Alaska News Roundup for May 28

  • Seattle was over the moon that Gov. Bill Walker visited their fair city AND toured the infamous resident of Terminal 5. Seattle Times has some quotes and intones the governor’s visit as part explanatory, part redress.
  • Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley has received a filed complaint against his treatment of victims, witnesses and other parties during court proceedings, per the Fairbanks News Miner. If Dooley is found guilty, he could be publically disciplined with a public statement, suspension and/or removal from his appointment.
  • It’s getting hot in here, and NASA’s captured the Last Frontier’s record high temperatures in colorful maps to go along with Weather’s explanation of how this odd weather pattern occurred.AK

 

  • Rep. Sam Kito III (D-Juneau) wrote an op-ed in the Dispatch where he ruminates over the House Majority’s budget compromise/coercion.

  • Politico sat down with the pantsuit queen to the female movers & shakers of capital hill (Hillary, Warren & Kagan are a few of her devotee).

    Pantsuits

    Photo Credit of Reddit

  • The federal Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is scratching their heads in confusion over the low number of responses to the $4.6 million in aid for the 2012 fisheries disaster. According to the Peninsula Clarion, of the 3,200 mailed applications-only about 100 have been returned for processing as of May 22. Payment will be divided up equally among the approved applicants. Applications can be obtained by calling (503) 595-3100 during normal office hours PST.
  • Our new Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will have a grand opening this Saturday at 1:00pm and a Hot Dog picnic later that afternoon! Yummy!
  • The Washington Post has an interesting article about the correlation between minimum wage hikes and Democratic dominant cities and states. Alaska might be a solidly red state, but the 2014 voter initiative is included in the article as an example of the changing times and political ideology. 2016 will be a very interesting election cycle.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski flexed her eloquence muscle to full affect during her response to the EPA’s new Clean Water Rule yesterday. Indian Country Today explains what the CWR changes are, the reasons for the update and Sen. Murkowski’s quotes.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan (and fellow senators) met with a renown Human Rights activist while visiting Vietnam.Sullivan

 

  • King Harald V of Norway opened the Arctic Offshore Operations Conference held in Anchorage to great fanfare, per the Juneau Empire.
  • The White House might have full intention of vetoing Rep. Don Young’s updated Magnuson-Stevens Act, but that hasn’t caused Young to become chastened. In an emailed response to the Alaska Journal, he dismissed the administration’s warning as “premature posturing not worth consideration.”
  • Shell is not getting any love from Seattle and The Hill reports that the latest local bureaucratic cold shoulder comes in the form of waste disposal permit
  • CNN (and the IRS) is pretty sure the hack of over 100K tax refunds came from Russia.
  • The Alaska Sailing Club and Shoreline Commodore Bruce Lee (no, not THAT Bruce Lee) are latest in the Frontiersman’s series King Makers.Bruce

 

  • It might be legal in Alaska, but for residential federal employeesmarijuana usage is still off limits. Bummer, man.
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