Alaska News Roundup for December 16

  • The Taj McHawker is increasingly becoming a political “hot potato” (Rep. Lance Pruitt‘s (R-Anchorage) words) and with reelections just around the corner…it comes as no surprise to many that APRN is reporting that the Anchorage LIO will most likely have a new address really soon. Interested in the legislative hearing on this issue? Head on over to 716 W 4th Avenue for the Saturday 9:00am meeting.
  • The Peninsula Clarion reports that Kenai Mayor Pat Porter is proposing to put the kibosh on commercial cannabis with the town’s limits through a marijuana moratorium that will get a public hearing AND subsequent vote on January 6, 2016 during a Kenai City Council
  • Kake and Petersburg really, REALLY want a linking road to connect the two cities, though the proposed project would cost an estimated $37 million dollars and there is some serious controversy surrounding the issue so…this Magic 8 ball shows :magic 8 ball


  • Tundra Drums has the details on the proposed tax increases to help offset the costs of running/operating Alaska’s 247 rural airports. The nutshell would see a $0.10 per gallon in jet fuel and aviation gas taxes if Gov. Bill Walker gives the green light.

  • Just because Shell grabbed their proverbial ball and went home doesn’t mean they have any intention of relinquishing their drilling leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, per The Hill.
  • Golden Valley Electric Association is no longer BFF’s with the Interior Energy Project and is now braiding hair with Petro Star and talking about how awesome it is to save between $7-70 million dollars over the next 10 years on LNG.
  • It’s here! The ultimate 2016 presidential campaign slogan is brought to you by the Frank Underwood campaign. House of Cards’ Season 4 premiers on March 4, 2016!FU


  • James Brooks with the Juneau Empire waxed poetic about the ferry meeting where AKDOT Deputy Commissioner Capt. Mike Neussl addressed a consortium of 60+ WICKED angry Juneau residents about the ongoing problems of Southeast/Southcentral ferries.
  • 60 comments were filed with FERC regarding the proposed Alaska LNG Project and the Peninsula Clarion explains that the majority focused on two key points: the Nikiski location and the environmental impact of the project.
  • Maybe the Kake-Petersburg road isn’t so bad as the Juneau Empire relays the news that Kake (along with Angoon and Tenakee) will no longer have access to a single ferry starting January 12 because the LeConte ferry is scheduled for an overhaul. If that isn’t grim enough, next winter is expected to be even worse for the region as steeper austerity measures will be implemented alongside other ferry overhauls.
  • Another of Alaska’s City/Borough managers is departing. This time, it is the highly regarded Bud Cassidy with the Kodiak Island Borough and my little bird tells me that most of the applications trickling in so far “aren’t quite up to [Cassidy’s] level.” Interested parties should contact the Kodiak Island Borough and submit a completed application by January 15, 2016.    City Manager


  • The Hill has compiled an interesting list of winners and losers of the omnibus spending bill. Favorite loser? GMO’s and by extension…those Happy Christmas Alaska and a Huzzah to our Alaska Delegation!
  • It looks like the Walker administration is about to discover first-hand how much fun it is when an APOC filing date is missed. The Dispatch relays Department of Administration Commissioner Fischer’s excuse as “a new accounting rule” for the oppsie.
  • Fairbanks City Council has unanimously voted to take on the Alaska Superior Court’s decision that the controversial labor contract was invalid and have officially filed their appeal with the Alaska Labor Relations Agency. The Fairbanks News Miner has the backstory, current and anticipated news on this issue.
  • Now that the brouhaha has died down from the epic 2016 GOP Presidential Candidate debate, attention has now turned to the next 2016 Democratic Presidential Debate that by Politico’s description will be the personification of a cozy Saturday spent indoors while donning a cashmere sweater and sipping hot cocoa.
  • The Seward City News has the skinny on the Bear Grylls & Pres. Obama bromance that happened while our Commander and Chief was visiting the Last Frontier. The episode airs Thursday night on NBC.
  • One of my little birds was at the December 9 presser where Gov. Bill Walker released his Alaska budget fixing plan, but couldn’t hear what the governor was saying as the microphone kept picking up the crinkling sounds of former Cordova Mayor and possible mermaid Margy Johnson’s petticoat.Gov. Walker copy

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