Articles & Op-eds


CBS News: Congress tackles crisis of missing and murdered Native American women

by Grace Segers

Although May 5 is nationally considered a day for celebration, in many tribal communities, it is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native American Women. The date commemorates the birthday of Hanna Harris, a young mother and member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, who was reported missing in July 2013 and found murdered a few days later. Hanna's story is emblematic of the struggle plaguing tribal communities and indigenous women living in cities. Native American w… Continue Reading


KSRM: Murkowski Backs Commitment To Alaska LNG Project

by Jennifer Williams

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced a funding agreement to help complete the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting process for the Alaska LNG project. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: "This is a welcome announcement and an important step for the Alaska LNG project, as they can now have confidence they have the resources to complete the FERC process. I appreciate this commitment and urge all inv… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: A stretch of the Denali Park Road sits atop a creeping landslide. And it’s picking up speed.

by Nathaniel Herz

Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve are studying whether the existing path of the park's 92-mile road can be spared from a creeping landslide, in what scientists say could be a preview of Denali's future as its permafrost thaws. The creeping pile of earth, at Polychrome Pass halfway along the road, is not just rocks falling down a hillside - it's whole section of mountain, including the road, that's slowly sliding downhill. Just between September and March, the landslide pushed a 10… Continue Reading


KTVA: AG Barr announces Anchorage among 10 cities in national crime prevention initiative

by Elizabeth Roman

U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced Monday that Anchorage is one of 10 communities that will be part of the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) - an initiative meant to combat violent crime across the nation. According to a release from the Department of Justice, PSP enhances federal support of state, local and tribal law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they "aggressively investigate and pursue violent criminals, specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking … Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: As he visits a Kuskokwim River village, the U.S. attorney general calls public safety in rural Alaska an ‘emergency’

by Alex DeMarban

In a Western Alaska village at the end of a multi-day swing through the state, U.S. Attorney General William Barr called the lack of police and high rates of violence and sex crimes in rural Alaska an "emergency" and vowed to do everything he can to fight the problem. He made the statement after traveling on the Kuskokwim River by boat from Bethel, the largest community in Western Alaska. Napaskiak leaders pressed for more federal support for police and tribal courts to stop a scourge of alcoho… Continue Reading


Seafood Source: Alaska lawmakers urge officials to remove US-caught China-processed seafood from tariff list

by Steve Bittenbender

Alaska's congressional delegation has reached out to the U.S. Trade Representative, asking the federal government to reconsider a tariff decision that the lawmakers say will produce unintended consequences for the fishing industry in their state. While U.S. Representative Don Young and U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan agree with the Trump administration's objective in ending China's unfair trade practices, they told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a letter dated 23 M… Continue Reading


KYUK: U.S. Attorney General Barr Says 'Very Basics Of Public Safety Are Lacking In The Villages'

by Krysti Shallenberger

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is in Bethel and Napaskiak today, May 31. The visit continues his Alaska tour, meeting with public officials and Alaska Native leaders to discuss public safety, the lack of law enforcement in rural communities, and how the federal government can help. "This is the first trip I've taken, because I feel that this is the most pressing need in the country: to provide the basics of safe communities here," Barr told KYUK. In an interview with KYUK in Bethel, Attorn… Continue Reading


KTVF: Senator Murkowski speaks at Annual Spring Luncheon, addresses Pebble Mine

by Sara Tewksbury

Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke at the 16th Annual Spring Luncheon hosted by 'Ladies that Lunch.' Murkowski attends the annual event to update the Fairbanks community on what is happening in D.C. She addressed the significance of Alaska's role in the Arctic. Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke at the 16th Annual Spring Luncheon hosted by 'Ladies that Lunch.' Murkowski attends the annual event to update the Fairbanks community on what is happening in D.C. Outside of the event there were protesters speaki… Continue Reading


Stock News Press: U.S. will rue forcing China's hand on rare earths

by Scott Gibson

America's rare earth mineral dependence is a long-standing issue. US companies are years away from challenging Chinese dominance of rare earth minerals due to a lack of domestic processing facilities, ensuring the Asian nation will maintain its near-monopoly on refining and powerful leverage in trade talks. According to the US Geological Survey, from 2014 to 2017 the United States imported 80 percent of its rare earth compounds and metals from China. China on Wednesday issued a blunt warning … Continue Reading


National Interest: China's Latest Trade Threat Could Actually Turn Out To Be A Huge Opportunity For the US

by Michael Bastasch

Reports of Chinese threats to escalate its trade dispute with the Trump administration to include rare earth minerals has, once again, shined a spotlight on U.S. dependency for elements used in hundreds of hi-tech products and military equipment. "China is letting the U.S. know that it has leverage," said Dan McGroarty, head of the American Resources Policy Network (ARPN), which advocates for mineral exploration. McGroarty said reported Chinese threats to play the "rare earths card" could galv… Continue Reading


mHealth Intelligence: Congress Eyes Funding, Support for Project ECHO Telehealth Programs

