Alaska News Roundup for April 23

  • The Alaska Senate Minority sent out a press release that explains we are now PAYING the oil companies $640 million more than what the state gets in production taxes. What?
  • The Juneau Empire has another awesome scorecard (!) of where important pieces of legislation are in the process now that the legislature is in Limbo Session.infographic


  • ConocoPhillips lowers the anxiety level of many by describing why they are planning to expand their O&G exploration in Alaska with the added bonus that production levels are expected to remain flat through 2017, per the Dispatch.
  • The Juneau Empire has Gov. Bill Walker’s homework list for legislators while they are waiting which includes IEP, child support and Erin’s Law.
  • Pat Forgey with the Dispatch brings up the thorny issue of session per diem ($233 per day) that legislators receive while in session while Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) told the Political Pipeline something that for those anticipating budget cut pink slips like rubbing salt into wounds.Wool


  • 80’s cultural icon Cyndi Lauper urged the U.S. Senate to pass Human Trafficking legislation, per The Hill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan broke ranks with their party and voted not just for its eventual passage, but also for the Leahy amendment!

  • Former Veco boss Bill Allen has apparently gone poof into the ether. The Dispatch reports that the case involving a teen sex victim cannot go forward because her lawyers are unable to locate him. APRN explains how the amendment Dan Sullivan added to the Mann Act would prevent cases like this from happening in the future.
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board member, Michael O’Brien, has an op-ed in today’s Dispatch where he explains how the legislature’s educational budget cuts go beyond budgetary realism and ventures into betrayal and broken trust of the people.
  • Rep. Don Young voted “Yea” on HR1560 to pass an anti-cyberattack bill meant to encourage companies to share hackers’ attack methods with the business industry and the government to help prevent/minimize future cyberattacks.
  • Obama’s Earth Day speech included a national park grant that gave free admission to fourth-graders and their families beginning this fall. The Washington Post crunched the numbers and discovered lots of fun tidbits about the U.S.’s fourth grade centric families and also that this will only cost about $2.3 million in lost revenue. WAPO


  • The scariest army for a modern presidential campaign is not those that live and breathe by their Brooks Brothers (they still have their place), but by their slacker chic. Welcome to the age of the Internet Army. Politico takes a fly on the wall perspective of Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) tech talent.
  • Congratulations to Gregg Olson! He has been tapped to serve as Fairbanks’ new (and dare I say coolest looking) District Attorney starting in June. The Fairbanks News Miner has his credentials.

    Fairbanks DA

    Photo Credit of LinkedIn

  • KCAW has the latest on the City and Borough of Sitka’s planning process surrounding the Harrigan Centennial Hall renovation project
  • The Hill reports that the head of the federal Energy Information Administration was quick to allay fears surrounding the crude oil export ban that Lisa Murkowski has been drumming up recently by extolling the virtues of methodically exploring this decision and its potential implications.
  • Canada’s Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program and Anchorage’s Institute of the North discovered that most residents of the eight circumpolar north countries are more likely to say, “Arctic Council, what’s that?” than, “Arctic Council, what about it?” per the Dispatch.
  • Sitka is on its way to becoming the EV capital of Alaska with roughly six electric cars already on their roads and probably more after the successful presentation of a plug-in car outside the Kettleson Library as part of their Earth Day festivities.


    Photo Credit of the Daily Sitka Sentinel

  • The Fairbanks News Miner has Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly good news/bad news. The good news is that the public swimming pool hours have been reinstated. Bad news is that the fees will be increased by $1.00 for daily admission and $1.50 for access of the showers.
  • KDLG reports that the Chaney brothers from Dillingham won a Spirit of Youth Award for their work on garnering support to protect commercial and subsistence fishing in Bristol Bay.

    Dillingham boys

    Photo Credit of the Fairbanks News Miner

  • Sen. Dan Sullivan wrote an op-ed in the Juneau Empire to explain his reasons for signing the infamous Iran Letter.
  • You’re not allowed to partake of a joint while cruising along the Alaska Marine Highway anywhere on a state ferry, per KTOO.
  • Being the sole congressional representative of The Last Frontier does have its perks. The Alaska Pipeline shares the backstory of the picture Rep. Don Young posted on his Facebook page where he is sprouting the biggest fan girl grin while shaking hands with Sex in the City’s Kristen Davis.

    Sex in the City

    Photo Credit of Rep. Don Young’s FB page


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