Alaska News Roundup for October 16

  • OH YEAH! The AFN is happening right now in Anchorage and yesterday’s opening ceremony saw lots of amazing moments, but one of my little birds was really, really excited about AFN President Julie Kitka’s (!) speech because her little girl “now wants to be president too instead of Elsa.”TShirt


  • Kenai’s Prop 1, the ability for candidates to run for designated seats, officially failed by SIX votes and the faces on the Kenai City Council will remain the same, per the Peninsula Clarion.
  • The Ketchikan City Council held a hearing where the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the city and the Ketchikan Professional Firefighters Association and to award a contract with Cal Worthington Ford Lincoln for a Ford F-450 XL truck.

  • The Dispatch has a beautiful photo essay of the AFN and an amazing description of the moment where hundreds of delegates showed solidarity with the Fairbanks Four by raising their hands with four fingers exposed. Think the Velvet Revolution, but without the jingling of keys.AFN


  • The Seward City News has all the links to stream and/or read-a-long to the Pot Board hearings continuing later today. The Juneau Empire has the details on Thursday’s meeting.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski is soooo close to seeing the 40+ oil export ban lifted and The Hill thinks that her new tactic of pairing the oil export ban with fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund will sway the remaining holdouts to vote “yes”.
  • Rep. Don Young spoke with Palmer constituents yesterday in a very Don Young manner…so much so that the Frontiersman’s editor felt the need to issue a warning at the beginning of the story.Don Young


  • Former Gov. Sean Parnell is putting up his shingle in Palmer where he will focus on business law, contracts and of course…muni and local government issues, per the Dispatch.
  • The Mat-Su Borough mayoral race is still too close to call. APRN explains the details of the race so far and how Monday will see the anointing of the winner, as there will not be a runoff election.
  • Seems that the Sitka City Assembly and Peter “perfectly distinguished” Micciche are both up in arms over the massive budget cuts to the Southeast Ferry Service. KCAW was on hand during the Assembly’s latest meeting where the economic and communal implications of having just one northbound and southbound ferry a week were discussed. Later this month, Sen. Micciche is hosting a public listening session on the growing ferry situation.Ferry


  • In Dueling Pen news: Alaska State Democratic Party Chair Mike Wenstrup wrote an impassioned op-ed in the Dispatch where he rebutted the Oct. 12’s op-ed by the former president of the Alaska Federation of Republican Women’s critique on the Democratic Party’s Joint Fundraising Agreement.
  • Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and he can now add North Pole City Councilman to his resume, per the Fairbanks News Miner.

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