Alaska News Roundup for December 31

  • Wired has you covered with all the information you need to prep for New Year’s reveries and how too minimize tomorrow’s ouchie…with Science!
  • Either Alaska is going to see a $110 a barrel crude again or we are going to see more taxes, per Gov. Bill Walker (looking rather smart in a cross-weave tie) during his CNBC interview.Gov. Bill Walker

 

  • Pres. Obama’s decision to allow the NSA to collect communications between Israeli government officials and members of Congress did not sit well with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and has requested the pleasure of NSA Director Michael Rogers’ presence to explain themselves.
  • Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage) is not seeking re-election for his uber safe (for Republicans that is) seat this fall. Let the bloodbath for the GOP primary for House Seat 28.

  • Grab your bottle of Dom and raise a toast to Rep. Don Young as the Washington Post has named him one of the five most effective Republican Reps.Don Young

 

  • As the Juneau Empire says, things are still sweet for Juneau’s Sweetheart Lake as the federal government; state and AEL&P have issued a mostly rosy review of the proposed 19.8-megawatt hydroelectric project.
  • The Herald Independent is hoping like crazy that former Sen. Mark Begich will officially challenge Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her re-election bid (and then win) so as to help put a “kibosh” on any roadblocks she might throw up to prevent the Paris climate agreement from going into effect.

 

  • In healthy society news: 7,700+/- more people have enrolled in Alaska’s Medicaid program since expansion took affect on September 1, per the Peninsula Clarion. What’s more, is that some 20k Alaskans are expected to join with open enrollment.
  • In happy dance news: Fairbanks air is expected to FINALLY fall within the EPA’s acceptable levels of air pollution from the Clean Air Act. According to the Fairbanks News Miner, the next target is North Pole (someone should give Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole) a heads up).
  • Tlingit and Haida have a new director in William Martin, or in Tlingit: Keegan. The Juneau Empire has the details, though the Central Council has yet to make it digitally official as their webpage is without Martin’s picture.Martin

 

  • APU Professor and Friend of Chugach State Park Board member Paul Twardock makes his case as to why the proposed Seward Highway expansion is not a perfect plan in the Dispatch.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan’s focus on foreign policy is the focus of an article in Military.
  • Federal regulations, proposed rules and notices about these regulations/rules amounted to 81,611 pages. The Hill points out that this is an all-time high even outpacing the previous record holder: 2010’s 81,405.
  • Congratulations to Rep. Don Young and his family on the birth of his first GREAT-grandson: Jaxson Crombie.Jaxson

 

  • The BBC got hacked so hard that their website was pulled down for several hours with nary a cyber criminal coming forward to up their street cred. The Mirror took this rather scary incident (still no public information as to what was accessed: i.e. sources, stories in progress, etc.) and got real English on it.
  • The Frontiersman has some tips on how to enjoy fireworks safely and where to go if you want to leave it to the professionals.
  • The Midnight Sun‘s recent post on KFQD’s termination of Bernadette Wilson had an interesting editorial note tacked onto the bottom.  While it is true Casey Reynolds hosted a popular radio show within the same time slot as Wilson’s a few years back, the reader failed to mention that the reason Reynolds left in the first place was to take a job as the Communications Director for the American Federation of Teachers in Kansas…before getting sacked himself for spending his time on the Alaska airwaves denigrating unions.
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