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KINY: United Fishermen of Alaska announces support for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Fishing Industry Credit Enhancement Act


Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Late last week, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at supporting rural fishing communities. The Fishing Industry Credit Enhancement Act would allow businesses that directly support the fishing industry to access loans from the agricultural loan program.  Senator Murkowski referred to the bill as “a straightforward, common-sense amendment to the Farm Credit Act of 1971 ensuring businesses that support Alaska… Continue Reading


Cordova Times: DOD Overdose Data Act introduced in Congress

by Cordova Times

Legislation to address impacts of the opioid epidemic among members of the U.S. military and their families has been introduced in Congress. The bill would require the Defense Department to report annually on fatal and non-fatal overdoses and to expand access to overdose prevention tools, including naloxone. The bill also calls for development of a new standard for distribution of naloxone or other medication for overdose reversal, opioid disposal materials, fentanyl test strips, and other mate… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski’s interns tried to get photos with all 100 US senators in a month. They got to 75.

by Riley Rogerson


Fairbanks Daily News Miner: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski joins the latest effort to pass a federal banking bill

by Matt Buxton

Listen to just about any discussion about the state of Alaska’s marijuana industry, and you’ll hear an earful about the lack of accessible banking options and the headaches of dealing with cash. That could get a fix if the latest iteration of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced in May along with a bipartisan coalition of federal lawmakers. The legislation would clear the haze around banking, allowing legal cann… Continue Reading


Ketchikan Daily News: Opinion: A needed measure

by Ketchikan Daily News

The federal government should do no harm — period. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has joined 26 senators to reintroduce a bill important to prevent historical atrocities. Murkowski, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, supports the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act. The act seeks healing for stolen Native children and their communities, according to a Murkowski press release. The bill would establish a formal commission to in… Continue Reading


Must Read Alaska: Polaris building demo starts in Fairbanks

by Suzanne Downing

The Polaris Hotel, Fairbanks’ tallest building and biggest eyesore, is coming down at last. It was built in 1952 with its annex constructed in 1973. Originally designed as an apartment building, it was converted into a hotel but in 2001, 800,000 gallons of water flooded the basement; it was abandoned in 2002. The City of Fairbanks foreclosed on the property over unpaid taxes. The City of Fairbanks received a Targeted Brownfield Assessment for the main portion of the 11-story building in … Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News Miner: Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day

by Sen. Lisa Murkowski

When you walk the hollowed grounds of Arlington, Gettysburg and Normandy, you see row upon row of marble headstones. Etched into them are names known to many and names known to none. What the men and women who rest beneath them have in common is their brave, selfless service to our nation—and lives cut short and unlived. Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to honor all who gave what President Abraham Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion.” The United States is an… Continue Reading


Cordova Times: NOAA Fisheries allocates $15.7M for Copper River/Prince William Sound fishery disasters

by Margaret Bauman

NOAA Fisheries has allocated over $220 million in fisheries disaster funds appropriated by Congress in the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act for fishery disasters in Alaska and Washington, including the 2020 Copper River/Prince William Sound coho and pink salmon fisheries. For the 2020 Copper River/Prince William Sound salmon fisheries along, the allocation totals $15.7 million, NOAA Fisheries said. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced the allocations on May 18, sayin… Continue Reading


KTUU: Kuskokwim Consortium receives highest national honor for libraries

by Shannon Cole

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Friday that Bethel’s Kuskokwim Consortium Library is the recipient of the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Science, the highest accolade given to libraries and museums in the United States. Additional recipients of the award include the Los Angeles County Library, New Jersey’s Long Branch Free Public Library, and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library in Ohio. The library was nominated — for the second year in a… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: OPINION: Returning Indigenous remains is the correct move for universities, institutions

by News Miner

The Daily News-Miner applauds a bipartisan coalition of senators urging immediate compliance with a lawful federal act in existence for more than 30 years that mandates a return of ancestral remains and related cultural artifacts taken from Indigenous people in Alaska and countless Lower 48 sites. Leading the charge is U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and our state's Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Particularly disturbing is that the senators cite remains that were desecrated or exhibited … Continue Reading


Cordova Times: USDA will purchase up to $119.5M in Alaska sockeye, Pacific groundfish

by Cordova Times

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have agreed to purchase up to $119.5 million worth of Alaska sockeye salmon and Pacific groundfish for distribution through federal food assistance programs, after months of efforts by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the state's Congressional delegation. The deal is to involve up to $37.5 million in canned Alaska sockeye salmon, up to $30 million in Alaska sockeye salmon fillets, and up to $52 million in Pacific groundfish projects. The Pacif… Continue Reading


