Politics

Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.

Pat Forgey
Alaska’s oil tax credits are threatening to overwhelm the state budget and are expected to grow to as much as $1.7 billion a year, costing the state more than it spends for schools and becoming its single largest expense, Gov. Bill Walker warned Wednesday.Pat Forgey
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed state operating and capital budgets Monday, approving $9.8 billion in spending sought by the Legislature but vetoing a possible $200 million in controversial oil tax credits.Pat Forgey
A state-owned corporation on Monday responded to a Wasilla legislator who criticized it for sponsoring a fundraising golf tournament during business hours as Alaska confronts a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska and at least 15 other states are taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court over the agency's controversial "waters of the United States" regulation. Erica Martinson
In a post on the website Patheos Sunday, Bristol Palin says her latest pregnancy was planned. Alaska Dispatch News
Twenty-five of the 200 political staff members to Alaska’s lawmakers during their annual legislative session earned monthly salaries equivalent to more than $100,000 annually, with 70 paid at rates of $84,000 or more. Nathaniel Herz
Anxiety is high among Army families as they await word of whether soldiers -- including Alaska's 4-25th -- will be among the 40,000 troops eliminated nationwide in an announcement expected in July. Erica Martinson
A pilot and paragliding instructor wants to build an aerial adventure course and zip line at Hilltop Ski Area, but that plan has been snarled by a conflict between the city and the operator of the ski area.Devin Kelly
Ethan Berkowitz was sworn in as Anchorage’s new mayor Wednesday afternoon in a downtown inauguration ceremony that incorporated his family and displayed the cultural diversity of the city.Devin Kelly