One of the current exhibits at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau feature some of the original entries submitted over 70 years ago for design of the Territory of Alaska’s flag. Drawn by 13 year old Alaska Native Benny Benson, the distinctive design of Eight Stars of Gold on a Field of Blue is now the official state flag. It’s also the subject of the official state song and a bill now moving through the Legislature. You can see the exhibit at the Alaska State Museum through the end of March before it travels to other locations around the state.Related Link: Alaska State Museum
- Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg heard oral arguments in a lawsuit on the issue. He said he’ll try to reach a decision as quickly as he can.
- Walker said he has spoken several times with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whose vote could help determine the bill’s fate.
- State transportation crews are removing political campaign signs along state rights-of-way. Alaska law largely forbids signs anywhere visible from the roadway.
- The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of its Haines-area land for timber harvest. The timing of the university’s decision was motivated by a conversation happening at the local level. The Haines Planning Commission is considering whether to restrict resource extraction in the Mud Bay area.