Alaska News Roundup for July 10

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly listened to well over 6 hours of testimony (and my little bird told me that number doesn’t count the endless conversations just out running errands) about a proposed ordinance to repeal portions of the riparian habitat protection program. In the end, the repeal died 5/4 and the Peninsula Clarion has the entire nail biting moments.
  • Gov. Bill Walker signed Erin’s Law into law last night at an ice cream bill signing celebration. It was an Anchorage Who’s Who affair.


  • In coffee spitting news, CNN reports that the US military intercepted two Russian aircraft off the coast of CA and Alaska! This comes on the heels of the announcement of military personnel cuts to Alaska’s Army base, which Gov. Bill Walker considers to be an “opportunity” for Alaska in the long–run.
  • APRN explains the Alaska Department of Revenue’s report on why Oil Tax Credits are a bad investment for the state.Tax Credits


  • Shell Oil is thinking of about making the branding equivalent of wearing spanx: just enough change to be noticeable, but not enough to draw too much attention. The Hill reveals that Shell’s change would be dropping the “oil” aspect from its name…completely.


    Photo Credit of Styles by Katrina

  • The Dispatch has the details on Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s new office staff. They are all known state wonks and three of the four have worked for Berkowitz in the past: Ona Brause as his deputy chief of staff, Amy Coffman as a special assistant, Nora Morse as special assistant and press assistant. Myer Hutchinson will serve as the mayor’s communications director.
  • In more Shell Oil news, the Fairbanks News Miner reports that the offshore drill rigs are cooling their jets while awaiting the damage report on the icebreaker.
  • Freedom! The voters of Big Lake and Houston will get to determine their city’s future designation in an upcoming election. The Frontiersman explains that this measure has failed twice (1974 by 7 votes and in 1987 by 148 votes).

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    Map of the proposed city limits of Big Lake and Houston

  • The news coming from OPM just keeps getting worse. The new-new numbers of Americans hurt by the data hack is now well over 22 million (this number includes federal employees, their families and non-federal employee friends). The Hill has the developing news about the Director of the OPM’s resignation.
  • Rep. Don Young celebrated Alaska’s Flag Day in style with both Sen. Lisa Murkowski and his own interns.Interns


  • Alaska, we have a new trade group! The Alaska Marijuana Industry Association was formed to promote legal marijuana business within the state, per the Juneau Empire.
  • It has been announced that Natalie Portman has been picked to play not one but two political women in upcoming biopics. Her turn as the Notorious RBG was announced last month. Now it appears that Jackie Kennedy will be getting the Portman treatment. Good thing?jackie





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