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Supreme Court gives states authority to prosecute cases on Native American land

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding state authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American land is fracturing decades of law built around the hard-fought principle that tribes have the right to govern themselves on...

 
 By Scott Bowlen    News    July 13, 2022

Final finishers boat into Ketchikan after 21 days at sea

With smiles and hugs, the 2022 Race to Alaska concluded last Thursday evening when the last two teams still in the race — Fix Oder Nix and Sockeye Voyages — arrived at the finish in Ketchikan’s Thomas Basin. It had taken both teams more than...

 
 By James Brooks    News    July 13, 2022

State allows distilleries to sell premixed drinks in small kegs to bars, restaurants

Alaska’s state alcohol regulator is declining to stop distilleries from selling kegs of premixed cocktails despite a warning by federal regulators, who have concluded that the process is illegal. The Alaska Alcohol Control Board has rescinded an...

 

Trump scheduled at campaign rally in Alaska on Saturday

Former President Donald Trump plans to attend a campaign rally in Anchorage this week for candidates he has endorsed in the state, including former governor Sarah Palin who is running for U.S. House. The five-hour event is scheduled for Saturday at...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 6, 2022

Report finds increase in whale entanglements in fishing gear

Alaska was the only U.S. coastal region to have an increase in the confirmed cases of large whales entangled in fishing gear in 2020, a contrast to a national trend of declining cases over the past six to eight years, according to a report issued...

 

Breaching salmon dams would cost billions to replace lost power, irrigation

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a report released this month. But it...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 6, 2022

Researchers learn more about Alaska's deep-sea corals

Scientists are on the water this summer, gathering information about a once-mysterious habitat - the large and varied gardens of colorful corals that cover parts of the Alaska seafloor. What they lear...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 6, 2022

Former Juneau legislator, Dennis Egan, dies at 75

Former Southeast state senator and Juneau KINY radio host Dennis Egan died June 28. He was 75. Egan passed away at an assisted-living home in Salem, Oregon, his family reported. Egan’s daughter, Leslie, and her family, live in Oregon. Egan’s fami...

 
 By James Brooks    News    July 6, 2022

Anchorage legislative candidate faces trial on felony charges

If all goes as Lisa Simpson expects, she will win the August primary for an Anchorage state House seat and be cleared of several felonies about the same time. Simpson, a former aide to Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, is facing trial in August...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    June 29, 2022

Police do not recommend charges in milk mix-up at Juneau school

There is “nothing obvious” to recommend criminal charges in the milk mix-up earlier this month in Juneau when 12 children and two adults drank floor sealant served to them at breakfast during a summer program at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱ – Glacier...

 

Alaska Airlines reaches deal with ground personnel union

SEATTLE (AP) — A union has reached a deal with Alaska Airlines for a two-year contract extension that provides substantial raises for 5,300 gate agents, stores personnel and office staff, as well as for ramp workers who load cargo. The Seattle...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 29, 2022

Court decides it's 3 candidates, not 4, after Gross drops out

The Alaska Supreme Court on Saturday upheld a lower court ruling that will keep Republican Tara Sweeney off the ballot for the August special election in Alaska’s U.S. House race. In a brief written order, the high court on an appeal affirmed the...

 

Elections Division rejects challenge to legislator's candidacy

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Division of Elections has determined that Wasilla Republican state Rep. David Eastman is eligible to run for reelection. Eastman’s candidacy faced challenges over his affiliation with the far-right Oath Keepers group....

 

Cruise ship bumps into ice near Hubbard Glacier

The 848-foot-long Norwegian Sun cruise ship bumped into a chunk of ice last Saturday while traveling to Hubbard Glacier, which drains into Yakutat Bay. Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed on Monday that the ship canceled its port call in Skagway on...

 

Jury finds for Northwest tribe in salmon farm accident

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state jury on June 22 awarded the Lummi Indian tribe $595,000 over the 2017 collapse of a net pen where Atlantic salmon were being raised — an event that elicited fears of damage to wild salmon runs and prompted the...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    June 29, 2022

SEARHC continues to expand behavioral health services in Sitka

SEARHC is continuing to expand its behavioral health services in Sitka and also to serve residents of other Southeast communities, an official of the health care provider has told the Sitka borough assembly. “I wanted to bring your attention to som...

 

Truth and healing commission would look at Native American boarding schools

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has a responsibility to Native American tribes, Alaska Native villages and Native Hawaiian communities to fully support and revitalize education, language and cultural practices that prior boarding...

 
 By Melinda Munson    News    June 29, 2022

Skagway assembly votes $200,000 in child care subsidies

The Skagway borough assembly has earmarked $200,000 in subsidies for two licensed child care start-ups. The funding comes amid a child care crisis in Skagway that Assemblymember Reba Hylton, sponsor of the funding, said has been a chronic issue....

 

Murkowski votes yes, Sullivan no on gun violence legislation

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski last Thursday described as responsible and “targeted” a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing the nation’s increasing gun violence. She said the measure represents compromise. “No, I don’t think that you just say, ...

 
 By James Brooks    News    June 29, 2022

Court considers sovereign immunity for tribal health care corporations

The Alaska Supreme Court is considering a case that could redefine the extent of legal protection for corporations — including health care consortiums — jointly operated by Alaska Native tribes. The verdict could have implications across the stat...

 
 By Andrew Selskey    News    June 29, 2022

Environmental groups sue over Trump-era Pacific Northwest logging rule

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Six environmental groups sued officials of the Biden administration on June 14, saying a Trump-era rule change that allowed logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest violates federal laws and was politically...

 
 By Sitka Sentinel    News    June 29, 2022

Sitka water takes second place in national contest

Sitka’s drinking water won second place in a national competition this month at the American Water Works Association’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. The panel of judges rated Sitka’s water second only to WaterOne, a Kansas public...

 
 By Scott Bowlen    News    June 29, 2022

Winner sails into Ketchikan and un-nails $10,000 prize

By Scott Bowlen Ketchikan Daily News Pure & Wild, a 44-foot monohull sailboat, won the 2022 Race to Alaska on June 20, sailing into Ketchikan four days, four hours and 32 minutes after departing...

 

Project works to put opioid overdose kits at seafood processing plants

Following the death of her son to an opioid overdose in January, Sitka state public health nurse Denise Ewing and her husband, Gary Johnston, sought to prevent others from suffering the same loss. Named after her son, Gabe Johnston, Project Gabe...

 
 By Alaska Beacon    News    June 22, 2022

Former Anchorage legislator will stand trial for voter misconduct

A state Superior Court judge signed a scheduling order on June 7 that will put former Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux on trial later this summer for voter misconduct. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 12. The trial is expected to last 10 da...

 

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