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Former Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief and Chairman Victor Joseph has been appointed to a federal task force set up by the Biden administration to ensure all Americans are tested and treated for COVID-19 fairly.

Former Tanana Chiefs Chairman Victor Joseph says he’s gratified to have been selected to serve on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

By Joaqlin Estus, with assistance from Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, Superior Court judge Paul Lyle approved a deal vacating the convictions of four men in the 1997 murder of John Hartman. In return, the Fairbanks Four promised not to sue the city of Fairbanks or the state of Alaska over the investigation and prosecution that led to their convictions, which they have long disputed.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA 90.3 FM

Witnesses endorse tribal courts as a solution 

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Alaska has already outgrown the $250-million Goose Creek Correctional Center that opened in 2012. Instead of pouring more money into building and maintaining prisons, people testifying in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in Anchorage on Thursday said it’d be smarter to turn some of the money toward keeping people out of prison. 

Tribes say the Governor's position creates obstacles for relatives and tribal members who want to adopt a Native child

Anchorage judge sets Sept. 26 as the date for arguments

An Anchorage judge has set Sept. 26 for arguments in the lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Elections Director Gail Fenumiai over an emergency order that allowed two candidates for governor to merge their campaigns. Democratic nominee Byron Mallott is running for Lt. Gov. with independent candidate for Governor Bill Walker.

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Permanent Fund Dividend third largest in 33-year history

This year's PFD will be $1,884. That's twice as much as last year and the third-largest ever. Distribution begins Oct. 2.

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Lawsuit alleges candidate merger of gubernatorial campaigns was unlawful

KUAC's Dan Bross reports Fairbanks Mayor Dan Eberhart has agreed to the Tanana Chiefs Conference's request to join it and others who are calling for a federal investigation into the murder convictions of four Alaska Native men. The four were convicted of the 1997 murder of John Hartman. Eberhart says a 2011 confession by a prison inmate who is not one of the Fairbanks Four and other new evidence raise questions about whether they were the perpetrators. TCC had also requested an investigation of the Fairbanks police handling of the case.

It's less smoky than yesterday but smoke from two Southcentral Alaska wildfires is expected to return when the wind shifts over the weekend.  Water-scooping aircraft is being deployed today to protect Kasilof from the Funny River fire on the Kenai Peninsula, which has grown to 63,000 acres, and is 3.5 miles from a Kasilof subdivision. On the west side of Cook Inlet, the Tyonek fire has grown to 1,800 acres. Firefighters have completed dozer lines removing potential fuel sources around the Beluga power plant, which supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.

An Emmonak man was medevacced to Anchorage after collapsing while ice fishing.

Jerry Isaacs steps down after heading Tanana Chiefs Conference for eight years.

Coastal villages say commercial fishing should be reduced before subsistence limits are imposed.

A bill that would expand the state's authority to issue general permits continues to draw opposition.