Alaska News Roundup for March 26

  • Those participating in the Juneau “Choose Respect” march will see Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott taking the helm and not, as previously reported, Gov. Bill Walker. My little birds tell me that the 3rd floor is where reporters really should be stationing themselves around noon.
  • From Russia with love: the ambitious proposal to link New York to London via a single span of road and rail through the U.S./Canada/Russia/Europe is explained along with the proposal’s history by the Washington Post.Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 8.45.23 AM


  • Mayor Dan Sullivan has dropped the hammer on commercial marijuana businesses by prohibiting the inclusion of pot (the actual substance, use or display) at marijuana trade shows that are held in municipal facilities. The Dispatch has the details on this new development. Hammer, hammer!
  • The Daily Reporter that the latest Pebble Mine development is being led by the Pebble Limited Partnership in their hiring of The Cohen Group to investigate the actions of the EPA in their evaluation of the proposed largest open pit mine in the watershed of the most pristine salmon fishing area in the world.
  • KTVA and KTBY have an update on 10-year-old William Scannell’s international organization Any Refugee’s Postcards of Hope.


  • The Native Village of Point Hope is withdrawing from the lawsuit that has prevented the Chukchi Sea oil drilling, per the Fairbanks News Miner.

  • The Peninsula Clarion headlines says it all, “Soldotna pot ordinance goes up in smoke.”
  • Alaska Native News documents yet another split between Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan when Sen. Sullivan rejected the Law of the Sea Treaty, whose purpose is to govern customs, treaties, and international agreements by which governments maintain order, productivity, and peaceful relations on the sea.”
  • The Alaska Pipeline captured Rep. Don Young‘s turn at the F-35 simulator’s stick.
  • KTOO reports that the bill to stop state reimbursements of new school bonds starting from January 1, 2015 has passed the state Senate. This puts into question the legality and future of the school board bonds on the Anchorage’s April 7 municipal ballot.
  • The Washington Post goes down memory lane with ten campaign ads from known political movers and shakers before they could command a media cycle with nary a word uttered. Yes, former Sarah Palin is included using this video from her 2006 gubernatorial race.
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  • The Executive Director of the Alaska Wilderness League, Cindy Shogan, wrote an op-ed in The Hill where she explains that to really support Southeast’s economy, the focus by our Washington delegation should be on fishing and tourism.
  • Anchorage’s 2014 city budget is in a surplus of $4-6 million and Devin Kelly with the Dispatch explains how that came to fruition.
  • Alaska ferries just can’t get no respect from the legislature. The Juneau Empire reports that the Blue Canoes are losing an additional $1.75 million due to the Senate Finance subcommittee’s red ink pen.
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough is once again BFF’s with the Alaska State Employees Association following the conclusion of their tentative three-year labor agreement. The Fairbanks News Miner has the details.
  • APRN reports that the state Senate voted to keep pot as a controlled substance, though Sen. Bill Wielechowski argued this was contrary to the intent of the highly popular ballot initiative.
  • KTVA explains the differing reports on the state of salmon within Alaska.
  • An impassioned op-ed by Brett Scruton in the Dispatch articulates many Alaskans’ feelings over Sen. Dan Sullivan’s decision to sign the infamous Iran letter.

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