This week, you’ll see a new byline in the pages of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star. Cinthia Ritchie recently joined our team, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her.
Gov. Sean Parnell’s decision not to expand Medicaid and not accept millions of federal dollars to pay for it is shortsighted. His decision in 2010 to join with other Republican governors to overturn the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a money-wasting effort when the Supreme Court refused to find the ACA unconstitutional. In early 2011, Parnell refused to set up a statewide marketplace that would provide thousands of Alaskans easy access to affordable health insurance. Fortunately, the federal government will help Alaskans get that coverage anyway and for Alaskan women, this is critically important.
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 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.
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.