Articles & Op-eds

12.06.18

Alaska Public Media: Murkowski: Disaster aid for Alaska likely to be linked to relief for California wildfires

by Liz Ruskin

The federal government has kicked in the first $5 million to help Alaska deal with the immediate effects of the earthquake. But the big money will have to come from Congress. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said disaster funds for Alaska will likely be included in a bill with aid for the victims of the California wildfires. "What we've been told is we'll have that opportunity when the wildfires are addressed in January," she told reporters at the U.S. Capitol. Congress is working on a disaster spending b… Continue Reading


12.05.18

KTUU: Murkowski, Sullivan say federal aid is on the way

by Richard Mauer

Alaska's two U.S. Senators toured the areas hit hardest by Friday's 7.0 Cook Inlet Earthquake and said federal relief was on the way. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both Republicans, said a supplemental funding bill for the Alaska quake and California wildfire disasters would likely come before Congress in January. The U.S. Transportation Department has already authorized $5 million for emergency road repairs. The time between now and January gives Alaskans the chance to develop an ac… Continue Reading


12.04.18

High Country News: Congress sends bill bolstering earthquake program to Trump

by Emily Benson

At 8:29 a.m. on Nov. 30, part of the rock slab underneath the Pacific Ocean 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, shifted, causing a magnitude 7 earthquake. As Anchorage was preparing for the day, the quake ripped apart roads, shattered windows and ruptured water and gas lines in and around the city. While officials are still assessing the damage, the biggest impacts appear to be to infrastructure - there were no reports of deaths caused by the quake. The response to such an event is extensive an… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Cordova Times: Coast Guard Authorization Act heads to White House

by Margaret Bauman

The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate earlier this month, was approved by unanimous consent in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 27, and now goes to the White House, where President Trump is expected to sign it by year's end. The bill, which is identical to one passed by the Senate on Nov. 14, includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which provides a permanent exemption for commercial vessels, including fishing vessels, under 75 feet from the need to obt… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Fox News: Alaska earthquake claimed no lives, officials say, but infrastructure damage is another story

by Paulina Dedaj and Greg Norman

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the state of Alaska on Friday morning, churning up roads and sending office workers running to the streets in scenes locals described as pure "anarchy." The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered about five miles north of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Republican Rep. Donald Young said at a press conference Friday evening that an initial assessment found that the earthquake was not deadly. "We're quite pleased to report that there's been no… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Arctic Sounder: Alaska ranks fourth for missing and murdered indigenous women

by Shady Grove Oliver

As Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) noted on the Senate floor last year, Canada has invested more than $42 million in investigating the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls from its so-called Highway of Tears in British Columbia. "How much have we invested here?" she asked during a press conference on Nov. 14. "About zero," she said, looking around the room. "About zero is what we're told. We have more than a duty to act on this." Murkowski recently co-sponsored legislation calling o… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Anchorage Press: Alaska Delegation speaks out on Friday earthquake

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after receiving a briefing from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long on the 7.0 earthquake which struck near Anchorage, Alaska Friday morning, causing extensive damage to infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. "It's been mere hours since this devastating earthquake took place in Alaska, but the delegation is very engaged with the situation. We are i… Continue Reading


11.28.18

KTVA: Murkowski, Feinstein bill to modernize earthquake safety will be signed into law

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that will update national earthquake preparedness programs. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, to introduce the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act, which was unanimously passed by the Senate in September, according to a Tuesday news release. "I'm pleased that this important bill will soon be signed into law," Murkowski said in the release. "Alaskans face daily thr… Continue Reading


11.27.18

Arctic Today: New U.S. legislation speeds up the possibility of a Nome port

by Melody Schreiber

Last month, new U.S. federal legislation breathed new life into the possibility of a port in Nome. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, part of a larger bill on water infrastructure, was signed into law on October 23. The legislation seeks to improve water infrastructure throughout the United States. The bill calls for expedited completion of several feasibility reports, including a "project for navigation" in Nome - the expansion of its existing port into a deep-draft port. If … Continue Reading


11.20.18

Rapid City Journal: THEIRS: Pollock purchase to help hurting Alaska fishermen

Alaska and the United States are wealthy by most standards; most Alaskans have what's absolutely necessary. So when another need arises, it's appropriate to work together to meet it. Such is the case with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutrition assistance programs. The USDA has decided to buy up to $30 million of Alaska seafood for its various nutrition programs. The seafood of focus is pollock. Now, it's not all about meeting the need of consumers. It will help the commercial pollock … Continue Reading


