Alaska News Roundup for July 16

  • Gov. Bill Walker’s efforts (including Sen. Pete Kelly’s (R-Fairbanks) statement about “a system that’s broken”) to expand Medicaid caught Reuters notice.
  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough mayoral race just went from exciting to epic when Rep. Tammie Wilson’s (R-North Pole) filed her letter of intent for the seat with APOC yesterday. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that she decided to run due to an increased amount of borough regulations. Her new opponents (Doug Isaacson and Karl Kassel) remained diplomatic.


    Ready your popcorn for this race!

  • Getting a spiffy new icebreaker isn’t in the cards for Alaska, but the possibility of renting one is still on the table, per APRN.
  • The Dispatch delves into the complicated morass of commercial cannabis within the state.

  • Ok, so yesterday’s announcement that The Road was one of the big three that was given Gov. Bill Walker’s blessing to proceed isn’t quite like being given the green light to pour asphalt for the Lynn Canal highway. The Juneau Empire explains that the limitations being placed on the project end after the completion of an ongoing environmental impact study.
  • Alaska’s federal Bureau of Land Management will be spending $9,000 on bear-proof, infrared wildlife cameras, per The Hill.
  • With a vote of 6-1, the Sitka Assembly has determined that the Sitka Community Hospital Board will go the way of the dodo bird.Dodo


  • Kodiak Island Borough is looking for a few (e.g. 15) good people to fill open seats on the Borough Assembly and other elected boards for this October’s election. Interested parties should contact the Borough Clerk at (907) 486-9310.
  • The GOP might have been full of glee after the Citizens United ruling, but Politico has sad trombone music ready as it explains that BIG money is now being seen as a major factor in Lincoln’s Party losing the 2016 presidential election.
  • The Seattle kayaktivists are taking their protest of Shell’s offshore drilling in the Chukchi Sea to the White House on Saturday. The Hill reports that they are planning on showing up with inflatable kayaks and major support from org, Alaska Wilderness League, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club.
  • Now that Illinois is free to imbibe without hesitation during happy hour, the Washington Post took a closer look at states that still have draconian liquor laws on the books (cough, cough, Alaska, cough).






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