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June 29, 2020, 12pm PDT
The U.S. Justice Department has intervened in a lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs challenging Hawaii's mandatory two-week quarantine for travelers arriving on the island state. The Trump-appointed judge did not react favorably.
Politico
April 27, 2020, 12pm PDT
As some governors open nonessential businesses, subjecting workers and customers to potential viral infection, others move beyond social distancing to the next steps, boxing in the coronavirus with testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.
The Washington Post
March 12, 2020, 11am PDT
Urban growth in Anchorage was tied to restrictive covenants forbidding the sale of property to minorities.
KTOO
March 5, 2020, 11am PST
A GOP bill to double the nation's lowest state gas tax was approved by the state Senate on Monday. If approved by the House and signed by Gov. Dunleavy, who is facing a possible recall election, the excise tax would jump to 16 cents-per-gallon.
Anchorage Daily News
February 28, 2020, 8am PST
The Anchorage Municipal Assembly seeks more focus on pedestrian and transit improvements over traffic reduction in an upcoming 20-year transportation plan.
KTUU Channel 2
February 6, 2020, 11am PST
The first mixed-use hotel and apartment project in downtown Anchorage, Alaska will use prefabricated rooms and is expected to start construction this spring.
Anchorage Daily News
January 26, 2020, 9am PST
Anchorage's People Mover transit system reports ridership has increased for the first time in a decade. Ridership increased 5.7% in annual ridership as compared to 2018.
KTUU Channel 2
December 31, 2019, 9am PST
In parts of Alaska, it's easier to start the Census count in January, when the ground is frozen. They'll get a head start in January.
Associated Press via NBC Montana
September 16, 2019, 2pm PDT
The Trump administration is working on multiple fronts to liquidate public land in Alaska as the state struggles to balance its budget.
Center for American Progress
April 28, 2019, 9am PDT
The Bakersfield Office of the Bureau of Land Management released an environmental study that is the basis for undoing a 2013 de facto moratorium on fracking on federal lands in California. The Supplemental EIS triggers a 45-day public comment period.
San Francisco Chronicle
February 8, 2019, 1pm PST
Rural Alaska has some of the least reliable and slowest internet connections in the country, but new cable infrastructure in the Arctic Sea is changing that.
The Heichinger Report
October 10, 2018, 12pm PDT
A contentious initiative on the Alaska ballot next month pits protecting salmon habitat protections against the interests of the oil and gas industry and mining companies.
NPR
August 7, 2018, 12pm PDT
Anchorage officials have started to take a more assertive effort toward the clean up of nuisance buildings and properties that have become magnets for crime and other problems. This is the first clean-up of this scope since 2007.
Anchorage Daily News
February 28, 2018, 7am PST
Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and the other technological advancements making it easier to keep roads safe in icy winter conditions.
Quartz
February 25, 2018, 7am PST
The title for most toxic location in the United States goes to a remote, and perhaps surprising location.
National Geographic
February 19, 2018, 5am PST
Unlike Trump's suggested quarter-per-gallon gas tax, this 9-cents-per-barrel tax is real. Like the gas tax, it goes to a trust fund, to respond to oil spills rather than build and maintains roads. While small, it brings in $500 million annually.
Washington Examiner
January 8, 2018, 1pm PST
When President Trump tweeted that the East Coast needed global warming due to the freezing cold, experts responded by explaining the difference between weather and climate. But climate change may indeed be a cause of the bomb cyclone.
The New York Times - Climate
December 24, 2017, 9am PST
When President Trump signs the tax-cutting bill, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will have achieved a family dream of opening up the pristine refuge, created 37 years ago, to drilling.
The New Yorker
December 5, 2017, 10am PST
If California is going to address its chronic housing shortage, single-family residential neighborhoods can no longer be ruled "off limits." Opposition to a small Berkeley subdivision spawned new housing legislation and fostered the YIMBY movement.
The New York Times
November 5, 2017, 5am PST
Arctic communities have a front row seat to witness the effects of climate change.
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