After over two decades in the Alaska Legislature, Senate President Rick Halford has decided against running for reelection. The 57 year old commerical pilot and guide from the Chugiak-Eagle River area is retiring this year to spend more time with his family. His wife Rona just delivered a new son, adding to two other boys already in the family. During his tenure, Halford was one of the Alaska Permanent Fund’s most passionate defenders and has held leadership positions throughout much of his career. Halford talked about his new priorities with reporters late Tuesday night immediately following a surprise visit by his wife and new baby.
- Young says he sympathizes with the 9/11 victims, but says the law allowing them to sue Saudi Arabia threatens national security and the safety of Americans deployed abroad.
- For the first time since February, the statewide temperature index for Alaska dipped below normal earlier this week.
- About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.
- Andy Larson, 79, and Matthew Hanes, 32, hoisted from S/V Rafiki about 170 miles south of Sand Point early Wednesday.