A nonpartisan group, formed in 1999 to fight a huge oil merger in Alaska, is speaking in support of the Senate’s bipartisan coalition.
Leaders of Backbone plan to hold a news conference next week in Anchorage to support the coalition, which Backbone says has a record of “putting Alaska first.”
This comes after some Republicans, including the governor, expressed a desire to break up the current coalition.
Malcolm Roberts is with Backbone. He says Alaska is at risk of becoming the “owned state,” rather than an owner-state. He says the coalition has shown courage and reflected the spirit of Alaska, which he says isn’t partisan.
Roberts says Backbone doesn’t plan to register as an independent expenditure group, and he’s not sure yet what role it might play in the elections.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the safety of Alaska skies during a hearing will take all today. The NTSB is looking into the wider issues surrounding the continued persistence of high numbers of accidents involving small planes and air taxis in Alaska.
- The Sun’aq Tribe won a grant to study the kind of threat that invasive crayfish in Alaska pose to subsistence resources. The award was announced Tuesday.
- After a contentious recall vote Tuesday, three embattled Haines Borough Assembly members will continue to serve out their terms. Nearly 60 percent of Haines voters rejected the allegations of official misconduct.
- Juneau police are looking for a 28-year-old woman who walked away from from a minor car crash on August 13. The family of Alexis Ehlers says they haven't heard from her since.