Alaska News Roundup for May 27

  • Cordova has a friend in the fight to prevent the Navy from exploding bombs, releasing toxic waste, etc., this summer in the Gulf of Alaska with the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. During their last meeting, the assembly passed a resolution to oppose the scheduled summer exercises.Resolution
  • It’s OfficialEthan Berkowitz is the next Mayor of Anchorage. The Dispatch reports that he received 74% 60.74% of the vote with Amy Demboski receiving 39.26%.
  • The Juneau Empire explains Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) and the GOP lead House Majority proposed accountancy jiu-jitsu to gain access to the Permanent Fund. Sen. Dennis Egan (D-Juneau) mentions this move is “volatile”, while my little birds are saying:giphy


  • APRN has Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) and House Minority’s side to oppose the House Majority’s Permanent Fund raid.
  • Indian Country Today did not mince words about Rep. Don Young’s behavior during a Congressional hearing where Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn testified on Native rights. Ouchie.

  • The secret sauce to a successful presidential run has always been their staff and Time reveals that a lack of talent has literally forced some to beg. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s campaign guru, Ben Sparks, is mentioned as an example of talent gobbling.
  • Yesterday M&V Affairs Commissioner Laurie Hummel also took commence of the Alaska Army National Guard in a beautiful ceremony lead by Gov. Bill Walker.

    Hummel Ceremony

    Photo Credit of Inside Alaska Politics

  • Mayor Simeon Swetzof of St. Paul Island wrote an op-ed in The Hill about by-catch limits and how it has lead to waste and greed within the Bering Sea fishing industry.
  • The Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution of understanding for the Port of Seattle’s opposition over mooring Shell’s Arctic oilrig, per APRN.
  • Diplomacy and cooperation are the words the US special representative for the Arctic wants to encapsulate during the US’ chairmanship tenure of the Arctic Council, according to the Dispatch’s mighty Yereth Rosen.
  • Alaska’s “Erin’s Law” mess is making its way onto the national stage, this time it is mentioned in the Washington Times’ editorial opinions section.
  • It pays to go legal, that’s the take away from the Washington Post’s article detailing the price per ounce of high quality weed. National average is $324 with North Dakota taking the lead of $387 and Alaska coming in at $294Pot


  • The Seward City News has the backstory, the expected vote by the Seward City Council and the community’s need for Providence Hospital/CHC building
  • The Dispatch’s Nathaniel Herz reveals the real economic hurt of just one line item on the state budget cutting block: the capital tour program. The savings is an estimated $1.7 million, but at the cost of 23 jobs.
  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s assessment of Eielson Air Force Base property was challenged by Corvias Military Living (a private housing company) because CML wanted to keep certain documents secret. The company has since backed away from their lawsuit. The Fairbanks News Miner has the juicy details of this about face.
  • Hackers are showing their sophisticated side by linking data together for access to the holy grail of data: the IRS. Yep. Wired explains what exactly was stolen within the 100K tax accounts and how experts believe it occurred.
  • The Peninsula Clarion reports that the Alaska’s DOT proposed Sterling Highway improvements show understanding of both human and animal movement by working with area wildlife experts and urban planners.
  • Move over douceur because Merriam-Webster has a new darling for interesting money usage in dark money.Money



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