Alaska News Roundup for September 11


  • The Fairbanks News Miner sheds some interesting light on the Denali Borough as the home to the state’s oldest population with 1/3 of the population ranging from 50-69 years old compared to just 9% of the state’s entire population.
  • Another OUTSIDE law firm will be receiving money from the legislature, this time at a cap of $350,000 to study Medicaid expansion and reform. The Dispatch reports that the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee has hired Virginia-based The Menges Group.
  • The Alaska Republican Party’s Vice Chair, Frank McQueary, wrote an op-ed in The Hill where he explains what Obama missed during his trip to the Last Frontier.

  • Of 464 registered voters from the total 1,012 American adults polled by CNN/ORC earlier this month, the most surprising uptick in change of important issues is gun control. Yes, this poll also confirms Hillary Clinton’s lead in the Democratic primaries over Sen. Bernie Sanders is shrinking…fast.

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  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski is getting closer to achieving her wicked long goal of lifting the 40+year US oil export ban as Reuters reports that the House version has passed through the Energy & Power subcommittee and is expected to do the same in the full Energy and Commerce committee next week.
  • News of Mike Coffey’s promotion as AKDOT’s new Southeast Region Director has long been known, but KCAW reveals his exhausting list of bonfires that is sure to quell any lingering doubts as to his qualifications.
  • Kenai City Council candidates were pummeled with questions ranging from mill rates, Kenai/Soldotna unification, and personal-use fishery amongst other issues during a Kenai Chamber of Commerce The Peninsula Clarion was on hand and shares some of the choicest questions and answers.
  • The Anchorage Assembly made two anti-discrimination ordinances become one with the final version leaving out religious-based exemptions, per the Dispatch.
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  • The Week corrects the idea that Donald Trump is a person that “tells it like it is” and uses the late Sen.Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Don Young as examples of true, err…frankness.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded the Seward Association for Advancement of Marine Science $99,945 and UAA $97,998 in grants to help rescue stranded marine mammals, per KTVA.
  • The New York Times sings a death hymn to the beloved state ferry bars as the place of memorable moments that sometimes would be the reason for a ferry trip.hymn


  • The Kodiak City Council will begin looking into commercial cannabis zoning laws with the help of the city’s legal council, per the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Smart!
  • Drilling in the Arctic is dicey stuff and the Washington Post explains the high stakes Shell is playing when it comes to their Arctic offshore drilling plans.
  • Mark your calendars for a special meeting of the Seward City Council for Monday, September 14 at 7:00pm.
  • The Atlantic offers an expansive piece that ponders the future of Pebble Mine and the potential for it to become the nation’s next Keystone XL issue.
  • Politico has some interesting info graphics (!) based on their Politico 50 list graphic


  • Camai and Drin gwiinzii Yup’ik and Gwich’in speaking voters! APRN has good news for you in that you can now request language assistance while at the ballot box due to a federal ruling.
  • Park space been given a new designation as a future 60-unit housing project by the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, per the Juneau Empire.



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