Alaska News Roundup for August 10

  • TransCanada might be using NAFTA to sue the US Government over their expected decision to nix the Keystone XL Pipeline, per The Hill.
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins understands the importance of a properly protected cyber infrastructure in this age of daily black hat hacking and is asking the Borough Assembly for $50,000 to audit the systems for vulnerabilities. Hooray to a forward thinking, proactive mayor!
  • The backlash over Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote on Planned Parenthood continues with an impassioned op-ed by City and Borough of Juneau Assemblyperson Kate Troll in the Juneau Empire.
  • Buccaneer Energy’s loss is Aurora Gas’ gain in their acquisition of West Eagle’s drilling lease for $69,760, per the Homer Tribune.
  • Congrats to City Clerk Tom Moran on being selected by the Nome Common Council to be their city’s new City Manager.

    Moran

    Photo Credit of Knom

  • The Mat-Su Borough got their knuckles wrapped by the Alaska DEC for sloppy paperwork on the Talkeetna wastewater treatment plant. The Frontiersman explain that there was not only unfiled but MISSING paperwork following a less than satisfactory inspection last May.
  • Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) confirmed to the Ketchikan Daily News, many Alaskans’ fears: Special Session 3.0 is highly likely.
  • Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) utilized a rare legislative power to subpoena the video of an inmate’s last few days while in an Anchorage solitary confinement cell before his suspicious death of what some consider prisoner abuse. The Dispatch reports that Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage) rescinded the subpoena after initially first approving it.
  • The New York Times reports that the US Treasury will be selling Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority power revenue refinancing bonds for $66 million and the Anchorage Convention Center revenue refinancing bonds for $90 million this week.
  • The Dispatch’s Dermot Cole continues the steady drumbeat for civility and against political grandstanding when Pres. Obama returns to Alaska.
  • The Juneau Empire reveals its sadness in the lack of new political faces in the two City and Borough of Juneau Assembly races. Only incumbents Loren Jones and Jerry Nankervis have filed so far for the seats.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan came out against Russia’s North Pole land grab during an interview with Fox News.
  • Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott explained to KCAW that in order for the federal government to intervene with the growing transboundary mining problem, individual voices needed to come unite into unified action.
  • Alaskan Vets, meet the new (interim) head of AK VA Health Care System: Linda Boyle. The Dispatch has her credentials.

    VA

    Photo Credit of the Dispatch

  • APRN recounts another example of state budget cuts’ real affect on Alaska with a story on the potential closure of Petersburg Borough’s regional D.A. office.
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