Articles & Op-eds


Cordova Times: Bowhead harvest quota renewed for AEWC

Delegates to the 67th International Whaling Commission meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil, have voted 58-7 to renew for seven more years the subsistence whaling quota for the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. Alaska's delegation to the IWC meeting was led by North Slope Borough Mayor Harry Brower and AEWC vice chair Crawford Patkotak. "The importance of subsistence whaling for both the food security and cultural vitality of Arctic communities cannot be understated," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-A… Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski looks to lower health care costs

by Angela Krenzien

Sen. Lisa Murkowski took part in a hearing on Capitol Hill aimed at lowering health care costs by making information on cost and quality more available and transparent. Most people don't know they can shop around for health care, but there are differences in both quality and cost. One witness at the hearing was Bill Kampine who is the co-founder and Senior VP of Client Analytics at the Healthcare Bluebook -- a company that publishes cost and quality information about medical procedures. He say… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: LETTER: Murkowski for teen health

by Leena Robinson

Letter to the editor: I would like to personally thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski for standing up to stop tobacco companies from targeting kids like me with candy-flavored products. Last month, she and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin introduced a bill that would place strong restrictions on electronic cigarette and cigar flavors. As I told Sen. Murkowski when I visited her Washington, D.C., office in July, it's not surprising how quickly Juul and other e-cigarettes have caught on at my high school in Nenana… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: Op-Ed: Lisa Murkowski: The case for advanced nuclear reactors

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

It was a warm summer night in 1955 when the lights turned on in Arco, Idaho - the first successful use of peaceful nuclear power. From this groundbreaking moment, our nation became the global industry leader - building impressive plants across the country and around the world while setting international standards for safety, security, and nonproliferation. As recently as a few years ago, a total of 104 nuclear reactors were safely generating clean electricity in the United States, with plans fo… Continue Reading


Must Read Alaska: Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance

by Suzanne Downing

Flags are lowered today in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001 in four coordinated terrorist attacks. In Alaska, today is known as Patriot Day. "The tragic events of September 11, 2001 are seared into our collective memory," Gov. Bill Walker said in a statement. "I hope Alaskans will join me tomorrow in observing a moment of silence to reflect on the souls taken from us that day, and the first responders who put themselves in danger to run to the aid of others. Se… Continue Reading


KDLG: NPS dedicates Lake Clark wilderness area to Gov. Jay S. Hammond

by Isabelle Ross

Three generations of the Hammond family were present at Thursday's ceremony dedicating the Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Area. The NPS presented former First Lady of Alaska Bella Hammond with a map bearing the area's new title. Governor Hammond passed away in 2005. "It is rare to name a wilderness area after any one individual," said park superintendent Susanne Fleek-Green. "It really exemplifies the stature of Governor Hammond and what he's meant to Alaska's public servants and the conservation et… Continue Reading


Daily Energy Insider: Bill seeks to boost nuclear innovation, reliability

by Douglas Clark

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced last week a measure designed to boost nuclear energy innovation while ensuring advanced reactors provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable power. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) seeks to help re-establish leadership in nuclear energy by launching public-private partnerships between the federal government, leading research institutions and the best industry innovators. NELA was introduced by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Cory Booker (D-NJ), J… Continue Reading


KTVA: State insurance director recognized nationally

by Liz Raines

The director of the state's Division of Insurance is the recipient of the 2018 Bipartisan Health Policy Leadership Award. Lori Wing-Heier worked closely with the State House and Senate to establish the Alaska Reinsurance Program in 2017 -- which has reduced rates in the individual healthcare market by more than 25-percent, according to a press release by Gov. Bill Walker's office last month. In a Friday statement, Sen. Lisa Murkowski highlighted Wing-Heier's 39 years of experience in the insur… Continue Reading


One American News Network: Bipartisan bill allows military to purchase nuclear energy

Lawmakers are reaching across the aisle to save nuclear energy. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and her Democrat counterpart Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced a bill on Capitol Hill Thursday to help the struggling energy. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act would allow the military to purchase power from commercial nuclear reactors. While lawmakers admit the Pentagon may have to pay above market rates, the money will reportedly go toward making nuclear energy more sustainable. M… Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski shares concerns over seafood tariffs

by Angela Krenzien

At a hearing on Capitol Hill, Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed concerns Alaskans have about potentially wide-ranging Chinese tariffs on the seafood industry. She's concerned about how the tariffs will affect Alaska's trade relationship with China that, until recently, has been positive. And the stakes are high; the amount of seafood exported is not insignificant. "Of our salmon exports, 40 percent of those exports went to China. For cod, 54 percent of our exports went to China," Murkowski said. "… Continue Reading


