Murkowski addresses Legislature
Fur Rondy starts Thursday, fireworks show is Saturday in Anchorage
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Sen. Lisa Murkowski to address joint legislative session today
You can watch her speech on KTOO 360TV’s YouTube page and on KTOO 360TV/Gavel Alaska at 11 am Alaska Standard Time.
Something most Alaskans can agree on with Sen. Murkowski
Conservative Alaskans are so often at odds with the senator, but we found something that almost all of them will stand with her on:
“Alaska’s Willow Project is an opportunity to increase U.S. energy and national security amid the global disorder caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine. Willow is environmentally responsible, socially just, and just needs approval from the Biden administration.” - Sen. Lisa Murkowski
One day left on Question of the Week survey
If you missed the Monday edition, it’s not too late to take part: “Who do you pick for president?” The link is below, the survey closes today, with results revealed in the Friday newsletter.
Bonus: Your answer is completely private. No one — not even MRAK — sees how any person votes.
MRAK Book Club
And There Was Light by Jon Meacham
The October, 2022 book by Meacham chronicles the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, and how he risked his political future for his moral convictions, determined to preserve democracy and the Union.
Meanwhile, on Anchorage school bookshelves …
What happens when someone complains about a salacious book on the shelves at elementary schools? What you will learn here will shock you.
Biden Border Crisis hearing Thursday
House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Thursday, 1 p.m. Alaska time. "The Biden Border Crisis: Part II," will examine the Department of Homeland Security's operations at the southwest border and allow testimony about the effects of illegal immigration on the Yuma community, which is near collapse from the pressure of illegal immigrants.
Mr. Jonathan Lines, Yuma County Supervisor District 2
Mr. Leon Wilmot, Sheriff, Yuma County Sheriff's Office
Dr. Robert Trenschel, President and CEO, Yuma Regional Medical Center
Megadeth, For King & Country, Noah Cyrus among artists at ‘23 state fair
Tickets are on sale, and the first six shows have been announced, with something for everyone.
Fur Rondy fireworks, fur auction
The AT&T Fireworks Extravaganza is Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., and the show can be seen from downtown Anchorage and beyond. Fur auction is Saturday. Schedule is here.
Watch as James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, says farewell to staff after board ousts him
He was at odds with the board of the investigative journalism group he founded. The split came over his handling of finances and his rough management style.
Alaska House passes Patkotak resolution supporting Willow oil and gas project in NPR-A
On Monday, a resolution offered by Rep. Josiah Patkotak of Utqiagvik passed the the Alaska House in support of oil and gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve. House Joint Resolution 6 encourages the Biden Administration to approve the Willow project.
Rachel Bylsma hired as deputy chief of staff to Dunleavy
Rachel Bylsma is coming over from the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (and also formerly with the offices of Sen. Dan Sullivan) to be deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy. She also worked as a special assistant in the Parnell Administration. She starts March 1, will report to Chief of Staff Tyson Gallagher, and will lead the policy team.
Carbon in Europe hits record high prices
Reuters says the price of permits on the European Union's carbon market hit 100 euros ($106.57) per ton for the first time on Tuesday, a milestone that reflects increased costs that factories and power plants must pay when they pollute. The cost of polluting will make goods and services even more expensive in Europe as the European Union's Emissions Trading System forces manufacturers, power companies and airlines to pay for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit as part of the bloc's efforts to meet its climate targets by 2050. Will Europeans abide by the consequences?
Sam Brinton, former Biden Energy official, released with no bail
Brinton, a former senior Department of Energy official in the Biden Administration who was arrested late last year for airport baggage theft, was let out of a medium-security level county jail in Minneapolis, without bail last Wednesday.
Friday night news dump: Search called off for probable mylar balloon
Balloon clubs say they have a couple of missing balloons they think may have been shot down by the U.S. Air Force. Very late on Friday night, the Department of Defense said it ended its search for an airborne object shot down north of Deadhorse, Alaska on Feb. 10.
Friday marks one year since Russia invasion of Ukraine, and U.S. taxpayers have been charged $113 billion
Congress committed more than $113 billion dollars in support for Ukraine across four major spending packages in 2022 alone. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says more spending is likely.
START stop: Putin says he’ll end nuclear arms treaty
All things come to an end. Russia President Putin announced Tuesday that he will not renew his nation’s participation in the New START treaty, the last surviving nuclear arms control agreement between the two super powers of U.S. and Russia.
This day in history
1980 : Miracle on Ice! The U.S. hockey team, thrown together with several amateur college players, defeated the defending champions and favorites to win the gold medal Soviet Union squad by 4-3 at a game in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
Price of Alaska oil: $79.85
Price of Henry Hub gas: $2.28
Alaska North Slope Production: 491,315
Permanent Fund (principal and earnings reserve): $78,217,300,000
Dolitsky: Thanks, no thanks, as WWII Lend-Lease suffers from miscommunications
Alaskans worked with Soviets, but later Soviet historians painted the aid program as an effort to expand American imperialism and use Soviet resistance for the West’s own mobilization. Fifth in the series on the lend-lease program that helped win World War II, but made America an odd ally with the Soviet Union.
Alex Gimarc: Carbon capture 101, Alaska style
There are a pair of bills making their way through the House with companion legislation in the Senate to set this up in Alaska Statute. HB 50 sets up geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2). HB 49 establishes a carbon offset program for state lands and a market for carbon offset credits. DNR made a presentation in support of the scheme to the House Resources Committee on Feb 10.
David Ignell: A human tragedy caused by OCS
One of our most read columns of the year: George was born into this world with cocaine and marijuana in his system. AK Mom, a registered nurse, brought him home from the hospital when he was seven days old. Over the next 13 years, George would be diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and disruptive behavior disorder. He is autistic, the kind of kid many Alaskans want to ignore, but his condition is a product of our failed drug and rehabilitation policies.
Jamie Allard: It is time for us to blaze a new trail in education
Washington and Lincoln would agree we have a crisis in our public education system. They might weep to learn that our high school seniors graduate unable to read. A strong nation can be brought to its knees when an entire generation is crippled by a failed education system.
Suzanne Downing: Gigi Sohn is a bad cop for FCC commissioner
She is far too partisan and hates half of America. She’s even an embarrassment to Democrats. Senate should say no to Gigi.
Win Gruening: Landfill escalating rates are wake up call for Juneau
On Feb. 1, household garbage rates increased 10% from $180/ton to $198/ton and the minimum charge zoomed from $49.50 to $141.19 – a near tripling of the rate most residential users will pay.
Art Chance: The history of the value of a college degree
Art applauds the notion of doing away with the “a degree” qualification. Of course, I’ve been advocating it in my writing for the better part of 20 years. Now we can talk about how the Dunleavy administration can screw up even a good idea?
Alexander Dolitsky: In the uneasy alliance, America sends food to Soviet Union
In four years of World War II, the United States supplied 14,798 combat aircraft to the Soviet Union. More than half (7,925) of the planes were flown over the Northwest Route across Canada and Alaska and accepted at Ladd Army Airfield in Fairbanks by Russian inspectors. Some American military experts questioned whether the Soviets needed all of these aircraft.
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