Alaska News Roundup for March 2

  • This week in Congress they will be focusing on DHS funding, Keystone XL pipeline, Loretta Lynch’s Attorney General nomination and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday.
  • Alaska’s unseasonably warm winter has thrown another kink into the Iditarod starting point. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that for the starting point has once again been moved farther north due to safety concerns of crossing the Chena River. Things aren’t looking much better farther north at Farley’s Camp as evidence by this picture in the Nome Nugget:

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  • Hilcorp’s president told Matt Buxton with the Fairbanks News Miner that not only is he untroubled by the state’s intention to purchase Fairbanks Natural Gas, but he isn’t losing any sleep over the issue either.
  • Pat Forgey with the Dispatch has the latest on the Permanent Fund investment managers.

  • KTVA was on hand when Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan asked the Anchorage Assembly for an additional $8.3 million on top of the $30 million already received to get SAP (the software program to automate many of the municipality’s duties) up and running. The public hearing on this additional ask is scheduled for March 27.
  • The Washington Post put the last nine CPAC straw polls into a graph (!) and it is marvelous.

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  • NBC News reports that when it comes to innovative use of resources, Alaska is where it’s at, particularly when it comes to drones.
  • Today’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Arizona’s congressional redistricting case could potentially affect the way Alaska is allowed to determine new district lines. The Washington Post has background and how the ripple affect of this decision will determine future elections.
  • Politico wasn’t the only one getting to hear Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) tax reform plan at the Club for Growth donor meeting before his official presser later this week. Also in the audience: Sen. Dan Sullivan.
  • The U.S. Senate is showing their tenacity by continuing their fight over Keystone XL pipeline by planning to whip up enough votes to override Pres. Obama’s veto. The Hill expects this to happen Wednesday of this week.
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries has opted to keep the status quo on Herring and Black Cod pots.
  • The saga surrounding the Ketchikan lawsuit on the unconstitutionality of designated municipal education contribution has reached the superior court of Alaska where KRBD reports that Judge William Carey denied a motion by the state for a stay. Ouchie.
  • Pebble Mine was cited by Gogebic Taconite as one of the reasons for dropping their northern Wisconsin mining project, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
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