Alaska News Roundup for March 31

  • It’s Party Time over at Shell Oil this morning with the news that they were given the green light for offshore drilling around the North Slope of Alaska, according to the New York Times.Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 8.15.39 AM


  • Today’s the last day to file for your 2015 PFD! In the spirit of this momentous day, the Dispatch explains how the Permanent Fund Corp. is starting to look overseas for investment opportunities to keep our dividend check well rounded.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan have introduced legislation to grant Alaskan Native tribes in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Haines, and Tenakee land and thus form village corporations-something that KRBD reports was intentionally prevented during the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
  • In an update that is sure to make Salmon Beyond Borders reach for their smelling salts, the Juneau Empire explains the newest British Columbia gold mine that will be located upstream of Southeast Alaska.Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 9.51.46 AM
  • The Frontiersman reports that the highly unpopular monofil, which has already been twice defeated, has found its way onto the Mat-Su Borough Assembly’s calendar as the only item for discussion at today’s 10:00am meeting in the borough assembly chambers.
  • GitHub (one of the U.S.’s leading coding sites) has been successfully fending off Brute Force attacks since last Thursday. The Hill explains why indicators point to China and why.
  • In a reminder of good in the world, 10-year-old William Scannell’s Post Cards of Hope international project was featured on KTUU.


  • NOAA announced yesterday that Cook Inlet beluga whales have increased from 312 in 2012 to 340 in 2014. The Peninsula Clarion explains what this means for Alaska and the ecological health of our waters.
  • APRN reports that SB30, the marijuana regulation bill, has passed with concentrates still attached despite a fiery speech by Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) in opposition to the concentrates section. Matt Buxton with the Fairbanks News Miner captured the vote:Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 6.57.47 AM


  • The AP reports that the attorneys for the proposed Pebble Mine are requesting a subpoena for Alaska Communications’ email conversations of a former EPA employee and an anti-Pebble attorney to preserve the data from routine server maintenance (coincidentally making such data vulnerable for hackers) and file-clearing procedures.
  • Rep. Don Young has the latest distinction of being the first have “terms of a spousal honor tucked into a bill name” with SAFETEA-LU. The “LU” in the title is for Lu Young, his late wife, per the Washington Post.
  • The President of the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, Jeff Cook, wrote an impassioned op-ed in today’s Fairbanks News Miner in support of Medicaid expansion. Something that Gov. Bill Walker officially tweeted.Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 9.15.32 AM


  • It is still unclear if the packed Senate Finance committee by Juneau residents to testify in defense of funding for education, public broadcasting and social programs will sway legislators, but the Juneau Empire’s account of the hearing would require a heart of stone to remain unmoved.
  • The U.S. is at a tipping point, or as Politico puts it, a hinge moment of major change in the electorate makeup with graphs and charts to elaborate what the breakdown is forecast to look like.Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 8.31.09 AM


  • While Rep. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) might be a caucus of one, it doesn’t prevent her from enjoying the company of fellow legislators. Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 6.56.13 AM


  • Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Just ask Lynn “Goddess” Gattis (R-Wasilla) or Rep. Jonathan “Jesus Christ-Tomkins” Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) in a hilarious send-up to tongue twisting names of our elected officials by Nate Herz with the Dispatch.
  • Politico has today’s birthday roundup. Who knew Piers Morgan and former Mark Begich could rock party hats together?Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 7.53.07 AM

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