After weeks of inaction, the state House of Representatives spent nearly all day Thursday in session at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building debating the new budget proposal from the Republican-led majority caucus.
Nathaniel Herz,Pat Forgey
The state of Alaska is instituting a hiring freeze Friday across much of state government as a result of the Legislature’s inability to approve a fully funded budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Pat Forgey
The state House rejected efforts Thursday to cap spending on oil company tax credits at $500 million, as majority members argued that deferring $200  million or more in cash payments for even a few months could harm small oil and gas companies that need the cash. 
Dermot Cole
One of the largest natural gas projects in the world cleared another hurdle Thursday, with the Department of Energy approving a conditional license that would allow the Alaska LNG project to one day export liquefied natural gas to Asia.
Alex DeMarban,Erica Martinson
For the first time since 1999, utility crews fired up the boiler on a $300 million Healy power plant Thursday, a key step in the process to have the plant at full operation by the end of July. 
Alaska Dispatch News
In a community where land use planning has traditionally been a hard sell until after conflicts arise, marijuana legalization has increased awareness that clear zoning rules will lessen the potential for neighborhood battles.Cannabis NorthDermot Cole
The top official at the federal Energy Information Administration on Thursday said he's concerned about the viability of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline if production drops too low, suggesting that oil prices rise may not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later. EnergyAlex DeMarban
It’s summertime, which means new programming on the cable channels. "Alaska's Ultimate Bush Pilots" and "The Last Alaskans" are two. Film & TVEmily Fehrenbacher
The first king salmon are showing up in the Kuskokwim River, and 32 villages -- including the hub of Bethel -- will be able to take part in a federal community harvest program allowing up to 7,000 to be caught.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer

News & Politics

Appeals court tosses one Pebble mine suit against EPA; arguments begin in another

An appeals court dismissed a case Pebble mine proprietors brought against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, saying that since the agency hadn't taken a final action yet, the challenge was premature. Erica Martinson

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Halibut bycatch cap reduction should reflect what we know about the resource

OPINION: Halibut bycatch in Bering Sea groundfish fisheries is not a conservation issue, and drastic proposed cuts to the Bering Sea halibut cap appear to have little regard for jobs in Alaska communities.John Gauvin

Culture

Ways of real people: Scholars document traditional Yup'ik life by talking to elders who lived it

A library of ancient knowledge drawn directly from the memories and stories of Yup’ik elders who lived the old ways -- before children went to Western schools, before year-round villages, before village stores, before shopping on Amazon -- is quietly being produced before the opportunities are lost.Lisa Demer

Arctic

Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

First Nations representatives from British Columbia have joined Greenpeace's anti-drilling campaign. They say Chukchi drilling will ultimately create more environmental risks for their region. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

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We Alaskans

Former Alaska First Lady Bella Hammond, 82, continues to live in the log cabin on the north shore of Lake Clark that she and the late Gov. Jay Hammond built together before his term from 1974-82.  “Isolation doesn’t bother me a bit," she says.
Steve Kahn