Two Alaska communities that sued to stop the state Redistricting Board’s new legislative boundaries from taking effect have backed off most of their legal strategy. Petersburg this week dropped all but one of the claims it made in suing the Alaska Redistricting Board. The city still argues that the proposed House district it would share with Juneau is unconstitutional. Meanwhile, the Fairbanks North Star Borough today (Tuesday) sought to dismiss its entire lawsuit against the plan. Joe Viechnicki reports.
- Heli-skiing has long been a controversial topic in Haines. The interests of the industry often clash with people who live near heliports and don’t want the noise disturbing their peace and quiet. But there’s another group that’s impacted by helicopter noise: mountain goats.
- In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters.
- From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the arctic village of Kiana, 13 communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will help these communities cut their energy use by 15 percent by training local utility providers.
- It’s costing 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.