Alaska News Roundup for June 25

  • Gov. Bill Walker has joined the national movement to rename areas once dedicated to Confederate soldiers and slavers by supporting the renaming of the Western area of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta that includes 20 villages and seasonal communities from Wade Hampton Census Area to Kusilvak Census District. The Dispatch has the backstory, who’s supporting the name change and more.
  • The saga of the hacked OMP files has gone from stomach churning to sobbing into beer on the sad meter. The Hill reveals that along with 18 million people’s personal information (including addresses, SSN, income, levels of security clearances, etc.) hackers also gained access to classified FBI files.
  • The Dispatch explains a new report put out by the Rockefeller Institute that found Alaska was the hardest hit of all the states by the downward spiral of crude oil prices.Oil


  • Federal Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy made a temporary ruling to minimize the turmoil embroiling Tok over who has a seat on the community’s Tok Community Umbrella Corporation board. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that the “winner” is Lisa Conrad.

  • Hey Ketchikan! Ready your Emily Post knowledge because the Alaska Chamber of Commerce is heading your way as part of their annual outreach trips.
  • The Peninsula Clarion has the skinny on the three ballot initiatives that will be voted on by the Kenai electorate in October.
  • Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan spoke as part of ACS’s Summer of Heroes series at the midtown Boys and Girls Club.Sullivan


  • The Nome Common Council heard from several local nonprofits about the importance the city’s contributions were to the community after the council tabled further fund dispersals when they passed their FY16 budget, per the Nome Nugget.
  • KCAW was on hand to hear the arguments regarding whether or not the Sitka Assembly should absorb the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Former Sen. Mark Begich showed his ire that 72 House Democrats are urging Pres. Obama to renig on Shell’s Arctic drilling permits, per Politico.
  • Election Pamphlets and Raven Landing will be the words of the evening down at the Fairbanks North Star Borough chambers tonight. The Fairbanks News Miner reports that the confusing language over who’s to provide the pro/con statements on ballet measures and Raven Landing funding/tax exemptions.
  • Ryan Nickup with Estately crunched numbers from a variety of factors to rank the laziest states in the union. Alaska comes in at the “we’re too busy for frivolous things like the Young and the Restless, but we’ll make time for Laz-E-Boy buyin” with #47.Lazy


  • Former Gov. Sarah Palin’s top 10 Fox News moments has been ranked by Politico since the announcement that she will no longer with formally associated with the network.
  • Rep. Don Young might be Puerto Rico’s cheerleader for statehood, but that wasn’t enough to get fellow House Members to standup and cheer along.
  • The Juneau Empire reports that almost 3,200 individuals have applied with the City and Borough of Juneau for senior sales tax exemption cards.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan will be conducting a Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs hearing in Alaska on the veterans’ healthcare issues (i.e. the Choice Program) in August, according to the Fairbanks News Miner.
  • The art world and the Feminist movement lost an icon earlier this week with the passing of Miriam Schapiro at the age of 91. Mrs. Schapiro is acknowledge as being a driving force behind acceptance of female artists as having equal merit in museums and galleries as well as for university art scholarships, which enabled more women to attain degrees.





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