Nearly five months since a tragic shooting took the lives of Hoonah police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka, life in the 800 person village is slowly returning to normal. Residents say they’ll never forget the senseless killings, but thanks to the town’s close-knit nature — and a little help from other Alaska communities — they’ve been able to band together and help each other heal. Casey Kelly has more.
- 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.