Alaska News Roundup for November 26

  • Happy Thanksgiving! When things just aren’t coming out the way it looks in the cookbook, Some Life has compiled baking fails to remind you that you’re not


  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the federal court’s who’s job it is to ensure that the NSA works within the law) has just gotten five new lawyers to serve as special standing advisers. To whit privacy advocates and the American public responded with:CheeringCrowd

  • Kenai Peninsula area residents should be sending a special thank you to their elected officials (cough Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) and Rep. Kurt Olsen (R-Soldotna) cough, cough) for adding pressure on Conoco Phillips to keep exporting liquid LNG for an additional two years out of the Kenai facility.
  • The Alaska Pot Board held a surprise meeting to tighten the restrictions on Outside investments (Big Pot) in Alaska’s burgeoning commercial cannabis industry. The Juneau Empire has the details.
  • Put this firmly in Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot’s win column: Alaska and British Columbia have struck an agreement to formally work together on trans boundary projects that will affect both parties. While the Fairbanks News Miner points out that it isn’t a legally binding contract, it is nevertheless better than nothing and a step in the right direction.
  • There is a lot of chatter running around about the alleged intent of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough to annex it. The Ketchikan Daily News points out that this would Prince William Island not be the first attempt by the borough if the rumors are indeed true.
  • The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that Bush Planes, LLC broke state campaign finance laws when it flew two Lake and Peninsula Borough assembly CANDIDATES for free back in 2010. APRN reveals that not only was that a major “No-No,” but it will set back Bush Planes owner and anti-Pebble Mine advocate Bob Gillam $25,000-$55,000+ in APOC fines.NO!


  • Rep. Don Young has signed onto a letter by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KA) with 13 other congressmen urging the Joint Chiefs of Staff to seek further legal advise regarding Pres. Obama’s orders for releasing the Guantanamo Bay detainees, per The Hill.
  • The Kodiak Island Borough is busy figuring out how to construct the new contract between the borough (who owns the building) and Providence Hospital. The current contract is expiring soon and my little bird tells me “fortunately both sides are on good terms and have remained professional throughout the process.”
  • Who knew This Book is so Gay would become such a hot topic in Wasilla? Well, the Frontiersman explains what one local mother found inappropriate about the tome and how its placement in the Wasilla library is quickly making this a politicized issue in the Valley. This is not the first time the Wasilla Public Library has found itself in the hot seat over a book as former Mayor Sarah Palin allegedly, perhaps actually requested: Pastor, I am Gay to be removed from its shelves.Book


  • Alaska DOT is open for bids on the 2.5+ million grade and resurface project for the Sterling Highway. The Peninsula Clarion has further details on the project for interested parties.
  • Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) spoke at the Seward Chamber of Commerce where he explained the current budget issues and future fiscal problems and the results from his 650+ constituent survey that was conducted over the autumn. The Seward City News reports that his main focus was on the price of crude and surprisingly the importance of Alaska maintaining its high credit rating.
  • One of my little birds pointed out that while Monday’s inclusion of Wired’s Christmas list was “nice”, it wasn’t the penultimate Alaskan Christmas gift like the “EDC” Card. Bonus feature (beside the 30+ tool uses this has) is that it is TSA-compliant!Tool


  • In a move that has shocked many Fairbanks political wonks, the City of Fairbanks Communications Director Amber “I can handle any crisis with grace” Courtney has resigned. The Fairbanks News Miner explains that the move is due in part to Chief of Staff Jim Williams resignation and partly due to her husband’s recent retirement. One of my media little birds is horrified at the prospect of losing such a valuable resource.
  • Meet Fairbanks’ North Star Borough Assembly’s newest member: Matt Cooper!Matt Cooper

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