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Alaska News Roundup for June 30

  • Ready the fire extinguisher because when Alaska’s statehood birthday cake will now have 57 candles!

    Cake Suck

    You’ve Come a Long Way Baby! 

  • Juneau’s Gastineau Apartments is turning out to be their city’s version of Dante’s Inferno. The longer this story enfolds, the deeper the pockmark it has become on the municipality. No longer just an eyesore, the Juneau Empire reports that the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is now having to take 8 million in dedicated funds from a different project to put toward the demolition of the apartment complex’s remains because it is looking highly unlikely that the property’s owners will cough up the dough.
  • Rep. Lynn Gattis (R-Wasilla) threw shade at the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. for hosting a golfing tournament during working hours while the state is in a budget crisis. To which the corporation returned her volley with a simple statement to the Dispatch.
  • APRN takeaway from Arctic Geopolitics is not all sunshine and unicorns. You have been warned.
  • The Hill explains why SCOTUS’ ruling on redistricting will likely alter the makeup of 2022’s congressional seats, but APRN reports that it will remain status quo on the federal side…. not so much state side.

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Alaska News Roundup for June 29

  • Tonight’s Wasilla City Council meeting will decided if the 1% sales tax increase becomes permanent and to approve a temporary 2-3% tax to raise the needed $15 million for the new Wasilla Library. The Frontiersman has the details.
  • The GOP is girding their loins, sharpening their quills and readying their rhetoric for the regulation battles ahead. The Hill reports that dietary guidelines, the carbon pollution reductions, E-cigarette oversight, calorie count menu labeling requirements, and union election laws will be getting extra attention in the coming weeks.
  • Gov. Bill Walker signed two of Rep. Cathy Munoz’s (R-Juneau) bills into law over the weekend. The first incentivizes affordable housing through municipal tax exemptions. The second creates the first new tax in well over a decade. HB158 creates a 1% per gallon tax that will go toward funding the Hazardous Substances Prevention and Response Fund.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan was spotted at a recent Indo-American Community Services meet & greet. According to my little bird, he was all smiles, but was still mastering the art of working the room while his more senior congressional colleagues demonstrated “how it’s done”.
  • Budget cuts hit the Alaska Marine Highway hard with 3 of the 11 strong fleet being docked for the majority of 2016. APRN reports that several Southeast communities won’t have ferry access for about a month with more cuts on the horizon.

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Alaska News Roundup for June 26

  • Why yes, the Soldotna City Council will accept the $250,000 FAA grant and the matching $8,300 grants from the state and city to begin phase II of the airport master plan project, per the Peninsula Clarion.
  • Arctic Slope Regional Corp., NANA Regional Corp. and Bering Straits Native Corp., just got extra bonafide by forming a mondo alliance for Arctic development (and one heck of a political block). The Dispatch has the details on this new development.
  • Running of the SCOTUS interns is a long and hallowed tradition of relaying information from the justices to reporters. Wired examines why SCOTUS rulings first come on paper and not via-pick your 21st or even 20th century technology-a faster non-sprinting intern manner.YouTube Preview Image

 

  • FERC is not happy with Homer Electric Association’s shoddy filings and missing necessary information. HEA has four months to correct and address all comments or FERC will drop its proverbial hammer. Winter is coming.

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