Gov.-elect Bill Walker continued his efforts Thursday to assure the state’s resource industry that he is not their enemy, this time in a speech to the 35th annual conference of the Resource Development Council in Anchorage.
Legislators plan to meet the day after Thanksgiving for a final update from the Parnell administration on the proposed gas pipeline. But they won't be allowed to attend unless they sign a secrecy pledge. Dermot Cole
With less than two weeks before his swearing-in as Alaska’s newest governor, independent Bill Walker’s effort to take the helm from Gov. Sean Parnell is beginning to take shape, including the news that his chief of staff will be former Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor Jim Whitaker. Alex DeMarban
For surprising twists and turns in the governor's race, the merged ticket stands at the top, rivaled only by Bill Walker's exploits at the Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic and the night in June when Byron Mallot caught air in Minto.Dermot Cole
Democrats added two to their ranks in the Alaska House in the recent general election, bringing their total representation in that caucus from 10 to 12, which may not seem like much but represents additional representation in larger committees.Alex DeMarban
Alaska’s apparent U.S. senator-in-waiting, Dan Sullivan, said he respects the continuing vote counting process but believes it was important to travel to Washington to begin positioning himself to win sought-after committee assignments that will benefit the state. Alex DeMarban
While Anchorage School District officials and School Board members weigh how to spend the short-term budget surplus, some observers say the annual threat of layoffs caused by uncertain state school funding is driving experienced, higher-paid staff to quit or retire in frustration.Tegan Hanlon
President Barack Obama chose confrontation over conciliation Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants.