Alaska News Roundup for June 10

  • APRN has the expanding anger of several costal communities including Kodiak, Cordova and Homer over the Navy’s summer exercises in the Gulf of Alaska. Seattle might have kayakativists, but nothing can match the wrath of Sourdoughs.
  • Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan raised tensions to 11 with an ordinance introduction regarding the highly contested land swap proposal between the Ted Stevens Airport and the Anchorage Municipality just by. KTVA has the backstory and the details of the proposal.

Photo Credit of KTVA & the Anchorage Municipality


  • Best wishes to the newelyweds- Rep. Don Young and Anne Garland Walton. May your days be filled with joy and peace.

  • The Seward City News spotted the first coal ship of the season to dock at the Seward Alaska Railroad Terminal at the same time that SCOTUS has declined to hear a case between Aurora Energy Services and the Alaska Railroad Corporation. This is seen as a blow to the mining industry.
  • The state legislature is taking baby steps toward an overall budget deal. The Juneau Empire reveals that per-pupil formula funding was agreed upon.
  • Food Trucks!!! Soldotna’s food truck industry is getting bonafide with regulations by the Soldotna City Council to ease their access permits and ability to operate within the city’s limits, per the Peninsula Clarion.
  • Larry J. Sabato (of Sabato’s Crystal Ball fame) wrote in Politico a list of four myths regarding the 2016 presidential election cycle. Myth #4 is particularly interesting.
  • KTUU explains what the 45% state budget cuts for Alaska’s prison systems means to the communities, inmates and the ripple effect on the state’s economy.
  • The Seward City Council took a flurry of actions at the latest meeting. According to the Seward City News, they approved a 13 year lease extension of Aurora Charters, $211,000 in capital credit refund to extend the city’s electrical service and the liquor license of The Cookery.
  • Vice Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley for the Democratic Party’s ticket wrote an impassioned essay in Foreign Policy over cypersecurity.
  • Congratulations to Katie Marquette on her promotion as Bill Walker’s Press Secretary. Grace Jang’s new position is Communication’s Director within the administration.
  • Alaska State Chamber of Commerce’s Rachael Petro wrote an op-ed in the Dispatch over her takeaway from the governor’s Fairbanks conference.
  • Before Alaska’s municipalites fall for the allure of smart cities, they should read this article in The Hill about problems their more “cutting-edge” brethren are facing.
  • Sitka has passed their FY16 budget. KCAW reports that this includes additional funding for the school district, sales tax cap, increasing the tobacco tax, reducing the grant fund for local nonprofits to $75,000 and more.
  • Anchorage’s No Smoking ordinances (and signs) will now include marijuana smoke with the Anchorage Assembly’s passage of the measure.
  • The issue of gay marriage is being mulled over by SCOTUS. The Fairbanks News Miner explains what the ramifications will be if the ruling is against same-sex marriages.

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