AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 15

  • The Hill has the EPA’s first methane regulations explained.
  • CH2M Hill has canceled their original plans to sell their Alaska operations, according to the Dispatch.
  • Forbes has an op-ed from Brigham A. McCown explaining why the Alaska LNG pipeline still needs to become a reality and not just remain a pipedream.
  • The company that owns Alaska’s southeast Kensington gold mine has just acquired another mine in South Dakota. The Juneau Empire reports that SD mine was purchased for $105 million.
  • PBS has the latest on a poll that found that 2/3 of Americans want labeling of genetically modified ingredients (like, FrankenFish) on food packages.
  • Lisa Murkowski is a co-sponsor that would change the definition of “full-time” in the ACA from 30 hours to 40 hours, per the Fairbanks News Miner.

  • State Attorney General Craig Richards told the Fairbanks News Miner that the Alaska National Guard needs a public vetting in order to regain the public’s trust and for heeling to begin.
  • The Washington Post reports that the Merit Systems Protection Board upheld a previous 2013 administrative judge’s ruling that cleared the two Justice Department prosecutors accused of withholding evidence in the corruption trial against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK).
  • Becky Bohrer with the AP reports that 3,000 more people signed up for the government online marketplace in 2014 than in 2013; making it nearly 16,000 Alaskan strong.
  • It turns out that the battle over the GOP’s stance on immigration isn’t really being fought in D.C., but in the fly-over states, according to Politico.
  • The Municipality of Anchorage’s Budget Advisory Commission has suggested that the state legislature and the city’s assembly recalibrate the tax breaks on property taxes. The Dispatch has the details on whom currently gets property tax subsidizes and who gets the added burden.
  • CNN details the evolving nature of the State of the Union speech to fit into the multi-faceted media steams of the  21st  century.
  • The Peninsula Clarion announced that Tom Cotton has been picked by the Board of Fisheries to be the new Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
  • The details of Pres. Obama’s paid family and sick leave are found in today’s New York Times.
  • The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is considering increasing the cigarette tax from $1 to $3 per pack. The Juneau Empire has the details on the scheduled public hearing and the reasons behind the proposal.
  • New York Times reports on the quiet and slow rollout campaign of Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) despite the near apoplectic reaction to his non-announcement, announcement.
  • APRN spoke with Sen. Sullivan’s CoS Joe Balash about how Sullivan’s senate office is developing.
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX) has not been tapped to be the Senate Republican’s Vice Chairman of grassroots outreach (people and money gathering) due to constant clashes with party leadership, per The Hill.
  • Mark your calendars and ready your frequent flyer miles because the RNC has announced that they are moving their GOP convention to July 18, 2015 for Cleveland, OH. The Washington Post explains the change in timeline as to give the nominee greater time to bolster votes heading into 2016.
  • Gov. Byron Mallott might not be into Twitter, but he posted this lovely picture of the swearing in of the new Health and Social Services Commissioner, Valerie Davidson, on Facebook.Faceboook
  • Gizmodo announced that the FAA is allowing the use of drones for journalism. CNN gets the first bite at the apple, but this could easily spiral out of control.

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