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Wilson’s transportation fund advances in House

Wilson’s transportation fund advances in HouseA measure setting up an Alaska Transportation Infrastructure Fund has gotten some traction in the House. But two companion bills are not seeing the same attention.

Should humpbacks lose endangered status?

Should humpbacks lose endangered status?State officials want the federal government to remove some protections for Southeast and Southcentral humpback whales. But a noted researcher says it’s too early to do that.

Senate OKs medevac memberships

Senate OKs medevac membershipsLegislation allowing a popular air-ambulance service’s membership program to continue serving Alaskans passed the state Senate today.

Measure calls for Tongass timber takeover

Measure calls for Tongass timber takeoverLegislation urging the state to take over some Tongass forest lands is attracting questions and opposition.

Stedman spends most for legislative travel

Stedman spends most for legislative travelState officials recently released documents showing how much each legislator spent on travel last year. Two of the most expensive travelers are from Southeast.

AFN asks ANB to help voting-rights campaign

AFN asks ANB to help voting-rights campaignAlaska’s largest Native organization is challenging a Southeast group to lead the regional campaign to regain federal voting-rights protections.

Bill Thomas considers Kerttula’s House seat

Bill Thomas considers Kerttula’s House seatFormer Haines Representative Bill Thomas is considering a run for the House seat being vacated by Juneau’s Beth Kerttula. But he’s more likely to take on Juneau Senator Dennis Egan.

Sealaska seeks new board youth adviser

Sealaska seeks new board youth adviserSealaska is looking for a young shareholder to take a seat on its board of directors.

Panel will target Tongass plan rewrite, timber transition

Panel will target Tongass plan rewrite, timber transitionThe Forest Service is setting up an advisory board to help rewrite the Tongass National Forest’s management plan.

Senator expects tighter state budgets in 2014

Senator expects tighter state budgets in 2014Juneau Democratic Sen. Dennis Egan says the upcoming legislative session will be different from last year’s simply because there are fewer state dollars to go around.