Alaska News Roundup for July 9

  • Happy Flag Day Alaska!  AK US Flag Pin


  • The Dispatch’s Lisa Demer gives an expansive explanation over the myriad of issues behind Bethel’s potential decision to go from “damp”à”wet”. It’s a battle between and within the community, the ABC Board, and Native Corporations.
  • Here is the latest from Seward City New’s Sue McClure on the Kenai Peninsula Borough goings on. Yay!!
  • No Child Left Behind’s GOP rewrite/update passed the House yesterday in a 218/213 vote. The New York Times reports that Rep. Don Young voted “Yea.”
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski stood up for public education funding (and against GOP powerhouse Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) by helping to defeat an education amendment to the Senate version of the No Child Left Behind update/rewrite in a close 52/45 vote. The Washington Post has the details. Sen. Dan Sullivan voted for the private school voucher amendment.
  • To say that yesterday’s troop reduction announcement shocked many would be the understatement of the summer. KTUU has both and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Rep. Don Young‘s reactions. International Business Times has Sen. Dan Sullivan’s reaction.
  • CNN explains why Alaska is now becoming too important to the global economy to ignore, let alone dismiss.
  • Tax Foundation crunched the numbers and discovered what $100 is truly worth in all of the different states. Alaska comes in at #45 with a “whopping” $94.34 of buying power for every $100.00 spent. The best state for your money? Mississippi at $115.21.Map


  • The Washington Post reveals the real reasons why Washington powerbroker and Dispatch owner Alice Rogoff lives in Alaska. Hint: it’s not for the road system.
  • Alaska and FERC are getting in on the comment filing action surrounding HEA’s hydroelectric project. The Peninsula Clarion reveals what the state and the federal agency had to say.
  • The Mat-Su VA clinic was discovered in a recent report to have some serious issues with adhering to national clinical standards and the Frontiersman explains what that means in terms of care and how it is being rectified.
  • The Near Island office of Alaska Fish and Game has a beautiful new mural.mural

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