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DD Valkyrie is a creator and founder of Alaska Geeky Mamas, a Facebook community that provides outreach and support to Alaskan women in crisis.

"We now have women in the group from all over. We support women through abusive relationships, divorce, grief and loss, all stages of life, whether they're mothers or not mothers. We're trans-inclusive, we're extremely diverse."

The group refers to itself as the #squidsquad.

 

Eight-nation Arctic Council meets in Anchorage

By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

The Alaska House and Senate have reached a deal on the state’s operating budget. For weeks, the two bodies have been at an impasse over whether to fund cost-of-living raises for public employees. House Democrats argued that the state should not go back on its contract with state workers, while Senate Republicans held that it was inappropriate to grant them a pay increase when the state faces a multi-billion-dollar deficit. The House Republican majority acted as a go between.

Legislators hear another perspective as they consider a proposal by Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to low-income Alaskans Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it.

 

Christie Herrera, with the Foundation for Government Accountability, spoke to problems that she said some states have experienced. Herrera spoke during an informal "lunch and learn," sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy.

 

Former military affairs official McHugh Pierre to handle Republican Senate Majority media strategy after being fired by Gov. Sean Parnell

By Alexandra Guttierrez, APRN

A recently ousted military affairs official has been hired by the Alaska Senate Majority to guide their media strategy.

Special investigator to be hired to look into claims of misconduct in Alaska National Guard

Emails describe chaplain's concerns, fears about Alaska National Guard leadership

The Department of Law has begun releasing records about the Governor's Office's response to complaints in 2010 about sexual assault and other misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. Their search turned up more than 10,000 records that require legal review. But the first batch to be released is made up of just a few personal e-mails to and from Gov. Sean Parnell's chief of staff Mike Nizich.

"Scathing" report leads to Alaska National Guard firings

Three leaders of the Alaska National Guard have been fired from their positions. The removal of Brig. Generals Catherine Jorgensen and Donald Wenke, and Col. Edith Grunwald was announced Monday night. Gov. Sean Parnell says the firings are related to the results of an investigation by the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations, which were  released in September. The report described cronyism, fraud, and the mishandling of sexual assault cases.

Same-sex marriage legal again in Alaska.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied the state a stay that would have halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the 9th Circuit Court heard the state's appeal early next year.  The Alaska District Court overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban on Sept. 12. Couples began applying for licenses on a week ago Monday and three couples were allowed to wed immediately.

10/16/14 - Gay marriage in Alaska temporarily halted

Oct 15, 2014

Repeal of Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage now goes to U.S. Supreme Court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska. The federal appeals court in San Francisco issued the stay late Wednesday, giving the state of Alaska until Friday to get a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Otherwise the federal court action dissolves at 11 a.m. Friday, when gay marriages in Alaska will be allowed to go forward.

Governor Parnell denies slow response to reports of Alaska National Guard wrongdoing 

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