Alaska News Roundup for June 22

  • The Battle of Blackwater: Alaska style won’t see epic CGI effects ala Game of Thrones, but the Juneau Empire explains why the stakes involved in permitting cruise ship’s wastewater release into Juneau Harbor waters are just as high.
  • This week on Capital Hill, it will be an all-out marathon to finish legislation before the holiday recess. Passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), the 2016 annual appropriations bill, judicial review of final EPA air regulations and Interior Department appropriations.
  • The latest in the Snowden revelations is not going to warm the cockles of your heart. It turns out from The Intercept that the NSA and their British counterparts (GCHQ) have been working together to hack antivirus software to further conduct surveillance on American citizens.Snowden


  • The Nome Nugget has the details on the state Dept. of Natural Resources’ new regulations on offshore mining.

  • This week will see the $96 million in Alaska Railroad Corporation refunding bonds up for auction with the Treasury, per the New York Times.
  • Aetna, State Farm and Assurant Health are all saying, “Adiós” to Alaska’s healthcare market leaving only Moda Health and Premera. The Dispatch explains why and what the roughly 5,000 people now left without a health insurer can do.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young commemorated Father’s Day by tweeting pictures of their own brood.

    Sen. Dan Sullivan with his two daughters


    Rep. Don Young with his two daughters

  • Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan makes his case for Cook Inlet drilling in his Dispatch op-ed. (It’s all about the tax credits)
  • Four former Anchorage mayors have gotten together to urge the Anchorage Assembly to take a pause in a land swap involving the beautiful Point Woronzof Park to be used as a snow dump and real estate development, per the Peninsula Clarion.
  • The Washington Post compiled the numbers from various websites to explain the wide range of prices in marijuana. Alaska comes in at -2.4.Pot


  • Channel 2’s Kyle Hopkins’s Twitter account got a shout-out by Salon in their article about Alaska’s climate change problems including an interesting fact that since 1943, Alaska wildfires has increased fivefold.
  • The $10 bill is being redesigned to have a woman gracing the honored spot. Politico had 10 known political movers and shakers write about which woman they wanted to see on the tenner.
  • Silver Bay Seafoods agreed to pay the state $75,000. Why? KCAW reveals that the Sitka-based fish processor for illegally discharging untreated fish waste into the Valdez harbor.
  • Herald Hamm was on CNBC this morning extolling the virtues of lifting the oil export ban for Americans and their pocket book.
  • The Seattle Times has an op-ed regarding the importance of wild salmon and keeping their habitat in pristine condition (i.e. Just Say No to Pebble Mine).
  • AGDC’s preliminary designs for “off take” facilities for the Alaska LNG project and the backstory of this undertaking is explained in the Peninsula Clarion.
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  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski was on hand…to handout bottled water to the Midnight Sun Run participates yesterday.
  • Calista Corporation’s 2015 shareholder award recipients are listed in the Tundra Drums along with their accomplishments.

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