In this newscast:
- An organization of 57 tribal governments says the Roadless Rule should stay in place in Alaska,
- Eklutna officials file a lawsuit against the Interior Department in an effort to open a tribal gaming hall in Chugiak,
- Juneau officials consider a contract for winter warming shelter,
- Juneau eight graders get to see and discuss Vera Starbard’s new play Devilfish,
- a Petersburg man dies after his skiff flips in waters west of the city,
- wildlife authorities warn that Kodiak bears are now opening car doors with their teeth, and
- the Alaska Zoo’s beloved polar bear Lyutyik dies.
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- Under Alaska state law, at least 30 days’ notice is needed to hold a non-emergency special session during the interim. That would push any special session now up against the holidays.
- The Tazlina was scheduled to have new side doors installed this winter. Instead, the state ferry will provide service between Juneau and the communities of Haines, Skagway, Hoonah and Gustavus.
- Bruce Tangeman, who ran the state's Department of Revenue, also wrote that any potential new taxes would support what he called an unsustainable budget, as well as permanent fund dividends.
- The NTSB update is a detailed, seven-page statement of facts about the flight and the investigation, with sections on the runway, the flight recorders, the plane and its engines. It does not assign a cause to the crash. That's expected later.