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Nome woman arrested after confronting Gov. Dunleavy at airport

Mar 28, 2019

Nome police arrested a 28-year-old woman Wednesday for disorderly conduct during Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's scheduled visit. 

Brenda Evak was at the airport ahead of Dunleavy's scheduled "roadshow" stop.

According to witness accounts, Evak was loudly speaking to the governor upon his arrival into the terminal. She shouted the words, “what do we do when our lands are threatened? We stand our ground.”

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state controls rivers running through Alaska’s federal conservation lands.  It’s the second consideration of a case filed against the National Park Service by Anchorage resident John Sturgeon. The high court found state rivers are basically exempt from regulation by National Park Service.

Thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest — commercial fishermen, their crews, sport fishermen, seafood processors, even many boat builders — depend on wild salmon caught every summer in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The Trump administration has re-started permitting for a controversial mining project there — and locals are gearing up to fight it.

A federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral exploration. The decision has major implications for a mining project in the Chilkat Valley.

Some tribal governments say Alaska Roadless Rule decision moving too fast

Mar 21, 2019

The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it received comments on an important document from cooperating groups.

The state has been providing feedback that could shape the outcome of the new rule, and so have Southeast Alaska tribes.

Alaska plans to sell Sheldon Jackson Museum in cost-cutting efforts

Mar 18, 2019

Sitka state Sen. Bert Stedman has one word for the governor’s plan to sell of the state-owned Sheldon Jackson Museum: Crazy.

Anchorage students watch as Alaska stage becomes courtroom

Mar 15, 2019

Everyone knows that traveling from villages to go to court in regional hubs is expensive. The question before the Alaska Supreme Court: which state agency should pay the cost for juvenile defendants whose parents can’t afford the airfare.

The stage at Anchorage's West High became a courtroom Feb. 27. Hundreds of high school students -- who had been studying the issue before they arrived -- watched two lawyers argue the issue of travel costs for juveniles before the state’s highest court.

New Juneau officers bring diversity, depth to police department

Mar 14, 2019

The Juneau Police Department, like many other departments across the state, doesn’t have enough have officers to adequately cover the community. But the department celebrated a small success recently.

Not only will the two latest recruits be a welcome relief for the veteran officers, but they will also add to the department’s diversity.

The two young men recited the officer’s oath during a recent ceremony at the Juneau Police Department. New police badges were then pinned to their uniform, marking the start of their new career in law enforcement.

The Alaska Legislature adopted a citation Wednesday recognizing the contributions of Tlingit code talkers during World War II. During floor sessions, representatives and senators spoke about the outsized role that Alaska Natives have played in the military.

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