December 17, 2004
Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson
Governor Frank H. Murkowski
displays a copy of a proposal from BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon,
delivered to the state Wednesday, to construct a gas pipeline
from the North Slope to southern markets.
Make Proposal To Build Gas Pipeline; Negotiations ongoing with
several other groups - Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced
Thursday that the three major North Slope oil producers have
submitted a unified, joint proposal to Exxon to construct a gas
pipeline from the North Slope to southern markets. While
the details remain confidential by mutual agreement, the governor
said both the state and the producers agreed that Alaskans should
know that the two sides had reached a significant milepost in
the long-sought project. Governor Murkowski said the state
received a proposal from BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon to construct
a gas pipeline from the North Slope to southern markets.
Acknowledging the very significant
employment opportunities that a gasline project would provide
for Alaskans, Murkowski made his announcement during a press
conference at Anchorage's Gambell Job Center, highlighting administration
efforts to prepare Alaskans for good-paying jobs.
"This state has been talking
about marketing Alaska's gas for nearly 50 years. And for the
first time ever, we now have a detailed and specific offer from
a group to actually build the pipeline," Murkowski said.-
Friday - December 17, 2004
TANF program helps Alaskans move from welfare to work; Bonus
award funds to be designated for new employment and family-centered
services. - The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
program in the Department of Health and Social Services, Division
of Public Assistance, continues to excel at helping needy Alaskans
find jobs. At an event today at the Gambell Job Center to help
launch the state's Jobs for Alaska's Future campaign, Health
and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson discussed the
TANF program's success over the past three years.
"The Temporary Assistance
caseload dropped by nine percent from FY03 to FY04, resulting
in $4 million in savings," said Gilbertson. "In recognition
of its performance, the TANF program is receiving its third Federal
TANF High Performance Bonus Award."
This year's bonus award of
more than $3.18 million recognizes improved performance in moving
welfare recipients from public assistance to the workforce. It
is in addition to performance bonuses received for the two previous
years amounting to $6.36 million, for a total of $9.54 million
over three years.
"We're getting Alaskans
back to work," said Gilbertson. "And once they get
back to work, we're giving them the services they need to help
them stay there."- More...
Friday - December 17, 2004