Iditarod sled-dog race

Tununak v state of Alaska is "potentially explosive"

Yesterday, the state Department of Law asked the Alaska Supreme Court for more time in a case tribes say will show whether Governor Bill Walker is serious about campaign pledges to work cooperatively with tribes, and determine how the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, will be implemented in Alaska.

Taxes, law enforcement, fish and game management up for discussion By Ben Matheson, KYUK Tribal representatives from the Yukon-Kuskokwim region are meeting today in Bethel to discuss whether to create a new regional tribal government or pursue changes to an existing non-profit like the Association of Village Council Presidents. They could also choose to make no changes. The regional for-profit corporation Calista facilitated the Governance Convention. Proponents of a new government say big changes are needed to unify the region.

State Senate votes to eliminate daylight saving time

The Alaska State Senate has voted overwhelmingly to eliminate daylight saving time in the state. The bill now goes to the House. The bill would stop the state from springing forward beginning in 2017. Sens. Dennis Egan, Bert Stedman, Berta Gardner and Johnny Ellis opposed the bill.

--------------------------------------------------------

Senate Finance Committee hears testimony: We vote to make marijuana legal, not a controlled substance

Alaska Native advocates ask Walker to ensure the Indian Child Welfare Act is properly implemented in Alaska

The Alaska Federation of Natives, and all the regional Native nonprofit organizations in the state are asking Governor Bill Walker to change his position in a case involving the adoption of an Alaska Native child. They say the state’s position in the case Tununuk II vs. the state of Alaska erects barriers between tribal children and tribal homes. The state has said it’s only arguing for compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The change to start to the race in Fairbanks has mushers thinking about new strategies

3/3/15 - Heroin use on the rise in Alaska

Mar 3, 2015

Drug abuse may become epidemic

Heroin use is on the rise in Alaska. Bureau of Investigation Commander Jeff Laughlin says the trend is expected to continue, and he believes it could become an epidemic. Nome Mayor Denise Michels says heroin and methamphetamine use are a major concern for nearby communities that lack a state law enforcement presence.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Platinum Mine manager pleads guilty to environmental crimes

Friday is the deadline for applications to two University of Alaska Anchorage programs designed to support, mentor Alaskans training for health careers.

A bill in the Legislature would help rural Alaskans with transporting bodies for autopsies required by the state.

A dozen mushers are out of the iditarod Trail Sled-dog Race after warm weather melted the snow cover, leaving them to race over icy, bare ground, slamming and rolling sleds into trees, stumps, and rocks.

Initiatives to regulate marijuana like alcohol, and to raise the state minimum wage, will be on August ballot.

Anchorage, Fairbanks, are on a short list for stationing of its new U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter jets.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sending $21 million for Alaska fishery disasters.

Trail conditions are fair for the seventy mushers signed up for the Iditarod Sled-dog Race kicking off this weekend.