A proposed federal spending bill calls for the creation of a federal task force to address debris washing ashore from last year’s tsunami in Japan.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office says the senator was successful in getting the provision added. It would direct the U.S. Interior Department to work with other federal agencies to develop the task force.
Murkowski has said it’s essential the Obama administration have a plan for how the U.S. will prepare for and recover from debris as it reaches U.S. shores and waters.
- A National Weather Service meteorologist says warm ocean temperatures and less sea ice suggest this year's winter could be close to normal.
- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has ordered that Native communities and their traditional ecological knowledge be considered in future federal land management decisions.
- The first marijuana shop in the state has its license to open and it's in Skagway. The Remedy Shoppe must now wait for the state to give the green light to marijuana testing facilities before its shelves are stocked.
- Sen. Dan Sullivan said he is trying to make Congress aware of more than 30 villages that still don't have running water or sewers.