In this newscast:
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces it’s seeking to fully exempt the Tongass National Forest from a rule that makes roadbuilding difficult,
- a renowned evangelical Christian and climate scientist brings her message to Alaska,
- Mayor Beth Weldon forms a task force to looking at what the city should do to address the growing tourism industry,
- travel industry interests discuss “overtourism,”
- the Coast Guard reports widespread disruption of its VHF radio communications across Southeast Alaska, and
- state epidemiologists flag a recent spike in a type of poisoning caused by eating improperly preserved fish.
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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.