News & Announcements

Press Releases for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Arctic Security Should be National Priority

April 16, 2014, Fairbanks, AK – Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell delivered the keynote address yesterday at the Arctic Collaborative Workshop in Fairbanks. Full Story »

Obama’s Policies a Threat to Aleutian Islands

March 7, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Speaking today to the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC), Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell said President Obama’s delay on approving the Keystone Pipeline could ultimately threaten Alaska’s Aleutian Islands with greater oil spill risk. Full Story »

Resolution on Alaska’s 150th Anniversary

February 26, 2014, Juneau, AK – Alaska will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Alaska Purchase in 2017. Full Story »

Marijuana, Minimum Wage Initiatives Certified

February 26, 2014, Juneau, AK – Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell announced the certification of the citizen initiatives 13PSUM, “An Act to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana”; and 13MINW, “An Act increasing the Alaska minimum wage to $8.75 per hour effective January 1, 2015, $9.75 per hour effective January 1, 2016, and thereafter adjusted annually for inflation.” Full Story »

Treadwell Condolences for Gov. Stepovich

February 14, 2014, Anchorage, AK - Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell expressed condolences to the family of Territorial Governor Mike Stepovich, aged 94, who passed away in San Diego, California today. Full Story »

Treadwell Says Obama Arctic Plan Falls Short

February 10, 2014, Houston, TX – Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell today told a gathering of oil and gas experts at an Arctic technology conference that President Obama's recently released implementation plan for the nation’s Arctic strategy misses the mark. Full Story »

Treadwell Rejects Gill Net Initiative

January 6, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell today rejected an initiative to prohibit shore gill nets and set nets in nonsubsistence areas of the state. Lt. Gov. Treadwell took action on the advice of the Department of Law, whose 12-page opinion called the proposed measure (13PCAF) a prohibited appropriation under Article XI, Section 7 of the Alaska Constitution. Full Story »

Treadwell Welcomes UAV Decision

December 30, 2013, Anchorage, AK - Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell welcomed the announcement today that the Federal Aviation Administration chose Alaska as one of six states to be a test bed to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles or remotely piloted aircraft into civil airspace. The winning Alaska proposal includes use of ranges and resources in Oregon and Hawaii. Full Story »

Treadwell Certifies Bristol Bay Initiative

December 23, 2013, Anchorage, AK – Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell today certified the citizen initiative 12BBAY, “An Act providing for Protection of Bristol Bay Wild Salmon and Waters Within or Flowing Into the Existing 1972 Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve.” The Division of Elections completed its review of signatures and determined they meet constitutional and statutory requirements for initiative petitions. Treadwell notified the primary sponsor of the petition, John Holman of King Salmon, AK, the Senate President, and the Speaker of the House. Full Story »

Tschudi Shipping Explores AK Port Possibility

November 12, 2013, Anchorage, AK - Tschudi Shipping Co., one of the oldest shipping firms in Norway, will begin exploring the possibility of establishing a transshipment port in western Alaska, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell said today. Full Story »

Treadwell, Cowper, Hensley Remember Flight

November 1, 2013, Anchorage, AK - Twenty-five years ago, the “Ice Curtain” that separated the Cold War Soviet Union and Alaska thawed. Full Story »

Lt Gov Calls for More Native Place Names

October 23, 2013, Fairbanks, AK - Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell asked Alaska Native Elders and Youth in Fairbanks today to help get more original and traditional Native place names on the map as part of Alaska Native language revitalization efforts. Full Story »