Hefner to Step Down as Playboy CEO

first_img“Playboy Enterprises Inc. has literally and figuratively been my life and career for more than 30 years,” Hefner said in a statement. “Last month marked my 20th anniversary as CEO; just as this country is embracing change in the form of new leadership, I have decided that now is the time to make changes in my own life as well.”Hefner steps down from the top executive post during a challenging time for Playboy. The company—which eliminated 80 staffers company-wide in October  in a cost-cutting effort—reported a net loss of $10.4 million through the first nine months, compared to a $6 million net income during the same period last year. For the third quarter, the company reported a $5.2 million net loss, down from a gain of $2.6 million during the same period last year.Year-to-date, revenue was down more than 12 percent to $222.3 million. Playboy attributed the overall losses, in part, to a $6.3 million restructuring charge. Excluding the charges, the company reported a net income of $1.1 million. The company said it expects ad revenue in the publishing division to be down 17 percent in the fourth quarter. UPDATE: Playboy Open to Sale Talks Christie Hefner announced today her plans to step down as chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises. Hefner will stay on as CEO through January 31, 2009, the company said in a statement. Jerome Kern, a member of its board of directors, will serve as interim chairperson while the company searches for a replacement. last_img read more

MRI Magazine Readership Remains Stable

first_imgThe biggest gainer year-over-year is Future’s Official Xbox Magazine, which jumped 42 percent over spring 2009. PC World (39 percent) and Life & Style Weekly (31 percent) round out the top three.Dropping the most was Handy magazine, the publication of the Handyman Club of America, which lost 24 percent of its readership from spring 2009 to spring 2010.Newsweek, which the Washington Post Company is hoping to sell, dropped 14 percent for the year, while Time also dropped slightly by 5 percent. The Economist remained flat with a 1 percent gain. According to measurement service Mediamark Research & Intelligence, which rebranded itself GfK MRI this week, readership among consumer magazines has remained stable. Results of its spring survey indicate that between spring 2009 and spring 2010 readership clicked almost a full percentage point higher. GfK MRI releases its readership report twice a year in the spring and fall. Compared to last fall, spring 2010 was flat at +.45 percent.Among categories, men’s health and fashion was inconsistent between spring 2009 and 2010, but with no alarming trends. Esquire was down (-6 percent) while GQ was up (11 percent). Men’s Fitness was up (8 percent) while Men’s Health and Men’s Journal were down (-4 percent and -8 percent, respectively).Business magazines were generally flat-to-down. Bloomberg Businessweek dropped almost 6 percent. Forbes lost one percent of its readership while Fortune gained 3 percent. Money dropped 3.5 percent.last_img read more

Google Offers InApp Billing for Android

first_imgGoogle has announced that in-app billing is now available to developers and users in the Android Market. Publishers and other developers would be able to offer content from media files to photos as well as serialized content like chapters and episodes. “In-app billing give you more ways to monetize your apps with try-and buy, virtual goods, upgrades and other billing models,” wrote Google’s Eric Chu in a blog post. Until now, developers could only monetize Android apps by selling advertising or the complete app. Google will take 30 percent off in-app purchases, the same percentage it takes on “traditional” app purchases. Google is offering a trial-run of the new service for developers. The new billing capability makes Android Market more competitive with Apple’s App Store. Some observers say developers are starting to offer apps for free with hopes of receiving payment from features and services within the app. Last week Amazon launched its own appstore for Android, featuring four magazines at launch including Newsweek and Oprah.com. Once readers purchase an Android app at this new appstore they can access it on any of their Android supported devices like mobile phones or tablets.last_img read more

