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.
- Walker said the state government risks spending all of its savings if it denies there’s a problem and hopes for oil prices to rise.
- Newtok had hoped President Obama would declare a major disaster on its behalf before leaving office. A disaster declaration would have unlocked federal relief funding that could be used for relocation.
- Brad Snow and his girlfriend Lilly Allen were living on the Yukon River when writer John McPhee came through. Snow and McPhee spent four days together in a canoe.
- The Republican-led Senate majority is more focused on cutting spending to close the state’s budget deficit than the new mostly Democratic House majority or independent Gov. Bill Walker.