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Alaska Budget Moves To Senate; Passed House with $200 Million in Cuts

The state capitol building in Juneau in May 2003. Photo: Kenneth John Gill, Wikimedia Commons.

On Thursday, the Alaska House passed their version of the state budget, with $200 million in reductions. Though representatives didn’t adhere to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposals, they did make cuts to Medicaid, the School Bond Debt Reimbursement Program, and the state ferry service.

Preliminary Testing Continues for ‘Critical Mineral’ at Graphite Creek

Core samples taken from Graphite One's summer 2012 exploration program. Photo: Graphite One Resources.

Testing will continue this summer in the Kigluaik Mountains, outside of Teller, at a site considered to be the largest graphite deposit in the country. The CEO of Graphite One wants the company to become the main supplier to the U.S. of coated spherical graphite (CSG) through the proposed Graphite Creek mining project.