Ariane Aramburo brings you Thursday's top stories, including plans to move ahead with building an 800-mile natural gas pipeline by the end of this decade, a determination that a Republican state representative is eligible to run for reelection despite ties to far-right organizations, and news of a contract agreement between Alaska Airlines and the airlines oilot union.
Channel 2 NewsHourThe Alaska Energy Authority wants to hear from Alaskans about how its plan to expand the state’s fast-charging network for electric vehicles through millions of dollars in federal funding.
Splitting the mega-agency into the Department of Health and the Department of Family and Community Services was first proposed in December of 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued an executive order to divide the department, but it was later withdrawn when technical errors were discovered.
In all, nearly 1.9 million acres of land have burned this year, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, as Alaska has experienced one of its hottest and driest springs ever, conditions that have continued to plague much of the state.