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 Senate State Affairs Committee heard public testimony from across Alaska on Senate Bill 128.
- Her pottery features a technique called Mishima that allows her to etch fine dark lines onto the surface of her porcelain pieces, marrying her background in drawing and illustration with organic three-dimensional forms.
- The City and Borough of Juneau has named candidates for two top positions: city manager and chief housing officer.
- Judge Pfiffner said he would issue a “lengthy” decision by the end of March at the earliest. He said his decision was likely only a “speed bump” on the way to the state Supreme Court.