Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 27

  • Wired contemplates realizing a different type of Alaska pipeline to help California.
  • A House subcommittee could quite possibly be putting lives at risk when they declined $2.4 million in budgetary requests with the Department of Public Safety. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that the specific line items that were cut included funding for two search and rescue helicopters.
  • The House Finance Committee punched the Alaska Marine Highway System in the budgetary gut with a proposed 10% cut in funding, per the Dispatch.
  • It’s worth noting that there was only a 1.7% budget cut passed on legislators’ own budgets, Gov. Bill Walker proposed 5.8%.
  • Former Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at CPAC again! The Washington Post reports that the seat filling public figure’s speech was three Pinocchios worth of inaccuracies, though entertaining to watch.
  • Wasilla businesses are not amused at the recent city council’s decision to make edibles, extracts and concentrates illegal. The Frontiersman reports on talk of litigation and government overreach.

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  • Avalere Health published new research that discovered if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against ObamaCare subsidies in King v. Burwell, then Alaska would see premiums increasing by 779%, per The Hill.
  • Juneau’s land swap deal between Bicknell Inc. and the City and Borough of Juneau over the “Field of Fireweed” is a saga that never stops giving. The Juneau Empire has the latest developments.
  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough is cool with people enjoying their pot outside, just do it on private property. The Fairbanks News Miner explains the details of the new regulations.
  • The Political Pipeline has both sides of the judicial selection process issue with Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) with the “let’s change the current system” side and former Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti with the “let’s keep the current system as is” side.
  • KTOO reports that the Alaska House Bush Caucus was told that $900 million was needed for new water & sewer projects as well as maintenance for current clean water projects.
  • Net Neutrality passed the FCC Commission yesterday. Seattle Pi explains why state and local governments should be giddy while describing Dan Sullivan as “grumpy” and a quickie mention of the late Sen. Ted Stephen’s infamous “series of tubes” analogy on this very issue almost a decade ago.
  • Time’s Everyday Money wants people to be wary of considering Net Neutrality as an all-in-one Internet fix. Their take is that it is more of a Band-Aid and outlines why. Politico delves into the political side and discovered that the new GOP might not be such a united force on Net Neutrality.
  • Seward’s City Council voted to expand zoning allowances within the Resource Management Zoning District to allow warehouses. The Seward City News has the details.
  • Alaska legislative GOP leadership has started to formalize their opposition to Medicaid expansion. Nathaniel Herz with the Dispatch reports that Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage) led the charge yesterday with concerns that the Walker administration made “gratuitous assertions” regarding the projected expansion savings. Ouchie!
  • This morning Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83. He was best known for playing the character Spock on the groundbreaking TV show, Star Trek. His character promoted the use of logic over emotion during trying times, with his love of humanity shining through in his memorable monologues. He might have beamed up to a better place this morning, but his part in creating a future Utopian society where all nations and creeds live and work peacefully together lives on. Live long and prosper.

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