AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 11

  • The Peninsula Clarion was on hand when the Texas-based oil developing company, BlueCrest announced that they would become partners with California-based WesPac Midstream LLC to further develop prospects near Anchor Point.
  • According to the New York Times, North Korea has offered the U.S. something slightly more appealing to our palette than taking Dennis Rodman off our hands for a few weeks; a temporary halt to their nuclear testing if the U.S. canceled its annual joint military exercise with South Korea.
  • The CFO of the Alaska Port Authority, Merrick Peirce, has an op-ed in the Dispatch calling for an oil tax rewrite.
  • Cupcake advice, a Big Surprise and hat throwing are all found in the latest Loose Lips. It might be the end of an era, but the conversation continues here under new management. Welcome!
  • FactFinder crunched the numbers after U.S. Rep. Scott Perry claimed that the Keystone pipeline would create 42,000 jobs. The verdict: It might be true, though the number is more likely closer to 16,000 for about two years, which is still great news for many.

  • Prepare the confetti because the Alaska fish and game boards will be meeting on Wednesday to pick our next Department of Fish and Game Commissioner. The Fairbanks News Miner has the information about the four candidates.
  • Kake’s green energy plans have hit their latest stumbling block because the estimated price tag of $60 million, according to the Juneau Empire.
  • The slow change of heart with both state and federal Republicans regarding ObamaCare has long been documented, but what the New York Times finds curious about the GOP’s relationship with the 2010 ACA are the varied amicus briefs being filed in support of the Supreme Court case: King v. Burwell. Could this possibly hint at inner turmoil within Lincoln’s Party?
  • The state Supreme Court has decided to let an administrative challenge that APOC was bias against Bob Gillam run its course. The Dispatch has the backstory and the juicy details.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder wants it to be clear that the U.S. is not using stereotypes to identify potential terror suspects, per The Hill.
  • Yesterday’s Legislative Caucus public meeting at the Loussac Library wasn’t the barnburner of years past. In fact the Dispatch’s reporting made it seem rather staid. APRN was also on hand and has some of the ideas legislators have to cut capital costs.
  • Politico reveals that of the biggest disclosed donors of 2014 either gave mostly or exclusively to Democrats with $174 million to the $140 million to Republicans.
  • Kodiak Daily Mirror has an article about a pre-filed bill that will place further protection on the Alaska Permanent Fund from potential reallocation due to budget deficits.
  • The Annenberg Public Policy Center put together a two-hour political candidate assessment by twelve participants of different political parties in the Denver-area to get their views on the potential 2016 presidential candidates. The takeaway is that they were weary of political dynasties regarding both Bush and Clinton, per the Washington Times.
  • The Hill reports that February 18 is the day that the White House will host a Global Security Summit to discuss ways to prevent radicalization.
  • The Frontiersman has the details about the public marijuana meeting with the Mat-Su Borough regarding policy ideas.
  • Doyon, Limited has tapped Julie M. Morman to be their new senior vice president and COO. The Fairbanks News Miner has Morman’s details.
  • Politico donned their Michael Buffer tux for their story on the upcoming battle between former Gov. Jeb Bush and former Gov. Mitt Romney over who will win the 2016 presidential nomination.   The Washington Post thinks it will resemble more of a combative two-step.












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