Ghost Announce North American Tour To Support Prequelle

first_img Ghost Announce North American Tour To Support ‘Prequelle’ Titled A Pale Tour Named Death, catch the GRAMMY-winning metal band in action in a city near you this fallRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 13, 2018 – 12:37 pm In case you missed it, the GRAMMY-winning metal band Ghost are about to embark on A Pale Tour Named Death, and you are most certainly invited.On June 11 the band announced a 37-date trek across North American that will commence Oct. 26 in Tulsa, Okla. Cardinal Copia and A Group of Nameless Ghouls will then pass through cities such as Indianapolis, Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Los Vegas, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, and Boston before wrapping up on Dec. 15 in Brooklyn, N.Y. The tour is in support of the band’s fourth studio album, Prequelle, which was released June 1. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, the highest-ranking album of the band to date. Fans can expect a mix of both new materials and some of the band’s previous hits during their upcoming show dates.If you want to join the band on their thrashing march around the States, general admission ticket sales open on June 15 via Future Beat.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Twitter center_img Email Ghost Announce Massive North American Tour ghost-announce-north-american-tour-support-prequelle Facebook last_img read more

SOFI TUKKER On Crafting Their Ideal Coachella Set Giving Hugs To Maggie

first_img Facebook Twitter SOFI TUKKER On Crafting Their “Ideal” Coachella Set, Giving Hugs To Maggie Rogers & More News Back in Indio for the first time since their 2017 Coachella debut, the jungle-pop duo tell the Recording Academy about their unique relationship to fashion, what they enjoyed the most about their 2019 GRAMMYs performance, and moreAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 14, 2019 – 2:06 pm Whether they’re performing at the 61st GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony or about to do their second-ever Coachella set, Los Angeles (by way of New York City) GRAMMY-nominated electro-pop duo SOFI TUKKER always seem to be having a great time. Along with their 2018 debut LP, Treehouse, their funky, colorful fashion sense and otherworldly music videos only add to their infectious, dance party-ready style. Below, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern catch up with the Recording Academy from on the ground at Coachella 2019, where they’re preparing to play a Sunday set. How are you feeling about tomorrow’s set? Sophie Hawley-Weld: We’ve been preparing for this for a long, long time. So we’ve been dreaming up our ideal live show, and we’ve finally created it and we’re gonna be debuting it tomorrow. It’s a really big moment for us. Tucker Halpern: I’m so excited. We’ve been really dreaming of this show for three years since we started and this is gonna be the first time. Your first Coachella set was two years ago, in 2017. Looking back, to what extent did you feel it was a pivotal day in your career?Hawley-Weld: I mean, when we were the first time, we literally thought five people were gonna be [watching]. We were playing at 3pm on Sunday. It was hot that day, too. It was one of our first festivals ever. [But] it went incredibly and there were tons of people there early, dancing so hard, and I think for us that was a moment of “Wow.” We really love doing festivals and kind of learnt how to do a festival set, which is different than a club show. So, that was a first. It’s just really exciting to come back to a place so good to us. Are there any other artists that you guys are excited to check out this weekend? Halpern: Well in couple o’ hours we’re going to see our friend Maggie Rogers, which is gonna be really fun. Just give her some hugs. What else?Hawley-Weld: [Her set] last night was incredible, personally it really blew my mind. Halpern: We’re gonna try to see Billie [Eilish] but I think so is the whole world so that might be hard. But yeah, it’s gonna be good, I’m really not gonna go crazy tonight or anything cause I’m so excited for tomorrow. I wanna be extra fresh cause we’re gonna do a lot of hectic running around.Your fashion is always fun and on point; do you collaborate with designers? Hawley-Weld: We like to have fun and play, but yeah, I mean we have some good relationships with a bunch of designers, a lot of really fun designers.Halpern: We like to be colorful.Did you guys dress this way when you lived in New York?Halpern: We definitely didn’t fit in, in the all-black scene. Hawley-Weld: I had no idea how to dress for winter, I suck at winter so much.Halpern: I used to wear all black, right when we moved to New York I was an all-black-wearing DJ. Things have changed. Have you seen any good fashion inspo around the fest?Halpern: I haven’t seen any “no” moments. It’s really like anything’s a “yes” moment here. There’s no way I’m gonna see someone and be like, “Do less.” A lot of exposed butts, like thongs with sheer over them and stuff. I think that’s the look right now, I might do it tomorrow. Hawley-Weld: The livestream is just gonna be Tucker’s butt. Speaking of style and aesthetic, your “Fantasy” video is so fun and playful. Can you elaborate on the vision behind that video?Hawley-Weld: Well, I save Tucker. Halpern: Yeah, she saves me a lot. Bit of a feminist hero situation going on. I drowned a couple times, in real life. It was a real rapids, that I was frolicking in. It was on another planet, similar, like near Pandora, the “Avatar” planet. Not there, but close, in that atmosphere. Hawley-Weld: You’d have to travel a long time to get there. We love it. I mean, we love that song and we’re so excited that we were able to bring our vision to life, because it really like when we were talking about it, it was ‘How can we make the most fantastical, adventure, “Avatar” world. You guys performed at the 61st GRAMMYs premiere ceremony last Feb, and you were nominated for the second time. What was going through your minds that day? Hawley-Weld: Honestly for me it was really special because our families came and they were our dates and our parents haven’t really spent much time together and being able to be with both of our families and have an excuse to celebrate and be together. My family lives really far away, so it was just really, really special for them all to be together and spend time together.What’s next for SOFI TUKKER?Hawley-Weld: What’s up next? So much, I mean we’ve been filming music videos and making music for a while and we’re eager to finally be able to share it. We have a whole story arc that we’re waiting to tell, and it’s gonna be just, coming out slowly but surely over the next couple months. A whole new world, if you will. Bob Moses On Their Return To Coachella: “We Feel Embraced”Read more Email SOFI TUKKER On Crafting The “Ideal” Coachella Set sofi-tukker-crafting-their-ideal-coachella-set-giving-hugs-maggie-rogers-morelast_img read more

