Articles & Op-eds

02.23.22

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Sen. Murkowski urges lawmakers to address military housing needs in the Interior

by Linda Hersey

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged the Alaska Legislature to find solutions to the housing shortage impacting military families in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. In her annual address to lawmakers, Murkowski underscored the immediate housing needs for service members and their families as the presence of the U.S. military grows in the Interior. She highlighted the importance of Eielson Air Force Base to Alaska and the nation's security. Murkowski noted that Eielson is expanding its fleet … Continue Reading


02.22.22

Juneau Empire: Murkowski: Good things can come together with bipartisanship

by Peter Segall

Sen. Lisa Murkowski extolled the virtues of bipartisanship Tuesday in her annual speech to the Alaska State Legislature. During her remarks, Murkowski, a Republican who has held one of Alaska's U.S. Senate seats since 2002, touted the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. "Good things can come together with bipartisanship, we can actually approach this from a common-sense approach," Murkowski told a joint session of the Legislature in the chambers of the Alaska House of Representatives. "I promise … Continue Reading


02.18.22

Wilson Quarterly: U.S. Engagement in the Arctic, Present and Future

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

Investing in the Arctic will strengthen U.S. security, our economy, and more. When I joined the U.S. Senate in 2002, conversations about the Arctic were rare. There was no comprehensive strategy to guide our actions. There were few Arctic-focused leadership positions within the federal government. Aside from the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, there were no think tanks with dedicated centers or institutes with scholars and experts. The Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum with eight Ar… Continue Reading


02.04.22

Juneau Empire: Delegation: Work together to plan, optimize infrastructure money

by Peter Segall

Alaska's congressional delegation urged state lawmakers to work together to capture as much funding as possible from last year's massive federal infrastructure bill. "I don't want to see any bickering," said U.S. Rep. Don. Young, R-Alaska, speaking to the House Labor and Commerce Committee Friday morning. All three members of the delegation emphasized that preparation would be necessary to capture funds and it would take members of the Legislature, the governor's administration and the delegat… Continue Reading


02.03.22

Alaska Fish Radio: Relief funds for fishery disasters can take years to receive: Sen. Murkowski aims to ease the process

by Laine Welch

Earlier this month, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce declared disasters for over a dozen fisheries in Alaska - more than the federal government usually approves at once. The designation is supposed to unlock funds to help the communities impacted by those fisheries failures, including communities around Cook Inlet. But it can take years for the money to reach fishermen's pockets. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the timing is one of the problems with the process. "If you've had a disaster… Continue Reading


02.01.22

Kodiak Daily Mirror: Murkowski visits Coasties

by Staff Report

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, met recently with Coast Guard Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, commander in the 17th District in Homer. "The quality of work that the U.S. Coast Guard provides is exceptional," Murkowski is quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Coast Guard. "Their search-and-rescue operations, drug interdictions and maritime safety initiatives should be commended each and every day." As part of the visit, Murkowski and Moore spoke with Bryan Hawkins, Homer's port director an… Continue Reading


01.30.22

Peninsula Clarion: Murkowski weighs in on issues

by Camille Botello

Alaska's senior senator, Lisa Murkowski, stopped by the Clarion offices Thursday to speak about issues affecting the state - sustainable energy production, infrastructure development, the COVID-19 pandemic, voting rights reform and ongoing partisanship divides locally and nationally. Infrastructure and environment On the issue of climate change, Murkowski acknowledged the risks climate change poses to the people and land of Alaska. "We're seeing the impacts of climate change. We're seeing war… Continue Reading


01.20.22

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Moose Creek Dam to receive flood of federal funds

by Linda Hersey

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking its largest civil works project in Alaska in 30 years - reinforcing the eight-mile Moose Creek Dam in North Pole. More than a half-century old, Moose Creek Dam is about to receive a flood of federal money that will enable the corps to complete an estimated $148 million renovation project. The modernization will strengthen the berm and protect greater Fairbanks in extreme weather events, corps officials said. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Wed… Continue Reading


01.19.22

Peninsula Clarion: ‘A long time coming’

by Camille Botello

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Wednesday that $28 million in federal funding will be granted to the Kenai bluff stabilization project as a result of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The project was one of four in Alaska that received additional federal funding through the infrastructure package, according to a press release from Murkowski's office. In addition to Kenai bluff stabilization, $250 million will be granted to the Port of Nome, $185 million will go toward the Lo… Continue Reading


12.08.21

Alaska Public Media: ‘Don’t tie our hands’: Proposal would give 30 Alaska tribes the power to prosecute violence in villages

by Liz Ruskin

Alaska tribes could gain the power to prosecute domestic violence and sexual assault in Native villages as part of a pilot program under consideration in the U.S. Senate. The program would have Alaska tribes fill some of the law enforcement gaps in remote communities where victims don't have ready access to a police force or State Troopers. Michelle Demmert, policy director of the Alaska Native Women's Resource Center, told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Wednesday in vivid terms what that… Continue Reading


