Active duty troops were working without pay over the weekend due to the government shutdown. It was effective at midnight eastern time on Friday and looks likely to be resolved today.
Whether service members ultimately receive back pay, as happened after the 2013 shutdown, is up to Congress. Many civilian employees and Defense Department contractors face unpaid furloughs if the shutdown continues.
Over the weekend, some operations were halted. Members of Alaska’s National Guard were supposed to be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend for drills. But most of those exercises were canceled, affecting about 4,000 people.
- The costs from dealing with climate change are starting to become more visible in Bethel, a hub town for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. There are also costs to the region’s lifestyle.
- High school students from across Alaska were at the Capitol this month to see for themselves how state government works. As it turned out, they were there at an especially busy time.
- James Harmon, convicted of murder and sexual assault in 2005, claimed inadequate or insufficient representation by public defenders. But a judge recently wrote that Harmon failed to prove any of his claims.
- According to the city's emergency programs manager, there’s potential for large avalanches on Mount Juneau due to roughly two feet of new snow and high winds expected Friday afternoon.