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State Supreme Court orders new elections map, cites 'political gerrymandering'

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court ruling that the board tasked with redrawing the state’s legislative district boundaries “again engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering” and ordered the use of a ne...

 

Former attorney general charged with sexual abuse

JUNEAU (AP) — A special prosecutor has filed charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree against former Alaska Attorney General Clyde “Ed” Sniffen. Third-degree sexual abuse of a minor is a felony punishable by two to 12 years in...

 

COVID upswing in Ketchikan, including Pioneer Home

Ketchikan saw an upswing in reported COVID-19 cases in May, with 341 infections recorded during the past 30 days as of May 25. In addition, the number of active cases involving the Ketchikan Pioneer Home stood at 21 on May 25. The cases involved 18...

 
 By Yvonne Krumrey    News    June 1, 2022

Juneau needs housing for 5,000 coming to town for Ironman race

Juneau has a new housing rental crisis. The community invited 5,000 people to come for an Ironman race. With only around 1,000 hotel rooms, the city proposed a creative solution: Encouraging Juneau residents to go on vacation and rent their homes to...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    June 1, 2022

EPA proposes restrictions that would block Pebble Mine

JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on May 25 proposed restrictions that would block plans for a multibillion-dollar copper and gold mine in Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay region, the latest in a long-running dispute over...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 1, 2022

Former President Carter files in court against land exchange for Alaska road

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter has taken the unusual step of weighing in on a federal court case involving his landmark 1980 lands conservation act and a remote refuge in Alaska,...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following extracurricular positions for the 2022-2023 school year. All positions are open until filled. Cross Country Running Assistant Coach High School Girls Assistant Basketball...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 1, 2022

New underwater equipment can measure CO2 level in the ocean

SEWARD (AP) — In the cold, choppy waters of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, all eyes were on the gray water, looking for one thing only. It wasn’t a spout from humpback whales that power through this scenic fjord in front of Seward, or a sea otter...

 

Washington state tries to eradicate invasive Asian giant hornet

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists will set about 1,000 traps this year in their quest to wipe out the Asian giant hornet in Washington, the state Department of Agriculture said May 24. Scientists believe the hornets, first detected in the state in...

 

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