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Sealaska lands legislation could move with defense bill

Sealaska lands legislation could move with defense billThe long-awaited Sealaska bill is one piece of a Public Lands package that’s been added to a must-pass defense bill.

Legislators prepare for marijuana regulation

Legislators prepare for marijuana regulationWith an initiative to treat marijuana like alcohol now certified, lawmakers are preparing for the issue to come up this legislative session.

Sitka hospital aims to become regional health care hub

Sitka hospital aims to become regional health care hubSitka’s new hospital CEO Jeff Comer said he’s developing a strategy to expand Sitka Community Hospital into a regional health care provider.

Southeast divers finish up sea cucumber season

Southeast divers finish up sea cucumber seasonSea cucumber season closed in mid-November after the fleet landed a little more than a million pounds of the seafood delicacy.

Wrangell assembly to intervene in two more timber lawsuits

Wrangell assembly to intervene in two more timber lawsuitsWrangell Borough Assembly has voted to participate in two more lawsuits seeking to block the Prince of Wales Island logging contract.

Sealaska selections in Tongass added to defense bill

Sealaska selections in Tongass added to defense billA long-awaited land selection agreement for Sealaska Corporation is among a package of public land bills that are now slated to move quickly through Congress

Iditarod boosts payout to $70k for 2015 winner

Iditarod boosts payout to $70k for 2015 winnerThe 2015 Iditarod winner will take home the race’s biggest payday ever — $70,000.

Compliance ordered for Ketchikan water supply

Compliance ordered for Ketchikan water supplyA compliance order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation spells out what the City of Ketchikan is required to do over the next couple of years to address ongoing water concerns.

NOAA proposes critical habitat for ringed seals

NOAA proposes critical habitat for ringed sealsA federal agency has proposed about 350,000 square miles of ocean off Alaska’s north and west coasts as critical habitat for the seal that’s the main prey of polar bears.

Caribou, reindeer compete for space on the Seward Peninsula

Caribou, reindeer compete for space on the Seward PeninsulaFor decades, caribou have posed a threat to reindeer herders on the Seward Peninsula — their numbers swelling, even as the reindeer population shrinks.