Alaska News Roundup for March 3

  • The Center for American Progress released their findings on the American demographic shift that will dramatically affect our electorate, and in some cases already has. By their estimate, Alaska is looking at a minority/majority by 2030 (#7 of states where this has not already occurred) and 2037 when minority/majority become eligible voters.

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  • Former Congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar has been tapped to assist General Laurie Hummel with “substantive policy” changes within the Alaska Army National Guard.
  • The City of Soldotna unveiled their new website.
  • The Frontiersman announces that marijuana edibles might be back on the negotiating table with the Wasilla City Council. Just in time too because the Fairbanks News Miner explains that the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee is mulling about the number 12 for household marijuana plant growing.

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  • Drones might be the new sexy industry emerging in Alaska, but the Alaska Board of Game wants the public to know that salmon fishing and droning do not mix.
  • Yesterday Fairview residents got mad as hell and let Spirits of Alaska know they weren’t going to take it anymore. The Dispatch has the details.
  • Alaska is not the only one unhappy with Shell’s plan to use Seattle as its Arctic drilling rigs homeport. APRN has the skinny on environmental groups plan to sue the Port of Seattle for possibly violating Washington state environmental laws.
  • The Hill examines if renewable energy is really part of the “all of the above” energy strategy and specifically mentions that Sen. Lisa Murkowski is working on energy legislation that will impact renewables.
  • Alexandra Gutierrez has an expansive piece in the National Journal on the Rumble in the Arctic Jungle for those that weren’t there.
  • The State reports that the U.S. House will convene today to vote on the DHS bill sans conditions. There is also a picture of Sen. Dan Sullivan strolling the halls with Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
  • You might want to rethink purchasing that cutting-edge “connected car”. The Hill explains that this along with many (cough, cough) toys and gadgets are still too vulnerable to hackers to be worth the trouble.
  • BOEM sees the next five years of O&G leasing on the Arctic continental shelf as congenial with lease sales to spots with great oil potential, but little ecological impact, per the Dispatch.

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  • In a move to further solidify their green-than-thou street rep, the Juneau Empire reports that the Juneau’s Public Works and Facilities Committee wants additional electric vehicles charging stations and other related projects to further lower the city’s carbon footprint.
  • The Legislature’s plan to collect fees from third party spending might be unconstitutional and makes APOC nervous, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • Politico wonders if Democrats can really regain control of the U.S. Senate in 2016. Alaska is part of their potential toss-up seat column.
  • The latest math on The Road says that with just $3.8 million from the state, it would finally become a reality. The Juneau Empire explains that the rest, an estimated $570 million needed, would have to come from the federal government.
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