March Madness is here, in more ways than one
Breaking: Read the Willow Record of Decision. Breaking II: Bank drama deepens
Good morning from Somewhere in Alaska!
Election week in Anchorage
Anchorage is the one place in Alaska where the local elections are in April, rather than October. This year, voters get 15 ballot propositions that will add another $80 million net of debt to taxpayers. A summary of the ballot you will see in your mailbox this week.
Biden gets pushback from lawmakers for infringing on religious freedom
The Department of Health and Social Services wants to force doctors into performing abortions against their conscience — or lose their licenses. Twenty-six lawmakers signed a stern letter of warning.
Breaking: Bank stock trading halted, Biden addresses nation, blames Trump
Stock trading was halted at three banks after their shares cratered in dramatic fashion when the market opened this morning on the East Coast. Biden spoke from the White House and said “U.S. banking is safe.” He blamed Trump for rolling back some bank regulations. It looks skittish at First Republic Bank, Western Alliance, PacWest. The 2-year Treasury yield posted biggest 3-day decline since aftermath of 1987 stock crash.
Lead mushers Redington and Kaiser are less than 100 miles from Nome and the finish line is now set up for the festivities today. Racing conditions are good, and it’s 3 degrees in Nome with light snow.
Will Biden put a poison pill in his approval of the Willow Project?
The White House may say later this week what they’ll do with Alaska. Does that means the feds will give back the money for all the leases it will put on ice?
Breaking: Here is the record of decision on Willow
This is the official decision. Check back at Must Read Alaska later today for story and analysis.
Must Read Alaska is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber
Learn more about our newsletter sponsor this week:
The new 907 Question of the Week:
No one can see how you vote. Results Friday.
Censorship queen: Peltola votes to allow feds to censor you on Facebook
House Bill 140 says federal workers can’t use their powers to coerce or bully social media into banning free speech. What was she thinking voting against that?
Peltola seen to be at risk, so Democrats put her on the rescue list
The DCCC has 29 incumbents in Congress it is worried about. Peltola is among them.
Silicon Valley Bank, nation’s 18th largest, shut down
There are many funds with exposure to SVB, including the Alaska Permanent Funds, and bank regulators are worried about consumer confidence.
It’s a dog-eat-woke work: It’s every “ze/zir” for itself now.
A climate change for banks
Weekend updates on the three banks that closed in four days and what FDIC is doing to slow down the demise of the Banks of Wokeness.
Downing in Daily Caller: Why did this Red State representative vote for colonialism?
Rep. Peltola voted to give federal control over almost all lands in Alaska. Just wow.
Three years ago this day, first Covid case in Alaska
A look in the rearview mirror at March of 2020, when panic set in at every level. Some demanded a mask mandate from the governor, but he refused to use a heavy hand.
Jane Fonda calls for murder over abortion laws
Watch the 1-minute video where she says it not once, but twice that murder is an option. Pretty bizarre.
AFL-CIO bosses burn bridges with House Majority
They called Rep. Laddie Shaw, a Vietnam War veteran, a coward. Yep, the goons called a hero a coward. Watch this response from Americans for Prosperity Alaska:
UAF Nanooks rifle team takes top trophy at NCAA
They shoot straight up there in Fairbanks. Impressive feat.
Thank you to subscribers of the Must Read Alaska newsletter. This publication goes out to 35,500 people three times a week. We try harder at MRAK! Your support is what keeps news balanced in Alaska. Please share with your friends. - Suzanne
Today in history
March 13, 2004, Vladimir Putin, spy and politician who became president of Russia in 1999 upon the resignation of Boris Yeltsin, was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term.
Tuesday is Pi Day
On March 14, nerds of the world celebrate the number pi, written π or 3.14. It has a national day named in its honor. And it's not just for mathematicians and rocket scientists. We’ll write about 3.14 later today. Can we all give a shout out to the Pie Stop, our favorite pie place in Anchorage?
Price of Alaska oil: $79.10
Price of Henry Hub gas: $2.54
Alaska North Slope Production: 475,188
Permanent Fund (principal and earnings reserve): $77,307,000,000
Downing: Rep. Peltola voted for colonialism for Alaska
She wants the feds to take over management of all waters, even on private land. Even on Native corporation land.
Rep. Allard: Our girls shall not be erased by Hershey
Putting a trans woman on a candy bar wrapper to celebrate Women’s History Month is an offense against women. Rep. Jamie Allard says we must fight for women again.
Take a video tour inside Alaska’s largest cold-weather shelter
It’s not a place most on the Anchorage Assembly have ever visited (they say it is unsafe), but you can tag along with John Quick as he videos the inside of the Sullivan Arena and talks to the people trying to help the homeless.
Mayor Dave Bronson, extending olive branch to Assembly
John Quick has a heart-to-heart with Anchorage’s mayor. Find out what the buzz is.
MUST READ ALASKA PODCAST
We’ve had 7,377 downloads of our podcast in the last 7 days. Our last few podcasts, available at any of your podcast providers:
Preservation Alaska. Once it’s gone it’s gone
Dorene Lorenz is a champion for all things historical
Rep. Gray is passionate about foster care, affordable housing, and potholes
Pastor Bob Roberts Jr. is an international peacemaker
Undercover Billionaire star & Tedx Talk Speaker RJ shares his life story
Rachel Ries is running for Anchorage Assembly seat 6
Gwen Adams is a modern day HERO
Rep. Jamie Allard of Eagle River is true to her word
Must Read Alaska LLC | 200 W. 34th Ave. #220, Anchorage, AK 99503
Must Read Alaska is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.