Alaska’s News Roundup for May 18

  • State employees are getting pink slipped due to the state’s legislature stuck in gridlock. Things are about to go from effete buearucratic discourse to wicked ugly…about right NOW. Dermot Cole with the Dispatch has an indepth artile about the trickle effect this will have on Alaska’s economy and community.
  • The Dispatch’s publisher, Alice Rogoff, has an op-ed where she writes a passionate missive on the legislature’s gridlock and inability to look at the state’s revenue realities.
  • This week in Congress, a fiscal Band-Aid on the Highway Trust Fund is expected to be pass, the Senate is expected to update expiring provisions of the Patriot Act (the NSA’s spying on American’s private phone calls and the passage of USA Freedom Act), and work on trade legislation now that the Democratic filibuster is finished.
  • The Hill explains the ACLU’s recent poll of 1,001 likely voters from across the US and what the results of 60% wanting changes to the Patriot Act (with 71% of Independents wanting modification) means to Congress.
  • Rep. Don Young offended many leaders within the National Congress of American Indians by intonating they were “pouring gasoline on a political fire” by undermining his work on land-into-trust issues, according to APRN.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Moose Pass Planning Commission explained the land transfer of 5,282 acres of unconditional state land (including Moose Pass) and an additional 3,369 acres of conditional state land and about 1,300 acres near Lower Trail Lake if KPB classifies it as recreation use within the next 18 months. The Seward City News has the details on this complex land matter.Map

  • The Sitka Assembly voted for a 25-year lease of the city’s old pulp mill site to Pat Glaab of Alaska & Pacific Packing with the option to purchase the site from the city after meeting benchmarks. KCAW reports that Silver Bay Seafoods protested this decision by the assembly.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski shows love for nuclear energy during the 2015 Nuclear Energy Assembly meeting last week.
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  • Tech Times has taken the Chinook Salmon ear bone “signature” information first reported last week and added further analysis about how this new discovery could save Alaska’s beloved fish!Fish

 

  • The Juneau Assembly meeting tonight is expected by the Juneau Empire to be fiery as two issues will be discussed: the status of Haven House and educational funding.
  • The Seattle kayaktavits are going to continue their civil disobedience outside of the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 gates in protest of the Shell’s arctic drill rigs mooring there. The Fairbanks News Miner has the details.
  • The Pebble Limited Partnership filed a motion last Thursday with State Supreme Court Judge H. Russel Holland in the hope that there would not be a delay in May 28th oral arguments because the EPA is investigating its former inspector general in improper behavior, per the Alaska Journal of Commerce.
  • Politico thinks that the GOP is dying off…literally and discovered that the electorate will put the Grand Old Party at an almost 5 million voter disadvantage going into the 2016 presidential elections.
  • The Nome Common Council approved $400,000 for the continued maintenance of artifacts with a climate control system for the new museum slated to open at the end of 2015, per the Nome Nugget.
  • Knife Right Groups and the incongruous knife laws across city/county/state lines is the subject of an article by the AP.
  • The Seward City News was on hand during the Chugach National Forest’s Community Open House and Forest Plan Revision last week where a motley crowd made up the largest attended meeting so far. This issues discussed were diverse from environmental impact, public use cabins to recreational vehicle use.
  • Fortune has the details on why Wang Wenliang is Alaska’s secret environmental shepherd.
  • Katie Moritz caught this exchange between Sen. Dan Sullivan and Alaska’s newest American citizens over the weekend.Moritz
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