Articles & Op-eds

04.21.20

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: A long, steady push brought the F-35s to Eielson

by Alistair Gardiner

Tuesday's touchdown of a pair of the nation's newest fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base marks the end of a decades-long effort to have the aircraft stationed at the installation. With a total price tag of about $400 billion, the F-35 program is the costliest weapons program in U.S. military history. Getting the aircraft to Eielson has been a complicated and precarious process. The F-35 program began in the 1990s with plans for a basic airframe that, with some adjustments, would fulfill fig… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Daily Energy Insider: Sen. Murkowski urges FCC to give utilities, first responders priority on spectrum band

by Dave Kovaleski

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow emergency responders and utilities to continue to have priority usage of the 6 Gigahertz (GHz) spectrum band. Murkowski's plea comes after FCC officials published a draft rule April 1, allowing unlicensed devices to utilize the 6 GHz band. It is currently occupied by only electric and natural gas utilities, along with other licensed users like first responders. Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy a… Continue Reading


04.16.20

KTOO: Alaska’s struggling timber industry can now hit pause on federal contracts

by Elizabeth Jenkins

In reaction to the pandemic's disruption of the global timber market, the U.S. Forest Service is allowing extensions on existing timber sale contracts with sawmills and timber operators. Typically, Forest Service contracts expire after three to five years. But this change gives businesses a way to request up to a two-year extension on certain contracts so they can navigate the difficult times. Alaska businesses are getting an extra year on top of that because of another setback: The ongoing tr… Continue Reading


04.15.20

KINY: Senator Murkowski trying to help the cruise industry

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is working to help Alaska's seafood industry and its cruise ship industry during the pandemic. Murkowski said she would like to salvage at least part of the cruise ship season this year. "We have to work together as a community and an industry on this. It's important for seafood processors. We want to line people up to start working in some of our most remote communities. Those communities want to know that the processors have plans in place to protect t… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Huffington Post: Senators Demand Next COVID-19 Bailout Bill Prioritize Domestic Violence Survivors

by Alanna Vagianos

The next coronavirus aid bill needs to prioritize victims of domestic and sexual violence, who are particularly vulnerable as stay-at-home orders leave them isolated with their abusers, dozens of senators wrote in letters to leadership on Monday. In two letters that were shared with HuffPost ahead of their release, the bipartisan group of senators called for more resources and funding for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and family violence as the coronavirus outbreak spread… Continue Reading


04.13.20

KTUU: Senator Lisa Murkowski and Mayor Ethan Berkowitz give an update on COVID-19

by Alexis Fernandez

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Senator Lisa Murkowski held a community briefing Monday on COVID-19. To recap some of the highlights: The mayor said continuing our current efforts to flatten the curve are critical, and what we're doing is working, he says. He confirmed the statistics are not showing any specific patterns or clusters in any particular neighborhood in Anchorage. Berkowitz confirmed he will be asking for an extension of the current emergency order through November 15th - whi… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Peninsula Clarion: Senators reach out to Alaskans in audioconference meetings

by Michael Armstrong

In town hall audioconferences held the past two weeks on the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska's U.S. senators have been listening to concerns and trying to help citizens get relief through the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan have held the dial-in audioconferences on April 2 and April 9 to give people an opportunity to understand how Congress has responded to the pandemic and how it can help them. The April 2 conference … Continue Reading


04.10.20

Roll Call: Lawmakers prod USDA to aid local food growers hit by pandemic

by Ellyn Ferguson

More than 30 senators from both parties called on the Agriculture Department to provide robust aid for small growers and meat producers who are the backbone of the farm-to-table movement. In a Thursday letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, 29 Democrats, independents Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said public health restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus have imposed extra expenses for … Continue Reading


04.09.20

Daily Energy Insider: Alaska senators sponsor bill to purchase oil for Strategic Petroleum Reserve

by Dave Kovaleski

Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) are sponsoring a bill to purchase $3 billion of U.S.-produced crude oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The bill aligns with the request made by President Donald Trump and Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to fill the SPR to capacity. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Reps. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) are also sponsoring this bicameral bill, which will be introduced when Congress returns to session. "The oi… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Homer News: Seawatch: Fishermen get briefed on CARES Act

by Christy Fry

Alaska's congressional delegation held a conference call with 65 of Alaska's fishery leaders last week and laid out some details of the federal assistance available to fishermen through the $2 trillion CARES Act. The call was set up by United Fishermen of Alaska, and Executive Director Frances Leach had praise for the delegation. "Obviously the senators and congressman are very concerned about our industry, and they're doing everything they can to make sure that we have what we need," she said… Continue Reading


