Alaska News Roundup for May 11

  • This week on Capital Hill, expect lots of work from our Washington Delegation on issues including abortion bans for after 20 weeks of gestation, resolution on Iran’s American hostages, defense authorization, the USA Freedom Act, and trade bills.
  • Sen. Berta Gardner requested a Legislative Budget and Audit of the state crime lab after a report by the Legislature’s research department left many questions unanswered. APRN has the backstory on the $90 million crime lab and why an audit is necessary.
  • Nathaniel Herz with the Dispatch takes a look at the potential hurdles Mayor-Elect Ethan Berkowitz will have to tackle to increase APD’s force to be 400 strong.
  • The Nome Nuggett has the details on what Nome Gold discussed at their first official public meeting in Nome about their mining plans at Dry Creek.


    Photo Credit of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources

  • Homeless camps will soon be “pushed out” of Wasilla’s city limits, according to the Frontiersman in reaction to last year’s crisis and as an effort to prevent and effectively treat camp victims.

  • Alex DeMarban with the Dispatch has exciting news about the proposed trans-Arctic fiber-optic project that will link Europe, Asia, North America together using cables running across the Arctic Ocean!
  • The White House fence is in desperate need of an update. Wired explains the discounted ideas (water-filled moats anyone?) and potentially new features beyond the new outward facing spikes to make our Nation’s home secure from 21st century threats.

Photo Credit of National Capital Planning Commission


  • A new study discovered that Strontium ratios in fish ear bones reveal where they were born and live. PHYS reveals that the findings have “important implications” with the proposed Pebble Mine.
  • The New York Times reports that the US Treasury is auctioning off Alaska Municipal Bond Bank’s $88.2 million of general refinancing bonds at some point this week.
  • The Sitka Assembly voted on a 6% electric rate increase to help pay for debt service on the Blue Lake dam. KCAW has the backstory and even more interesting news about the creative accounting powers of the city staff.
  • The Mat-Su Borough Assembly will begin discussing their budget today with education and ambulance service being top priorities, per the Frontiersman.
  • The Dispatch has a breathtaking photo essay on the Matanuska Electric Association’s first power plant.

    Cool Shit

    Photo Credit of Loren Holmes

  • What’s the cost to prevent a national media boondoggle? The Dispatch puts the number at $10,000 for the relocation of Government Hill’s bears.
  • Situk River has been closed to king salmon fishing under an emergency order from both the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the US Forest Service to allow for improved numbers, per the Juneau Empire.
  • Seattle’s Kayaktivists’ recent activities against mooring Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet at the Port of Seattle caught the attention of the New York Times.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has the new and outgoing Alumni Association members for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2 thoughts on “Alaska News Roundup for May 11

  1. Pingback: Alaska’s News Roundup for May 18 | Inside Alaska

  2. Haven Harris

    You have a map of Glennallen up there, not Nome in reference to the Nome Nugget Dry Creek article.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

6 − = one