11.20.18

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: LETTER: FDA’s proposal on e-cigs can save Alaska kids

by Karen Perdue

While the headlines out of Washington seem to blare partisanship these days, a major bipartisan victory for public health - and for our kids - is happening right before our eyes. The Food and Drug Administration earlier this month proposed strict actions that will crack down on the access our kids have to e-cigarettes. Our own Sen. Lisa Murkowski had a huge role in the FDA's important steps. Sen. Murkowski has raised this issue tirelessly through letters, phone calls and meetings. She heard st… Continue Reading


11.15.18

Anchorage Daily News: Report cities weak police documentation on missing and murdered Native women

by Mary Hudetz

Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The report from the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute, the research arm of the Seattle Indian Health Board, was conducted over the past year amid worry in tribal communities and cities that Native American and Alask… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Indian Country Today: Urban Indian Health report identifies 506 urban Missing & Murdered Women, Girls

by Vincent Schilling

Murkowski comment on MMIW: While Canada has contributed 10's of millions to effort, "the U.S. has invested about zero." Researchers have looked at the data from 71 U.S. cities and have identified 506 cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIW / MMIWG). The report was released today by the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, titled Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls, a snapshot of data from urban cities in the United St… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Alaska Public Media: Report: Data lacking on murdered Native women

by Liz Ruskin

Indigenous women and girls are murdered or disappear from American cities in alarming numbers. But no one knows the true scope of the problem, because no one regularly reports the data. A new effort aims to spotlight both problems - the homicides of Native women, and the lack of data about their deaths and disappearances. At the U.S. Capitol, Sen. Lisa Murkowski wore purple Wednesday, because she said that was the favorite color of Ashley Johnson-Barr. "Ashley was 10 years old when she was bru… Continue Reading


11.07.18

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: LETTER: Thanks for banquet help

by Heather Rauenhorst

Outstanding first responders in dispatch, emergency medicine, firefighting and law enforcement were honored at the third Annual No One Left Behind Awards Banquet on Nov. 3. Thank you to Gov. Bill Walker, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan for congratulating award recipients and for recognizing community efforts to honor first responders and their families for their service. Thank you to student cadets from Lathrop and North Pole High School JROTC who volunteered over 100 hours to review … Continue Reading


11.02.18

Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Publisher's Notebook: Murkowski to Kavanaugh vote critics, “I voted my conscience.”

by Dennis Anderson

US Senator Lisa Murkowski is back in her home State of Alaska making the rounds visiting with her constituents and providing updates from Washington DC. A combined Mat-Su Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon was one of those stops. Chamber members from Wasilla, Palmer and Houston gathered at Everett's Restaurant in Wasilla to hear Murkowski speak. One of the benefits of living in Alaska is the accessibility to our public officials including those who represent us on a national level. Murkows… Continue Reading


10.31.18

KYUK: Sen. Murkowski Talks Aviation, Climate Change In Bethel Visit

by Krysti Shallenberger

Climate change and rural aviation are major issues in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed both during her visit to the region last week. Murkowski visited Quinhagak as part of her trip. It's one of 56 villages in the region and sits on the coast near Kuskokwim Bay. Like many Y-K Delta communities, it's experiencing erosion from rising sea levels and melting permafrost, and is struggling to maintain its gravel airstrip. "[I] had an opportunity to look at the… Continue Reading


10.28.18

KTVA: Filipino veterans honored for actions in WWII

by Dave Leval

Salvador Yambao cannot get around as well as he used to, but there's no way the 92-year-old would miss this chance to meet Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Yambao is Alaska's only surviving Filipino veteran of World War II. Murkowski presents him with the Congressional Gold Medal at the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center Sunday afternoon. "I am happy, yes, that's it," said Yambao as he joins the families of five other veterans are also recognized for the contributions by their late lo… Continue Reading


10.26.18

Daily Energy Insider: FERC names Chatterjee as new chairman

by Dave Kovaleski

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced this week that Kevin McIntyre would step down as chairman due to ongoing health issues. President Donald Trump has designated Neil Chatterjee to replace McIntyre as chairman. "It is with a heavy heart that I step into this role while my friend and colleague, Kevin McIntyre, focuses on what's most important: his recovery and his family," Chatterjee said. "I am confident that the commission will continue to benefit from his consummate kno… Continue Reading


10.26.18

Cordova Times: Drug bill offers improved community-based services

Opioid legislation signed into law on Oct. 24 includes provisions by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska to boost research initiatives, improve treatment and recovery services and measure progress towards stopping the epidemic. The Support for Patients and Communities Act passed the Senate 98-1 on Oct. 3. "We are aware that in Alaska there is a shortage of trained professionals to treat addiction and substance abuse," Murkowski said. "This legislation will help bridge that gap." One of several Murk… Continue Reading

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