Articles & Op-eds


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


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


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


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


OPINION: Honoring the fallen — and caring for veterans

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who have served and given their lives for our nation. These Americans deserve our utmost respect and admiration, today and every day. Alaska has lost servicemembers in conflicts ranging from the Battle of Attu to the Global War on Terror. They left their homes to fight for our country, selflessly and courageously and knowing they might never come back. We can never fully thank them for their ultimate sacrifice, but we must try. Recent events, includi… Continue Reading


Nome Nugget: Nomeite Volunteered With Ukrainian Foreign Legion

by Peter Loewi

Still jetlagged, Mark Hayward opened his bag and took out an ammo can stuffed with memorabilia and makeshift battery parts. He then detailed how he, a clinical field instructor for Norton Sound Health Corporation's Village Health Services, came to spend two months driving across Ukraine in an old ambulance volunteering to teach Ukrainians how to use anti-tank missiles. "I had no desire to be in a war, I've been there and done that, but this can't be tolerated," he said in an interview with T… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: An Alaskan spent 2 months training troops in Ukraine. Now, he’s pushing for defense policy changes.

by Zachariah Hughes

Mark Hayward was in Savoonga, closer to the Russian Far East than the Alaska mainland, when the International Legion of the Defense of Ukraine formally invited him to join the war effort. The 53-year-old retired Green Beret lives in Nome and works for the local health care system as a trainer for village health aides in communities in the Bering Strait region. While on St. Lawrence Island, a clinician let him use the internet to do a Skype interview with Ukrainian military coordinators. … Continue Reading


Alaska Journal of Commerce: Going nuclear: Alaska is a big target for small reactors

by Elwood Brehmer

Nuclear industry giant Westinghouse is targeting Alaska for deployment of its small-scale reactor technology. Representatives from Westinghouse's nuclear division have been traveling to Alaska in recent months and talking with key decision-makers in the state about their eVinci micro-reactor, which they insist utilizes a design that makes it a totally safe, economically viable alternative to the diesel-powered generators relied upon across the vast majority of Alaska. "It will enable economic … Continue Reading


Nome Nugget: Senator Lisa Murkowski Visits Nome

by Peter Loewi

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was in town on Monday and Tuesday this week to talk about the work she has been doing in Washington D.C. and to hear from Nome about the work going on here. It was well past time, she said, since the pandemic shutdown curbed the ability to get out into Alaska communities. "I have been itching to come back up," she said. "We've watched the numbers very carefully for COVID, because we need to respect what's happening on the ground and respect how people are feel… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: At symposium, Alaska communities pursue their share of ‘transformational’ infrastructure bill funding

by Iris Samuels

The federal infrastructure bill signed last year could transform Alaska similar to how the trans-Alaska pipeline did more than 40 years ago, Alaska leaders say. But that's possible only if local leaders capitalize on myriad funding opportunities available through the bill, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday during a symposium organized by her office. Well over 1,000 people -- including state lawmakers, mayors, and tribal leaders -- attended a first-of-its-kind symposium that brought federal agency… Continue Reading


OPINION: A law that supports and protects women

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

In March, we celebrated Women's History Month and the many accomplishments of women across the board. But as we continue to recognize the remarkable achievements of women, we must also acknowledge the public safety threat that women continue to face in Alaska. In 2020, more than half of the women surveyed in the Alaska Victimization Survey reported experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both in their lifetime. Alaska Native women continue to suffer the highest rate of forcib… Continue Reading


OPINION: Kodiak Daily Mirror: $210M heading to Coast Guard Base Kodiak

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard released a spending plan for the $429 million that Congress allocated to it through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. In a welcome development for Alaska, Base Kodiak will receive nearly half of that total - $210 million - for key projects including a new fuel pier, housing, and a child development center. This is great news for Kodiak and one of the biggest victories Alaska has yet had under the new infrastructure law. But it didn't happen by accident.… Continue Reading


OPINION: CNN: The US Constitution does not guarantee women equality. We intend to change that.

by By Ben Cardin and Lisa Murkowski

The US Constitution does not guarantee women the same rights and protections as men. To the surprise of many, it contains no explicit protection against discrimination on the basis of sex. We intend to change that to ensure that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." We represent Alaska and Maryland, states with vastly different constituencies and geographies, but we are working together to advance equality for… Continue Reading


KINY: Murkowski offers reaction to Zelensky's speech, speaks to Biden about getting canned salmon to Ukraine


Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - During an interview with News of the North, Alaska Senior United States Senator Lisa Murkowski offered her reaction to the speech by Ukrainian President Zelensky. "It was very clear to me he was not just addressing members of Congress. He was not just addressing President Biden. He was addressing the world. He was addressing every person who comes from a free and democratic country." Murkowski added that Zelensky was urging us to see that the people of Ukraine are f… Continue Reading


Federal spending bill includes $2 million to link Wrangell’s water plant to upper reservoir

by Sage Smiley

This week, the president signed a $1.5 trillion federal spending bill into law. The bipartisan bill keeps the federal government running, and includes billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine. The spending package also includes hundreds of millions for lawmakers' pet projects. A little over $2 million from the bill will go towards funding a pipe on Wrangell Island. Listen to this story here. Wrangell's drinking water comes from two artificial lakes perched on a hill south of town. But the wa… Continue Reading


KINY: Murkowski hails signing of Violence against Women Act


Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Senior United States Senator Lisa Murkowski celebrated at the White House Wednesday when President Biden signed her Violence Against Women Act into law. The senator says she's very proud of what they were able to do with the reauthorization of the act and what it means to ensure that women and children feel safe in their communities and in their homes and to reduce the levels of domestic violence in Alaska. She points out that Alaska's statistics are some of th… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Russian aggression shows importance of resource extraction in Alaska

by Iris Samuels

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is using Russian aggression towards Ukraine to call for investment in resource extraction in Alaska to supplant oil and mineral imports from Russia and other foreign powers. "No administration should defend a Russian pipeline instead of refilling ours," the Republican senator, widely seen as a moderate, said in her annual address to the state Legislature on Tuesday. Murkowski said a full scale invasion of Russian forces in Ukraine could have "massive implications… Continue Reading


The Midnight Sun: ‘This is our time.’ Murkowski calls on legislators to maximize federal infrastructure bill

by Matt Buxton

Alaska's U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski delivered her annual address to the Alaska Legislature today, urging legislators to help the state maximize the benefit of the landmark infrastructure legislation that she helped negotiate. The more than $600 million that's already been allocated for Alaska on everything from the Alaska Marine Highway to other infrastructure investments featured as a the main theme for the day. "As we gain those benefits, we will be creating jobs, we will restore, we will gr… Continue Reading

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