Alaska News Roundup for October 29

  • City of Ward Cove is not to be, as the proponents are no longer pushing to create the newest “city” on Revillagigedo Island.
  • The state Department of Resources is ready for all your love mail public comments on increasing the parking lot near the mouth of the Kasilof River to 315 parking spots with turnaround space, area for 20 port-a-potties and 4 dumpsters, AND a two-way beach access. The Peninsula Clarion has the details.Fishing


  • Forget Antigua with its beautiful sands, mild weather, and favorable banking regulations because if you’re a retiree, then Alaska is where it’s at…at least in tax haven terms so sayeth KTUU and backed by Washington D.C. based business forecasting organization.
  • The eager applicants for Fairbank’s Mayor Karl Kassel’s open Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly seat begin with Shaun Tacke of state pot policy fame and Cynthia Baldwin. The Fairbanks News Miner has their credentials and the process of choosing Kassel’s replacement.
  • The Second Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled that they would not shut down the very same NSA spying on Americans program they had just ruled was illegal but a few short months before. The Hill tries to shake out the logic while working through the confusion.

  • Rep. Lynn Gattis (R-Wasilla) is proposing an increase in required minimum standards for rural schools to continue to receive state funding. To which rural schools responded with:giphy copy 6


  • The Frontiersman has the uncomfortable details of how the Mat-Su Borough Assembly is grappling with the issue of the Veterans’ memorial site that is attached to the for sale visitors’ center since it is also a place where veterans’ ashes have been scattered and for many it is considered a “holy ground.
  • In that’s awesome news: Dutch Harbor is the #2 fish port in the US with a catch of 762 million pounds with a value at $191 million. The #1 spot is the fishing port king of New Bedford, MA with $329 million valued product, per the Washington Post.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski gave the keynote address before a packed Arctic Encounter Symposium event where she wowed them with her charm and knowledge.Murkowski


  • Big Lake is not into incorporation and has once again shook its head at the idea on all three independent ballot questions: Question 1 got 701 no’s of 872 votes which automatically disqualified Questions 2 & 3. For more information, check out the Frontiersman’s break down.
  • The Senate Finance Committee grilled the Walker Administration on the LNG pipeline for so long and with rather pointed questions that Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) felt compelled to say not once but TWICE during the several hour hearing that the line of questioning was not meant to make the officials uncomfortable…even going so far as to compare their treatment to torture. Really.
  • The Hill has their take on how last night’s GOP Primary debate went while Politico has a breathtakingly beautiful photo gallery of behind the scenes including this intimate picture of Carly Fiorina and her husband.Fiorina


  • It’s going to cost Anchorage more to borrow the same amount of money as before with the downgrade of the city’s credit from stable to negative by Standard & Poor’s.
  • TransCanada is ready to see the back of Alaska in evidence of their borderline excitement on selling the Last Frontier back their shares in the LNG project, per the Juneau Empire.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan shared his love for all events Heritage Foundation with this Tweeted photo of a speech he gave at the Heritage Foundation’s Index of US Military Strength.Sullivan


  • Things are probably not very rosy over at 3601 C Street as the media cycle is focusing a lot of their attention on how Shell lost $7.4 billion in the last quarter alone or more precisely earnings fell 70% to 1.8 billion due to a culmination of many bad decisions happening at once: low oil prices, halting Arctic drilling and a mega oil sands project in Canada. Ouchie.

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