In this newscast:
- A Ketchikan company wins a first-of-its-kind second growth logging contract on Kosciusko Island in the Tongass National Forest,
- environmentalists sound the alarm on a congressional budget maneuver that could open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and
- the journal Science reports nearly 300 species of sea creatures from Japan hitchhiked to the Unites States’ Pacific Coast on tsunami debris.
- The Juneau Assembly declined to pass a broaden sales tax exemption for seniors. Opposition from businesses prodded elected officials to refer the initiative back to committee.
- Fines for pet owners whose for critters scooped up by animal control officers have gone up. The fees hadn't been adjusted for nearly 17 years.
- Local education officials are applying for state money to replace and repair leaky roofs at several Juneau schools. About $5 million is coming in over the next five years earmarked for school maintenance from sales tax money that voters approved in the Oct. 3 election.
- "They’re calling it GTA, grand theft Anchorage, right now," said Rep. Lora Reinbold, who says she wants to repeal Senate Bill 91. "It’s outrageous, what’s going on in the city that I love.”