Alaska News Roundup for May 26

  • Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) has the dubious distinction of being the reason for a new Jezebel column series called Loser Sons of Politics, per one of my little birds.Kelly


  • APRN explains where the legislature is in negotiating a budget deal.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan is heading to Vietnam and Singapore with a Senate delegation this week to mark the 20th anniversary of normalized relations with the US.
  • Oil tax credits. Things seemed to take a nasty turn in decorum by Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) when Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) mentioned oil tax law during a legislative budget meeting over the weekend. Dermot Cole with the Dispatch covered the exchange and the points made by all sides on this issue.

  • The 50% Bering Sea halibut bycatch cut proposed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is the focus of an article by the Homer Tribune.
  • The Anchorage Downtown Transit Center is getting the attention it needs from the mayor’ office and several community organizations for a safer and more inviting environment. The Dispatch has the details on the proposed changes.
  • It’s official: Juneau’s population is falling and the Juneau Empire explains the possible reasons for the drop in numbers. 14418612


  • The Hill reports on what 70 bitcoins or $17K USD will get you in stolen data from AdultFriendFinder on the dark web.
  • The environmental impact of the roughly 9,000-gallon diesel fuel tanker spill in Cook Inlet was minimized by the Coast Guard and several agency partners in their timely response, according to the Seward City News.
  • Wired explains why it simply isn’t possible for a passenger to hack a commercial airplane.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has the update on the self-removal of one protester on Shell’s oil drilling rig, leaving one student activist still aboard.
  • Former Commissioner of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Branko Terzic, wrote an op-ed in The Hill where he explains the types of permits Shell received for Arctic drilling, the need for fossil fuels and his take on Seattle’s kayakativists.
  • The Alaska Scholastic Clay Target Program received a transfer of $150,000 by the Mat-Su Borough Assembly to purchase land for a future shooting site, “just not borough owned land.” The Frontiersman has the backstory, the money’s original designation and why this issue has captivated the assembly’s attention for almost a year.

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