On Nov. 20, U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young honored the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and 32 other tribes from across the country with the highest honor bestowed by Congress — the Congressional Gold Medal — for their critical service and unrecognized role as code talkers during both World Wars.
A few weeks ago, I was leaving Eagle River High after covering a Veterans Day event. We had just gotten the first major snowfall of the season, and I stopped along Yosemite Drive to snap some photographs of the wintry scene.
On Friday, Nov. 15, Gov. Sean Parnell announced he will not seek to expand Medicaid in his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. In a press release, Parnell cited the failure of the Affordable Care Act, “the enormous current and future Medicaid costs to Alaska and greater uncertainty about the federal government’s ability to pay its share” as reasons for his decision.
Matanuska Electric Association might have followed the required guidelines informing the public of its plan to upgrade a substation off Birchwood Loop — but the full scope of the project wasn’t clearly communicated.
Friday, Oct. 18 is Alaska Day. It marks the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory from Russia to the United States — which occurred 146 years ago in Sitka. It also serves as an opportunity for Alaskans to reflect on the incredible state we live in.
There are endless examples of Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress refusing to work with the other side of the aisle. But the government shutdown is taking it too far. Whether you think the Affordable Care Act is the greatest piece of legislation or the worst, the recent action — or lack of action — in Washington, D.C., is inexcusable.