Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox is being held in Washington state while he awaits sentencing for conspiring to murder federal officials and owning illegal weapons.
Cox is being held at the Federal Detention Center near Seattle.
Fairbanks attorney Nelson Traverso represented Cox at trial. But Traverso has since withdrawn because Cox was dissatisfied with his representation. Seattle attorney Peter Camiel now represents Cox.
Sentencing hearings for Cox and co-defendants Lonnie Vernon, Karen Vernon and Coleman Barney are scheduled for this fall in Anchorage. Cox’s co-defendants remain jailed in Alaska.
- The amendment to phase out old-growth logging has been in the works since 2014. It takes effect in 30 days.
- Black carbon, which is produced by burning, can accelerate warming of the atmosphere and melting of glaciers.
- Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry."
- President Obama today issued an executive order creating the “Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area” of 112,300 square miles.