The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday that excluding same sex couples the right to collect workers compensation would constitute unequal treatment under the law.
In 2011, Kerry Fadely was working at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage when she was shot and killed by a disgruntled former employee. Her partner of 10 years, Deborah Harris, was denied any workers compensation afterwards and subsequently lost their house.
The struggle between the community in King Cove and the Secretary of the Interior took a negative turn last week.
A National Council of State Legislatures event was held last week. Alaska House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt was in attendance and asked Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about her decision to refuse the construction of the Izembek Road. Pruitt says Jewell said “I wish that Alaskans would get over it.”
Although there is no recording of Jewell saying Alaskans should “get over” the Izembek Road, Pruitt says as soon as he heard it, he wrote it down.
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a detailed story about the factors that led to the much larger sockeye run than was forecasted preseason. The report also includes an update on how things are looking in the Togiak District and a review of how the 2014 season went in the eastside districts of Bristol Bay.
It’s been seven months since Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected a road that would connect King Cove and Cold Bay. US Senator Lisa Murkowski sent a letter Wednesday to Secretary Jewell expressing her disappointment in the lack of action.
King Cove is 25 miles away from Cold Bay, the residents of King Cove would like a direct road to the Cold Bay all weather airport so in the event of a medical emergency it will be faster and easier to Medevac to safety.
The Veterans’ reform bill recently passed by the US Senate by a vote of 93-3 increases access to health care for veterans as well as provides much-needed reforms to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. However, after the US House of Representatives met Wednesday night to try to pass its own version of the bill, US Senator Mark Begich spoke on to the Senate on his feelings towards the Veterans’ Conference Committee.
Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye fishery is not quite over as there are still fishermen scratching for an end to their season. The sockeye run to the Togiak District is also still coming in, which means the final numbers can still change. However, one thing is certain. This year’s run came in much larger than expected. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
The University of Alaska Foundation announced the winner of this year’s Edith R. Bullock Prize is Dr. Dana Thomas.
The Edith R. Bullock Prize was established by its namesake who served the University of Alaska for 30 years as a member of the UA Board of Regents and the foundation’s Board of Trustees. The title includes a cash award and is the single largest award presented by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees each year.
Researchers studying wood frogs have discovered the little vertebrates are able to survive incredibly cold temperatures.
Alaska’s interior is home to wood frogs. These amphibians create a hibernaculum, or a shelter occupied during the winter. These shelters can sometimes remain at temperatures below freezing for more than six months with minimum temperatures of minus four degrees.
Earlier this month, a public forum was held in Juneau to discuss the potential repeal of SB21, the new oil tax regime signed into law by Governor Parnell in June. KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the participants and their opinions on the upcoming ballot referendum.
Smoking-related diseases cost Medicaid programs $833 million in taxpayer dollars per state in 2013. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the US and it costs the country up to $333 billion annually. But one organization is trying to curb the amount of smokers in the country by focusing on the state level.
The American Lung Associate released a new report that looks at the influence of the Affordable Care Act on smoking prevention. The report takes a close look at each state and the way its health care system will help smokers quit.