Alaska News Roundup for October 15

  • The City of Ambler is making the news circuit for 1) voting out ALL FIVE of their Assembly members, 2) deciding that the results were invalid due to a lack in absentee ballots on election day, and 3) making a NEW election day for November 3! Seriously!
  • The end of an era occurred with the Seward City News’ last publication of Sue McClure’s Borough Assembly Report. As she has been term-limited out of her borough seat, McClure has now moved on to the Seward City Council (!) and fingers crossed…will continue her joyfully wonkish reports from her new dais location.giphy-6


  • Ready your credit card for Candy Bouquet because the absentee votes have been counted for the Kenai and Soldotna races and the Peninsula Clarion has the exciting news!   Linda Murphy and Paul Whitney both won their re-election bids for their respective Soldotna City Council Kenai City Council incumbent Bob Molloy also retained his seat, though Mike Boyle’s race between Jim Glendening was much more of a squeaker with a win by only 17 votes.

  • There is an interesting story in the Fairbanks News Miner about why Waste Management National Services is facing $14,000 in fines for not only allowing contaminate soil to spill along the Duwamish Waterway, but for also improperly planning the shipment.
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s interview with Slate about Alaska’s delicate balancing act of the fiscal urgency for energy development and the importance of environmental preservation was reproduced by Mother Jones to a rather critical reception.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan testified at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of his Veteran Alaskan Natives Land Allotment bill.YouTube Preview Image


  • The Peninsula Clarion has the details about the upcoming Special Session 3.0 or “the one where gas taxes were discussed”. Though that hasn’t stopped AOGA from initiating a preemptive ad campaign on the importance of the current O&G tax credit program.
  • The Seward City News covered the Seward work session on the 2016/2017 Biennial Budget that was well attended.
  • Big Lake’s incorporation is a confusing issue with many conflicting pieces of information making the proposition even more difficult. Luckily, the Frontiersman teases out many of the tangles into an eloquent backstory and clearer pathway forward.
  • One of the first steps toward reducing Alaska’s explosive prison population is about to begin in early March of 2016 with the Alaska Department of Corrections announcing that they will be releasing 1,200 minimum-security The problem? About half of the Palmer Correctional Center’s inmates are part of the expected release and that has gotten Rep. Jim Colver (R-Palmer) upset (and many of his constituents) to the point that he is scheduling a legislative field hearing for next week on this very issue.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner has a glowing editorial about Rep. Don Young and his talent for consensus building on Alaska’s behalf.
  • While Sen. Lisa Murkowski doesn’t have any serious challengers for her re-election campaign, but that hasn’t stopped her from working the fundraising circuits like her seat depended upon it with $3 million raised and $2+ million on hand.
  • Gov. Bill Walker has created a tribal advisory council as a way to ensure better communications between tribal and governmental entities, per the Dispatch.

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