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.
- 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.
- Nineteen-year-old Dallas Roberts grew up in St. Paul attending Bering Sea Days. After a year at college, he's back in the Pribilofs teaching kids about the island's greenhouse.