Articles & Op-eds


Bill intends to reduce maternal and infant deaths

by Fairbanks Daily News Miner

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reintroduced the Mothers and Newborns Success Act, bipartisan legislation to promote maternal health and reduce racial inequities in maternal and infant mortality. Their intent is to strengthen support for women during and after pregnancy, expanding maternal health research and data collection, and ensuring women are better matched w… Continue Reading


'You are poised for greatness': Houston High School officially opens

by Katie Stavick

Though the weather was grey, and winter was making it last gasp with flakes falling from the sky, there was nothing but red and black Houston Hawk pride as the ribbon was cut, officially opening the new Houston High School. "When I talk to the students and the community, one word always comes to mind-resiliency," said Houston High School Principal Ben Howard as he addressed students, staff, and guests Thursday morning. "Our school and community is resilient. In times of adversity, we stuck tog… Continue Reading


Cordova Times OPINION: Cordova will share in $45M award for marine highway

by Rep. Louise Stutes

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope this finds you well, warm and in good spirits. I am happy to have this opportunity to recap our first few weeks of session and give you a glimpse of our anticipated path forward this session. I am happy to say I have the opportunity to work once again with a coalition consisting of many of the members I have worked with over the past six years. It is always an easier road when working with people that have similar district needs and commonalities. A few of … Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: OPINION: Bring opioid addiction treatment to the neediest Alaskans

by Sarah Spencer

Alaska experienced the greatest increase in overdose death rates nationwide in 2021, with fentanyl overdoses increasing by 150%. Native Alaskans suffer from overdose rates three times higher than white Alaskans and have disproportionately less access to medication to treat opioid use disorder. Medication to treat opioid use disorder such as buprenorphine is dramatically effective at reducing death rates by up to 80%, however, many rural Alaskans have not had access to this life saving medicati… Continue Reading


Politico: Murkowski won big time with Biden’s oil project. She knows it, too.

by Emma Dumain

For nearly two years, Sen. Lisa Murkowski played the long game on expanding drilling in Alaska: She voted for many of President Joe Biden's key nominees. She backed several of the Democratic president's legislative priorities. And all the while, she bent the ears of top White House officials every chance she could. All that work has paid off - in a big way. On Monday, the Interior Department, at Biden's direction, announced it would move forward with a scaled-back, but still expansive, plan … Continue Reading


E&E News: How Murkowski helped move Biden on Willow

by Emma Dumain

For nearly two years, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has played the long game on expanding drilling in Alaska: She has voted for many of President Joe Biden's key nominees and legislative priorities while relentlessly bending the ears of top White House officials at every opportunity. All that work paid has paid off in a big way. On Monday, the Interior Department, at Biden's direction, announced it would move forward with a scaled-back, but still expansive, plan for energy extraction in the Alaska Rep… Continue Reading


Alaska Federation of Natives: AFN Praises President Biden’s Decision to Approve the Willow Project

by Alaska Federation of Natives

ANCHORAGE, AK - The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) thanked President Biden for his Administration's decision to approve ConocoPhillips' Willow Project in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve (NPRA). AFN acknowledged that President Biden had to weigh competing interests and prioritizing our nation's national security during these challenging times. "AFN thanks our Congressional Delegation, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Representative Mary Sattler Peltola a… Continue Reading


Alaska Beacon: Biden administration OKs Willow Arctic oil project on Alaska’s North Slope

by James Brooks

The Biden administration on Monday approved Alaska's largest oil and gas development in decades after a bipartisan lobbying effort by members of the state's congressional delegation and the state Legislature. Though the project has broad support from elected officials in Alaska, it's strongly opposed by environmental groups. Some are already planning a lawsuit to block the project. Located in the federal National Petroleum Reserve on the North Slope, the Willow project is expected to produce… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: What Alaska leaders, North Slope groups, conservation groups, industry and others are saying about Biden’s Willow project approval

by Riley Rogerson, Alex DeMarban

The Biden administration's Monday decision to approve an $8 billion ConocoPhillips Alaska oil project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska swiftly drew both celebration and condemnation in Alaska and Outside. The much-anticipated announcement allows ConocoPhillips to develop three drill sites, a smaller footprint than what the company had originally proposed, but an option it said is still economically viable. The Alaska congressional delegation, state officials, North Slope leaders, indus… Continue Reading


New York Times: How Biden Got From ‘No More Drilling’ to Backing a Huge Project in Alaska

by Lisa Friedman

WASHINGTON - As a candidate, Joseph R. Biden promised voters worried about the warming planet "No more drilling on federal lands, period. Period, period, period." On Monday, President Biden approved an enormous $8 billion plan to extract 600 million barrels of oil from pristine federal land in Alaska. The distance between Mr. Biden's campaign pledge and his blessing on that plan, known as the Willow project, is explained by a global energy crisis, intense pressure from Alaska lawmakers (includ… Continue Reading


