Daily Archives: January 14, 2013
A long-anticipated rewrite of Anchorage land use law, also known as 'Title 21', is set to come before the Anchorage Assembly tomorrow (1/15, Tues). The revision has been in the works for nearly 10 years. Public hearings are expected to be lively. KSKA's Daysha Eaton has the story.
The 28th legislature gets underway Tuesday afternoon. With Republicans holding a majority in both chambers, significant changes are likely for how lawmakers will work together. Oil tax reform proposals will be a big focus. I sat down in the Speaker’s chamber with Majority leaders Kenai Representative Mike Chenault, the house speaker, and Wasilla Senator Charlie Huggins, Senate President, to ask how they see the debate over oil taxes playing out this session. I asked Huggins if there were any deal breakers for him.
Even though the legislative session doesn’t start until tomorrow, lots of behind the scenes work is underway at the state capitol. APRN’s Annie Feidt wandered the halls today looking for activity and has this story.
For six years, legislator Lindsey Holmes has represented West Anchorage as a Democrat. But as of Saturday afternoon, she’s a Republican. The announcement that Holmes had switched parties came after a two-hour caucus meeting, where members of the House Majority hashed out what the change meant and occasionally tuned into the NFL playoffs. It was unexpected, and Holmes thinks she’ll get a wide range of responses from her district.
Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey is considering whether to order DNA testing in a 30-year old double homicide in Juneau. It could be one of the first tests of a new Alaska law that allows state-funded examination of DNA evidence after a convicted felon has been sent to prison.
Divers and remotely operated underwater vehicles have completed a review of the hull of a Royal Dutch Shell drill barge that ran aground two weeks ago on a remote Alaska island.
Allen Moore is the 2013 Copper Basin 300 Champion. The Two Rivers musher crossed the finish line around 11:22 Monday morning. Moore’s victory is an unprecedented fourth in the race’s history.
A little rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of cross country skiers enjoying the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s second Winter Trails Day this season at the Government Peak Recreation Area near Palmer.
28th Alaska Legislature Convenes Tuesday; Lawmakers Make Final Preparations For Session; ANC’s Holmes Surprises Democrats, Switches to GOP; Integrity Of Preserved Evidence Questioned In 30-Year-Old Double Homicide Case; Anchorage Police Investigate Double Homicide; Allen Moore Wins Copper Basin 300; Government Peak Trails Attract Nordic Skiers
All schools in the Anchorage School District are closed on Monday due to the icy road conditions. All schools in the Mat-Su school district are closed too, except for Glacier View. The UAA, Eagle River and JBER campuses are closed. The administrative offices of ASD are open and employees are encouraged to come to work when and if they can. Many streets throughout Anchorage and the Mat-Su remain extremely slippery.
Last month, Rasmuson Foundation launched a new series of videos that add to the web-based collection of stories we call “Glimpses of Who We Are.” In this edition, filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean features Cathy Tagnak Rexford's poem, "Luis Gonzalez Palma never took a picture here" through footage and imagery of the North and its people. Click for more.