AM Alaska News Roundup for Feb. 16

  • The Alaska legislature will be focusing on marijuana, the state’s budget this week with special interest with Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s speech on Wednesday, per the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • The leaked internal EPA memos on Pebble Mine are making waves. The Washington Post expounds on the controversial mine‘s litigious saga over the watershed’s future and how the players are interpreting the memos.
  • The Seward City Manager has a News Update in today’s Seward City News. There seems to be enough odd odors wafting around Seward to deserve their own non-emergency line with the Seward Police Department.
  • The New York Times reports that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has moved away from an earlier decision to align itself with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the smallest “footprint” in beginning the process for O&G production on federal lands in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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  • The Army Corp of Engineers explains to APRN why the state needs to expand Nome’s Deep-Water port.
  • The FAA has finally released their regulations regarding small drones for commercial use. Politico and The Hill explain how this will affect life, as we know it.

  • The Peninsula Clarion announced that Tami Murray would be the new Executive Director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Alaska’s Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Laurie Hummel, sat down with the Dispatch’s Jill Burke and explained her vision of increased representation of women within military academics and why this would be great for the nation as a whole.
  • Rep. Don Young discusses his objectives for his Kotzebue visit on his YouTube channel.

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  • 42% of Alaska’s total student population will be eligible for the new free student lunch program by the USDA. The Juneau Empire has the details.
  • Mark your calendars because this Friday will be the day for oral arguments in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s education lawsuit with the state to remove a fundamental aspect of the state’s educational funding system, according to the Ketchikan Daily News.
  • Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Eagle River) husband’s profession is raising some eyebrows of potential voting impropriety with regards to construction legislation, per the Dispatch.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s co-sponsored, “Audit the Feds” bill looks ready for passage if some moderate Democrats can be whipped to vote “Yea”. The Hill explains why the piece of legislation and the understandable hesitation of support by some.
  • The Juneau Empire explains the economic impact the timber legislation (HB87) would have on Southeast by removing some of the current restrictions on timber sales to mills.
  • APRN reports the passage of the Arctic Policy bill in the Alaska State House.
  • KTVA has Jeff Landfield’s side of Speedogate.
  • Former Gov. Sarah Palin made the news over the weekend by wearing a distinctive dress of her daughters at the SNL 40th anniversary bash, but then topped herself by “jokingly” proposing a Trump/Palin ticket for 2016.

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