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Obama proposes wilderness designation for ANWR

JUNEAU, Alaska - President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. "They've decided that today was the day that they were going to declare war on Alaska. Well, we are ready to engage," said U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and chair of the Senate energy committee.

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Revenue officials explain tax credit issue flagged by Walker

JUNEAU - State Revenue department officials told lawmakers Monday that the tax credits that were a source of contention in an opinion piece by Gov.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-01-26/revenue-officials-explain-tax-credit
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Gov. Walker says he's haunted by savings draw-down rate

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Even with the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bill Walker for next year, the state will still face the potential of having to draw on $3.3 billion from its savings, his budget director said Friday.

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Legislature gavels in

JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature convened Tuesday for a session expected to focus heavily on the state's budget deficit, a shortfall that has been made worse by falling oil prices.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-01-20/legislature-gavels-in
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Walker: Nothing off the table in Alaska budget talks

JUNEAU - Nothing will be off the table as the state cuts spending to reduce projected multibillion-dollar budget deficits, Gov. Bill Walker said.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-01-19/walker-nothing-off-the-table-in-alas
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Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices fall

JUNEAU, Alaska - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-01-18/alaska-faces-lean-budget-times-as-oi
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Alaska lawmakers will scrutinize budget, pot and Medicaid

JUNEAU, Alaska - There's big question as the Legislature convenes Tuesday: How low will oil prices go? Plunging prices have contributed to massive budget deficits that cuts alone can't erase.

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Chenault questions the process for Fish and Game finalists

JUNEAU - House Speaker Mike Chenault on Friday questioned the nominating process for Fish and Game commissioner and the treatment of finalist Roland Maw by the Board of Fisheries.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-01-17/chenault-questions-the-process-for-f
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Walker calls on Alaskans to pull together

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker called on Alaskans to pull together, and not panic, as the state faces multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid a fall in oil prices.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-01-21/walker-calls-on-alaskans-to-pull-tog
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Legislator seeks delay in marijuana-concentrates regulations

JUNEAU - A Homer legislator has proposed delaying regulations for marijuana concentrates to allow officials to focus this year on rules for the sale and growth of legalized pot and licensing of marijuana businesses.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-01-17/legislator-seeks-delay-in-marijuana-
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