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Rhonda McBride

Alaska truly is the Last Frontier of great storytelling. Although I’ve been a reporter in Alaska since 1988, my “to do” list of stories is ever a work in progress.

Stories by Rhonda McBride

  • Campaign 2014

    Public employees union takes Senate candidate Dan Sullivan to task over campaign ad

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 16, 7:51

    Is it a political jab or setting the record straight? In the case of the state’s largest public employees union, it could be both. At a news conference on Wednesday, the Alaska State Employees Association sharply criticized an ad by the Dan Sullivan U.S. Senate campaign. It says the commercial, which touts Sullivan’s work as […]

  • State

    In Nikiski, community weighs in on LNG project

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 14, 23:01

    A recent agreement was reached by three oil companies, a Canadian pipeline company and the state of Alaska to build a liquefied natural gas project. Although it’s far from a done deal, the Kenai Peninsula is gearing up. The project has a price tag of between $45 and $65 billion and would require a treatment […]

  • State

    ExxonMobil lays groundwork for Nikiski LNG plant

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 14, 21:46

    The Alaska Liquified Natural Gas project is more than a pipeline. The project is estimated to cost between $45 and $65 billion and is, in reality, three mega-projects rolled into one: a gas treatment plant on the North Slope, 800 miles of pipeline to Cook Inlet and a liquefaction plant and export facility in Nikiski, […]

  • State

    Survey asks Alaskans about seceding from the US

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 10, 22:11

    While conducting political surveys, researcher Ivan Moore occasionally likes to throw in a wild card — a question or two that voters don’t expect. During a recent poll on a variety of issues, including the Alaska U.S. Senate race and the marijuana ballot measure, Moore asked a sample of 750 adults if they would support […]

  • State

    Shageluk copes alone in early stages of family tragedy

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 09, 7:55

    Update: Troopers have identified the 21-year-old suspect as Everett Semone of Shageluk. He has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Semone is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Bethel.  A couple was killed in Shageluk late Tuesday night, and friends and neighbors in the Interior Alaska community say their son is […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Alaska Senate race invades the Internet

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 08, 6:58

    You can’t blame Alaskans if they feel as if they’re being stalked on the Internet by the Super PACs for the Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan campaigns. From Facebook to YouTube, to Hulu and Pandora, there’s no escaping the onslaught of video commercials — even on your favorite websites. Some, known as “pre-roll” ads, appear […]

  • Campaign 2014

    6 public safety unions rally behind Walker-Mallott ticket

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 06, 22:50

    If six law enforcement and public safety unions have their way, Gov. Sean Parnell won’t be back for another term. Their choice is Bill Walker — a Republican who is running as an independent — and his running mate, Democrat Byron Mallott, who left his race for governor to join Walker as a candidate for […]

  • State

    Federal judge rejects Pebble’s bid to block EPA

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 26, 13:09

    Another setback for the Pebble Mine project. A federal judge has rejected its lawsuit to block the Environmental Protection Agency from pursuing a pre-emptive veto of the mine. Earlier this year, the EPA put Pebble on notice that it was taking the rare step of blocking the mine under a section of the Clean Water Act. […]

  • Campaign 2014

    US Chamber of Commerce endorses Dan Sullivan for Senate

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 25, 22:26

    Thursday’s earthquake nearly overshadowed an announcement from U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan’s campaign about a major endorsement. The national political director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came to Alaska to make the announcement personally. Rob Engstrom is also a vice president of the organization, which supported Sullivan in the GOP primary and funded attack […]

  • State

    Governor requests resignation of Military and Veteran Affairs deputy commissioner

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 25, 21:16

    McHugh Pierre has served three Alaska governors: Frank Murkowski, Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell. The Colony High School graduate and former TV news anchor had a meteoric career trajectory in state government and it’s about to come to an end. Pierre is stepping down from his position as deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Earthquake interrupts Sullivan campaign news conference

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 25, 20:22

      You might say it was a campaign shake-up but not of the political kind. Dan Sullivan’s U.S. Senate campaign was poised to make an announcement about a major endorsement when a sign in the backdrop started shaking – and a rumbling emanated from the floor. The news conference was held at Beacon Occupational Health […]

  • State

    Ballot Measure 4 hearing draws debate over Bristol Bay

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 24, 23:07

    The battle against Pebble Mine has been fought on many fronts, and the November general election is the latest combat zone. Ballot Measure 4 is yet another attempt to block its development. At a public hearing in Anchorage on Wednesday, the pros and cons of what’s been dubbed the “Bristol Bay Forever” initiative were debated. […]

  • State

    Judge gives state its marching orders on helping Native voters

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 23, 7:22

    If Yup’ik is primarily spoken and not written, why is it necessary to have ballots written in Yup’ik? That question is no longer up for debate. A federal judge has ordered the state Division of Elections to provide Yup’ik voters with ballots written in Yup’ik, a language spoken by Alaska Natives in Southwest Alaska. Natalie […]

  • Local

    Assembly, School Board talk resource officer program, student performance

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 20, 15:33

    The Anchorage Assembly and the Anchorage School Board tackled a variety of issues in a joint meeting on Friday, including proposed cuts to the School Resources Officer (SRO) program. Police Chief Mark Mew told the group he wants to avoid cutting the program if at all possible, even though all other specialty units in the […]

  • Local

    Alaska PARK(ing) Day takes back the pavement

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 19, 21:17

    Alaska PARK(ing) Day is an answer to that old Joni Mitchell folk song about paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. For one day, 12 Anchorage parking spaces were transformed into temporary green spaces. At city hall, festive white tents went up in the middle of the parking lot with benches and potted plants […]

  • State

    Court case weighs relationship between subsistence and spirituality

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 27, 7:23

    The Alaska Court of Appeals in Downtown Anchorage was crowded with Alaska Native leaders Tuesday, including the president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, Julie Kitka, who said it was a shame some of the Kuskokwim River fishermen convicted of illegal fishing weren’t sitting in the benches alongside her, so the judges could see for […]

  • Campaign 2014

    2014 Alaska primary: By the numbers

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 25, 22:38

    Alaska’s August primary election may be over, but political analysts are still dissecting the results – including Matt Larkin of Dittman Research. Members of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce were all ears during Monday’s luncheon presentation when Larkin gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Republican U.S. Senate primary and Ballot Measure 1. Larkin credited Dan […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Primary elections oust two incumbent lawmakers

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 20, 8:07

    Primary elections in Alaska are often sleepy affairs, but the stakes were high in several races this year. One of the big election night upsets was in House District 9, which stretches from Delta Junction to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to Valdez. In the Republican primary, incumbent Rep. Eric Feige of Chickaloon found himself in third […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Ballot Measure 1 appears defeated

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 20, 7:18

    Ballot Measure 1 was an election night roller coaster. First, the “yes” vote was up; then down. And then it was up again. Finally, the “no” vote gained momentum and remained on track for victory Wednesday morning. The effort to repeal Senate Bill 21, the oil and gas tax policy passed by the Legislature last […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Quick guide to primary election legislative races

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 18, 22:21

    Senate races overview: 13 seats up for election Three incumbents are uncontested: Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Midtown, Dist. I Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, Dist. S Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, Dist T. (Northwest Arctic and North Slope) Only one seat in which there’s a contest in the GOP primary, Senate Dist. F Senate Dist. F spans Chugiak to […]