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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

  • State

    Lawmakers prepare to take on President Obama

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 29, 10:09

    State lawmakers are gearing up for a fight against the president of the United States. Rep. Ben Nageak of Barrow introduced House Joint Resolution 10 to formally protest the Obama administration’s actions this week to put the brakes on Arctic development. On Sunday, the president proposed designating an additional 12 million acres in the Arctic […]

  • State

    Governor, Legislature present united front against Obama on Arctic drilling

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 28, 0:05

    Lawmakers said President Barack Obama’s offshore drilling news was like putting salt on an open wound. Over the weekend, the president announced he was taking steps to limit drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. On Tuesday, he said he would restrict offshore development in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Although it doesn’t affect any […]

  • State

    Gov. Walker: Not easy to be the messenger

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 24, 12:04

    Gov. Bill Walker said, for the first time in a long time, he had a good night’s sleep after he delivered his State of the Budget address on Thursday. He said it felt good to get the job done. “It was a critical message to get out to Alaskans,” said Walker. The governor said the […]

  • State

    Governor’s State of the Budget address calls for both short-term and long-term cuts

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 23, 6:58

    It was a tough speech to feel good about, given that Gov. Bill Walker announced plans to chop more than a half a billion dollars in state spending this coming fiscal year, with deeper cuts down the road. But lawmakers, especially those in the Republican majority, have been hungry for more specifics. And they seemed […]

  • State

    Governor gives broad overview in State of the State

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 22, 10:53

    Gov. Bill Walker’s first speech to the Legislature Wednesday was low key, a blend of his personal history and Alaska’s story. Democrats said it was a good overview. Republicans said it was short on details. But most lawmakers, when asked what grade they would give the speech, rated it a “B.” They said they liked […]

  • State

    Day 1: Legislature convenes with mixed emotions

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 20, 21:54

    Normally, the first day of the legislative session is reserved for pomp and circumstance, overflowing with hugs, smiles and goodwill. And there was plenty of that at the State Capitol on Tuesday as the 29th Legislature convened. But just as the petals on the yellow-rose boutonnieres lawmakers wore on opening day will quickly fade, there […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska lawmakers gear up for start of legislative session

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 19, 21:48

    One veteran lawmaker summed up the new session in one word: uncertainty. From plunging oil prices to an unprecedented $3.5 billion budget gap to a new governor, state lawmakers face a number of challenges when they gavel-in Tuesday afternoon. The biggest question: How well will everyone work together to solve the state’s budget crisis? It’s been […]

  • Alaska

    Lawmakers react to Walker’s gasline corporation shake-up

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 08, 8:02

    Republican majority leaders in the Legislature weren’t happy with Gov. Bill Walker’s decision to dismiss three board members from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. They say it may jeopardize efforts to build a gasline project. The board members all had ties to the oil industry and were all appointees of the previous governor, Sean Parnell: former […]

  • State

    Walker removes 3 AGDC members in effort for transparency

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 06, 23:09

    Gov. Bill Walker has removed three board members from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. Walker’s office announced the changes in a late-night press release on Tuesday. The administration calls it a “major paradigm shift” in the state’s business dealings over natural gas. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is an independent state corporation tasked with developing […]

  • National

    Sullivan settles into new role as Alaska’s US senator

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 06, 21:26

    Dan Sullivan said he was pleased to wake up to a fresh blanket of snow in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday – appropriate for the swearing-in of Alaska’s newest senator. He was also glad to see Alaskans turn out in force for the festivities, including the governor, the first lady and a number of state lawmakers. […]

  • Alaska

    In Alaska, budget crisis renews fight for education spending

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 06, 7:41

    Lawmakers aren’t the only ones strategizing for the upcoming session. Leaders from a group called Great Alaska Schools are meeting regularly to renew their fight for education. As of December, the group was about 2,700 members strong. It’s made up of parents from around the state, who joined forces last session to push for increases […]

  • News

    Post National Guard scandal, McHugh Pierre accepts Senate Majority job

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 05, 22:57

    Last September, Gov. Sean Parnell asked McHugh Pierre to resign from his job as Deputy Commissioner of Military and Veterans Affairs. But this week Pierre was offered a four-month contract working for the Senate Republican Majority as a communications strategist. Pierre’s resignation followed that of another prominent military official who Parnell also asked to step […]

  • News

    In rural Alaska, gas prices sit above $6 a gallon

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 02, 22:33

    The price of unleaded gasoline at Garrett’s Tesoro in Anchorage went down by a nickel on Friday afternoon. The owner of the station, Nelson Garrett, says it’s dropped $1.30 — currently at $2.89 — since July 4th, which has made his customers very happy. And some gas stations are a few cents cheaper. “It’s like […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska Native New Year’s celebration held in Anchorage

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 02, 7:36

    Although it’s a tradition almost two decades old in Anchorage, it’s simply called “The New Year’s Party,” held on the first afternoon of the year. David Chanar, who is a Yup’ik from Toksook Bay, and his wife, Pearl, an Athabascan from Minto, started this annual gathering in 1996 because they missed the warmth and intimacy […]

  • Politics

    The year 2014: The beginning of pot politics in Alaska

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 31, 22:58

    In 2015, one prediction political pundits are making is that the legalization of marijuana will dominate the headlines. KTVA 11′s Rhonda McBride interviewed Michael Carey, an Alaska Dispatch News columnist and veteran political observer, about the politics of pot. Below is a transcript of the interview, which has been edited for length. Rhonda McBride: When […]

  • Politics

    The year 2014: The Super Bowl of Alaska politics

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 31, 20:58

    It’s often said that politics is Alaska’s favorite sport, and the 2014 campaign season didn’t disappoint. There were high stakes battles with record campaign spending, Hail Mary strategies and big upsets in the races for U.S. Senate and Alaska’s governor. KTVA 11′s Rhonda McBride talked with Michael Carey, a columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News […]

  • Alaska

    Fukushima radiation detected in Canadian waters but not Alaska

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 31, 6:58

    News that Canadian scientists have detected radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster off the coast of British Columbia has Alaskans wondering what they can expect. State veterinarian Dr. Bob Gerlach, who holds the position within the Alaska Department of Environment Conservation, has been part of a team in Alaska tracking Fukushima radiation. As part of […]

  • Alaska

    Walker’s spending halt order on 6 megaprojects draws mixed reaction

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 30, 1:01

    Gov. Bill Walker’s administrative order to halt spending on six megaprojects was issued on Friday. The announcement was made public on Saturday. Two of the projects would develop energy for Alaskans: Susitna-Watana Dam: The $5.2-billion project would build a dam near Talkneeta, more than 700 feet high, to supply electricity to the Railbelt. Alaska Stand […]

  • Crime

    Donated goods stolen from ARC of Anchorage on Christmas Eve

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 24, 19:12

    The ARC of Anchorage seems to exude the spirit of Christmas — tucked away off Northern Lights in East Anchorage, surrounded by snow-covered stands of spruce – you’re more likely to encounter a cross-country skier instead of a drive-by thief. But this year’s season of giving has turned into one of taking. Instead of waiting […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    2014 could be one of Anchorage’s warmest years on record

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 23, 7:10

    After a slight dusting of snow over the weekend in Anchorage, Kincaid Park was a hectic place on Monday. Fresh snow and mild weather drew out the cross-country skiers, people riding bikes with big fat tires and sledders like Chris Vaught, who took off from work to enjoy the day with his daughter. “I don’t […]