Alaska News Roundup for March 9

  • The fiscally conservative Club for Growth isn’t showing any love for Alaska’s delegation in their annual scorecard. Considering our state heavily relies on federal money, shouldn’t this be cause for Gold Stars?

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  • This week the Alaska legislature will be focused on many things. The Juneau Empire has whittled it down to the budget, confirmation hearings and religious exemption from unions.
  • Another one bites the dust! Bethel’s prosecutor Chris Carpeneti resigned from the district attorney’s office about two weeks after the surprise firing of Bethel DA June Stein. Mr. Carpeneti’s resignation comes as an additional shock as he was expected to serve as the interim head at the Bethel DA’s office after Ms. Stein’s departure today.
  • Quinnipiac University just released a study that will cause KTVA and KTUU to breath a sigh of relief: the majority of 1,286 polled, registered American voters put their trust in local news. The big winner for Network news was Fox News at 58% with Republicans while Democrats reach for CNN at 32%.
  • Politico has included Sen. Dan Sullivan in their nickname for an exclusive clique of senatorial freshmen: The Fightin’ Frosh.
  • Ready your dip nets and coolers because the Army Corps of Engineers has just made it easier to access the mouth of the Kenai River by permitting south beach road, per the Peninsula Clarion!
  • The Daily Beast dipped their toe into the “pocket full of gold or lifetime of fish” Pebble Mine debate.  Their worst case scenario would be that the process upsets enough people that they support the mine-only to show opposition to the EPA.
  • Big Lake is about to get bigger! The Frontiersman reports that the city is finalizing plans to incorporate all of Road Service Area 21.
  • While Sen. Lisa Murkowski might not be the most popular name with CoP, she is still considered political gold stateside as evidence by this tweeted picture by the Andrew Halcro for Mayor campaign.

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  • The Juneau Empire has a “pot primer” for all things currently legal and soon to be legal with Alaska marijuana.  Alaska’s priests can skip this bullet point as they won’t get to partake.
  • The Dispatch’s editor, Paul Jenkins, took a turn at wordsmithing his support for Gov. Bill Walker’s LNG pipeline plans while he explained the opposition’s reasons.
  • The place to be seen Saturday morning in Wasilla was the WASI where Valley legislators held their legislative town hall. The Frontiersman explains that the focus of constituents was to voice support for Rep. Wes Keller’s (R-Wasilla) U.S. Constitution, Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-District G) daylight savings bill and preventing Medicaid expansion.
  • Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-District G) also had an op-ed in the Dispatch where she made her case to end time as we know it.
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