AM Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 13

  • Exxon Mobil has signaled renewed interest in Alaska’s LNG when they submitted a $500 million project draft environmental report to FERC one day after Bill Walker announced he was dropping his Pt. Thompson lawsuit, according to UPI.
  • Gavel to Gavel’s Jeremy Hsieh explains the goings on during Week 4 of the state legislature.

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  • CH2M Hill is no longer planning to sale off their Alaska holdings and considers their future involvement in Alaska to be business as usual, per the Peninsula Clarion.
  • The Frontiersman announced that Terry Snyder has been appointed as the new President for AARP. This organization is reknown for having a formidable lobbying arm and Snyder’s business acumen will help to ensure AARP’s continued presence in legislative matters.

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  • The debate over Homeland Security funding is revealing hidden cracks within the GOP’s pubic united front. Politico and The Hill mention Sen. Dan Sullivan’s involvement in shooting down an idea to change Senate rules’ to prevent the ability for a legislative filibuster.
  • Rep. Tammie Wilson wants to eliminate board-generated proposals within state fisheries and game boards, according to the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • The Alaska Office of Subsistence Management explained to the Kodiak Daily Mirror that they are looking to alter how communities around the state are designated rural or non-rural with regards to subsistence.
  • The Alaska Retirement Management Board had bad news for legislators regarding the state’s retirement fund. Their analysis showed that previous legislative changes will now cost Alaskans billions more in the upcoming years in order to meet funding requirements, according to the Dispatch.
  • The Juneau Empire covered the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly that focused on all things pot. They created a new committee being chaired by Jesse Kiel to take point on these issues.
  • KTUU covered the pushback by legislators regarding Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal of 90% forward funding for education for 2017.
  • UPI reports that the U.S. Interior Department is edging closer to opening offshore drilling in the Chukchi Sea with a federal decision to be made in late March.
  • AVTEC’s vocational and technical schools will be getting the ax as part of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development budget cuts. APRN reports that this will save the state a little more than $450,000.
  • The Dispatch has updates on the Anchorage Assembly: the next mayor has the opportunity to receive the freshly approved pay increase and the Assembly Chambers themselves were upgraded with bullet-resistant panels.
  • State legislators heard testimony about the need for communities to be able to legally opt-out of commercial marijuana, per the Juneau Empire.
  • The Washington Post explains who the six conservative GOP presidential hopefuls are that will be speaking at the Club for Growth’s private event later this month. Club for Growth might sound familiar as one of the groups that backed Sen. Dan Sullivan’s successful bid for his senate seat.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner was on hand to cover the North Star Borough Assembly meeting where they were putting the final touches on the clean air proposal.
  • The Peninsula Clarion reports that Soldotna is looking to the state for clarification on the city’s marijuana regulations.
  • The Washington Post combed through the FEC reports and discovered that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has raised $200,000.00 in the past three months with a total of $903,000.00 on hand for her reelection war chest.
  • Satirical writer, humorist and American treasure Mark Twain was also an accomplished diplomat? Politico reveals the important role he played in streathening relations between the U.S. and Russia following the unpopular purchase/sale of Alaska.
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