OBITUARY Margaret Funk 69

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Margaret Funk, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away at home on November 6, 2017.Margaret was the dear daughter of the late Joseph and Edna (Liese) Funk and sister of the late Charles Funk. She is survived by several cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service on Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Carolyne R. Anderson, 50In “Obituaries”last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Thomas Jefferson — The Foodie on February 4

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsTwitter and Advanced Job Search with Twitter (limit 12) *RRMonday, February 4, 10 amIn this hands on class, we will examine Twitter as a networking tool, one with the powerful potential to enhance your job search. Create an account, learn the whys and hows of tweeting, when to retweet, follow and share all in the name of finding your next position. Taught by MassHire staff.Thomas Jefferson the Foodie*RRMonday, February 4, 2:30 pmThomas Jefferson is considered the most complex of America’s Founding Fathers.  His influence on the American system of government is well known, but what is not known is Jefferson’s influence on American Cuisine. Jefferson wrote that “all men are created equal…”but did not believe all wines were!” Learn how the man who gave America its ‘credo’ influenced its cuisine. A former faculty member of Salem State University’s History Department, Anthony Guerriero paints a unique picture of Thomas Jefferson.Cookin’ the Books *RRTuesday, February 5, 12 pmFeatured Cookbook: Myer + Chang at Home by Joanne ChangIf you love to cook and enjoy talking about food and sharing recipes then this group is for you. Pick up a copy of the cookbook (or find a recipe from the book online); register and record your recipe selection on the events calendar at wilmlibrary.org. Bring your dish to the meeting and enjoy sampling everyone’s dishes!Password Vaults and Other Browser Extensions *RRWednesday, February 6, 7 pmFireFox, Chrome, and now Edge are making use of browser extension (aka Plug-ins) to give you more options and security when you’re surfing the web. Join Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, to learn how extensions can enhance your browsing experience.Feasting with your Instant Pot *RRThursday, February 7, 7 pmThe instant pot craze is here, are you onboard? For many of us, the instant pot is patiently waiting to be used. Whether yours is tucked away in a cupboard or still in the box, it’s time to take it out your electric pressure cooker and put it to use. Join chef Liz Barbour for a cooking class that will help take the mystery out of this amazing, time saving kitchen tool. Liz will demonstrate two recipes that you can recreate at home. Following her demonstration Liz will offer tasty samples for everyone to enjoy.LinkedIn Basics*RRMonday, February 11, 10 amLearn why LinkedIn is pivotal to your job search. Gain the attributes of a stronger LinkedIn profile. Master the skills of navigation needed for networking, interview prep, and researching your target industries and organizations. We’ll also talk about how the core competencies of your resume can be pulled directly from your LinkedIn account. Come with your questions, leave with confidence. This hands on class is taught by MassHire staff.Kids & Teen EventsWilmington Community PlaygroupMondays, February 4, 9:30 amAt this drop-in playgroup we will begin with a story and then play together!Led by the CTI Family Resource Network. Ages 1-5Introduction to Karate *RRWednesday, February 6, 3:45 pmInstructors from the Academy of Traditional Karate will teach an introductory class. Children will learn basic karate techniques, while developing character skills such as focus and respect. Grades K-5.Hands on Nature: Winter Hibernation *RRWednesday, February 6, 6:30 pmHow do your favorite animals spend the winter? Come find out, as we learn about hibernation and the amazing adaptations of animals in New England. Bring a stuffed animal and create a cozy little hibernation den to take home. Ages 4+LEGO BuildingThursday, February 7, 3:45 pmBuild a unique LEGO creation. Kindergarten+Drop-In StorytimeFriday, February 8, 10 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsR.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club *RRFriday, February 8, 3:45 pmRead, Eat and Discuss The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol. Pick up a copy at the library. Grades 4-5Drop-In Baby TimesSaturday, February 9, 9:30 amBabies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 monthsStories and Sweets*RRSaturday, February 9, 10:30 amStart your Saturday morning with great stories (and songs and rhymes) and a few sweet treats at this special family storytime. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Kids Kraft: Beaded Heart Window Hanger *RRSaturday, February 9, 2 pmMake this super cute heart window hanger sure to warm the hearts of those around you.   This craft is led by 3 Wilmington High School students.  Grades 1-5Pokémon Club *RRSaturday, February 9, 3 pmJoin other Pokémon lovers to play the game, trade cards and have fun! Grades 1+(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”last_img read more

Apple cuts price of iPhone iPad AirPods in China

first_img • iPhone XR prices iPhone XR (64GB) AU$1,479 China Apple Now playing: Watch this: AU$1,299 reading • Apple cuts price of iPhone, iPad, AirPods in China US 6,199RMB £799 £899 6,699RMB AU$1,229 See All 5:56 Australia $799 7,599RMB $749center_img Apple customers in China who bought a newly discounted product during the past 14 days are eligible to collect a refund for the difference, according to CNBC. Prices for these devices in other regions have not changed. Some third-party retailers in China had already cut iPhone prices after Apple’s sales warning to investors in January. Caixin, which covers business in China, reports that Apple’s decision to lower the prices of some products comes in response to a decrease in the country’s value-added tax rate, from 16 percent to 13 percent, which takes effect today.Though third-party retailers routinely offer deals and promotional pricing on Apple hardware, the company rarely discounts its own products. Last year, however, Apple began offering hundreds of dollars in incentives to customers who traded in an old iPhone when upgrading to an iPhone XS or iPhone XR.  Apple UK Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it In January, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned that the company’s fiscal first-quarter revenue would be weaker than previously expected. Cook targeted China as the source for the shortfall, a region where sales of iPhones, Macs and iPads have declined. Apple earnings report confirms iPhone slowdown $899 iPhone XR (256GB) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tags Share your voice Phones Tablets Tech Industry Bluetooth Headsets Wearable Tech 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors iPhone XR (128GB) Post a comment £749 Angela Lang/CNET Apple has cut the prices of some of its most popular products — including the iPhone, iPad, AirPods and Mac computers — on its online store for Chinese consumers. Though pricing changes vary from product to product, most of the decreases are around 5 percent, according to CNBC, which first reported the news.For example, on Apple’s Chinese website, a new 64GB iPhone XR now starts at 6,199RMB, roughly equivalent to $924. It cost 6,499RMB, or approximately $968, before Monday’s change.   Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019last_img read more

Beyoncé just dropped Homecoming The Live Album

first_img News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV It’s Beyoncé Christmas!The mother of music, the Queen B, the patron saint of all that is good and pure, has dropped a new 40-track live album in time for the release of her new Coachella concert film on Netflix, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. And the best part? There’s a brand new song.Rumours of a seventh album from Beyoncé were swirling ahead of the launch, with buzz about a mysterious “B7” album emerging on social media. Then Homecoming: The Live Album dropped on streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Tidal shortly after midnight PT on Wednesday. The live album is taken from her 2018 headline performance at California music festival Coachella, which was a marching-band-fueled tribute to America’s historically black colleges universities. Imagine Crazy in Love with a drumline, Diva with a full brass section, Single Ladies elevated to the energy of a massive college football half-time show.  Parkwood Entertainment And for die-hard Beyoncé fans, there’s a brand new bonus track at the end of the album. Beyoncé included a studio cover of the 1981 song Before I Let Go by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a song that Destiny’s Child previously covered (though never released) in 1997. The song also appears in the closing credits of the Netflix film. The diva knows how to coordinate a launch.The mystery phrase “B7” caught fire on social media the day before the concert film when a tracklisting appeared to leak — which included a song featuring Rihanna. Fingers crossed that seventh album could still follow the live album. #BeyHive, it’s here. 🐝Listen to @Beyonce’s #HOMECOMINGTHELIVEALBUM: https://t.co/OTli1Gpokj pic.twitter.com/zYKTtVIvUZ— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) April 17, 2019 The live album hit as fans were tuning into the Netflix documentary, with the Apple Music Twitter account dropping album art just as Netflix’s Twitter account was changing its bio to a string of six bee emoji. This isn’t the first time she’s dropped a full experience on fans — if the word “Lemonade” doesn’t mean anything to you, then you must have been hiding under a rock when the visual album hit the world like a pop explosion.  Tags Review • Apple Music offers smart musical suggestions with a human touch Share your voice How To • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? WHATTTTT BEYONCÉ WHATTTTTT pic.twitter.com/tTRi05mVRo— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) April 17, 2019 Post a comment Apple Music 0 The film includes Beyoncé’s epic live performance as she became the first African-American woman to headline Coachella. It also follows the rehearsals and preparation with a vast cast of dancers and musicians, not to mention the occasional cameo from former bandmates Destiny’s Child and royal consort Jay Z.There’s no word on whether we’ll get some other perfectly formed piece of art beyond this live album, but for now, fans have 40 tracks to play on repeat until the end of time.  Music Apple Music Netflix Spotify Beyoncélast_img read more

Amazon now lets you stop human review of your Alexa recordings

first_imgChris Monroe/CNET Amazon said Friday that it will now let customers disable human review of their Alexa recordings, following similar steps by Apple for Siri and Google for its Assistant.The change follows a series of news stories highlighting how all three of these companies use people to listen to some customer recordings to improve their software. The practice raised privacy concerns from consumers about how their voices and data were being used, and pointed out sometimes uncomfortable situations in which children’s voices or private conversations could be heard in the recordings.All three of these companies decided to make these changes within the past day, signifying a sudden shift in policy as they work to improve privacy for their voice assistants and respond to a consumer backlash. The move follows Amazon’s decision in May to add new privacy features to Alexa, including the ability to delete the day’s voice recordings by simply asking Alexa, instead of visiting Amazon’s site. These changes were likely done to ensure smart speakers and voice assistants could continue proliferating in the tech world and help shore up consumer trust, which was shaken by the series of revelations.Amazon’s new policy took effect Friday, according to Bloomberg, which first reported this change. Apple said it will suspend its human reviews of Siri recordings worldwide while it conducts a review. Google, too, said it will pause its global human reviews process, after a Google contractor leaked voice recordings to a Belgium-based news organization. “We take customer privacy seriously and continuously review our practices and procedures,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement Friday. “We’ll also be updating information we provide to customers to make our practices more clear.”screen-shot-2019-08-02-at-8-13-21-pmAmazon updated its privacy settings to include this new language Friday. Amazon Since stories came out this year about human reviews of Alexa recordings, Amazon has repeatedly said that only a small fraction of these recordings are reviewed by people.To turn off human review of your Alexa recordings, go to the Alexa Privacy settings on Amazon or in the Alexa app. Then go to “Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa” and toggle off the tab saying “Help Improve Amazon Services and Develop New Features.”On that page, Amazon mentions that “only an extremely small fraction of voice recordings are manually reviewed” and the information is used to improve Alexa services and develop new features. The company warns that turning off this setting may degrade Alexa’s voice recognition and new features. Apple reading • Amazon now lets you stop human review of your Alexa recordings Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice • See All Post a comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Smart Home Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 0 Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Google Applelast_img read more

MatSu Borough Rejects Ordinance Restricting Cell Tower Construction

first_imgAn ordinance to restrict cell phone tower construction in the Matanuska Susitna Borough was rejected by the Borough’s planning commission last week, in a 5-0 vote. Commissioners said it did not go far enough in regulating the so called “tall ” towers.Download Audio The cell phone tower issue has been a subject of concern for several years, as more of the cell towers sprout in the Borough’s populated areas. An earlier ordinance regulating tower construction was repealed by the Assembly in 2011, but the body did not enact new legislation. A conditional use permit is the only requirement for towers of 100 feet at this time. The Assembly also formed a committee to deal with the problem. That committee drafted the current proposed ordinance. Eileen Probasco, Director of the Borough’s Planning and Zoning Department, says current Boro codes do not cover safety requirements for cell tower construction “Our conditional use permit requirements just generally have a condition on them that the tower be constructed in compliance with other state and federal regulations. The Borough itself doesn’t have any specific requirements on construction of the structure, just mostly the height. “ Probasco says that in a twelve month period after the Borough Assembly repealed the original cell tower ordinance, 54 conditional use permits were applied for. She says those towers would be grandfathered in if a new ordinance is passed by the Assembly. Probasco says the Boro only requires that towers be constructed according to state and federal laws.At least one cell tower was blown over in high winds in the Borough last year.Residents of the Valley have called for restrictions, but the proposed ordinance does little more than require developers of the towers to notify nearby residents two months before construction begins. The proposed ordinance also requires developers to notify the Borough planning department and the local community council. The planning commission has sent the ordinance back to the Mat Su Borough Assembly, which will introduce it at the Assembly’s next meeting Public hearings will be held on the ordinance on April 15.last_img read more

As Legislature Make Progress On Adjourning KABATA Bill Falls Apart

first_imgLess than two hours after the combative House and Senate seemed to reach a truce on education, a bill dealing with the proposed Knik Arm Bridge fell apart on the House floor.Download AudioThe House rejected the Senate’s version by one vote on Wednesday night. Because 21 votes are required to pass legislation, the bill came up short when it got 20 yeas and 18 nays. Six Republicans broke ranks with their party to oppose the bill. They were Mike Hawker of Anchorage, Mia Costello of Anchorage, Lindsey Holmes of Anchorage, Kurt Olson of Kenai, Eric Feige of Chickaloon, and Paul Seaton of Homer. Two Republicans who were expected to support the bill were not present because of excused absences. Rep. Bob Lynn of Anchorage was excused for a family illness, while Rep. Lora Reinbold of Eagle River was absent because of a planned vacation.While the bill originated in the House, it was dramatically changed in the Senate after an audit suggested that the project may be uneconomic. The new version sets up a financing plan for the billion-dollar bridge that involves a mix of federal highway grants, federal loans, and state bonds.Because the House failed to concur, the bill may be sent to “free” conference committee with the power to rewrite it – just like was done with the education bill this week. That could extend a legislative session that has already gone three full days over its statutory deadline. While the Senate still needs to agree, the House has already named Kodiak Republican Alan Austerman, Chugiak Republican Bill Stoltze, and Anchorage Democrat Harriet Drummond.The bridge bill is a major priority of Senate President Charlie Huggins, a Wasilla Republican.last_img read more