored by Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, Kodiak Daily Mirror, and KMXT. The City Council and mayor forum was held Monday, September 25, 2023 and the Borough Assembly and School Board forums were Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Both were broadcast live on KMXT 100.1FM. Hear …

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Senate Agriculture committee’s ranking member visits Kodiak to talk fisheries and farms

Alaska’s senators brought Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas to Kodiak this week. Boozman is the ranking member of the Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee and is on a tour to see what farming looks like around the country.  One of their first stops was the Kodiak Harvest Foods Co-op. They asked staff and volunteers some questions about how the …

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Sen. Murkowski reintroduces legislation to support coastal economies

Sen. Lisa Murkowski reintroduced a bill and shared support for another, both aimed at supporting coastal communities this week. The legislation is aimed at investing in research and local economies. Murkowski is bringing back the Ocean Regional Opportunity and Innovation Act. The bill would designate “Ocean Innovation Clusters” for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Each so-called cluster would become a …

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