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Congress gives fishermen 3-year reprieve from EPA regs

Congress gives fishermen 3-year reprieve from EPA regsIf the moratorium hadn’t passed, Alaska’s fishing fleet would have had to comply with new regulations the industry claims are unworkable.

Sen. Mark Begich bids farewell on Senate floor

Sen. Mark Begich bids farewell on Senate floorMark Begich said goodbye on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday. His six years in office end with this Congress.

Alaska regents OK tobacco ban

Alaska regents OK tobacco banThe resolution bans cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, water pipes, e-cigarettes, e-cigars and vape pens. It also forbids their use anywhere on a campus, including trails, parking lots and university-owned streets and sidewalks.

Research that could affect Southeast logging, mining unclear on wolf designation

Research that could affect Southeast logging, mining unclear on wolf designationAn article published last month in the Journal of Heredity concludes that DNA evidence does not support listing Southeast Alaska wolves as a distinct sub-species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. However, others say the same research supports that distinction.

Juneau Assembly appoints Planning Commission, hospital board members

The Assembly received six applicants for Planning Commission and eight for Bartlett Regional Hospital board.

Walker to review applicants for National Guard’s top post

Walker’s Republican predecessor Sean Parnell was in the process of finding a new adjutant general at the time of the election.

State faces larger deficit amid lower oil prices

State faces larger deficit amid lower oil pricesThe state of Alaska is facing a $3.5 billion budget deficit this year, $2.1 billion more than when lawmakers left Juneau in April, amid slumping oil prices.

Southeast championships feature Alaska’s first girls wrestling meet

Southeast championships feature Alaska’s first girls wrestling meetAlaska is now one of a several states with a championship meet for girl wrestlers.

Skagway pens tentative lease with state agency for ore terminal

Skagway pens tentative lease with state agency for ore terminalThe new lease allows up to 750,000 tons of ore and concentrations be shipped through the facility annually.

Sitka Community Hospital facing unexpected financial woes

Sitka Community Hospital facing unexpected financial woesThe Sitka Assembly was briefed on the hospital’s finances during a closed-door session Tuesday. The hospital’s chief financial officer has resigned. Very little information has been released to the public so far.