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
- The multi-year project commissioned by the Arctic Council features indigenous youth gathering and sharing traditions.
- This week, 88 Energy announced they've started setting up a rig on the North Slope to drill a second well for Project Icewine. According to a recent 88 Energy presentation, the company thinks its leases may hold between 1.4 and 3.6 billion barrels of oil.
- The state is fining oil and gas company Hilcorp an additional $160,000 for using nitrogen without permission while working on two wells in 2015 -- the same practice that nearly killed three North Slope workers.
- Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.