Articles & Op-eds

11.02.19

KTVA :Fight continues to pass legislation for full military honors at veteran funerals

by Joe Vigil

Kathryn Sharp of Wasilla says it was tough trying to get full military honors for her husband Creig, a Vietnam veteran and retired Navy chief petty officer, when he died in 2018. Sharp says she is now running into more roadblocks making sure other families in Alaska and around the country don't face the same situation her family did. "When they sign on the dotted line to be in our military and fight for our country they sign up a blank check basically. Up to and including the cost of their liv… Continue Reading


11.01.19

KTVA: Murkowski urges action for missing, murdered Indigenous women on Senate floor

by Megan Mazurek

Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke about the growing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women on the Senate floor Thursday. She is urging action on the Not Invisible Act, a bill she helped introduce with Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., earlier this year. "Not Invisible Act designates an official to coordinate efforts across agencies and establishes a commission of local tribal and federal stakeholders to make recommendations to the Department of Interior and Depart… Continue Reading


10.28.19

Hydrogen Fuel News: New bill could speed up development of geothermal systems in the US

by John Max

AGILE Act geothermal energy bill introduced in the Senate. The Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act of 2019, also known as the AGILE Act, is a bill that was recently introduced in the Senate that seeks to accelerate the development of geothermal systems in the United States (US). Many believe geothermal could be a highly reliable zero-emissions source of energy for the country. The purpose of the AGILE Act would be to enhance the research and development of geothermal systems in seve… Continue Reading


10.28.19

Indian Country Today: The fix for Alaska's public safety crisis? Recognize tribal powers

by Joaqlin Estus

Legislation would make it clear Alaska Native tribes have the authority to fight domestic violence, sexual assault Congress is considering legislation that would recognize that Alaska tribes have the clear authority to fight the record rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. A bill introduced by US Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, would authorize five Alaska tribes, as a pilot project, to prosecute a limited number of offenses. The Alaska Tribal Public Safety Empowerment Act would give tr… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Wrangell Sentinel: Alaska Delegation Pays Tribute to Senator Ted Stevens

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today joined in celebrating the life and legacy of the late Senator Ted Stevens and his contributions to Alaska and the nation. The Alaska Congressional Delegation joined members of the Stevens family, friends, congressional colleagues, and former staff at a ceremonial unveiling of a portrait of Senator Stevens, which will be hung in the U.S. Capitol. At the time he left office, Senator Stevens was the longest-s… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Must Read Alaska: Sen. Ted Stevens portrait unveiled in nation’s capitol

by Suzanne Downing

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all Republicans, joined in celebrating the life and legacy of the late Sen. Ted Stevens as they and a list of invited guests witnessed the ceremonial unveiling of a portrait of Senator Stevens, which will be hung in the U.S. Capitol. At the time he left office, Senator Stevens was the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senator in history. The portrait, sponsored by the U.S. Senate Commission on Art, is part of its Senate Leadersh… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Chron: Bipartisan legislation seeks to expand geothermal energy

by James Osborne

A top ranking Republican and Democrat have introduced legislation to speed up the development of power plants powered by underground hot springs. The bipartisan effort comes as politicians look to expand America's geothermal sector, which has largely languished to date, to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change. "Geothermal is a highly reliable, zero-emission resource able to provide both heat and power almost anywhere," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chair of the … Continue Reading


10.23.19

Forbes: The Battle Against Breast Cancer Continues In Congress

by Sarah Chamberlain

October has been recognized as breast cancer awareness month for some time. The heightened awareness is marked by everything from athletes wearing pink, to increases public education. Because of these efforts more people are aware of the need for screening, research and the benefits of early detection. It's time to reflect on the past progress and future hope for more effective treatments. Cancers were first recognized thousands of years ago, but treatments remained primitive. For breast cancer… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Roll Call: A portrait unveiling for ‘Alaskan of the century,’ Uncle Ted Stevens

by Niels Lesniewski

Catherine Stevens, far left, the widow of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, attends the portrait unveiling for the senator, with family members, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., second right, in the Old Senate Chamber on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Some senators are better fishermen than others. When senior lawmakers gathered with many of their former colleagues to unveil the leadership portrait of former… Continue Reading


10.23.19

KTUU: Family, friends help unveil Senator Ted Stevens' portrait in Old Senate Chamber

by Peter Zampa

The Alaskan of the 20th Century took his historic place in the halls of Capitol Hill Wednesday. The unveiling of Senator Ted Stevens' (R-AK) portrait took place in the Old Senate Chamber with folks from around the country in attendance. Stevens was one of the longest serving Republicans in Senate history, serving as President Pro Tempore from 2003 to 2007. The unveiling of Senator Ted Stevens' portrait immortalized the late senator in the building he walked more than almost anyone. "The artis… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Alaska Public Media: Pushed by young people, AFN declares a climate emergency

by Zachariah Hughes

The 53rd Alaska Federation of Natives convention wrapped up in Fairbanks late Saturday afternoon. Conference attendees heard remarks by both U.S. senators, and voted on a number or resolutions, which included a contentious debate on climate change, a topic that came up repeatedly. AFN delegates approved a measure declaring a state of emergency over climate change. The resolution was authored by young participants in the Elders and Youth conference, and also called for the creation of a leadershi… Continue Reading


