Alaska News Roundup for August 7


  • The SEC has charged Miller Energy Resources, its former, and current executives for filing fraudulent financial reports where Miller allegedly inflated the value of Alaska O&G leases in 2009 by more than $400 million.
  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough is exploring the unexpected cost that will come with the proposed 5% pot tax, since the revenue will be coming from cash-based businesses. Specifically: the borough will need to purchase armored cars, expand security and a purchase a vault for the borough’s treasury office.
  • Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott vowed to Southeast Native leaders that tribes WOULD have a voice in transboundary mining work. KCAW reports that it wasn’t enough to please Tlingit-Haifa Central Council President Richard Peterson who is quoted as saying, “…I challenge you to do a better job.” Ouchie!

  • Kenai’s City Council is placing a new wastewater plant at the top of their funding priority list and they are already working on getting the needed revenue beginning with a grant from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The Peninsula Clarion explains that this upgrade is imperative for the city to come within the required ammonia restrictions set by DEC.
  • The Alaska Journal of Commerce gives a forecast as to when certain parts of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s mondo energy package will hit the Senate floor and how they will be received.
  • The Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting was much ado about nothing, so sayeth the Frontiersman. Permanent vehicle registrations will go on and on while the controversial borough’s transfer fee increase issue will have to wait for a future meeting to be fully discussed.
  • APRN joins many Alaska Vets in rejoicing about the $20 million slush budget that has been approved by the Obama administration to allow for the VA to shift funds around for quicker services.
  • Lucky 13 seems to be the jumping off number of bids with the state to bring LNG to Fairbanks. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that the final decision on the bid winner will be announced before the end of 2015.
  • Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) is known for not mincing her words and the most recent example of this came in the form of a letter sent to Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton regarding a perceived hiring of too many environmentalists. To which Com. Cotton remained diplomatic in his response of offering a one-on-one meeting. The Dispatch has the popcorn-worthy details.

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  • Last night’s GOP presidential debate was the dog whistle that lured political wonks out of the comfort of their homes and out amongst their partied brethren. The Alaska Republicans (in Anchorage at least) were found at McGinley’s Pub while Alaska Democrats were enjoying the view from Mad Myrna’s. The Dispatch covered both get-togethers.
  • Juneau aspiring politicians rejoice because you can now file for the City and Borough of Juneau’s assembly seat, per the Juneau Empire!

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