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Legislative working group recommends clarifying VPSO role

Jan 21, 2020

In 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a public law enforcement emergency for rural Alaska after his visit to the state. Alaska lawmakers then formed a working group to fix the Village Public Safety Officer program, a key state service which has battled budget cuts, high turnover and an evolving job description. Now the working group has come up with a list of recommendations that lawmakers hope will  solve some of the issues with the program.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Today is the final day of the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Annual Convention, where leaders from villages all across Interior Alaska converge on Fairbanks each spring.  “Theme is Preserving Our Way of Life.”

Highlights include an announcement of support for a new facility called a Sobering Center, Victor Joseph, TCC [Chief/Chairman] said, "It's been a long time coming to try to find a safe place for the people that we need to help make sure that there is a alternative place that they can go and a place in a time of need."

Legislators debate states’ rights and constitutionality of a state law to seize federal lands

Monday, legislators voted on a controversial bill that would seize some 170 million acres of federal land in Alaska, excluding national parks and the military. Opponents said the bill is unconstitutional, and, with a fiscal crisis at hand, now is not the time to begin pointless litigation. But bill supporters said Alaskans should be able to fight for what is rightfully theirs. The bill passed 27 to 11 along caucus lines. It will now be sent to the Senate.

The Federal Subsistence Board has voted to change the process it uses to determine if a community is rural and eligible for subsistence priority. At issue is the question of who gets to fish and hunt when there's a resource shortage.

The Legislature adopted a bill that would allow Village Public Safety Officers to carry firearms in the line of duty.

The Federal Subsistence Board has voted to change the process it uses to determine if a community is rural and eligible for subsistence priority. At issue is the question of who gets to fish and hunt when there's a resource shortage.

The Legislature adopted a bill that would allow Village Public Safety Officers to carry firearms in the line of duty.

The state House of Representatives has adopted a bill to make Alaska's 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages; it now goes to the Senate.