The Tongass Futures Roundtable is shutting down. The organization tried to resolve Southeast Alaska forest-issue conflicts.
The Arctic Council – the association of the world’s polar countries – has agreed to grant observer status to six non-Arctic nations.
A new, smaller Sealaska land-selection measure faces opposition from the federal government. The legislation would transfer 3,600 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the Southeast-based regional Native corporation.
President Obama announced late Wednesday that the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steve Miller, has resigned in the wake of a report that employees at the agency engaged in partisan scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
A second measure transferring Tongass National Forest land to Sealaska is before Congress on Thursday. It’s stopgap legislation turning 3,600 acres over to the Southeast-based regional Native corporation.
The U.S. Senate is expected to a pass a sweeping bill authorizing dozens of water projects today.
As federal agencies are beginning to lay off employees and close offices in Alaska, the long-term unemployed in Alaska are about to see a reduction in their unemployment benefits.
Starting next week thousands of Alaskans will see their weekly unemployment insurance benefits shrink due to federal sequestration budget cuts.
The plan lays out three arcing “lines of interest” – to advance U.S. security, pursue responsible Arctic stewardship and to strengthen international cooperation.
Three witnesses billed as whistle-blowers appeared before a House committee Wednesday to challenge the Obama administration’s explanation of what transpired on Sept. 11, 2012, as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked and the ambassador and three others killed.