A federal revenue-sharing program called Secure Rural Schools has been a million-dollar boon to some Alaska cities and boroughs, mostly in Southeast.
Right now, when municipalities bond for school construction costs, the state pays more than half the bill.
The defendants moved for dismissal of the charges, asserting that their fishing for king salmon was a religious activity, and that they were entitled to a religious exemption from the emergency orders under the free exercise clause of the Alaska Constitution.
The House adjourned Tuesday before voting on an amendment that would allow reimbursements for projects voters approve by November 15, 2016.
Alaskans are almost out of time to sign up for their share of the state's oil wealth this year.
In Haines, the borough assembly has decided to wait until the state finalizes legislation before taking any action on local rules on marijuana use and sales. But some residents aren’t waiting on the legislature.
Assembly members say the action was a small step toward helping the district cope with personnel and program cuts that district officials have proposed to deal with an $11 million state funding shortfall.
Organizers hope to erect a bronze sculpture of William Henry Seward by the 150th anniversary of the Alaska purchase.
In one of her articles, Mary Annette Pember tells the story of Oseira. In 1944, at the age of five, she was removed from her home in a Bristol Bay area village and sent to a Catholic boarding school in Interior Alaska.
Jeremy Briggs Roberts is the musical director and conductor of the Washington Idaho Symphony.