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Anchorage Daily News: Alaska delegation presses to close ‘loophole’ that allows seafood imports from Russia

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON — Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan attempted to fast-track a bill to stop U.S. seafood imports from Russia that are being funneled through China, but was blocked Thursday on the Senate floor. Sullivan and the Alaska delegation proposed the U.S.-Russian Federation Seafood Reciprocity Act of 2023 to stop allowing the U.S. to import Russian-origin seafood that has been processed in China. The delegation argues that permitting such imports undercuts the efficacy of sanctions on … Continue Reading


Frontiersman: Matanuska Telephone Association receives $12.6 million grant to provide fiber optic service to Tyonek

by Tim Bradner

Matanuska Telecom Association has been awarded a $12.62 million federal broadband grant to build a fiber-optic link to Tyonek, according to Alaska’s two U.S. senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. Households and schools in the community, mainly Alaska Native and with a population of 151 in the 2020 census, will benefit from high-speed internet. The investment will help MTA deploy 41 miles of fiber-to-the-premises (to homes) network to the Tyonek Alaska Native Village, bringing service… Continue Reading


Daily Energy Insider: Bipartisan group of senators sponsor bill to advance carbon removal technologies

by Dave Kovaleski

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation to support the development of technologies that ensure cleaner air and environment. The Carbon Removal, Efficient Agencies, Technology Expertise (CREATE) Act seeks to do this by boosting the amount of research and development for carbon removal technologies that remove harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the air. “In order to advance carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies, we need an informed effort from the fede… Continue Reading


Intra Fish: US lawmakers want to crack down on 'backdoor' Russian seafood imports

by Rachel Sapin

US lawmakers from Alaska are once again looking to ban the importation of all seafood from Russia into the United States by reintroducing the US-Russian Federation Seafood Reciprocity Act this month. Alaska Republican Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation on June 16 that would impose a comprehensive ban on the import of all Russian-origin seafood products into the United States. Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives that is supported by A… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News Miner: DoD implements free flight home program for service members in Alaska Haley Lehman

by Haley Lehman

The Department of Defense has implemented a free flight home program for Alaska service members. The program reimburses service members who are E-5 and below the cost of one flight to their home of record during a three-year tour in Alaska. The policy, effective immediately, covers soldiers from the 11th Airborne Division, the 1-25 Attack Battalion and the 1-52 General Support Aviation Battalion. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced the Don Young Arctic Warrior Act in June 2022, wi… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Alaska Native tribes and groups call Indian Child Welfare Act ruling a win for tribal sovereignty

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON — Alaska Native groups on Thursday celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Indian Child Welfare Act gives preference to relatives and tribal families for foster care and adoption placements for Native children. The plaintiffs in the case, Haaland v. Brackeen, argued that placements under the 1978 law are based on race and violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution, while tribes argued the act should stand because they… Continue Reading


KTVF: Free Flight Home program for Alaska service members

by KTVF Staff Reporter

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Many service members stationed in Alaska are now eligible for a free trip home. The Department of Defense (DoD) will now reimburse service members for the cost of one flight back to their home of record while they complete their three-year tour in Alaska. This is good news for all 11th Airborne Division soldiers stationed at Fort Wainwright. “It’s an expensive place to live day to day and if you’ve gone anywhere on the outside lately, you know that… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News Miner: Sens. Sullivan and Murkowski author bill to create new Twelfth Circuit Court of Appeals

by Carter DeJong

U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski have authored a bill that would create a new Twelfth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals out of seven states currently part of the Ninth Circuit. “The Judicial Efficiency Improvement Act will help reduce the Ninth Circuit’s unmanageable caseload, which has resulted in years of backlogs, delays, and frustration. A new Twelfth Circuit will better serve Alaskans and other Western states,” Murkowski said in a release from her office. The Ninth… Continue Reading


KINY: Murkowski, Whitehouse introduce Don Young Veterans Advancing Conservation Act in honor of former congressman



Ketchikan Daily: AK delegation proposes new Native corporations for 5 'landless' communities in SE

by Sam Stockbridge

Alaska's congressional delegation is reintroducing legislation that would allow each of the Alaska Native communities of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Haines and Tenakee to form urban corporations and receive thousands of acres of federal land. The Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities Recognition and Compensation Act, which Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced in the Senate on Thursday, aims to correct the omission of the five communities from the 50-year-old A… Continue Reading


Boarding school commission bill passed by Committee of Indian Affairs, will go to Senate floor

by Shannon Cole

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTUU) - A bill that will establish a commission to investigate, document and acknowledge the trauma and injustice of the Indian boarding school system has passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs with unanimous support and is headed to the Senate floor. The Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act, sponsored by 27 senators including Sen. Lisa Murkowski, was approved by the Committee of Indian Affairs on Wednesday. Murkowski… Continue Reading


Financial credit bill would put fishermen on equal footing with farmers

by Cordova Times

Legislation introduced by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Angus King, I-Maine, aims to expand financial resources for rural fishing communities. It will allow businesses offering assistance to the fishing industry to access the same Farm Credit System loans available to farmers, ranchers and loggers. “The Fishing Industry Credit Enhancement Act, introduced on June 1, is a straightforward, common-sense amendment to the Farm Credit Act of 1971 ensuring businesses that support AlaskaR… Continue Reading


$11.8 Million in Brownfield Grants to Clean Contaminated Alaska Sites


Four Alaska Native regional and village corporations are receiving brownfields funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the first time. The funds allow the corporations to address contaminated lands conveyed through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Site Assessments and Cleanup Plans Altogether, Alaska communities are receiving $11.8 million through EPA’s Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grant programs and the Technical Assistance to … Continue Reading


Seafood Source: US bill would allow fishery-related business to access federal loan program

by Nathan Strout

Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would allow businesses in direct support of commercial fishing to access a federal agriculture loan program. Under The Fishing Industry Credit Enhancement Act, introduced by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), businesses such as cold storage providers and gear suppliers would be allowed to use the Farm Credit System (FCS), a nationwide network of lenders and financial service providers. The program is c… Continue Reading


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

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