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill before the Senate aims to beef up the Project ECHO telemedicine model by proving more federal funding and technical assistance, potentially creating dozens of new connected care programs across the country. The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act of 2019 (ECHO 2019 Act), introduced this week by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), aims to build on both the 2016 bill of the same name and the telehealth program developed in 2003 at the Universit… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: OPINION Sen. John Thune: The Senate is working for America

by Senator John Thune

During his 1980 debate with then-President Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan famously asked Americans whether they were better off than they'd been four years earlier. That question has been a measuring stick for elected officials ever since. Republicans in Congress are committed to making life better for Americans. We've made great strides over the past two years, and there's more on the horizon. After a historically slow economic recovery from the Great Recession, too many Americans were struggling… Continue Reading


Edgy: New Lithium Production Breakthrough Revolutionizes EV Industry

by Zayan Guedim

Without battery technology, there would be no electric cars, and the best batteries that currently can meet the industrial quantity and quality standards are lithiu-ion batteries. Lithium is where things get a bit, well, electric, for electric vehicles. Known for decades for its virtues in the treatment of manic-depressive disorders, lithium is the same metal that powers electric cars. In the global arms race over lithium or "white petroleum", China is dominating for now - and not only because… Continue Reading


CNBC: OPINION: US must ‘reassert global leadership’ in nuclear energy or lose out to Russia and China

by Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)

As partisan gridlock on a few high-profile issues dominates headlines, it is easy to lose sight of goals members of both parties share. For us, one bipartisan goal is protecting America's longstanding leadership on nuclear energy. Our bipartisan work comes as American nuclear energy leadership faces stiff headwinds. Nuclear plants are shuttering nationwide due to competition from cheap natural gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported twelve U.S. reactors with a combined c… Continue Reading


Utlity Drive: Murkowski questions need for renewables tax credits

by Robert Walton

Dive Brief: Phasing out the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for wind and solar generation could lead to "regional disparities" in adopting renewables and leave best available technologies behind, industry experts told the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday. Chairwoman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, questioned whether the credits are still necessary as many renewable technologies are "standing on their own now." The solar credit begins… Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: OPINION: Sen. Murkowski leads bipartisan bill in support of rural, LGBTQ elders

by Julie Schmidt

This month, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, took a bold and admirable step on behalf of older Alaskans and elders around the nation by becoming an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Inclusive Aging Act. I am grateful for her leadership in introducing legislation that would help reduce isolation and improve much-needed access to sexual health care for older Americans. This is even more significant for people like me. I'm a 76-year-old lesbian, and the bill Murkowski introduced, along with … Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: OPINION: Funding child care strengthens Alaska

by Abbe Hensley

Across Alaska, parents, educators and early childhood education advocates are working hard to ensure our children receive high-quality care and education that supports their healthy development. And while all of us are doing our best to ensure Alaska's children have the programs and support they need to have the strongest start possible in life, a lack of resources constrains our ability to serve more families and enhance the quality of care our state's children receive. Thankfully, Congress pro… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Anchorage Daily News: Spruce beetle outbreak will require all hands, all lands solutions

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

Southcentral Alaska is experiencing a spruce bark beetle outbreak, the likes of which we have not seen since the late 1990s. Over the past two summers, the U.S. Forest Service documented 910,000 acres of spruce beetle infestation in the Susitna River Valley and on the Kenai Peninsula. The number of acres affected will most certainly increase after the next round of monitoring flyovers scheduled for this summer. The spruce beetle is a winged, quarter-inch size insect that is native to Alaska an… Continue Reading


Maritime Executives: New Study Reveals Maritime Sector's Impact in Pacific Northwest

by Marex

Just in time for National Maritime Day, the Transportation Institute and the National Maritime Partnership have released the results of a study showing the impact of the American domestic shipping industry on the Pacific Northwest economy. According to a new report prepared by leading consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of the Transportation Institute, U.S. domestic shipping is responsible for $2 billion in economic activity in Alaska and another $6 billion in Washington State. R… Continue Reading


Navajo-Hopi Observer: Reintroduction of Savanna’s Act gives hope to many in Indian country

Last week, a bipartisan group of congressional members reintroduced Savanna's Act, a bill that aims to clarify future responsibilities that law enforcement has in responding to missing and murdered indigenous people and increase communication between federal, state and tribal officials. Representatives Torres (D-CA), Newhouse (R-WA), and Haaland (D-NM), working in coordination with the offices of Senators Murkowski (R-AK) and Cortez-Masto (D-NV), crafted this important legislation in order to co… Continue Reading

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