Alaska News Roundup for May 5

  • Today is the Anchorage Mayoral election. Click HERE to find your polling location. Polls are open from 7:00am-8:00pm. Vote & get a sticker!sticker


  • Nat Herz and Devin Kelly with the Dispatch explain Alaska’s evolving view of Election Day from THE day to vote to the LAST day to vote is being exemplified by the Anchorage Mayoral runoff.
  • The Christian Science Monitor wonders why Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and senators like Sen. Dan Sullivan hate the Iran nuclear deal so much.
  • In a move that will surly lead to multiple four letter words being muttered around Shell, the Seattle mayor announced that a new land-use permit will need to be issued if the multi-national company wishes to continue using the Port of Seattle as its 400’ arctic off-shore oil drilling rig base. The Fairbanks News Miner describes the steps to receiving this permit and the reasons Seattle is within their right to make this request.Seattle


  • The Dispatch has an update on the state’s budget deal. The takeaway: Don’t hold your breath.

  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough is facing a severe budget deficit and the Fairbanks News Miner reveals that one of the ways to help minimize this financial situation is to freeze salaries with unioned staff, despite what negotiated labor contracts dictate.
  • APRN was on hand during the Anchorage Assembly’s passage of the $483.6 million budget. Assembly Member Elvi Gray-Jackson lead the charge to fight the fund transfer of $4 million from SWS down to $2 million for property tax relief.
  • KCAW expounds on how UAS is planning to survive the murkey waters of budget planning in the face of a potential 6-10% budget cut by the state.
  • Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) wrote an eloquent op-ed in the Dispatch where he admonishes vacationing legislators for not finishing The People’s work first.  This is coming from a guy so dedicated to his Oath of Office that he’s putting the needs of the electorate before the needs of his own newborn daughter. Inspirational.
  • The Murkowski for US Senate has a new page! Instead of asking for your monies, it simply wants your information to sign a petition to overturn the oil export ban.Murkowski


  • The K-Beach High Water Drainage Task Force of the Kenai Peninsula Borough has been kicking some serious social media butt with keeping the public informed and involved with figuring out potential solutions to area flooding. The Peninsula Clarion has the details on tonight’s meeting at 6pm in the Soldotna Assembly Chambers the Task Force will be giving a presentation regarding the construction of the Seventh Street Storm Water Conveyance Structure.
  • Seward City News has the details on the next Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting including date, time, location and items on the agenda. If oceanic hydrocarbons, toxicity of dispersants and icebergs are your thing, this is a meeting for you!
  • Gotcha Questions” and today’s politicians are the subject of a New York Times article that explains how they have been used to reveal a candidate’s true ability (or lack there of like with former Gov. Sarah Palin).


    Photo Credit of CBS Evening News

  • Gov. Byron Mallott is dusting off his passport so he can travel to British Columbia and work to build understanding over the trans-boundary issues that are stemming from Canadian mining, per the Juneau Empire.
  • Ye Haw! Bloomberg reveals the “tussle” between the different factions within the petroleum industry arising due to the issue of lifting the oil export ban that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been actively touting.
  • Lower Kuskokwim River tribes have asked and the federal government has accepted to once again manage the 2015 king salmon run for the 32 tribal villages, per APRN.
  • Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will now allow fireworks to be used at Mill Bay Beach and Mission Beach, according to the Kodiak Daily Mirror.Fireworks

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