In this newscast: The Alaska Legislature is poised to hold confirmation votes on Gov. Bill Walker’s appointees, the Juneau Assembly OKs rezoning the “Field of Fireweed” for industrial use, fundraising efforts to meet an insurance deductible to rebuild the Twin Lakes playground are fulfilled, and the weather and aurora forecasts align for a good chance of seeing northern lights.
In this newscast: The Alaska Senate is poised to vote and reject a state income tax proposal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Fairbanks for Arctic Council meetings, Wasilla Rep. David Eastman becomes the first member of the Alaska House to be censured, unable to sell its ferry Taku, the state lowers its minimum asking price, and Washington state is taking legal action against the U.S. government after a tunnel collapsed at its Hanford nuclear waste site.
Leaders within the organization, which represents more than 30,000 Tlingit and Haida people, had piles of unflattering adjectives to characterize Eastman’s comments, including “venomous,” “indefensible” and “demonizing.”
In this newscast: Bartlett Regional Hospital’s CEO estimates the American Health Care Act as passed by the House would cost the hospital $69 million over 10 years, fallen Juneau Police officer Karl Reishus will have a street named after him in a the new Pederson Hill subdivision, Sam, the 17-foot pet python that had gone missing from a two weeks ago in Meadow Lakes, has returned, and a few bars of The Vega String Quartet playing Monday’s lunchtime Juneau Jazz and Classics concert in the State Office Building.
In this newscast: Congressman Don Young explains why he voted for the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Juneau Assembly spares the downtown pool and Mt. Jumbo Gym from budget cutting, the Alaska Dispatch News says its reporter in the statehouse was slapped by a senator, and a federal budget deal restores funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, which supports the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
In this newscast: The NTSB investigates a fatal Grant Aviation plane crash on the Alaska Peninsula, the Juneau Assembly considers relaxing local mining regulations and resurfaces AJ Mine debate, and Monday’s early morning earthquakes knocked out power in parts of the Yukon Territory, but didn’t cause damage in Whitehorse.
In this newscast: The Legislature defies Gov. Bill Walker’s request for confirmation of his cabinet and board appointees, Juneau Schools are promised full local funding, the Juneau Assembly spares the Juneau-Douglas City Museum from the budget chopping block, and Ishmael Hope reads part of his new book of poetry, “Rock Piles Along the Eddy.”