By Tim Bradner For the Frontiersman

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Inflation eased in Alaska in August, but prices sharply higher than year ago

Inflation eased in Southcentral Alaska this summer although living costs were still up sharply from a year ago, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. Anchorage...

New $24 million bond issue now before Mat-Su assembly

The Matanuska Borough Assembly ticked though a largely routine agenda at its meeting Tuesday, Aug 2, approving among other items a proposal for a new $24 million bond issue for school engineering and...

BLM expected to issue revised environmental review of ConoocPhillips’ Willow oil project on Friday

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is set to issue a long-awaited revised environmental review for ConocoPhillips’ Willow project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, according to sources familiar with the project.Willow, a $6...

What Legislature did for military families: Early school enrollment, protective services, reciprocity in teaching licenses

A bill that would allow children in military families rotating to Alaska to enroll in school before physically arriving in the state has passed the state Legislature and is now on Gov. Mike...

Mat-Su assembly gives final okay to $431 million budget for borough operations, capital projects and schools

After several month of work the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly gave unanimous final approval for a Fiscal 2023 budget at its meeting last Tuesday, May 24. The final tab was $431 million, including $127.8...

Military families in Alaska work against financial stress and inflation

Military families in Alaska are under increasing financial stress as inflation drives up prices, and the state’s influential congressional delegation is pressing the Department of Defense for special Arctic region assistance.Food security for...

Senators add spending as clock ticks toward adjournment; new Permanent Fund Dividend formula proposed

The Senate’s version of the state operating budget is taking shape in the Senate Finance Committee and among other things now has $60 million in additional K-12 school funding and a $60 million...

2022 legislative session begins wind-down; it could be a productive year

The 2022 state legislative session is beginning to wind down. There are about three weeks left before a required adjournment on the 120th day required by the state constitution. The 90th day, a...

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