Alaska News Roundup for July 3

  • While none of our Washington delegation are sponsors to bills that fund and implement Erin’s Law in states where it’s been adopted, KTOO reports that they “were looking forward to reviewing the bill.”
  • Alaska no longer has a dog in the same-sex marriage fight, per APRN.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner reports that with only one meeting under its belt the state Pot Board wants 4 changes to the law including the allowance of c cannabis clubs, an update to the criminal code, clarification on the difference between a personal grow and an illegal operation, and giving villages the ability to completely opt out of commercial marijuana sales.

  • US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there was a 3% drop in June’s unemployment due to an increase of 223,000 in jobs across the economic sectors.



  • The Juneau Empire has the lowdown on what’s going to be closed due to the 4th of July. (Hint: lots of places)
  • The National Review has an update on where energy and environmental legislation is in the process including Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s momentous, bipartisan energy package with an anticipated release before the August break.
  • Ketchikan’s City Council is considering selling off surplus land that includes several lots and a mineral survey.
  • Gallup discovered that 46% of Alaskans are proud to be an American.Patriosm


  • While the Soldotna food truck drama continues, not much has changed in the proposed ordinances. The Peninsula Clarion has the details.
  • The Seward City Council is having second thoughts about taking the $1 million federal grant for the Community Health Clinic’s expansion building costs. There will another work session later this month to continue the dialogue of how to fund the anticipated $8.4 expansion proposal and new health clinic.
  • Gov. Bill Walker announced that Alaska has officially begun the steps to rename a census district to Kusilvak Census Area from its current Wade Hampton Census District.kusilvak


  • Wasilla voters will get the fun of bubbling in an extra question on their ballot this fall! The Frontiersman explains that the Wasilla City Council voted in a 5-1 decision to let their electorate decide whether or not to increase the sales tax by an additional 1% with those funds dedicated to building a new library.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service is handing Alaska back the power to monitor and control 2015’s subsistence salmon fishing within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, per the Dispatch.
  • AGOA’s Kara Moriarty tweeted a picture of our Washington Delegation at the private fundraiser on Wednesday where John Thune (R-SD) was a surprise guest of honor.
  • Congratulations to the 22 statewide recipients of the Alaska State Museum’s grants! The Fairbanks News Miner mentions that the Fairbanks Community Museum, the Fairbanks Pioneer Air Museum, The Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, Pioneers Museum and Eagle’s Historical Society were some of the awardees.



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