Alaska News Roundup for March 24

  • Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey is desperately trying to deflect the mounting scandal over the audio recordings of him allegedly admitting to bribing Anchorage Assembly members. Devin Kelly with the Dispatch covered the most recent mayoral debate with lots of descriptive imagery.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan gave his first joint session speech yesterday to much fan fare. KTVA has footage.   KTOO has their take, with an unfortunate photo of Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski), or, you could just read Matt Buxton with the Fairbanks News Miner’s Twitter feed for the highlights.Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.18.31 PM


  • The Nome Nugget’s editorial chastises Sen. Dan Sullivan for signing onto the Iran Letter.
  • It will be a whale of a time in Juneau with the Juneau Empire reporting that the $10 million whale stature and sea walk will arrive at summer’s end and complete for 2016’s tourist season.
  • Laurie Schmidt is Shell Oil’s new Vice President. APRN has the backstory on who Schmidt is replacing and her impressive resume.Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.56.46 PM


  • Rep. Don Young was victorious in the House passage of the HR360 Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) that is now on its way to the Senate for reauthorization. Indian Country Today explains the historical importance of this bill and why not all tribal nations are completely happy with the current language of the bill.
  • The Dispatch has the details on the tentative new contract between Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s administration and the Anchorage Police Department.
  • The Washington Post has an entire article outlining the “dreariest” cities in graphs (!) in the U.S. utilizing Anchorage’s own Brian Brettschneider’s methodology. Anchorage and Alaska as a whole ranks pretty high for dreariness.Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.24.45 PMScreen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.25.15 PM


  • The Seward City News was on hand at the legislative town hall in Seward this past weekend and has insight on how Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) thinks this legislative session is going and how it might end with an extended special session.
  • The Wilderness Society’s VP, Allen E. Smith, wrote an extensive anti-ANWR piece in Roll Call today where he called Alaska greedy for wanting to open it up to exploration. Ouchie.
  • Alaska Robotics has their latest video, this time with Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) saying “YOLO” before playfully recreating the  “tongue gate”.YouTube Preview Image


  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski is leading the charge of a bipartisan effort to responsibly manage nuclear waste, per The Hill.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has the skinny on Sen.  John Coghill (R-North Pole) and Sen. Johnny Ellis’ (D-Anchorage) joint crime reform bill that targets ways to lower Alaska’s recidivism rates.
  • Politico explains what all Alaskan politicians know down to their DNA: talk radio is the medium to conquer for election night victory.
  • The Hill explains the House Intelligence Committee’s Protecting Cyber Networks Act, which will provide legal liability protections for companies that share cybersecurity information with federal government agencies as a reaction to heightened cyber attacks.
  • The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously to appoint Jerome Selby to the Providence Kodiak Medical Community Advisory Board.Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.42.14 PM

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