U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, advanced debate on her broad, bipartisan energy bill by providing a synopsis of how it will benefit her home state of Alaska. She focused on how the bill will help the state produce more energy and help consumers use less energy, creating new opportunities and lowering costs — especially in rural areas.
Greetings from Juneau on the 14th day of the Second Legislative Session.
Rain, rain, rain; it matches the mood around the capitol. The intensity and frequency of various caucus meetings is already at the level we usually only see at the end of session. Recognition is growing that we must do a more comprehensive fix to the structural deficit than just cuts.
I’ve been implicated in several iffy situations: test-driving a Ford Ranger pickup 16 miles off-highway in the mountains of eastern Oregon; at twilight, with snow falling, and a foot of accumulation — without chains. Backpacking up Archangel Pass in the fall and crossing a big boulder-field in a snowstorm. One of the party — […]
Twenty years ago, a group of concerned Alaskans decided enough was enough. They were fed-up with toxic pollution in Cook Inlet, so they brought Clean Water Act claims against the oil and gas corporations for over 4,200 illegal dumping violations. And they won. Then they formed Cook Inletkeeper as part of the settlement. Today, Inletkeeper […]
Many months ago last spring, while driving home about 10 p.m., I came to a turn and faced a car that was swiftly entering into my lane. With no other choice but to turn off the road, I ended up in a deep ditch — after which I remember nothing. I can only assume the […]
About a month and a half remains until legislators head to Juneau for the 2016 session. As is the case every year, the budget will drive much of the discussion next session. In the coming weeks, we will receive the governor’s proposed budget for next year. Due to continued low oil prices, over $1 billion […]
Commentary Rep. Paul Seaton Thank you to all who participated in the online survey or attended one of our town hall meetings. We received 168 responses through online or paper entries. Some 80 constituents attended the Homer meeting, and 18 attended in Ninilchik. Thank you also to Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck for his informative presentation. The results […]
Commentary Libby B. Bushell It is with extremely mixed emotions that I bid you all farewell for a while as I take a sabbatical from HoWL. This community has helped me conceive of and nurture HoWL into the thriving organization it has become. From DiRtBaG Clean-Up Week to the Homer Outdoor Film Festival — and […]
Commentary Peter T. Zuyus Kenai Peninsula Borough Senior Citizens Assembly Candidate Questionnaire Congratulations on your candidacy for an assembly position with the borough. My name is Peter Zuyus and I write articles and advocate of behalf of senior citizens at both the state and borough level. I am preparing an article for borough seniors regarding […]
Commentary Bob Shavelson The President of the United States came to Alaska recently. Whether you voted for him or not, it was a historic occasion, and it thrust Alaska and Alaskans into the international spotlight. In a recent opinion piece, Chris Story chose to ignore this historic occasion, and instead presented a mocking critique of […]