Articles & Op-eds


Forbes: Worried About The Safety And Effectiveness Of The Covid-19 Vaccine? The SAVE Act Aims To Make Transparency A Priority

by Robert Gladder, MD

As Russia debuts its new Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, and begins to inoculate some of its citizens without extensive testing regarding its safety or efficacy, concern regarding the pressure to get a vaccine safely to market here in the United States via Operation Warp Speed has many people concerned, and rightfully so. While vaccine trials typically take many years until a viable vaccine comes to market, the reality is that these are not normal times. But the process to produce a safe and effec… Continue Reading


Cordova Times: Landslide preparedness legislation introduced in Senate

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash, has been approved with bipartisan support and now heads to the U.S. House for consideration. S.529, the National Landslide Preparedness Act, would target key gaps in current science and mapping that are critical to understanding landslide hazards and risks, Cantwell said. A major landslide four miles east of Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014 collapsed an unstable hill, sending mud and debris to the south across the Still… Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski praises executive order geared at improving rural health care

by Jennifer Summers

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is praising an executive order signed by President Trump to improve rural health and telehealth access. The order states the COVID-19 public health emergency has increased the use of telemedicine across the country by limiting access to in-person visits. This prompted the administration to help patients get better access to health care providers. Murkowski calls telehealth crucial technology, especially for Alaska. "In Alaska, telehealth has been vital for some time… Continue Reading


CNN: 3 senators introduce legislation aimed at increasing transparency in vaccine approval process

by Lauren Mascarenhas

Three US senators released bipartisan legislation Tuesday aimed at increasing safety and transparency around the approval of a coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in the US. Sens. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire, Mike Braun, a Republican from Indiana) and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, said they introduced the Safe Authorization for Vaccines during Emergencies (SAVE) Act in part to improve public confidence in a potential vaccine amid some concerns that safety is being… Continue Reading


KTUU: Missing and murdered indigenous women cold case office to open in Anchorage

by Gilbert Cordova

Seven Cold Case Task Force offices across the nation, dedicated to solving cold cases involving missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, are opening in the next few weeks, one expected to open in Anchorage. The Anchorage office is expected to open on August 27. Other nationwide offices include: Rapid City, SD; Billings, MT, Albuquerque, NM, and Phoenix, AZ. Tuesday morning U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski sent out a news release applauding the establishment of the offices. "Addres… Continue Reading


KTVA: Federal task force on missing, murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives to open Anchorage office

by Jennifer Summers

Alaska is scheduled to have a federal cold case task force office working on missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native cases. The office in Anchorage will open on Aug. 27 and it will be one of seven across the country. The offices were established by the Trump administration through an executive order signed in November of 2019. The order created the Operation Lady Justice Task Force to address the number of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Natives in tribal commun… Continue Reading


World Nuclear News: US Senate passes Nuclear Energy Leadership Act

The US Senate has passed the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) after it was included as an amendment to an act authorising defence appropriations and policies for fiscal 2021. NELA aims to re-establish US leadership in nuclear energy, with a focus on the demonstration of advanced reactors. NELA (S 903) was introduced as an amendment to the National Defense Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA, S 4049) by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Cory Booker during a floor debate on 23 July. The ND… Continue Reading


KTUU: Senators Sullivan and Murkowski commend the Air Force’s Arctic Strategy


Senators Sullivan and Murkowski are expressing their approval of the Air Force's Arctic Strategy. The strategy "lays out an expansion of the competitive space in the Arctic under four lines of effort: vigilance in all domains, projecting power through a combat-credible force, cooperation with allies & partners, and preparation for Arctic operations. Importantly, this strategy also emphasizes continued work and collaboration with Alaska Native communities," said Sullivan's office in a press … Continue Reading


Business Wire: Over 16,000 Rural Alaskans Get Access to High-speed Internet, Thanks to Alaska Communications Broadband Network Expansion

Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) has achieved a milestone in its broadband network expansion program, reaching over 16,000 rural Alaska residents with high-speed internet, with a goal of serving more than 32,000 rural Alaskans. The program started in 2017 and will continue through 2025. Communities now served with new or upgraded internet speeds include Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Hope, Kenai, Klawock, Larsen Bay, Ninilchik, North Kenai, North Pole, Seldovia and Soldotna. The company p… Continue Reading


KDLL: Federal aid, Kenai program deadline extended

by Elizabeth Earl

The deadline for businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program was extended last week and now runs until August 8. The PPP offers loans to businesses for relief from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. These loans become grants and don't have to be paid back as long as 60 percent of the money is used for payroll and other eligible expenses. The program surfaced in March, and while many businesses applied for it then, others were left out. Notably, commercial fishermen were largel… Continue Reading


