Alaska News Roundup for June 26

  • Why yes, the Soldotna City Council will accept the $250,000 FAA grant and the matching $8,300 grants from the state and city to begin phase II of the airport master plan project, per the Peninsula Clarion.
  • Arctic Slope Regional Corp., NANA Regional Corp. and Bering Straits Native Corp., just got extra bonafide by forming a mondo alliance for Arctic development (and one heck of a political block). The Dispatch has the details on this new development.
  • Running of the SCOTUS interns is a long and hallowed tradition of relaying information from the justices to reporters. Wired examines why SCOTUS rulings first come on paper and not via-pick your 21st or even 20th century technology-a faster non-sprinting intern manner.YouTube Preview Image


  • FERC is not happy with Homer Electric Association’s shoddy filings and missing necessary information. HEA has four months to correct and address all comments or FERC will drop its proverbial hammer. Winter is coming.

  • Reuters discovered that the federal mining permitting process is impeding America’s ability to compete in a global economic sector from the introduction of legislation by SenLisa Murkowski to cap EPA environmental reviews at 30 months.
  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly clarified language on the confusing responsibility of the pro/con statements on ballot initiatives in the election pamphlets. The Fairbanks News Miner has the details.
  • The Hill not only explains who the two new EPA nominees are, but also reminds the reader about Sen. Dan Sullivan’s threat to hold up the nomination process of three lower-profile applicants.
  • APRN broke the news with a heavy heart that Alaska won’t see a new $1 billion icebreaker…for now.
  • In other intern news, Sen. Lisa Murkowski thanked her first batch of summer interns for their hard work with a celebratory Rhubarb Crisp on their last day of service.Crisp


  • Turns out, GDP ain’t no thang (anymore). Politico explains why this measurement is now associated as a relic of the past.
  • One of my little birds sent me this bit of interest about the Vatican signing a peace treaty with the State of Palestine as a method to jumpstart real and lasting peace negotiations with Israel. The Middle Eastern sector of the UN is apparently beside themselves with Pope Benedict’s latest move as they scramble to decode potential fallout.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan got a shout-out for donning a black apron to raise money for Hunger Relief Alliance.
  • Clear your dance cards Anchorageites (?) because the next few months will be hopping with city centennial celebrations. The Dispatch was kind enough to have a rundown and why each one is worthy of attendance. July 12–>get your inner Emo on.

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