Throughout his twelve years as Alaska’s U.S. Senator, Mike Gravel relished stirring controversy, but he died quietly at his home in Seaside, California, on Saturday at the age of 91, surrounded by family.
In the Tongass National Forest, this comes at a time when sweeping management changes were already underway.
The event was held on the White House lawn, where a huge crane appeared to be lifting a set of weights out of the back of a pickup truck — a symbol of the Trump administration’s efforts to lift the weight of federal regulations.
A federal court ruled Friday that the Bureau of Land Management does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral exploration in the Chilkat Valley.
There are few areas that could be improved — like one instance where the state should have held a public hearing — and didn’t. And there are questions about having enough staff and allocating the time and money they need for training.
“Perhaps Congress will now think better of its decision to encumber the King Cove road project with a NEPA requirement,” Judge H. Russell Holland wrote.
The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee today moved a bill to renew the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The sponsor, Alaska Rep. Don Young, says the bill makes minor changes to the fisheries law.