Frank Murkowski

Department of Health and Social Services

House Bill 263 was implemented this week, a bill that will extend the Alaska Senior Benefits Program through 2018. 

The Senior Benefits Program was establish in 2007.  It provides cash benefits to Alaska’s lower income seniors who are 65 years or older. The benefits come in increments of $125, $175 or $250 each month depending on the income.

Alaska representative Scott Kawasaki was one of 32 legislators that cosponsored the bill.  Kawasaki says this program was one of the main reasons he ran for office.

Jason Sear

Several tribal leaders from Bristol Bay have responded to allegations made by former Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski related to the EPA’s “Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Former U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski is calling on President Obama to stop the EPA's efforts to prepare a watershed assessment for the Bristol Bay region. This comes as some vocal opponents are criticizing the Agency for further delays in the process.