Every few years, Haines officials decide whether to allow helicopter skiing in new areas of the Chilkat Valley. It’s usually a contentious process where residents debate the economic benefits of heliskiing versus impacts on residents and wildlife.
The beluga whale population in Cook Inlet has been steadily declining since the 1970s. The number of whales in the area today is just a third of what it once was, and the Alaska Department of Fish Game wants to help belugas recover.
Neighbors of a property owner who called police after a bear broke into an unsecured chicken coop said its killing by a wildlife trooper was unnecessary. The Tee Harbor group urged the Juneau Assembly to tighten up rules for keeping poultry from attracting bears.