Alaska News Roundup for June 29

  • Tonight’s Wasilla City Council meeting will decided if the 1% sales tax increase becomes permanent and to approve a temporary 2-3% tax to raise the needed $15 million for the new Wasilla Library. The Frontiersman has the details.
  • The GOP is girding their loins, sharpening their quills and readying their rhetoric for the regulation battles ahead. The Hill reports that dietary guidelines, the carbon pollution reductions, E-cigarette oversight, calorie count menu labeling requirements, and union election laws will be getting extra attention in the coming weeks.
  • Gov. Bill Walker signed two of Rep. Cathy Munoz’s (R-Juneau) bills into law over the weekend. The first incentivizes affordable housing through municipal tax exemptions. The second creates the first new tax in well over a decade. HB158 creates a 1% per gallon tax that will go toward funding the Hazardous Substances Prevention and Response Fund.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan was spotted at a recent Indo-American Community Services meet & greet. According to my little bird, he was all smiles, but was still mastering the art of working the room while his more senior congressional colleagues demonstrated “how it’s done”.
  • Budget cuts hit the Alaska Marine Highway hard with 3 of the 11 strong fleet being docked for the majority of 2016. APRN reports that several Southeast communities won’t have ferry access for about a month with more cuts on the horizon.

  • AEA is seeking proposals for a $50,000-100,000 study to determine if Alaska’s LNG is a viable long-term solution for affordable energy for communities without access to the proposed LNG pipeline. The Dispatch has reports that proposals are due no later than July 8 at 3:00pm.
  • Just in time for the July 4th weekend, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has reopened Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, per the Seward City News!



  • This week in Treasury’ auctions, the University of Alaska has $65 million of general revenue bonds up for sell, per the New York Times.
  • The Peninsula Clarion explains the reasons behind Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to alter the LNG pipeline’s course and current anticipated diameter size.
  • A digital version of the Library of Alexandria for the world’s code sounds like a great idea, but Wired explains why this could be the single worst thing to happen for cyber evolution.
  • The Dispatch reviews legislative staffer’s salaries.
  • NRDC has the latest of their anti-Pebble ads. This time, it focuses on how the mining industry allegedly views Pebble Mine.Ad


  • The Washington Post’s article about an upcoming meeting between Pres. Obama and Pres. Dilma Rousseff on climate change uses Alaska’s 300+ wildfires as a closing point to the argument of an increasing need to address the issue.
  • The Iranian Nuclear talks are being finalized and Politico has 5 key things to look out for.
  • McKinley Denali Dghelay Ka’a should be the new name for Alaska’s (and North America’s) tallest peak, so says Kenai Peninsula College’s professor Alan Boraas in a Dispatch op-ed.
  • The Juneau Empire has the latest on the northern climb of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs to the Chukchi Sea.
  • FedEx is a bad word among the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska because of their Washington Redskins sponsorship and will be boycotting FedEx’s services as a result, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) is using SCOTUS’ Obamacare ruling as further reason for Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid, according to APRN.
  • The Arctic Sounder shares the good news that the archeology project at Cape Krusenstern National Monument was awarded the 2015 John L. Cotter Award for Excellence in National Park Service




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