David Conrad, professor emeritus of history at Southern Illinois University, first discovered the origins of the Tongass National Forest while going through some materials at the National Archives. He later compiled his research on the creation of the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve in an article that appeared in an 1977 issue of Pacific Historical Review.
- AFN got its start in 1966. It focused on land claims for many years. Today, it also works in areas such subsistence, health, education, jobs and governance.
- The legislature that voters send to Juneau in January will be very different than the one that left in July.
- Wielechowski has been in the news this year for filing a lawsuit to keep Permanent Fund dividends whole.
- The Anchorage race between Republican Cathy Giessel and independent Vince Beltrami could help determine the balance of power in the state Senate, and how Alaska takes on its fiscal crisis.