Alaska News Roundup for December 3

  • Sen. John Coghill (R-Fairbanks) has testified before Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s powerful Energy and Natural Resources Committee along with six other Alaskans about how the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) is going and what issues needed to be addressed.coghill

 

  • The Mat-Su Borough Assembly had to dust off an old parliamentary maneuver to temporarily borrow $2.5 million to fix a major safety/structural issue with the Port MacKenzie’s barge dock until the insurance company is satisfied with the necessary documentation and cuts the owed insurance money. The Frontiersman fully explains the needed repairs and how the Assembly quickly fixed the fiscal holdup.
  • Quinnipiac University has released the results of nation wide poll on Americans’ perspective on refugees, terrorists and Congress’ handling of the issue. The results were surprising to many news outlets as 58% of American voters felt the greatest threat to safety/security was from homegrown jihadists, then 17% feared radicalized foreign visitors down to 16% of people fearing terrorists hiding among Syrian refugees. This reaction was across the board with age and ethnicity.Refugee

  • The lights will continue to turn on for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation for the next year, but the work happening within the office is still uncertain due to recent changes in board members and it is still unknown what role the big three oil producers will play in filling the pipeline, per the Dispatch.
  • Gov. Bill Walker, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Sen. Dan Sullivan looked REALLY HAPPY to be tearing up the latest ANWR bill. Only things missing were a few Bic Lighters and some Plasmatics playing in the background.ANWR

 

  • Fairbanks has been found to be naughty. Very, very, naughty in how they have been engaging in unfair labor practices with muni employees. The Juneau Empire explains the multitude of reasons the Alaska Labor Relations Agency ruled against the Fairbanks’ City Council approved labor contracts from this past summer.
  • Quartz Hill Molybdenum Mine is doing so well that they are in the process of receiving a 25-year lease with DNR for a barge and boat landing. The Juneau Empire reports that the lease agreement will bring the state a whopping $1,000 a year during the term of the lease agreement.
  • In a move that has 2016’s presidential candidate dressers freaking out, Pantone has released the official color for next year: (Drum Roll, please) Rose Quartz and Serenity. This is a far departure from the more dramatic colors of yore.Rose Quartz      Serenity

 

  • Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s New Era keeps building steam as Tent City received ANOTHER national award, this time for new strategic development from the nonprofit Smart Growth America. While the award doesn’t come with physical cash, Anchorage will be the recipient of a free technical assistance workshop to plan an economic and fiscal map for the near future.
  • Sen. Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) is hosting a fundraiser for Anchorage Assembly candidate (and local Boscoe’s comic book store owner) John Weddleton. My little bird has heard that the RSVP’d list is already extensive with lots of moneyed “R’s” planning to attend.Weddleton-Fundraiser2-Evite2

 

  • The preliminary autopsy of Juneau Mayor Tom Fisk shows that he passed away due to natural causes and the injuries sustained are consistent with falling and not foul play or assault.
  • APRN snapped this great photo during the Capitol Christmas Tree lighting festivities as Soldotna’s Anna DeVolld assisted Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in lighting the tree selected from the Chugach.Anna
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