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Governor Asks For Help to Identify Cuts

PoliticsDecember 26, 2014, JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker sent letters today to all commissioners asking them to identify potential cuts in their departments by January 10.

“With holiday celebrations winding down and oil prices dipping, it’s time we all roll up our sleeves and get to work on reducing costs,” Governor Walker said. “I have asked our commissioners to take a careful look at their departments to see where we can redesign or perhaps combine some services.”

Governor Walker asked each department to look at the potential effects of a 5-percent and 8-percent cut from the previous administration’s FY2016 Work-in-Progress budget released on December 15.

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Governor Walker Announces Three Appointments

PoliticsDecember 19, 2014 ANCHORAGE – Today Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced the names of three new appointments to his cabinet. Those include Heidi Drygas as Department of Labor Commissioner, Darwin Peterson as Legislative Director, and the retention of Larry Hartig as Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner.

“I am thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to my team,” said Governor Walker. “Each provides a unique skillset and perspective that will serve them well in their positions.”

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Governor Bill Walker’s Swearing in Remarks

Politics[The Honorable Daniel Winfree will administer the Oath of office to Governor elect Bill Walker. Please place your left hand on the Bible and raise your right hand and repeat after me:]

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and I will faithfully discharge my duties as Governor to the best of my ability. Thank you very much. Thank you, Byron.

Before I start, let me just say what an honor it is to be doing this journey with Byron. We have shared a lot of things together, including four wheelers at Gambell. We have done a lot of things on the campaign together and not together. Byron says we forged a friendship. We did. And it will be a life long friendship. It’s one that I am so honored and humbled to be part of, his incredible family. I’m just, I literally am speechless at times when I try to follow Byron Mallott and what he has to say, what he says, and the depth of what he says. Thank you so much my friend, Byron. Thank you.
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Governor Walker Travels to the White House

PoliticsGovernor Bill Walker informed President Barack Obama and his administration of Alaska’s energy-rich potential in a series of briefings at the White House on Fri., Dec. 5.

Governor Walker and six other newly elected governors from Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas met in the White House with President Obama and his Cabinet members.

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DNR, Fish and Game Commissioners Appointed

Politics(Juneau, AK) – Governor Walker is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Cotten as Acting Fishing & Game Commissioner.

"Sam has a long history of public service in Alaska," Walker said. "I'm confident his strong fisheries background and legislative experience will guide us through this critical transition period. I thank Sam for coming out of retirement to answer the call to serve his state."

Cotten is among those being considered for a permanent commissioner appointment.

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Gov.-elect Bill Walker and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott will be sworn in Monday, Dec. 1

PoliticsGov.-elect Bill Walker and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott will be sworn in Monday, Dec. 1. The swearing-in will be live streamed at and

Live television broadcasts will air on KTUU, KTVA, KTOO and Fox/ABC.
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Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments

PoliticsNovember 28, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell announced appointments to the Compact for a Balanced Budget, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Board of Directors, State Medical Board, Alaska Safety Advisory Council, Board of Examiners in Optometry, Board of Agriculture and Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation and Development Board, Waste and Wastewater Works Advisory Board, Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute Advisory Board, Alaska Fire Standards Council, Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee, Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board, Alaska Veterans Advisory Council, Board of Massage Therapists, National Park and Park Monument Subsistence Resource Commissions, Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services, Controlled Substances Advisory Committee, State Assessment Review Board, Serve Alaska, Marine Transportation Advisory Board, Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council, Boating Safety Advisory Board, Alaska Humanities Forum Board of Directors, Statewide Independent Living Council, Board of Directors for the Alaska Railroad Corporation, Alaska Workforce Investment Board, Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank Board of Directors, and Yukon River Panel.

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Governor Issues Thanksgiving Day Message

PoliticsNovember 27, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell issued the following message in recognition of Thanksgiving:

“As we celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, we are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for – our families, friends and fellow Alaskans. As my term as governor draws to a close, I am truly thankful for all of the Alaskans who make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. We have a magnificent state filled with good-hearted people. It has been an honor to serve you.

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Governor Delivers Transition Documents

PoliticsNovember 20, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – In accordance with state statute, Governor Sean Parnell today transmitted program and financial information prepared by state agencies to Governor-elect Bill Walker. These documents will assist in providing an orderly transition for the new administration.
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Reminder: Election 2014 is today!

PoliticsPolls opened at 7 a.m. Get out and vote today!

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Are Political Ads Worse This Year?

PoliticsIf you've checked your mail recently, you may have noticed that the box is stuffed to the gills with political flyers. If you're like most people, you sort them out and toss them into the recycle containers at the Post Office, or maybe bring them home to use them as firestarters. But does anyone actually read them?

I brought the pile home, sorted them, and used that for research.

The "Political Round File." Photo by Dennis Garrett

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MSB Current Election Results


Regular elections are held annually on the first Tuesday in October. This year's election has taken place on Tuesday, October 7. Unofficial results are made available after polls close at 8:00 pm.

Official results will be available after the election is certified by the Borough Assembly. The election is scheduled to be certified on October 21. Borough elections are governed by MSB Title 25. Go to for current unofficial results.
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Meet and Greet Dan Sullivan in Big Lake

PoliticsThere will be a "Meet and Greet" for Dan Sullivan, candidate for U.S. Senate this Friday 3 October at the Big Lake Rec Center @ 6 p.m.
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Reminder: Meet Your Candidates for Assembly District 5 Today

PoliticsMeet Your Candidates for Assembly District 5, Dan Mayfield and Bill Kendig at the Chamber Luncheon. Noon on the 15th of September (Today) at the Big Lake Family Restaurant.
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The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Regular Election: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PoliticsThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough Regular Election is Tuesday, October 7, 2014. "There are several ways for Borough residents to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election". Click here for all the information you may need. This is a good time to register to vote if you're not already registered. We'll post more information on the candidates and issues as the information becomes available. You can post your questions here.
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