Alaska News Roundup for November 23

  • North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower’s days in office are quickly getting a tick-tock sound as Barrow residents have officially started a recall petition. The Arctic Sounder reports that the group is not backing ANYONE and just wants Brower gone.
  • The Peninsula Clarion reports that the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, and Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague bribed offered the Board of Fisheries $60,000 in service savings if they kept their Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting on the Peninsula until 2017 instead of moving to Anchorage.   City managers and mayors of the Kenai Borough, Homer, Seldovia, Soldotna, and Seward are also supportive of this financial incentive.
  • The National Journal explains the latest (and currently unpublished) Pew Research Center’s poll on the makeup of religious Americans and found something VERY interesting: white Christians are no longer the majority! In fact, as you look at the results by generation…more and more consider themselves unaffiliated. This will become increasingly interesting in future election cycles stump speeches and the shifting dynamic of religion in daily life.
  • In a move that has shocked, horrified, elated, and bemused MANY of my little birds…(drum roll please) the State Pot Board has taken a step toward allowing Amsterdam style pot cafés within the state!!! As APRN’s Zachariah Hughes explains, this would be a first for the entire country.

  • Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan authorized severance pay for his Chief of Staff Larry Baker ($4,673) and Director Nancy Usera ($5,018). Neither should have expected this since Sullivan was term-limited out of office, per the Dispatch.
  • Our nation’s capital has been beautified for the holidays with one of Alaska’s famed spruces and our senators couldn’t be prouder.Christmas Tree


  • Former state Albert Kookesh (D-Angoon) can now rest easy as the Alaska Supreme Court threw out charges that he and two others overharvested salmon back in 2009.   The Juneau Empire reveals the court’s reasons for the dismissal of charges and the backstory of the case.
  • The Nome Nugget was on hand during an intense performance called “Assimilation” that flipped the roles of power of Alaska’s past boarding schools where natives were the dominate cultural wielders. One of my little birds reports that this performance has stirred up a lot of emotions and memories within the city and many are finally discussing this once taboo topic.
  • Thanksgiving might be Thursday, but that hasn’t stopped Wired from cobbling together a “20 Awesome Gifts for Around $20” list with one particular gift that is sure to find itself under Special Assistant to Jim Whitaker (and resident Lego aficionado) Ty Keltner’s Christmas tree.
  • The 2016 GOP might be scouring the country to win over delegates before the mega “Super Tuesday” later in March…but the Washington Post confirms the lack of love Alaska is receiving due to the “remote” locale. Didn’t stop Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) though.
  • Seward’s fishing community is not amused by last week’s FDA approval of frankenfish and the Seward City News explains why.



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