Alaska News Roundup for July 30

  • First there was the economic shockwaves of the military personnel drawdown, and then there was the UA systems academic/staff cut. Now the Fairbanks News Miner reports that Shell is going to pink slip 6,500 employees during 2015 alone. Yikes!
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan got (some) praise from one of my little birds on his over eagerness at a recent Indo-American awards ceremony earlier this week. Apparently, he accidentally shook an Indian woman’s hand a bit too much-though no offence was taken.
  • Spotted! Lesil McGuire (apparently looking stunning), Rep. Mike Chenault, Rep. Sam Kito (D-Juneau), Rep. Kurt Olson (R-Soldotna), Rep. Craig Johnson (R-Anchorage), Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Rep. Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage) are all attending the Vail Council of State Governments-West conference. Pictures please!!
  • While the rest of the world is dancing the gig about the US/Iran nuclear accord, Sen. Dan Sullivan and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are not amused, per APRN.


  • Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is looking at ways to streamline their zoning variance request to reduce the time it takes for a property/business to be given the green light, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • When a senator needs help moving their bill, who are they gonna call? Sen. Lisa Murkowski! Just ask Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), per EEPublishing.
  • Kodiak’s innovative use of renewable energy is used as an example by Al-Jazeera America of how creative problem solving can overcome even the most difficult of issues.
  • The Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation just became two members smaller with the resignation of their ED and spokesman due to a potential conflict of interest as they both are members of the state Pot Control Board. The Fairbanks News Miner reveals that the positions will remain empty with Brandon Emmett and Bruce Schulte’s responsibilities being parceled out amongst the other coalition’s members.
  • The Hill reports on the first successful hurdle Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s mondo energy policy reform package has passed with the approval vote by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee after a tumultuous three-day debate.
  • Shell Oil and Greenpeace USA are going back to court! This time the Peninsula Clarion explains is over the recent bridge incident in Oregon that blocked the passage of Shell’s icebreakers return to Alaska.
  • Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) needs a hug! The recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the Tongass National Forest Roadless Rule has left him bereft of humor and full of disappointment.


  • Our Washington delegation needs to play the role as hostesses’ with the mostesses when Pres. Barack Obama visits Alaska, so sayeth Dermot Cole of the Dispatch.
  • Yale University’s Environment 360 has a photo essay on what is “at stake if Pebble Mine moves ahead.”



  • John Stossel has entered the Pebble Mine dispute by writing a widely circulated op-ed against the Natural Resources Defense Council and their relationship with the EPA. Lot’s of shade throwing to be had.
  • Rep. Don Young was listed among examples of white congressmen who have been under investigation that led to nothing while several African American congressmen/women have been found guilty in an article by Politics 365.
  • Donald Trump’s lead over his fellow GOP presidential candidates has gotten the Washington Post to mull over who would make up his presidential cabinet. Secretary of Interior: former Gov. Sarah Palin and Oprah as his VP.
  • Harbor seals are beautiful. Harbor seals are awesome. Harbor seals are major tourism draws. NOAA gets their appeal, but KCAW relays their request for tour boats, cruise ships, individuals stay a minimum of 500 yards away to ensure the mammals survival.




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