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 By James Brooks    News    February 23, 2022

Judge upholds Dunleavy decision to sweep scholarship money into state general fund

A group of four Alaska college students has appealed a state court ruling that upheld a decision by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to drain the state’s $410 million higher-education investment fund. The decision made scholarship programs subject to annual...

 

Jury rules against Palin's claim she was libeled

NEW YORK (AP) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lost her libel lawsuit against The New York Times on Feb. 15 when a jury rejected her claim that the newspaper maliciously damaged her reputation by...

 

Salmon returns decline to 561 last year in Maine river

ORONO, Maine (AP)- Salmon counters found fewer of the endangered fish in Maine’s Penobscot River last year than in any year since 2016. Atlantic salmon are listed under the Endangered Species Act in the U.S., as the country’s only remaining wild...

 

Senate bill would extend tribal court jurisdiction in Alaska

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A provision of a U.S. Senate bill would expand tribal court jurisdiction for up to 30 Alaska tribes as part of a pilot program aimed at addressing high rates of domestic or sexual violence. Tribes that choose to participate in the...

 

Federal grant funds development of warning systems in Southeast

The Sitka Sound Science Center and several regional and national partners have received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop natural hazard monitoring and warning systems in tribal communities throughout...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 23, 2022

Juneau charter operator thinks squid may be eating young salmon

A Juneau-based fishing charter and lodge owner has a hunch that a viable commercial squid fishery could exist in Southeast. Richard Yamada, who's been operating fishing charters for 40 years, has...

 

Anchorage Democrat announces run against Don Young

JUNEAU (AP) — An Anchorage Assembly member on Feb. 17 announced plans to run as a Democrat for the U.S. House seat for Alaska that has been held by Republican Don Young since 1973. Christopher Constant made the announcement on social media. Under...

 

Australian 5-pound opal sells at Alaska auction for $143,750

JUNEAU (AP) — A gemstone, billed as one of the largest gem-quality opals in existence, was sold for $143,750 at auction in Alaska on Sunday. The opal, dubbed the “Americus Australis,” weighs more than five pounds, according to the Anchorage...

 

Democratic candidate for governor names running mate

JUNEAU (AP) — Democrat Les Gara announced Feb. 14 that a teacher will be his running mate in his bid for Alaska governor this year. Gara said Jessica Cook, of Palmer, will run for lieutenant governor as part of a ticket with him. Cook teaches at an...

 

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