Alaska News Roundup for July 29

  • Another amazing Sue McClure Borough Assembly Report complete with a diplomatic retelling of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting (though sadly short on the names of the four appointments to the Planning Commission.)
  • Juneau’s beloved senior sales tax exemption will be given its fair share of attention by the City and Borough of Juneau Finance Committee before they make their final recommendation as to how much to scale the program back.
  • Welcome Josie Bahnke to the high stakes game of Alaska elections as the division’s new director! May your name only occasionally grace the media outlets.

Photo Credit of the Juneau Empire 


  • The AP’s Becky Bohrer lays out Gov. Bill Walker’s case for Medicaid expansion in a beautifully written piece.

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decided to not expand the current medical service area boundaries due in part to lack of information and because the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area would lose $120,000 a year in taxes, per the Peninsula Clarion.
  • Dennis Alexander (of witty Pleasant Valley Store roadside sign fame) has confirmed that he is indeed running for Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly against incumbent Van Lawrence.


    Tee Hee!

  • Seward City News covered the well attended and “eventful” Seward City Council meeting where the company of the soon-to-be moored off-shore drill rig was FINALLY named. It had been assumed it was one of Shell Oil’s two rigs, turns out that it is actually going to be from Furie Operating Alaska LLC.
  • Meet the new UA president. The Dispatch has Jim Johnsen’s credentials.


    Photo Credit of UA 

  • Two Cook Inlet gas fields are no longer feeling ConocoPhillips’ love as the Beluga River and North Cook Inlet fields have been put up for sale, per the Dispatch.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner reports that the Fairbanks North Star Borough has lifted the fireworks ban…just in time for New Years?
  • The Frontiersman has a great cartoon that adequately summarizes the grim future of many Alaska non-profit.cartoon

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