In this newscast:
- The City of Hoonah petitions boundary officials to become Southeast Alaska’s biggest borough,
- operators of Kensington Gold Mine share what their proposed expansion means on the ground,
- Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer certifies an oil tax ballot initiative application for signature gathering,
- the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation takes public comment on possible changes to oil spill prevention and response regulations,
- this week’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention could shed light on the potent voting bloc’s relationship with Gov. Dunleavy,
- Anchorage Republican Rep. Josh Revak’s path to join the state Senate appears to be clearing, and
- the new head of the Iditarod hopes to find common ground with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
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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.