Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 17

  • While the Fairbanks News Miner reveals that 42K Alaskans would be eligible for Medicaid expansion with a savings of $6.6million for the state; the Juneau Empire explains how members of the House Finance subcommittee feel about Medicaid expansion and what they would prefer over Bill Walker’s proposal. The pushback didn’t stop Rep. Scott Kawaski from tweeting the following:

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  • The Frontiersman was on hand to report on the recent Board of Game meeting that extends through February 20th in Wasilla. Apparently, “sheep hunting” is not only a thing, but also a “hot topic” within the hunting community.
  • KTVA has footage of our Alaskan delegation’s press conference in Anchorage on their way to Kotzebue with the ever-elegant Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a lilac puffer coat.

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  • APRN covered the anticipated confrontation of Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, 10 state legislators and our federal Delegation “against” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
  • Andreas Kuersten with NOAA takes up the banner for developing Arctic infrastructure (including a deep water harbor in Nome) with a piece in The Hill.
  • For the spreadsheet wonks, here is the link to all of last year’s executive travel and compensation. Have Fun!
  • Holy hard drive Batman! The NSA can and has been delving into the nether regions of our personal hard drives. The Hill reports on this discovery by Kaspersky Lab where they charted more than 500 spying attacks in more than 300 countries.

  • Lots of communities around the state are talking all things cannabis regulations for the upcoming Monster Day of Pot!! The Fairbanks News Miner discusses what the Fairbanks North Star Borough has cooking as well as North Pole.  The Nome Nugget also reports that the City of Nome and the Nome Police Department have finalized their own regulations ahead of next Tuesday.
  • The ABC Board is mulling over the idea to have an emergency regulation meeting regarding public/private issues with marijuana since Feb. 24th is creeping up and recreational use will be legal for all, according to the Juneau Empire.
  • APRN reports on the power behind the push to alter Alaska’s judicial selection process and not only what Sen. Pete Kelly’s SJR3 bill aims to change, but also the hoops it would have to jump through in order to become law.
  • Tundra Drums reports that about a dozen Native artifacts were stolen from a locked cased in the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Center earlier this month. The pieces included ceremonial masks and walrus ivory carvings.
  • The White House is not a place for Wimps, so say we all (and Politico).
  • The Columbian has an op-ed in their business section that outlines Don Brunell’s reasons how Alaska is a prime example of the importance domestic energy production is not just good for a single state, but for the whole country.
  • The controversy over the new fisheries leadership isn’t letting down. The Dispatch has the latest regarding the confirmation process of Roland Maw for the Fish Board.
  • The recent decision of the D.C. district judge to determine Obama’s immigration decision was beyond his presidential powers is not the first time the courts have resisted his administration. The Washington Post offers a bullet point style history lesson of Obama and the courts.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough has sent the federal government their priority list, but emphasizes that the total amount is really minimum in assistance for FY16, per the Peninsula Clarion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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