Alaska News Roundup for April 28

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  • Sparks flew yesterday at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s lunchtime debate between Anchorage mayoral candidates Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Dembowski. The Dispatch’s Devin Kelly captured the fireworks, the shade throwing and the grandstanding.
  • APRN explains BOEM’s coffee spitting worthy 75% likelihood of one or more large Arctic oil spills in their Chukchi Sea impact report. Turns out it is not quite as dire as initially thought, but oil spill possibilities are never greeted with confetti and smiles.

  • Oceana and the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School teamed up to petition the SEC to investigate Shell’s Arctic regulatory filings from their Arctic offshore drilling, per the New York Times.
  • The Bristol Bay Times discovered that the Pebble Limited Partnership will be auctioning off equipment, though the Pebble spokesman was quick to point out that the items up for grabs are strictly surplus and are being sold due to depreciating values.
  • Seeking Alpha explains why lifting the 40+-year-old export ban on crude oil (that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been loudly touting) will directly help Pioneer Natural Resources. This chart helps visualize their argument.Pioneer Chart

 

  • Congratulations to the Juneau Empire, KTOO, KCAW and more of the Southeast Band of News Warriors that swooped in and took home so many honors at the Alaska Press Club ceremony! The Juneau Empire has a humblebrag listing of the recipients.
  • A local Anchorage doctor write an op-ed in the Dispatch reflecting many opinions within the community about Mayor Dan Sullivan’s proposal to spend $22,000 per person for eight innerbriates to be treated at a Seattle treatment facility.
  • Tegan Hanlon with the Dispatch reports on the latest proposal by Mayor Dan Sullivan regarding Anchorage inebriates.
  • The Professor of Pot’s authoritah was not respected amongst the Mat-Su Borough’s Marijuana Advisory Committee meeting during the vote for Chair. Instead the dubbieous honor went to Midnight Greenery’s CEO, per the Frontiersman.
  • Ketchikan City Council and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted unanimously to move forward on getting an excise tax on cigarettes, tobacco and possibly vaping products, per the Juneau Empire.
  • The Juneau Empire reports that the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly just upped the antie on single item sales tax cap from $7500 to $1200 to help lower the city/borough’s deficit from lack of expected state funds.
  • Alaska is now aligned with an international treaty the U.S. signed that would enforce child support orders from another country. The Fairbanks News Miner has the details.
  • The Hill has the details on the new cybersecurity alliance between the U.S. and Japan that will hopefully be the groundwork for international cyber norms. Politico has the colorful segments from Pres. Obama’s State Dinner with the Japanese Delegation where “Manga and anime. And, of course, emojs” were included along with trade and peace talks.
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