Alaska News Roundup for March 25

  • This might not be the best FB picture to have up when mired in a controversy involving bribing elected officials.Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 7.57.54 PM


  • In more Dan Coffey news, Devin Kelly with the Dispatch explains why the order by Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi for the city to search their records and turn over emails, letters or documents relating to the onerous AO37 could have negative repercussions on mayoral candidate Dan Coffey.
  • Becky Bohrer with the AP interviewed Gov. Bill Walker on his legislative must-haves: Medicaid expansion and Interior energy.
  • Rep. Don Young and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) are leading the charge to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug (i.e. ability to use for medical reasons). CBS News explains that this simple reclassification would give states more wiggle room to determine their own regulations, medical marijuana dispensaries banking access, allow scientists the ability to really study cannabis without fear of prison and VA doctors to prescribe pot to their patients.
  • The salvo heard across the state yesterday was launched from the House chambers when the majority voted to keep the LNG pipeline project as is-basically thumbing their nose at Bill Walker’s veto threat. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez caught the grandstanding in prose.Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 9.17.23 AM


  • The security breach on Premera Blue Cross has started a multistate investigation by the federal Insurance Commissioner and his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon, according to the New York Times.
  • Former Albert “warmest smile with the coldest eyes” Kookesh is continuing the fight against subsistence violations all the way to the State Supreme Court. KCAW has the titillating backstory and what is expected to happen.
  • The public was invited to testify on rate increases on hunting and fishing licenses last night and by the looks of this Tweeted photo…Fairbanks did just that.Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 9.06.37 AM


  • The Dispatch reports that the Anchorage Assembly has added sixty-four teachers to the 2015-2016-education budget.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner reports that the City of Fairbanks website was hacked, though no security breach of any information or payment process occurred. Gold star Ryan Rickels!
  • The Dispatch covered the Samoan Community’s Anchorage mayoral candidate forum. Dan Coffey and Dustin Darden were no-shows.
  • KTOO has the update on where Rep. Mike Chenault’s (R-Nikiski) bill to allow Alaska to seize federal lands is in the legislative process.
  • The Washington Post’s Fact Checker is not amused when they are misquoted regarding their Three Pinocchios award the FCC’s reclassification on Net Neutrality.
  • In bad news that just got worse; The Hill reports that ISIS has successfully hacked military websites because the IT departments haven’t been updating their CMS (making them wicked easy to hack) and military members’ penchant to brag allowed for easy authentication of information stolen. The worst part is that the DoD has “no indication of a data breach on the agency’s system”.


  • The Wasilla City Council backpedaled on previously passed ordnances that prohibited baking marijuana edibles in the privacy of one’s home, per the Dispatch.



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