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The Hill: Murkowski gets late Rep. Don Young’s 900-pound totem pole in Capitol Hill office

by Jared Gans

A 900-pound totem pole found yet another home in an Alaska lawmaker's office on Capitol Hill on Saturday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said in a tweet that the pole, which has stood in the office of the late Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), has now been moved to her office. She said the pole was originally belonged to former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who served in his seat for 40 years. Murkowski said she now occupies what was once Stevens' office, so the totem pole will be returning to its hom… Continue Reading


The Ripon Advance: Murkowski proposes bipartisan Lactation Spaces for Veteran Moms Act

by Ripon Advance News Service

Every U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center would have a designated lactation space under a bipartisan bill introduced on July 21 by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). "Right now, only half of VA medical centers have a nursing room, so we need to change that," Sen. Murkowski said. "I'm proud to support female veterans by ensuring our VA facilities have nursing rooms that are accessible for employees, veterans and their partners." Sen. Murkowski signed on as the lead original co… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski and Sullivan advocate for speedy approval of major Arctic oil project

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are calling on President Joe Biden's administration to promptly advance the Willow oil project in a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Willow is a ConocoPhillips project on the North Slope that could yield over 180,000 barrels of oil per day and generate billions in state revenue. The Biden administration released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement earlier this month - a step in the federal approval process. The pro… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News OPINION: Alaska wins with America’s Outdoor Recreation Act

by Lee Hart and Lisa Aangeenbrug

Outdoor recreation is a cornerstone of Alaska's economy and culture, buoyed by the state's majestic glaciers, vast tracts of rugged wilderness, and pristine national parks. With?34,000 miles?of coastline and?222 million acres?of national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests and more, it comes as no surprise why visitors flock to the state in droves each year. As many come to appreciate all Alaska's natural beauty has to offer, it is important we ensure everyone has the necessary access to t… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski presses Interior secretary to advance drilling in Cook Inlet and accelerate wildfire mitigation

by Riley Rogerson

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged the Interior Department to advance drilling in Alaska's Cook Inlet and distribute wildfire prevention funding during a Senate hearing Wednesday. Murkowski, a Republican, questioned Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the department's proposed five-year offshore drilling plan, which includes 10 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and another in Cook Inlet. The Biden administration has made clear that it may not move forward with any of the proposed sales. "I feel s… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: After spike in suicides, Alaska’s U.S. senators sponsor act aimed at improving military mental health

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON - Alaska's U.S. senators have introduced legislation aimed at improving quality of life and expanding mental health resources for military personnel amid a rise in U.S. Army Alaska soldiers dying by suicide. The Don Young Arctic Warrior Act would boost pay by $300 a month for service members who perform cold weather operations, among other benefits. The act also seeks to train and retain more behavioral health providers to work with the military by authorizing annual bonuses up to $5… Continue Reading


Ripon Advance News: Murkowski, Portman unveil resolution to support Ukraine’s reconstruction

by Ripon Advance News Service

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rob Portman (R-OH) recently signed on as cosponsors of a bipartisan resolution that would recognize the American people's commitment to rebuilding Ukraine following Russia's unprovoked war on the country. "The United States must continue to play a leading role in the fight to defend democracy. Russia's ruthless and illegal invasion of Ukraine is a threat to the global rules and norms we hold dear," said Sen. Murkowski. "That is why I strongly support the def… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News OPINION: Alaska faith leaders applaud Senate passage of gun safety bill

by Matthew Schultz, Abram Goodstein and Heather Robertson Barbour

One of the strongest values of a faith community is to be welcoming. We all want meaningful communal experiences at our places of worship. Unfortunately the value of security often clashes with being welcoming. Faith communities across the country are scared. They are scared to let violence through the doors of their homes, their places of worship and their schools. At congregations we respond to this fear by attempting to be more secure. But this is only an attempt. We lock our entrances, insta… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Former defense secretary Mattis says Alaska has growing role in national defense

by Linda F. Hersey

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that Alaska's role in military defense is growing as the Arctic warms and the Pacific becomes the "primary theater in a tumultuous century." "Geography is reality, and Alaska's reality is that it will play a key role if we're to hang on to the promise of democracy in this world," Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general, said in a speech before the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. (Read his speech here.) Mattis was the keynote speaker… Continue Reading


KINY: Sen. Murkowski to introduce bipartisan bill increasing funding for substance misuse resources

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska US Senator Lisa is joining Democrat senators Maggie Hassan and Ben Ray Luján in introducing the "Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Act. The act reauthorizes and strengthens the Substance Abuse Block Grant program by requiring that funding goes to evidence-based services, including medication-assisted treatment. Senator Murkowski said the program has helped Alaska and states across the country increase prevention, treatment, and recove… Continue Reading


KINY: Sen. Murkowski hosts Fmr. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at Fairbanks banquet

Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) - This past weekend, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski hosted retired Marine Corps four-star General and former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as her guest of honor at the Fairbanks Military Appreciation Banquet. Organized by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by a number of Alaska businesses, this annual event honors military members and their families across Interior Alaska. "It was a true privilege to have Secretary Mattis join us and sp… Continue Reading


Gray TV: ‘Fentanyl is a different animal’ - Alaska mother touts new education bill as fentanyl continues to kill

by By Peter Zampa

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The synthetic opioid fentanyl continues to kill Americans, and Alaskans are dying at the highest rate in the country. An Alaska mother lost her son in October 2021 and is trying to prevent others from suffering the same fate. "He loved Alaska. He loved the outdoors," said Sandy Snodgrass, the mother of Bruce Snodgrass. Sandy wants everyone to see his face. The face of a normal kid from Alaska who loved fishing and the mountains, who died at 22 because of fentanyl. "Fent… Continue Reading


KINY: Murkowski Announces First Round of Funding from the Infrastructure Law’s Bridge Investment Program

Washington, DC (KINY) - There is over $2 billion allotted for bridge projects. U.S Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration opened the application process. The application process is for the competitive Bridge Investment Program (BIP) established through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA,) which Murkowski helped write, negotiate, and shepherd into law. A total of $2.36 billion in BIP 2… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Military service celebrated with glitz and glamor at annual banquet

by Amanda Bohman

A $600-a-table banquet at the Carlson Center on Saturday honored military members with glitz, glamor, a dinner of beef tenderloin, awards, speeches and live music by the band Avalanche. Jim Mattis, who served as defense secretary under former President Donald Trump from 2017-2019, was the keynote speaker. The banquet drew a U.S. Senator, a former Alaska governor, state legislators, local leaders, political candidates and some of Alaska's top military brass among the 700 people in attendance. … Continue Reading


KINY: Legislation filed to support, improve quality of life for military serving in Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have introduced the Don Young Arctic Warrior Act. In a press release, the senators state the legislation would alleviate the hardships faced by service members in Alaska. Sullivan also offered the legislation as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2023, which will be considered next week in the Senate Armed Services Committee. In addition to proficiency pay and allowances for basic necessities, the bill incre… Continue Reading


Peninsula Clarion: Kenai, borough look to extract rock for bluff stabilization

by Ashlyn O'Hara

The Kenai Peninsula Borough and the City of Kenai have hashed out an agreement that would allow the city to use rock materials taken from borough land near Seldovia to help stabilize the Kenai bluff. The agreement, which will be considered by the borough assembly at its June 21 meeting, is the latest step forward for the Kenai Bluff Stabilization project. The project, which has been in the works for decades, aims to stabilize roughly 5,000 feet of bluff on the north shore of the Kenai River, st… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Arctic pay, car sharing, free flights home included in bill addressing military suicides

by Linda F. Hersey

Arctic pay bonuses and free flights home are part of the provisions that Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have included in legislation to bolster the morale of Alaska troops. Called the Don Young Warrior Act, the measures are designed to address hardships experienced by service members at Alaska bases, where the number of suicides has spiked. The bill also calls for a military-wide audit to better understand future workforce needs for mental health counselors and social workers. A shorta… Continue Reading


Alaska Beacon: Bruce’s Law, named for Anchorage overdose victim, seeks to increase fentanyl awareness

by Yereth Rosen

A U.S. Senate bill named after an Alaska victim of fentanyl seeks to inform the public about how that deadly synthetic opioid is often a secret ingredient of other illicit drugs used recreationally. The goal is to create greater public awareness of fentanyl, a drug that is 50 times as deadly as heroin and 100 times as deadly as morphine, said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the bipartisan bill's Republican lead sponsor. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is the Democratic lead sponsor. The bill, c… Continue Reading


Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: “We have to do this for our communities, for our kids, and for Bruce.” Sen Murkowski introduces Bruce’s Law to Help Combat Deadly Fentanyl Epidemic

by Katie Stavick

Out of the ashes of devastation, Anchorage mother Sandy Snodgrass has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the lethality of fentanyl, the drug responsible for her son Bruce's overdose and death last year. On June 8, Snodgrass watched from the US Senate gallery as Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Dianne Feinstein of California, introduced Bruce's Law to the US Senate floor for consideration. The senators were joined by Senators Dan Sullivan, also of Alaska, and Maggie Hassan from New Hamps… Continue Reading


The Daily Beast: Alaska Native Man’s Unsolved Murder Part of ‘Epidemic’

by Matthew Murphy

Nancy Furlow knew something was wrong with her 20-year-old grandson Brandon the moment the phone rang at 1 a.m. on a winter morning and a "woman with a very cold voice" told her two police officers were at her front door. "You know if two police officers are outside your home at that time, it isn't good," Furlow told The Daily Beast. "I answered the door and I tried to get them to tell me at the door but they insisted on coming inside. Then they said, 'I am so sorry to tell you that Brandon … Continue Reading

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