Alaska Beacon: Speedier permitting of energy projects gains bipartisan backing on U.S. Senate panel

by Jacob Fischler

Members of both parties on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voiced their support Thursday for reforming the federal process for approving energy projects, saying it should be prioritized to secure domestic energy supply and boost renewable energy. There is bipartisan interest in revising the permitting process and members of both parties have offered competing proposals to accomplish it. Chairman Joe Manchin III, a centrist West Virginia Democrat who has authored a permit… Continue Reading


Frontiersman: Senators Murkowski, Tester lead bipartisan push to protect critical services, essential resources for veterans

by Katie Stavick

This week, the Critical Health Access Resource and Grant Extension (CHARGE) Act to extend veterans' programs and services is set to expire, taking with it support for unhoused veterans, caregivers, and State Veterans Homes. To ensure continuous support for the nation's veterans, caregivers, and their families, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Jon Tester of Montana have introduced a bipartisan bill to extend essential Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs and authorities currently set to expir… Continue Reading


Seafood Source: USDA to purchase USD 119.5 million worth of Alaskan sockeye and groundfish

by Nathan Strout

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to purchase USD 119.5 million (EUR 109 million) worth of Alaskan sockeye salmon and Pacific groundfish for federal food assistance programs, according to Alaska's congressional delegation. "USDA's purchase of Alaska seafood is great news for our fishing industry and all who depend on federal food assistance," U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said in a statement. "Alaskan fishermen stand ready to help feed their communities, and these purchase… Continue Reading


Alaska’s News Source: Murkowski announces legislation protecting veteran health, housing resources

by Elinor Baty

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Montana senator Jon Tester have announced a bipartisan push to protect critical services and essential resources for our nation's veterans. The duo introduced legislation that would extend essential Department of Veterans Affairs programs and authorities that are currently set to expire on May 11 of this year. The bill is called the Critical Health Access Resource and Grant Extensions Act (CHARGE). The CHARGE Act protects measures … Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: A written code of conduct for the Supreme Court is owed the people

by News-miner Staff

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced legislation requiring the Supreme Court of the United States to pen its own code of conduct. The Daily News-Miner editorial board read the news with interest. Our conclusion is that we support the need for the Supreme Court to publish a clear, significant and self-enforceable code of conduct on its own. We at the Daily News-Miner clearly see a cause for public concern with the Supreme Court's moral compass given an associate j… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News Miner: Dunleavy, Murkowski recognize Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Day

by Staff Report

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski both issued statements Friday recognizing the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. "Today, on May 5th, my heart is with the many families who have lost a loved one to violence and all those who have been affected by the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and people. We honor the memory of your loved ones who are no longer with you in you," Murkowski in a released statement. "I join in raising aw… Continue Reading


Cordova Times: Bill would require code of conduct for U.S. Supreme Court

by Cordova Times

Legislation introduced in late April by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Angus King, I-Maine, would require the U.S. Supreme Court to create its own code of conduct and appoint an official to review potential conflicts and public complaints. Introduction of the bill on April 26 came in the wake of ProPublica's report that conservative Justice Clarence Thomas failed to disclose several expensive trips he and his wife accepted from Texas billionaire Harlan Crow. The two senators said the le… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Alaska’s U.S. senators join push to protect banks serving cannabis businesses

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON - Alaska's two Republican senators are part of a group of federal lawmakers seeking to protect banks that serve the marijuana industry from federal penalties - an effort that has repeatedly flamed out in the face of GOP opposition and Democratic efforts to broaden the measure. The SAFE Banking Act would shield banks that serve legitimate cannabis businesses from federal penalties in states that have legalized marijuana, including Alaska. Because they lack banking access, most cann… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News Miner: Judge orders closure of Southeast troll fishery to protect orcas

by Jack Barnwell

A Washington state-based federal judge ordered a closure of Southwest Alaska's troll fishery for the summer after voiding an environmental review that authorized the fishing activity. Judge Richard Jones sided Tuesday with the Washington-based nonprofit Wild Fish Conservancy, who filed a lawsuit in order to protect orcas on the coast of Lower 48 states and British Columbia. In his two-page order, Jones ordered the troll fishery closed pending a review of the 2019 Southeast Alaska Biological … Continue Reading

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