Three Alaska Native village corporations split $2.5 million, the first batch of a new federal grant program, to assess and clean up soil and water contamination.
Tucked in the $1.5 trillion omnibus federal spending bill are special requests to fund projects in Alaska ranging from water and sewer systems to a 15-mile road out of Kotzebue.
The Department of Defense selected Anchorage to host the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, named for the late US senator, to focus on national security and scientific research in the polar region.
Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes a including a provision authorizing a new regional DOD Center named the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, the first DOD regional center in the Arctic and the first new DOD regional center since 2000.
US Senator Lisa Murkowski chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s first hearing of the 116th Congress, to examine the outlook for energy and minerals markets. The hearing featured witnesses from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), ClearView Energy Partners, the R Street Institute, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.