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November 14, 2013


capital Today's Congressional Action: 

The House and Senate are in session and will consider non-Arctic legislation.





Marine and Coastal Monitoring. Talk of Alaska considers marine and coastal monitoring issues with Craig Matkin (Director of North Gulf Ocean Society), Kris Holderied (Director of NOAA's Katsina Bay Laboratory), and John Piatt (researcher for the US Geological Survey- Alaska Science Center). From local weather conditions on the other side of the point, to plankton blooms, to current changes, to ice changes, it's all becoming more available to mariners, researchers and subsistence users. APRN 


capital 4 Centrists Get Money Seats in Appropriations Gavel Shuffle. The unusual midyear switching comes on the heels of departures by three senior Republicans: C.W. Bill Young of Florida died last month, and Louisiana's Rodney Alexander and Alabama's Jo Bonner both resigned their seats over the summer to begin alternative careers. Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey and Mike Simpson of Idaho are being promoted to more influential subcommittee chairmanships. Ken Calvert of California and Tom Cole of Oklahoma are getting gavels for the first time. Roll Call 


Balash Appointed Natural Resource Commissioner. Gov. Sean Parnell has named Joe Balash as his Natural Resources commissioner. Balash has served as acting commissioner since September, and he was previously a deputy in the department. He was one of the governor's point people on the recent overhaul of the state's oil tax system. APRN 



Cantwell and Kirk Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Yesterday, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced legislation that would designate 1.56 million acres of land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness. The wilderness designation would protect the Arctic Refuge's coastal plain and preserve subsistence hunting and traditional uses. The Arctic Refuge's coastal plain is the last remaining portion of the original Arctic Refuge without a wilderness designation. It provides critical habitat to migratory birds, polar and grizzly bears, and more than 100,000 caribou. The coastal plain is also crucial to the culture and way of life of the Gwich'in tribe, an Alaskan Native people who hunt on the land. Senator Maria Cantwell 


Iceland Aims to Increase All-Round Sustainability. Iceland has detailed its new sustainable initiatives as it prepares to take over as president of the Nordic Council of Ministers in January. Eygl