Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 18

  • Amongst the coverage of angst posturing from most of our elected officials, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s announcement of $8 million being made available to Alaska Native and American Indian communities to adapt and plan for climate change got lost in the local reporting. No worries, The Hill has you covered.
  • The Dispatch covered the heated discourse between Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell over the threat of budget cuts to the Alaska division of the Interior Department.
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL) has 99 problems, but his gift of gab ain’t one. Vocativ & GovTrack teamed up to crunch the numbers and discovered that Sen. Rubio has missed the highest % of votes than any other serving senator. Who else made the naughty list? Rep. Don Young came in at #2 with 14.8% and Sen. Lisa Murkowski at #7 with 4.83%. The Washington Post and Politico both have fun with explaining these charts.
  • Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak) is turning his focus onto the t with the introduction of SB39 to repeal the $170 million in film tax credits that have given us such gems as Buying Alaska.
  • Erin’s Law is quickly becoming Juneau’s cause du célébrité with not one, but FOUR identical bills on this issue. The Dispatch explains the sponsors behind this questionable use of time and legislative resources. Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) has a SoundCloud of why she is going to continue to work on the passage of her version.
  • North Pole announced to the Fairbanks News Miner that they are the first borough in the state to approve cannabis consumption regulations for their constituents. Then, they dropped their MIC and swaggered away.
  • An important case involving Alaska’s regulation on low-income abortion restrictions is underway in the State Superior Court in Anchorage, per APRN.
  • Ready your dip nets and salmon permits for the Peninsula Clarion announced that the Department of Fish and Game are anticipating an early run on Chinook with more than twice (5,265 fish) the expected run from 2014 on the Kenai. This comes on the heels of KTUU’s segment on a recent report that advises changes to the Commercial Fisheries Entry
  • Nick Bowman with the Ketchikan Daily News reports that the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is floating the idea of a state forest within the federally protected Tongass National Forest.
  • KTOO has the skinny on Gov. Bill Walker’s new Senior Advisor on Rural Business and Intergovernmental Affairs, Gerad Godfrey.
  • The New York Times has a great ongoing debate regarding offshore O&G drilling in the Atlantic and yes; Alaska is mentioned quite a bit by both sides of the argument.
  • The City and Borough of Juneau have approved the ALICE strategy (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) with potential mass shooting scenarios, per the Juneau Empire.
  • KTUU reported that a bill that would require background checks on mental healthcare providers before they would be allowed to practice within the state moved from the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee despite concerns being raised by the Alaska Psychological Association about the bill’s language and how the information would be used.
  • The New York Times reports on the important perspective Veterans (like Sen. Dan Sullivan) can offer Congress during times of conflict.
  • Peer inside the minds of Alaska’s policymakers regarding the future of our state’s burgeoning cannabis commercial industry with the Dispatch.
  • The Washington Post has an interesting article reveals to the degree that former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) is “his own man”, complete with a colorful Venn diagram.
  • Dust off your dancing shoes because the Anchorage Assembly has approved the liquor license transfer for Platinum Jaxx Building’s new business! APRN has the details.
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