Alaska News Roundup for April 15

  • Love is in the air as California is finally gettin’ some, some of Alaska’s water that is. Yereth Rosen with the Dispatch explains that Sitka will be the source of bulk water being sold to the parched Golden State. Word is the water pipeline ala former Wally Hickel’s futuristic vision is still unrealistic, but as this resource grows in value…who knows.


  • APRN reports that the updated uniform code of military justice for the Alaska National Guard will have to wait until next session to see its passage. Until then, it will be tweaked during the Interim into a better bill.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wrote an op-ed in Foreign Policy Magazine to explain their case as to why the U.S. should lift its 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports.
  • Medicaid expansion s the word of the week down in Juneau. Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott are hosting the first of several rallies today in support of health care expansion.   The Peninsula Clarion explains what medical administrators foresee if it is enacted.Medicaid


  • The AP has the latest development of conservation groups raising opposition on Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s controversial bill that would transfer federal lands (national parks in many cases) to state control.
  • Somebody didn’t do their homework down in Juneau regarding the Agrium subsidy (HB100). Dermot Cole expounds on the litany of hurdles HB100 went through before someone realized that, oopsie, nobody addressed/read/explained/testified about the 2014 AIDEA loan details before moving ahead with bill advancement! The scapegoat staffer’s office will be flooded with job applications in 3…2…1…Now!
  • Alaska education funding is still ¯\_()_/¯, per the Juneau Empire.
  • KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes has the details of the spirited debate and eventual passage of the establishment of marijuana regulations within the AB Board. As always, Fairbanks Daily News Miner’s Matt Buxton’s twitter feed is another source for the as-it-happens fun and games.Vote Count


  • While many people around Alaska are cheering a success at keeping the F-16 squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, KTOO reports that it simply isn’t good enough for  Rep. Don Young who want to increase the celebrations to include permanent housing of the F-35s, which will happen in 2016.
  • Alaska gets some kudos from an op-ed in The Hill for being one of only sixteen states that have some form of law that restricts Revenge Porn.
  • Alaska Robotics has humorously summed up the status of the state’s budget.Budget Status


  • The Washington, D.C. conservative think tank, Heritage Action, has just announced that they will be following each of the presidential candidates to evaluate them for their Presidential Platform Index (scorecard by any other name) that will be released in September. Politico explains the six categories and where current candidates stand.
  • The Senate Affairs Committee talked salmon with the Board of Fisheries nominees. The Peninsula Clarion reports that Sen. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak) was particularly interested in their testimony.
  • A contentious Anchorage Assembly meeting came to a head last night with a vote to formally protest the liquor license renewal of Spirits of Anchorage. The Dispatch reports that the package store’s liquor license is under review by the ABC Board.
  • American Progress reports on the current status of legislation regarding fossil fuels with graphs (!) and several mentions of Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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  • The Fairbanks News Miner explains the current status of the hotly anticipated Interior Energy bill.
  • Cold Bay School will be closing its doors due to state budget cuts to education funding and a decline in enrollment. KUCB reports that this move has shaken many locals as the school is considered to be the lifeblood of the community.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan will be appearing at Anchorage Mayoral candidate Amy Demboski’s fundraiser this Friday.Sullivan Showing


  • Another one bites the dust! The Dispatch’s Nat Herz expounds upon the sudden withdrawal of the ever-earnest Esther Cox from the reappointment of the Alaska Education Board.
  • The House has unanimously joined our Washington delegation in urging the Canadian government to reopen the Hyder, AK/Stewart, BC border crossing as a 24 hour manned point. The Juneau Empire was on hand to give color to this vote.
  • Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) tweeted this cryptic message.Kawasaki tweet



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