Alaska News Roundup for September 18

  • It’s here! The latest in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly news by the one and only Sue McClure!
  • Rep. Don Young will be among many high-level guests attending the Wolf Trap Ball this Saturday where the basic (i.e. the paupers’) ticket price begins at $750 all the way up to $50K for table sponsorship. This year’s theme tips their hat to ancient Rome in honor of the host: Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero. And yes…there will be a conga line.Conga Line


  • Governor Bill Walker might not officially announce our PFD amount till Monday, but the New York Times kind of beat him to the punch with the announcement of record payments of more than $2,000 per recipient.
  • Former Sen. Mark Begich is moving on up to Hilltop Public Solutions as their new advisor in cultivating strategic partnerships within Alaska power networks and increase their
  • Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s might have been tirelessly working on getting federal-level assistance with the transboundary mine conflict, but as KCAW reports, the International Joint Commission will not be taking up the issue. This comes shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry declined a meeting with Mallott while he was visiting Alaska.
  • Despite the White House coming out against the 40+ year-old ban on oil exports, The Washington Post thinks the odds are looking more and more promising for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s pet project by explaining what the average American needs to know how this would impact our economy.

  • The President of the Alaska Native Village of Nuiqut, wrote an impassioned op-ed in The Hill about the importance of having a native voice at the energy negotiating table because of the direct impact energy exploration has on their community and culture.
  • State employees and their retired counterparts will need to put a ring on it if they want their same-sex partners to receive health coverage, per the Dispatch.
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  • The Peninsula Clarion explains what Proposition 1 will mean to one’s pocketbook within the Kenai Peninsula as the “non-prepared food items” tax is up for repeal on the borough’s October ballot.
  • Anchorage’s Kathleen Tonn’s testimony on the proposed LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance caught Jezebel’s eye, though the final Anchorage Assembly vote on the ordinance won’t be until September 29.
  • The current Mat-Su Borough Assembly is in lame duck mode and won’t be touching  vapes/e-cigs or the youth shooting range until after the election on October 6, per the Frontiersman.
  • The Dispatch has the lowdown on the four finalists, Angela Rodell, Brian Rogers, Alexander Slivka and Glenn Gipriano, for the top seat of the Permanent Fund. The winner will be receiving $202,00-303,000 annually and the pressure of receiving every single Alaskan’s ire if they fail at their job. The Fairbanks News Miner was excited at Brian Rogers prospects.
  • Anchorage Assemblywoman Elvi Gray-Jackson was perfection personified while being honored at First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move ceremony that was attended by about 150 people. FLOTUS was even so moved by Gray-Jackson’s words that there was a hug between the two powerhouses, per APRN.Elvi Gray Jackson



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