Alaska News Roundup for April 21

  • Katie Moritz with the Juneau Empire eloquently explains the many ways in which Alaska can resolve its fiscal issues and also why Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) is quickly becoming the most powerful legislator in Juneau.
  • Politico explains how the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has gone from being a scary regulatory entity with teeth to a paper tiger within the ten years since its inception despite the growing number of pipeline related incidents.Pipeline


  • Nathaniel Herz with the Dispatch gives an overview of the Legislature’s first day of special session. The gist of the day was mostly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
  • IEP is close to becoming law. The Fairbanks News Miner reports on where it currently stands and what hurdles it will have to jump to win the prize of landing on Gov. Bill Walker’s desk.
  • Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, showed he has a pair of large brass ones that would rival Vladimir Putin when he not only landed on Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, but also proceeded to tweet pictures of himself and his entourage. The Washington Post proceeds to describe this as a “diplomatic incident” between Norway and Russia.   Are there more chilling words than from this tweet for northern latitude nations?Brass Ones


  • During Sunday’s Legislationorama, AK’s Department of Revenue’s commissioner was confirmed with some serious professional shade throwing by Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Anchorage) regarding a poor state investment decision. The Dispatch’s Dermot Cole has Commissioner Hoffbeck’s side of the incident discussed/debated on the chamber floor.
  • Big Lake is wicked close to finding out if they will get to vote on whether they will or will not become the Valley’s fourth city. The Frontiersman explains both sides of the issue, most involving mill rates while announcing that Houston’s annexation has been approved.Houston:Big Lake


  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski continued drumbeat on the importance of lifting the ban on crude-oil exports is the focus of an article in Bloomberg.
  • Smoking pot in Fairbanks now comes with the added risk of being slapped with disturbing the peace, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • The New York Times has discovered a disturbing fact hidden deep within the 2010 census: areas with large African American populations have the smallest representations of African American men. Alaska once again bucks a U.S. truism as one of the few states where prime-aged black men living in households actually outnumber black women.Black Men


  • The Frontiersman explains how a Mat-Su Valley golf course manager saved salmon and earned a spot as a “King Maker”.
  • Kodiak Island Borough’s Manager, Charles “Bud” Cassidy, announced that he would be retiring in 2016.
  • Get out your party hats because the Humpback Whale just might be removed from the endangered species list after NOAA reviewed its five-year study on the whale’s worldwide population. APRN further explains this potential decision.
  • In other Sen. Lisa Murkowski news, she tweeted a photo of her meeting with Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin at the beginning of CERA Week.Murkowski

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