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Alaska News Roundup for December 22

  • Mat-Su legislators have looked over Gov. Bill Walker’s budget plans and are sharpening their scalpels now that as Rep. Wes Keller (R-Wasilla) put it, “ The easy cuts have already been made.” The Frontiersman has the details on what exactly this power block has in mind for the upcoming legislative season (hint: income taxes aren’t likely).
  • In sad trombone news, APRN broke the news that the Fairbanks News Miner AND the Kodiak Daily Mirror have been sold to a non-profit foundation. Gone will be the razor sharp criticisms that have become part of the News Miner’s charm. Oh, and they won’t be able to endorse candidates, while gleefully explaining why the other candidate isn’t cool…for more “balanced” reporting.
  • The Dispatch confirms the whispers and rumors; O&G jobs are up for a 7th straight month, though Alaska overall unemployment hasn’t changed since September.
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Alaska News Roundup for August 19

  • The latest Borough Assembly Report by one Sue McClure is HERE! It is complete with news on Mayor Navarre’s official trip to Japan, upcoming public hearings, ballot proposition summaries for the Oct. 6 election and so much more.
  • One of my little birds took umbrage at yesterday’s Roundup by pointing out that Sen. Dan Sullivan “is following in [former Sen. Mark] Begich’s footsteps” regarding the move to rename Mt. McKinley à Denali. Fair enough.

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    Image credit of CQRC Engage

  • Medicaid Expansion appears to have the stuff to become Gov. Bill Walker’s legacy issue. After the joint state senate/house’s decision to sue the governor over the legality of his decision, there was a flurry of press releases each making it quite clear where the battle lines are currently drawn: Senate Minority via Sen. Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage); House Minority via Rep. Sam Kito (D-Juneau), Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage), Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage); House Majority via Rep. Lynn Gattis (R-Wasilla), Rep. Dan Saddler (R-Eagle River), Rep. Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage), Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole).

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Alaska News Roundup for August 10

  • TransCanada might be using NAFTA to sue the US Government over their expected decision to nix the Keystone XL Pipeline, per The Hill.
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins understands the importance of a properly protected cyber infrastructure in this age of daily black hat hacking and is asking the Borough Assembly for $50,000 to audit the systems for vulnerabilities. Hooray to a forward thinking, proactive mayor!
  • The backlash over Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote on Planned Parenthood continues with an impassioned op-ed by City and Borough of Juneau Assemblyperson Kate Troll in the Juneau Empire.
  • Buccaneer Energy’s loss is Aurora Gas’ gain in their acquisition of West Eagle’s drilling lease for $69,760, per the Homer Tribune.
  • Congrats to City Clerk Tom Moran on being selected by the Nome Common Council to be their city’s new City Manager.

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    Photo Credit of Knom

  • The Mat-Su Borough got their knuckles wrapped by the Alaska DEC for sloppy paperwork on the Talkeetna wastewater treatment plant. The Frontiersman explain that there was not only unfiled but MISSING paperwork following a less than satisfactory inspection last May.
  • Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) confirmed to the Ketchikan Daily News, many Alaskans’ fears: Special Session 3.0 is highly likely.
  • Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) utilized a rare legislative power to subpoena the video of an inmate’s last few days while in an Anchorage solitary confinement cell before his suspicious death of what some consider prisoner abuse. The Dispatch reports that Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage) rescinded the subpoena after initially first approving it.
  • The New York Times reports that the US Treasury will be selling Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority power revenue refinancing bonds for $66 million and the Anchorage Convention Center revenue refinancing bonds for $90 million this week.
  • The Dispatch’s Dermot Cole continues the steady drumbeat for civility and against political grandstanding when Pres. Obama returns to Alaska.
  • The Juneau Empire reveals its sadness in the lack of new political faces in the two City and Borough of Juneau Assembly races. Only incumbents Loren Jones and Jerry Nankervis have filed so far for the seats.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan came out against Russia’s North Pole land grab during an interview with Fox News.
  • Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott explained to KCAW that in order for the federal government to intervene with the growing transboundary mining problem, individual voices needed to come unite into unified action.
  • Alaskan Vets, meet the new (interim) head of AK VA Health Care System: Linda Boyle. The Dispatch has her credentials.

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    Photo Credit of the Dispatch

  • APRN recounts another example of state budget cuts’ real affect on Alaska with a story on the potential closure of Petersburg Borough’s regional D.A. office.
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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.

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Alaska News Roundup for July 7

  • Ketchikan was graced with a visit from Gero, Japan’s Mayor Makoto Nomura.

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    Photo Credit of Seniors’ World Chronicle 

  • Hilcorp Energy just added some assets to their portfolio in their acquisition of two XTO Energy offshore oil platforms located in Cook Inlet AND a tank facility AND Nikiski office space (my little birds tell me that of the three, the office space might be the most valuable). No fears for the employees of these locations, Fuel Fix explains that Hilcorp will be offering all of them their jobs. Think same operations, just with a new doormat and lock.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s energy legislation package must be making waves because E&E reports that Senate Democrats are using the excitement over last month’s clean energy letter as the foundation for their own version of broad-spectrum energy law updates.
  • The Hill has the first round of freak-out over the Hacking Team data dump that revealed long standing contracts between the FBI, DEA, and DOD’s and the company many are now calling, “The Merchant of Death”.

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