Gray TV: Push from Washington, military officials to bolster Arctic strategy

by Peter Zampa

The White House is making it known they want to enhance the U.S. presence in the Arctic. Alaska is the lone U.S. state that borders the Arctic, and leaders in Washington say they want to make sure the resources are there to strengthen the U.S. position. That efforts begins with ice breakers. "The Arctic is an area where geo-strategic activity continues to rise at a pretty remarkable rate," said Ret. Maj. Gen. Randy Kee, executive director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center. Kee says severa… Continue Reading


KTOO: A new rule makes seasonal fishermen and crew members eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program

by Tyler Thompson

A new rule to the Paycheck Protection Program allows commercial fishing businesses to include their crew member payroll when they apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Previously, the PPP recognized crew members as "self-employed" by the Internal Revenue Service. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young urged the Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration to make the fix. Murkowski said last month that the previous requirements left crew wages out of th… Continue Reading


KINY: Delegation Announces PPP Fix for Commercial Fishing Businesses

The Alaska Congressional Delegation applauded a rule that allows commercial fishing businesses to account for crew member payroll when applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans. The U.S. Department of Treasure and the Small Business Administration approved the move Thursday. Senator Lisa Murkowski said the program has provided a lifeline to Alaska businesses to help them weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, "Many of our fishermen, the ultimate small businesses, were unintentionally… Continue Reading


Cordova Times: Murkowski pushes improving PWS warning system

In the wake of warnings of a potential massive landslide due to a melting glacier and thawing permafrost, Sen. Lisa Murkowski is urging federal oceans officials to prioritize improvements to tsunami monitoring in Prince William Sound. Murkowski's letter to Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Neil Jacobs and Assistant Administrator for Weather Services Louis Uccelini asked for NOAA to provide a long-term plan for monitoring non-seismic landslide-induced tsunamis in Princ… Continue Reading


KTUU: Commercial fishing businesses now eligible for larger paycheck protection loan; deadline is fast approaching

by Cheyenne Matthews

Commercial fishing businesses can now apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans that include crew in payroll costs, as the Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration has amended a rule that previously counted crew as independent contractors, Alaska's congressional delegation announced Thursday. Commercial fishing businesses have been able to apply for the PPP loans before now, but the loan amounts would not have allowed businesses to count the fishing crew as employees when … Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska senators blame Democrats for blocking police reform bill

by Erin McGroarty

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is calling out Senate Democrats for blocking a police reform bill Wednesday morning. The Senate Justice Act, proposed by South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott, included incentives for police departments to ban choke holds, required more disclosure regarding the use of force and no-knock warrants, and penalized the falsifying of police reports. The bill also urged additional use of police body cameras, made lynching a federal hate crime and outlined addit… Continue Reading


KTUU: Murkowski discusses the future of policing across the country

As protests surrounding the issue of police brutality carry on across the United States, members of Congress are sharing their thoughts on how the debate could reshape their communities. The Gray DC staff interviewed lawmakers on how police training, accountability, funding and force could change in their states because of this call for action. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she is looking at the border efforts at safe policing reform. "Making sure that these standards that we're seeking to put in … Continue Reading


KTVA: Energy industry can play role in economic recovery, Murkowski says

by Megan Mazurek

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the energy industry can play a big role in the country's economic recovery. Murkowski is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She led a hearing Tuesday examining the impacts of the pandemic on the country's energy sector. Many oil companies slowed production when oil prices plunged to historic lows. Not only was it caused by low demand during the pandemic, but an oil trade war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Sen. Murko… Continue Reading


Cordova Times: Hearing focuses on wildfire management during pandemic

by Margaret Bauman

Protection of Alaska fire crews from COVID-19 was the focus of a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 9 chaired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Wildfires in Alaska often happen in remote regions, where the closest communities are small and lack significant health and medical resources, said Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Residents of these communities are concerned about visitors to the area due to the pandemic, she said. The Sw… Continue Reading


Chronicles: $800 Million Federal Emergency Fund Proposed to Prevent Family, Youth Homelessness

by John Kelly

A bipartisan group of Senators has proposed an $800 million emergency fund to help communities address family and youth homelessness as advocates fear a potentially disastrous wave of instability as coronavirus continues to hamper the economy. "Hundreds of thousands of families will be at risk" of eviction as local moratoria expire this summer, said Ruth White, executive director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare. "For many, the only resource available will be foster care pla… Continue Reading

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