Alaska News Roundup for September 2

  • ConocoPhillips has announced that they are going to cut around 10% of their Alaska workforce. While this number is sure to send shivers down many a spine, it is important to remember that roughly 25% employees for the major O&G players in Alaska live full-time Outside and commute to the slope. Some subcontractors use 100% Outside workers for in-state work. The exact number of AUCTUAL Alaska ConocoPhillips employees that will be receiving a pink slip is still unknown.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has an editorial urging folks to register to vote before the muni election cut-off date later this week. Register to vote by going HERE.
  • The Dispatch gives a beautiful, no–poetic, re-telling of Pres. Obama’s trip/hike to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Truly worth a read just for the details and enriched writing.
  • Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and one-time staffer, turned girlfriend, now with the Interior Gas Utility Mindy O’Neall parted ways after almost three years. Sounds like yet another casualty of the long special session. What will he do now as the Legislature’s most eligible bachelor?

  • The Susan B. Anthony List is coming to Alaska with Sen. Lisa Murkowski in their crosshairs. The Hill reports that Alaskans should start preparing themselves for SBA List web ads and constituent calls as part of a nationwide campaign to pressure moderate senators to vote for a ban on 20-week abortions.
  • The Walker Administration has begun Medicaid expansion by heralding in the Healthy Alaska Plan that will see 50%-100% medically necessary travel reimbursement as an example of immediate change. The state is expected to save $100+ million a year.
  • In other Interior Democratic legislative news: Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) has hired a new legislative aide! The lucky bunny is one Kyle Campbell who will primarily serve as Rep. Guttenberg’s finance aide.

    Kyle Campbell

    Photo Credit of Wild Alaska Chaga

  • Kotzebue is in full tilt of excitement over the president arriving today and APRN spoke with some residents and Mayor Maija Lukin (who is recovering from having her appendix removed).
  • Part of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s New Era will be NEW lighting. In an effort to save an estimated $260,000 and become greener as a muni, LED lighting will be the name of the game for street lamps and facilities beginning in Fairview, Mt. View, Government Hill and midtown.
  • The showdown between the state and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough over education funding will finally happen at the end of September when each side presents their case before the Alaska Supreme Court.
  • Politico’s take from Pres. Obama’s GLACIER speech was more Cold War rhetoric than Environmental Champion. Former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and  Gov. Bill Walker were both mentioned.
  • Rep. Don Young will face opposition going into the 2016 election cycle with one, Paul Hannan from Homer. Mr. Hannan will focus his campaign on the importance of diplomacy within politics, per the Kodiak Daily Mirror.

    Paul Hannan

    Photo Credit of Taming Cynicism

  • Prepare the sad trombone music for Ray DeVilbiss (and brother of Mat-Su Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss) because the Alaska Supreme Court has refused to hear DeVilbiss’ case for local road tax exemption, per the Dispatch.
  • Former representative and current Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor Reggie Joule and the GCI CEO Ron Duncan co-wrote a Juneau Empire op-ed throws a nice spin on the current challenges Arctic residents face along with a call to action.
  • Retired EPA official and current ex-pat Phillip North has been issued an order of appearance by federal Judge H. Russel Holland to testify about alleged impropriety between the EPA and anti-Pebble mine groups.
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