04.08.20

KTUU: $16M funneled into Alaska healthcare system via CARES Act

by Beth Verge

Nearly $16 million in funding will be funneled to Alaska after being appropriated by the Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The monies, according to a release from Alaska's delegation comprising Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, will go toward helping community health centers prevent and respond to the current coronavirus pandemic. Murkowski said in a statement… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Homer News: Seawatch: Fishermen get briefed on CARES Act

by Christy Fry

Alaska's congressional delegation held a conference call with 65 of Alaska's fishery leaders last week and laid out some details of the federal assistance available to fishermen through the $2 trillion CARES Act. The call was set up by United Fishermen of Alaska, and Executive Director Frances Leach had praise for the delegation. "Obviously the senators and congressman are very concerned about our industry, and they're doing everything they can to make sure that we have what we need," she said… Continue Reading


04.08.20

KTUU: $16M funneled into Alaska healthcare system via CARES Act

by Beth Verge

Nearly $16 million in funding will be funneled to Alaska after being appropriated by the Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The monies, according to a release from Alaska's delegation comprising Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, will go toward helping community health centers prevent and respond to the current coronavirus pandemic. Murkowski said in a statement… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Congressman, Senators join Governor on press conference to address COVID 19

by Tim Rockey

Gov. Mike Dunleavy welcomed Congressman Don Young and Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan on Monday's press conference to discuss the state's response to the outbreak of COVID 19. Dunleavy announced that five more Alaskans had tested positive for COVID 19 since the last online report on the Department of Health and Social Services website on Sunday. Of the five new cases, two each were discovered in Anchorage and Fairbanks and the last positive case was found in Palmer. Palmer has all thre… Continue Reading


03.30.20

KTVA: Alaska's US lawmakers say $2 trillion stimulus will bolster small businesses

by Elizabeth Roman and Jes Stugelmayer

In the first news conference of the week, Alaska's governor and public health officials announced there were just five new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Experts say the number of people infected will peak over the course of the next few weeks. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said all of the new patients identified were between 30 and 59 years old. Two cases were in Anchorage, two in Fairbanks and one in Palmer. Gov. Mike Dunleavy was joined by Rep. Don Young, Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Su… Continue Reading


03.30.20

KTVF: Governor, congressional delegation coordinate Alaska COVID-19 efforts

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced five new cases of COVID-19 in three Alaska communities - Anchorage (2), Fairbanks (2) and Palmer (1). This brings the case count total for Alaska to 119. All of the new cases are in adults aged 30-59. Four are female and one is male. There are no new hospitalizations or deaths today. So far the communities in Alaska that have had laboratory-confirmed cases include Anchorage (including JBER), Eagle River/Chugiak, Girdwoo… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Juneau Empire: Congressional delegation says billions in relief coming to Alaska

by Peter Segall

Alaska is set to get its share of the $2 trillion stimulus package recently approved by Congress, the state's congressional delegation said during a teleconference Monday evening. "All elected officials are working very closely on this unprecedented crisis," said Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaking from Washington, D.C. The delegation discussed the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, (CARES) that will inject vast amounts of funds into America's economy. The b… Continue Reading


03.29.20

OP-ED: Anchorage Daily News: Alaskans will make it through COVID-19 together. Here’s how we’re helping.

by Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Don Young

We understand what a challenging and unprecedented time this is for Alaskans. The COVID-19 virus has been an evolving pandemic, spreading worldwide and severely disrupting life across America and our state. Alaskans are worried not only about their personal health and the impacts that Alaska's health systems may face, but also the potential short-and long-term economic impacts on working families, jobs and small businesses across the state. But in true Alaska fashion, folks in the state have al… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Delta Discovery: Murkowski addresses crisis of MMTIW

"Ashley was one of those kids who loved purple-a beautiful young child growing up in Kotzebue who would have gone on to have a good and productive life in an Inupiaq community in the northwestern part of the state. But Ashley Johnson-Barr is remembered now, because at the age of 10 years old she was brutally raped and murdered. She was literally taken from the kids' playground and taken to a location not too many miles outside of the community and her death and the tragedy around the circumstanc… Continue Reading


03.18.20

KTUU: Sen. Murkowski reacts to latest coronavirus developments

While millions of Americans are holed up at home against the coronavirus, Senate Democrats are proposing a new aid package. The legislation would allocate $750 billion to boost hospital capacity, unemployment insurance and other direct aid for American households, businesses and the health care industry. The 100-member Senate was scheduled to meet and hold an evening vote -- a potentially stunning sight of people gathered. While different authorities around the country have issued conflicting … Continue Reading

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