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Court decision paves way for tribes to put lands into trust

Court decision paves way for tribes to put lands into trustThe Washington D.C. district court rejected the state of Alaska’s position that ANCSA required different treatment of tribes in Alaska. The state is appealing that decision.

Wrangell hospital in dire financial straits

Wrangell hospital in dire financial straitsWrangell Medical Center has less than a month’s worth of operating cash on hand. It is recommended that hospitals of this size keep about six months of cash on hand.

Mosquito Lake residents organize to reopen school

Mosquito Lake residents organize to reopen schoolResidents in the area think there are enough students to reopen the school. Last year, there were nine children enrolled. Three left the school partway through the year.

Government sues to recover costs of sunken vessel

The 147-ton vessel Sound Developer sank in August 2009 at its mooring in Cordova Harbor. The lawsuit says the vessel leaked more than 450 gallons of fuel and oils.

Walker lays out priorities for federal funding

Walker lays out priorities for federal fundingBill Walker says the item at the top of his federal wish list is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development.

Governor cuts funding for Ambler mining road

Governor cuts funding for Ambler mining roadTribal leaders and stakeholders gathered in Fairbanks to discuss cultural, environmental and social impacts of a proposed 220-mile industrial road. The meeting is happening at time when the state is facing difficult budget decisions that could hamper the project.

Sitka High struggles to maintain after-school activities with dwindling budget

Sitka High struggles to maintain after-school activities with dwindling budgetThe activities budget for Sitka High School may have reached a tipping point and it could force the end of some programs.

Obama makes Bristol Bay off-limits for oil, gas development

Obama makes Bristol Bay off-limits for oil, gas developmentThe president’s announcement is being celebrated in Dillingham.

Rate increase approved for AP&T power customers

Rate increase approved for AP&T power customersAPC is expected to revise its rates again next year because when it folds its newly acquired Gustavus Electric into its rate structure.

State hires project lead for Medicaid expansion

The job is “Medicaid expansion project director” and it’s being filled by Chris Ashenbrenner, who spent two decades working for the department and came out of retirement to take on this challenge.
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