Alaska Supreme Court justices disagreed sharply on a case arising out of a collision between a truck and a cyclist in Sitka in July, 1997. Drug use or abuse was not considered to be a factor in the actual collision. Instead, the major issue focused on whether the cyclist had a history of drug use sometime before and immediately following the incident. Jurors apparently also disagreed with the court’s majority on the use of such evidence during the trial. Related Link: Into Liimatta v. Deborah Vest
- Hilcorp recently informed state regulators that the company is unlikely to begin repairs on a gas leak in Cook Inlet until mid- to late March, according to a letter obtained by Alaska's Energy Desk through a public records request.
- At a meeting in Anchorage Friday with elected officials from around the Arctic, Murkowski said she's fielding questions about potential changes in U.S. policy.
- As lawmakers in Juneau consider changes to the state’s oil tax credit system, they’re facing stiff opposition from oil companies. Several industry representatives testified before lawmakers this week. Those representatives are calling the changes proposed in House Bill 111 a tax increase. And they also say it could affect their investment decisions.
- Former Juneau representative to Alaska House of Representatives helped block capital move efforts, and worked on legislation creating the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge and allowing for public employee collective bargaining.