Alaska News Roundup for September 25

  • We are officially going into Special Session 3.0! This surprised the Alaska House Majority, made the Senate Minority giddy as it’s being held in Juneau, and created concern within the Senate Majority. As for the House Minority…crickets.

 

  • The “Big Three” LNG Project producers have reached an agreement with the State of Alaska on property taxes. They will be paying the state $16.5 billion (yes, with a “B”) with $15.7 billion going toward PILT payments in lieu of technical taxes. The Peninsula Clarion has the details.
  • The state’s review of the LNG deal structure has found “serious challenges” to ensure maximum benefit to Alaskans. The 11-page report is well-written and worth a read, but so to is the amazing job by the Dispatch’s Alex DeMarban in explaining the information in laymen’s details.lng

  • Special session 3.0 regarding the LNG Project is right around the corner, but KTUU reports that it hasn’t altered the field research’s timeline for the marine terminus in Nikiski.
  • Rep. Don Young has a delightful press release about Pope Francis’ visit to the Capital yesterday, though nothing quite compares to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s personal experience with the pontiff.
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Photo Credit of Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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Photo Credit of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly never disappoints! Last night’s hearing was fully attended and lots of members religious came out to ask for buffer zones around churches with commercial cannabis. Assemblyman Lance Robert took point on this additional amendment.
  • The Anchorage Assembly races are getting exciting with the Dispatch’s news that JOHN WEDDLETON (of Title 21 and Bosco’s comic shop fame) and Joe Riggs are challenging Assemblywoman Jennifer Johnston’s re-election bid. That’s not all! Terre Gales has also thrown his hat into the assembly race, but up against former Anchorage mayoral candidate and formidable Assemblyman Paul Honeman.
  • The Fairbanks road system is going to get snowier this winter in reaction to budget cuts to DOT. The Fairbanks News Miner has the details on what to expect.

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    Image Credit of the Fairbanks News Miner

  • The Pope spoke Spanish from the Capital balcony to the throngs of people below and the Washington Post makes their case that, that moment was the most powerful of all from his trip to the US.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote against moving forward on defunding Planned Parenthood caught the eye of both The Hill and Politico.
  • Fairbanks’ outdoor athletics just got more fun with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly’s recent acquisition of six acres of land for $133,905. The area is being eyed for small beginners’ trailhead and easier access for area schools to utilize the recreational area.
  • Aurora Communications International Inc., a Christian radio broadcaster, has been found to be very, very naughty. Not as in Jim Baker/Jessica Hahn, but as in filling in vital wetlands with dredged material near their Ninilchik facility and fined $30,000 by the EPA for doing so.giphy

 

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