Anchorage Press: 'The enormous benefits it will bring to not only the North Slope, but Alaska and the nation.': State leaders welcome approval of the Willow Project; Governor warns new oil, gas restrictions in NPRA will harm Alaska

by Katie Stavick

On Monday, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a Record of Decision approving an alternative for ConocoPhillips' Willow Project on the North Slope that permits 3 drill pads. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Representative Mary Peltola welcomed the Biden administration's decision to reapprove ConocoPhillips' Willow Project within the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska (NRPA). "We finally did it, Willow is finally reapproved, and we can almost literally feel Alaska's fu… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: ‘This is your lifeline’: Murkowski urges Legislature to address shrinking population

by Iris Samuels

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged Alaska lawmakers to stem the tide of outmigration by investing in transportation, resource development and child care, among other areas, in a fiery speech to the Legislature on Wednesday. "I maybe didn't stay in my lane," the 20-year Republican senator said after spending much of her hourlong address instructing lawmakers on state policy proposals, in what she called "the tough love part" of her comments. Her top priority, she said, was ensuring that the Legisla… Continue Reading


Alaska News Source: Murkowski encourages support for ferries, Willow project in speech to state legislature

by Tim Rockey

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - United States Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature on Wednesday, reaffirming her full-throated support for the Willow project on the North Slope. Murkowski also spoke about numerous other topics, including infrastructure, transportation on the Alaska Marine Highway System, outmigration and other economic issues that have plagued Alaska. Murkowski began by discussing all the new faces in the Alaska Legislature, commending the formation o… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News Miner: Murkowski calls on Legislature to capitalize on the opportunity in federal funding

by Matt Buxton

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski delivered her annual address to the Alaska Legislature on Wednesday, heralding billions of dollars in new federal spending coming the state's way but warning there is still much work to be done to make the state a place where people "live and work and play and stay." Where such addresses are typically an opportunity for Alaska's congressional delegation to tout accomplishments on the federal level, Murkowski was unusually direct about the need for the Legislature to… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Alaska Native supporters of Willow oil project push for approval in D.C.

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON - As a decision from the Biden administration on the Willow oil development project nears, a group of North Slope leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., this month to advocate for its approval, emphasizing that their communities stand to gain billions if it is developed. The Willow project, a $8 billion ConocoPhillips drilling prospect in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, is expected to produce more than 180,000 barrels of oil daily at its peak. As the Biden administration mul… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: U.S. Senate passes resolution to designate Feb. 16 as National Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate approved a resolution Thursday that designates Feb. 16, 2023, as National Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in honor of the Tlingit civil rights leader. The resolution, which was led by Alaska Republican Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, passed the Senate unanimously on a day when Alaskans were already celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich Day at the state level. The Senate resolution recognizes Peratrovich's contributions to Alaska history, including her fight again raci… Continue Reading


Associated Press: Alaska Native leaders, US senators back major oil project

by Becky Bohrer

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's Republican U.S. senators and several Alaska Native leaders on Tuesday urged the federal government to approve a major oil project on the petroleum-rich North Slope, casting the project as economically critical for Indigenous communities in the region and important for the nation's energy security. The Biden administration "damn well better not kill the project, period," Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters on a video conference. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News OPINION: Murkowski leads the way on investment in outdoor recreation

by Haley Johnston

As recent ADN articles have highlighted, Alaska and Anchorage are experiencing workforce shortages and outmigration. Access to outdoor recreation is our state's greatest competitive advantage and a huge factor in retaining and recruiting a skilled workforce to live and work in our state. Investing in the infrastructure that makes outdoor recreation accessible to all Alaskans while simultaneously helping to bolster our visitor industry has never been more important. Thankfully, outdoor recreatio… Continue Reading


Delta Discovery: 117th Congress Featured Big Wins for YK Delta Region

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed during it will produce lasting benefits for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region. Most significant is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, more than $3 billion from it has been announced for Alaska. Tho… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Feds inject nearly $300M into Alaska Marine Highway System for improvements

by Riley Rogerson

As the Alaska Marine Highway System turns 60, the federal government this week announced $285 million for improvements. The money is intended to modernize and replace vessels, upgrade docks and invest in long-term resilience. "This is great news for our infrastructure, but also for our state's economic future going forward," Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday in a media event with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The ferry system serves 3,500-plus miles of Alaska's… Continue Reading

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