Nome Nugget: Senator Murkowski brings field hearing to Savoonga

by James Mason

Senator Lisa Murkowski chaired a field hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in Savoonga last Saturday to hear about inadequate housing, overcrowding and homelessness and the complications resulting from these problems. In the session, which began with the bang of her gavel, she heard from a panel of six who are directly involved in providing housing or dealing with the issues which are created by the housing shortage. Savoonga is one of two villages located on St. Lawrence Island. Th… Continue Reading


KTUU: VIDEO: Sen. Murkowski pays tribute to Sen. John McCain in floor speech

by Leroy Polk

Sen. Lisa Murkowski took to the Senate floor on Tuesday, to pay tribute to the late Sen. John McCain, who died last month from brain cancer. In the floor speech, Murkowski highlighted the qualities she felt made McCain's legacy stand for itself. "John McCain was a beloved colleague. He was a patriot. He was truly an American hero," Murkowski said. "He had remarkable intellect. He had an iron will most certainly. His unquestionable integrity. Courage that was absolutely unwavering." Murkowski,… Continue Reading


KSTP: Feds, state lawmakers propose new ways to help Native women

Federal and state lawmakers have proposed or adopted a series of measures designed to address the problem of missing and murdered Native American women and related issues, such as human trafficking, domestic violence and rape. Among them: FROM CAPITOL HILL - Savanna's Act : The legislation, introduced last fall by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, seeks to expand tribal access to some federal crime databases and establish protocols for handling cases of missing and murdered Native Americans. I… Continue Reading


KTUU: The economy of sunshine: Solar boom in Alaska proves prosperous

by Beth Verge

If you write the checks and swipe the cards to stay warm and keep the lights on in the winter, you know that energy in Alaska can be pricey. However, the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development - along with the University of Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute - reports that while Alaska has the highest per capita energy expenditures of any state, renewable technologies that are uneconomical in the Lower 48 can and often do make financial sense in the Last Frontier. Sola… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: Community health aides: Alaska’s unique solution for rural health care

by Anne Hillman

Fifty years ago, Alaska had a really big problem. It was hard to get medical care in small, rural communities. If someone was injured or if there was a tuberculosis outbreak, there was no one to turn to. To solve the problem, the Indian Health Service worked with local governments and Congress to create the Community Health Aide Program. Arelene Soxie was one of the first health aides in the country, and taking the position in her home village of Wales was not an easy decision. "I had to think… Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: Paper is past: Digital charts on the horizon for NOAA

by Kevin Gullufsen

The tan and blue paper nautical charts that line wheelhouses and galleys on Alaska ships will soon be a relic of the past. In an effort to increase automation and adapt to digital navigation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is rebuilding its chart products for digital use, said Rear Admiral Shep Smith, Director of the Office of Coast Survey. The effort will take about 10 years and allow for more seamless navigation, and a larger level of detail, Smith said. "The paper char… Continue Reading


Peninsula Clarion: Alaska’s Congressional delegation steps up for Alzheimer’s

by Cindy Harris

There are over 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's Disease including 7,500 here in Alaska and more than 16 million American caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia including 33,000 here in Alaska. I'm grateful that senators Murkowski and Sullivan and Rep. Young have taken decisive action in the fight against Alzheimer's by cosponsoring the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act. This legislation would create an Alzheimer's public health … Continue Reading


Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: More military dollars coming Alaska’s way

The U.S. Senate approved two major federal funding packages August 23 including a federal Fiscal Year 2019 budget that contains provisions important to Alaska military bases along with a pay raise for armed services personnel. The funding measure was approved by a vote of 85-7, said Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which had earlier approved the measure. More inside The bill, H.R. 6157, now goes to a conference committee where differenced wit… Continue Reading


Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: More military dollars coming Alaska’s way

The U.S. Senate approved two major federal funding packages August 23 including a federal Fiscal Year 2019 budget that contains provisions important to Alaska military bases along with a pay raise for armed services personnel. The funding measure was approved by a vote of 85-7, said Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which had earlier approved the measure. More inside The bill, H.R. 6157, now goes to a conference committee where differenced wit… Continue Reading


KTVF: Chena Hot Springs Showcased First Electric Car Charging Stations

by Sara Tewksbury

Fairbanks, Alaska Renewable energy was celebrated at the 13th Annual 'Renewable Energy Fair' at Chena Hot Springs Sunday. "Chena Hot springs is the new electrical car plug-in destination," said Bernie Karl, co-owner of Chena Hot Springs. Two electric car owners made their way to the event and were the first to use the new charging stations. "Pretty sweet, yeah, we charged here last night, were able to charge on geothermal energy and in six hours, I got enough to drive back to Denali Park," sa… Continue Reading

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