10.21.19

KTVA: Murkowski bill aims to protect Alaska Native women

by Jennifer Summers

A new bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski aims to help tribes protect and defend Alaska Native women. A pilot program under the bill would allow certain Alaskan tribes jurisdiction over everyone in their village, including non-natives. According to Murkowski's office, the Alaska Tribal Public Safety Empowerment Act would expand the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) now available in Indian Country to Alaska Native villages. Murkowski's bill addresses the high rate of domestic violence… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Murkowski bill aims to protect Alaska Native women

by Jennifer Summers

A new bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski aims to help tribes protect and defend Alaska Native women. A pilot program under the bill would allow certain Alaskan tribes jurisdiction over everyone in their village, including non-natives. According to Murkowski's office, the Alaska Tribal Public Safety Empowerment Act would expand the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) now available in Indian Country to Alaska Native villages. Murkowski's bill addresses the high rate of domestic violence… Continue Reading


10.17.19

E&E News: Nobel-winning scientist on 100% renewables, EVs and Murkowski

by David Laconangelo

Lithium-ion batteries have become a cornerstone of backing up wind and solar power, but one of the scientists who won a Nobel Prize last week for helping develop the technology says a world of 100% renewables may not be desirable. "I'm not sure you ever want to go to 100% of anything," said Stan Whittingham, a longtime professor of chemistry and materials science at the State University of New York's Binghamton campus, known as Binghamton University, during a phone interview after the Nobel ann… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Peninsula Clarion: Murkowski writes bill to address domestic violence in rural Alaska

by Peter Segall

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced the introduction of legislation Thursday meant to address domestic violence in rural Alaska. The Alaska Tribal Public Safety Empowerment Act would expand the jurisdiction of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on a pilot basis for five years, according to the text of the bill. A press release from Murkowski's office said VAWA "provided that tribes have the power to prosecute certain non-Natives who violate qualifying protection orders or com… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: 'The challenge is very great': Public safety a major topic at AFN

by Kyrie Long

Discussion of public safety issues drove the dialogue during the afternoon portion of the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention's opening day. The first of two panels dedicated to public safety in Alaska Native communities was preceded by remarks from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan, introduced by AFN President Julie Kitka. Barr came to Alaska this spring and, after visiting several communities, issued a federal declaration of emergency fo… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Anchorage Daily News: U.S. Attorney General announces additional $42 million for rural Alaska public safety

by Kyle Hopkins

The U.S. Department of Justice will give $42 million to Alaska Native tribes and to support tribal victim services and village law enforcement, Attorney General William P. Barr said Thursday. Barr announced the funding in a video broadcast at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks, the largest annual gathering of Alaska Natives in the state. A Daily News and ProPublica investigation, published in May, found that one in three Alaska communities have no local law enforcement. Ba… Continue Reading


10.15.19

Anchorage Daily News: Trump administration proposes lifting restrictions on logging, road building in Tongass National Forest

by James Brooks

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to end development restrictions in Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the agency announced Tuesday. The proposal comes in response to a request from the state of Alaska and is the latest turn in almost two decades of debate, discussion and lawsuits over the proper use of the Tongass. In a written statement, the Forest Service said it will soon open public comment on the proposal, which would create an exemption to the 2001 Roadless Rule that bans m… Continue Reading


10.14.19

Ms. Magazine: Congress Can Help Girls Worldwide Stay in School

by Kefai Debebe

Every year on October 11, when the world celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child, I think of young women like Alem, who I met in Ethiopia this past summer. Alem was thirteen when her father arranged for her to marry one of the older men in her village. She ran away and came to the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, to find work. In Ethiopia, where my family is from, child marriage is the norm. There, as in many countries around the world, girls like Alem are married to near-stran… Continue Reading


10.14.19

Alaska Journal of Commerce: High hurdles remain on efforts to control health care costs

by Elwood Brehmer

State health officials are promising better communication with their private sector counterparts while national lawmakers struggle to advance seemingly popular health care reforms. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum and Sen. Lisa Murkowski recalled recent challenges and discussed their views on the future of health care policy Oct. 2 at the Alaska State of Reform health care conference held each fall in Anchorage. Crum acknowledged that the first 10 months o… Continue Reading

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