The Haines Borough Assembly has an emergency meeting scheduled for Friday morning on the latest redistricting map.
The latest incarnation, revised for Southeast, would put Haines and Skagway in the same House district as the Mendenhall Valley.
Haines Assembly members are expected to decide whether the Borough should jump into the lawsuit objecting to the redistricting plan.
The Haines Assembly has already gone on record objecting to being in a Juneau district. They would prefer to remain in a Southeast rural House district with a sufficient population of Native voters to satisfy the federal voting rights act.
- 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.