11.23.21

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: From airports to bases, Alaska to benefit from federal grants

by Linda F. Hersey

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced several grants bound for Alaska, including to Interior communities. Fort Wainwright will receive $31.19 million for Watterson Construction Co. to build a large child development center. Fairbanks International Airport will receive $6.36 million through the FAA for operations, personnel, cleaning and combating the spread of pathogens. Nenana Municipal Airport will be awarded $22,000. Another $6.2… Continue Reading


11.22.21

The Cordova Times: $1.2T infrastructure bill brings billions to Alaska

by Margaret Bauman

Billions of dollars in the $1.2-trillion federal infrastructure legislation signed into law on Monday, Nov. 15, by President Joe Biden will help fund essential ferry service in Alaska, plus airport improvements, water and wastewater projects, broadband, ports, energy and more. "It's historic in terms of what it will deliver to the country in terms of infrastructure," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as she spelled out how Alaska will benefit from H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and … Continue Reading


11.20.21

Arctic Sounder: Infrastructure bill holds promise for many of rural Alaska’s most pressing needs, say Murkowski and others

by Alena Naiden

Rural Alaskans living without dependable indoor plumbing may have running water in the near future. Those struggling with slow, intermittent internet may find themselves soon surfing the web with ease. And residents living on the edge of eroding land may be one step closer to relocating to a safe home. These are just some of the promises being offered as Alaska lawmakers and administrators begin to unpack the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that President Joe Biden signed las… Continue Reading


11.20.21

Associated Press: Tribes Welcome Infusion Of Money In Infrastructure Bill

by Felicia Fonesca

Tribes welcomed an infusion of money in the massive infrastructure bill to expand broadband coverage, fix roads and address water and sanitation needs, but they say real change will come only with sustained investment.President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion deal earlier this week that includes about $11 billion in benefits for Indian Country, according to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. About one-third of that, $3.5 billion, will go to the Indian Health Service, the federal age… Continue Reading


11.19.21

The Nome Nugget: Federal Infrastructure Package Signed Into Law

by Julia Lerner

When President Joe Biden signed a historic infrastructure package into law on the lawn of the White House on Monday, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young were present to show their support of the legislation.The bill, which Murkowski supported in negotiations with the White House as part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, authorizes billions of dollars in spending over the next five years in communities across the United States. Key aspects of the infrastructure plan will … Continue Reading


11.18.21

Peninsula Clarion: ‘A win for Alaska’

by Ashlyn O'Hara

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski celebrated the passage of the trillion-dollar Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act during a press conference with Alaska reporters on Wednesday, during which she broke down some of the bill's implications for Alaska. The conference was held in person in Anchorage but was also made available via Zoom. The legislation includes $550 billion in new spending on infrastructure over five years and was primarily advanced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that included Murkow… Continue Reading


11.18.21

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Defense Department picks site for new Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Studies

by Linda F. Hersey

The Department of Defense will develop the new Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies in Anchorage, Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Wednesday. The defense center will become the sixth regional center that the DoD operates and the first one to focus on the Arctic region. Regional centers bring together military and government leaders, academicians and others to partner on regional security issues. Other DoD regional centers focus on security strategies in Europe, Africa and Asia. … Continue Reading


11.17.21

Alaska Journal of Commerce: Infrastructure bill celebrated for priorities ranging from climate change to mining

by Elwood Brehmer

A significant reason the landmark $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill has garnered as much attention as it has is likely the broad range of interests it appeals to. It has support not only from the usual backers of a traditional infrastructure bill, such as construction trade groups and labor unions, but also from state and national-level conservation and resource development organizations that are often pitted against each other. In an hour-long press briefing before President Joe Biden signed … Continue Reading


11.15.21

Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: President signs historic infrastructure bill, funding improvements in Alaska

by Tim Bradner

President Joe Biden signed the new $1.1 trillion federal infrastructure bill into law Monday, Nov. 15. The bill allocates billions of dollars for roads, bridges, ports, clean water and sanitation, and broadband, that will fund projects long needed, but deferred, for decades. Alaska's Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who played a leading role in fashioning the bill, expects among other things to see delayed improvements made in village safe water projects, and to allow the village "honeybucket" to be finall… Continue Reading


11.11.21

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Sen. Murkowski highlights infrastructure package for Alaska

by Linda Hersey

Rebuilding infrastructure is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. It is an Alaska issue. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski delivered that message Wednesday in a press conference on the projects for Alaska. Murkowski helped to carry the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package that President Biden plans to sign early next week. She was among a core group of 10 senators - five Republicans and five Democrats - who worked to usher the package through Congress. Alaska's thre… Continue Reading

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