Alaska News Roundup for June 30

  • Ready the fire extinguisher because when Alaska’s statehood birthday cake will now have 57 candles!

    Cake Suck

    You’ve Come a Long Way Baby! 

  • Juneau’s Gastineau Apartments is turning out to be their city’s version of Dante’s Inferno. The longer this story enfolds, the deeper the pockmark it has become on the municipality. No longer just an eyesore, the Juneau Empire reports that the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is now having to take 8 million in dedicated funds from a different project to put toward the demolition of the apartment complex’s remains because it is looking highly unlikely that the property’s owners will cough up the dough.
  • Rep. Lynn Gattis (R-Wasilla) threw shade at the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. for hosting a golfing tournament during working hours while the state is in a budget crisis. To which the corporation returned her volley with a simple statement to the Dispatch.
  • APRN takeaway from Arctic Geopolitics is not all sunshine and unicorns. You have been warned.
  • The Hill explains why SCOTUS’ ruling on redistricting will likely alter the makeup of 2022’s congressional seats, but APRN reports that it will remain status quo on the federal side…. not so much state side.

  • Shell’s Arctic offshore drilling rig has reached Dutch Harbor to little fanfare or protest.   APRN reports that it boils down to residents being too busy working, Dutch Harbor’s remote location and as Mayor Shirley Marquardt said, “The water is tremendously brutally cold even in the summer and it doesn’t take much [referring to the lack of Seattle style kayaktivists].”
  • Fairbanks’ Carlson Center will be THE place to be today for the bill signing ceremony to update the Interior Energy Project. The Fairbanks News Miner has the backstory on HB105, the ceremony and what the update entails.
  • Sitka has fixed their credit card processing system that was double charging residents.
  • KYUK showed Sen. Lisa Murkowski some major love for including contract support costs in a spending bill that is making its way through the Senate.
  • The Alaska Energy Authority and the Yukon Department of Energy, Mines and Resources released a report that discovered making a Skagway-Yukon electrical power line link would be financially AND technically feasible, per the Juneau Empire.
  • Alaska DHSS has filed for emergency regulations to freeze the pay rates of Medicaid providers so that the rate doesn’t go up with inflation. The Dispatch reports that this will save the state around $100 million.
  • Gov. Bill Walker explains why Alaska has joined 12 other states in a lawsuit against the federal government over authority on state water rights.
  • Alaska DOT is asking for public input on the newly proposed 2015 autumn-2016 spring’s ferry schedule. Last date for comment is July 21.
  • Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan reflected on his legacy at a press conference yesterday. KTVA and KTUU both report that Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz will be receiving an Anchorage that is a cleaner, safer and a stronger city than before the Sullivan administration.
  • The Dispatch sat down with incoming Anchorage First Lady Mara Kimmel.




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