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Kreiss-Tomkins previews session, proposes license plate design contest

The Alaska legislature gaveled in Tuesday (01-19-16), in what will be the fourth session for Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of House District 35. In sharing his goals for the session, Kreiss-Tomkins has a few policy ideas up his sleeve.

Can YOU balance the state budget?

The "balance the budget" game invites Alaskans to set the state on a sustainable financial path. Reid Magdanz looks on as Blossom Twitchell takes a turn. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Governor Bill Walker will unveil his FY17 budget tomorrow (12-09-15). And the backdrop isn’t pretty. To simulate the $3.1 billion gap between revenue and spending, state budget director Pat Pitney brought her talking points - and a wooden scale - to Sitka on Thursday (12-03-15).

As campaigns heat up, Sitka teen spreads ‘Bernie fever’

Leo Solovyov (r) infects his peers -- and even some adults -- with Bernie fever at his first political event. (KCAW photo/Brody Armstrong)With 15 months to go until the 2016 presidential election, campaigns are revving up. And a young Sitkan is fired up about one of the oldest candidates in the race.

JKT: Budget a ‘fair deal,’ Walker should expand Medicaid

Sitka Democrat Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins speaking about Native language immersion schools.When all is said and done, Alaska’s budget for the coming year is a “fair deal.” That’s the verdict from State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins . KCAW spoke with the lawmaker, who is eager for action on Medicaid expansion and “wonking out,” on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Blue Lake project dedicated with champagne, cheers and speeches

Project Manager Dean Orbison (left) and Mayor Mim McConnell smashed a bottle of champagne against one of the new, blue turbines. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)State and local officials, including Gov. Bill Walker, gathered in Sitka on Friday (5-8-15) to formally dedicate the Blue Lake dam. The largest public works project in city history, it’s projected to meet the city’s electricity needs for the next thirty years.

Bill seeks to legalize fish and game donations

F2S_Elementary2-500x375Last Wednesday (4-1-15), eight legislators introduced a bill that would allow Alaskans to donate sport- and subsistence-harvested fish and game to non-profit meal programs. Under House Bill 179, schools, senior centers, and other non-profits could legally serve donated fish and game, such as moose, venison, caribou, and salmon. Alaska law presently bars the sale of such foods.

‘Ferocious’ red squirrel to grace legislator’s office

A former biologist, Bill Foster says a stuffed red squirrel would convey an important message in Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins' office. "I'd put a red squirrel against a polar bear any day," says Foster. (Flickr photos/Borderslass, ruby blossom)Sitka Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office may soon be home to some historic Alaskana -- and much more -- if he can come to terms with a local collector.

Kreiss-Tomkins unpacks Alaska’s ‘budget apocalypse’

Kreiss-Tomkins' news was not all bad. Some departments, like Fish & Game, will survive deep cuts without much disruption. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In the budget “apocalypse," Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says, "We’re going to alter the status quo we’ve had in Alaska for the last 40 years."

Alaska House committee tussles over MEHS funding

Mt. Edgecumbe gym 1The battle over education funding in Alaska this year may have an unexpected casualty. This Tuesday (2-10-15), the House Education Finance Subcommittee began a conversation about ongoing state funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

Bill to boost Native-language immersion schools

Sitka Democrat Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins speaking about Native language immersion schools.New legislation will propose a system of encouraging and supporting Native language charter schools in Alaska.