January 15 marks the beginning of the Alaska Legislature for this session. Gavel Alaska will provide “Gavel to Gavel” coverage of the proceedings on 360 North Television and 360north.org. Before our lawmakers convene, 360north.org and gavelalaska.org will provide a new web interface for getting information, watching meetings and finding proceedings of interest to you in our media archives. The sites will combine in early January to give you a “one stop” web location for information about Alaska and our government. Watch for the soon coming changes on gavelalaska.org and 360north.org. And, join us to watch the first day of the legislative session and the events that surround a new year of coverage of Alaska government.
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- Soccer fans in Alaska’s capital city had few options to watch Sunday’s World Cup final. Fortunately, Coppa opened early to screen the match between France and Croatia.
- Clerks at the Anchorage Police Department say they're increasingly overwhelmed with paperwork and dispatchers are swamped with calls.
- Each spring, about 50 pickers young and old get paid a few bucks a pound to collect spruce tips during a short harvest window in small town Gustavus.
- Knik Tribal Council started developing it’s lending program three years ago and is just now giving out housing loans. They are the only statewide organization of its type, though there are other regionally focused ones. At least half of their clients need to be Alaska Native or Native American, but anyone can apply.