Stutes: Ferry service is a health and safety issue

“Winter ferry service is not a matter of ‘convenience’ for any of the communities I represent,” Stutes said. “Particularly in communities like Cordova, which is facing a 7-month gap, the impact on health, life and public safety will be heavily felt."
Arctic refuge drilling closer as Senate moves to open site

New ballot initiative would reform SB 21

Debate over what is the real fair share for Alaska of oil extracted could come before voters at the ballot box in 2020 in the form of the Fair Share Act, proposed legislation that would reform Senate Bill 21.
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Legislators: Pebble mine could spark a cataclysmic mistake

Claims of Gov. Mike Dunleavy to a potential investor in the Pebble mine project that the state will actively help defend the project from “frivolous and scurrilous attacks” are drawing a sharp rebuttal from 20 Alaska legislators and the Bristol Bay Native Corp.
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Bill backs more student financial aid

The Strengthening Financial Aid for Students Act would boost access for Pell Grant funding from 12 to 14 semesters. Many students exhaust their Pell Grant eligibility before they are able to complete their program.

That $5M veto was funding of your ferry service

"Along with all of you, I was extremely disappointed that Governor Dunleavy chose to veto the additional $5 million I had secured for the Alaska Marine Highway System," writes Rep. Louise Stutes.

Libraries, homework help funds restored

Several thousand people gathered at outside the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage. Photo by Margaret Bauman/The Cordova...
A globe in a Mt. Eccles Elementary School classroom, as seen on Aug. 1, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Early learning funds for fiscal 2020 back on track

A globe in a Mt. Eccles Elementary School classroom, as seen on Aug. 1, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova...

Sudden arts council closure leaves programs in limbo

“It’s like being a government in exile," said Ben Brown, chairman of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. "We’re definitely in uncharted territory here.”

Deal for UA cuts $70 M over three years

“While I am supremely grateful that the University of Alaska will not face such drastic cuts today, these vetoes never should have happened in the first place,” said House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham.
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$1,600 PFD, restored cuts to operating budget, await Dunleavy OK

Senator Gary Stevens in Cordova on Friday, April 12, 2019. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova TimesHello from...

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