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As KSKA's Ann Hillman reports, about 90 people attended a Regulatory Commission of Alaska meeting to ask it to reconsider its decision to approve Enstar's request for a 50% price increase for natural gas.

As APRN's Lori Townsend reports, the Alaska Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday (July 18, 2014) in a long-running tribal court jurisdiction case. The case stems from a Minto tribal court decision that terminated parental rights. The father, Edward Parks, was not a Minto tribal member, so he claimed the court did not have authority over him. Also, he said, the tribal court did not allow his attorney to make an oral presentation of his argument. He tried to take the case to state court and bypass the tribal appeal process.

Kuskokwim River villagers warn fisheries managers of talk about armed conflict and civil disobedience over closures that are leaving fish racks and freezers empty during the normally busy fishing season. Managers say biology, not protests, will decide when fisheries will be opened, and their count shows promising numbers of salmon are returning to spawn. An opening may come as early as this weekend.

A tribal administrator in Eastern Interior Alaska admits to $23,000 embezzlement.

The U.S. Department of Interior is asking for public comments on a new policy that will allow it to take land into trust for Alaska Native tribes. Trust lands cannot be sold, nor taxed. Tribes say the change will bring them one step closer to self-determination.

The Funny River wildfire is now 46% contained, meaning fire breaks that flames likely cannot cross surround nearly half the fire.

Alaska Congressman Don Young amended the Maguson-Stevens Act as it moved through the U.S. Natural Resources Committee,to allow subsistence fishermen a voice on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.

The board of directors of the regional Native corporation Sealaska named Anthony Mallott as president and CEO. He's the son of former CEO and long-time board member Byron Mallott, who's running for Governor.

It's less smoky than yesterday but smoke from two Southcentral Alaska wildfires is expected to return when the wind shifts over the weekend.  Water-scooping aircraft is being deployed today to protect Kasilof from the Funny River fire on the Kenai Peninsula, which has grown to 63,000 acres, and is 3.5 miles from a Kasilof subdivision. On the west side of Cook Inlet, the Tyonek fire has grown to 1,800 acres. Firefighters have completed dozer lines removing potential fuel sources around the Beluga power plant, which supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.

A health advisory is in effect for areas from Soldotna to Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna valley as some 200 firefighters work to contain a wildfire near Soldotna. Another 90 firefighters are working to contain the Tyonek wildfire that is headed toward Beluga, the site of the Chugach Electric powerplant at Beluga that supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.

Congressman Don Young, Alaska Republican, has proposed a measure that would set aside federal land in Northwest Alaska for an Arctic deep water port.

A hot-shot crew and smoke-jumpers headed to Tyonek to contain a wildfire as gusty winds and low humidity add to wildfire danger in south central Alaska.

Tribal leaders from Canada and Alaska say they will work together to oppose mines, affecting both sides of the border.

A Governmental Accountability Office reports calls U.S. participation in Arctic Council uncoordinated and lacking in follow-through.

In the first of two newscasts today: Alaska Democrats have endorsed U.S. Mark Begich for the seat he now holds, former Juneau mayor Byron Mallott for Governor, and Anchorage attorney Forrest Dunbar for U.S. Congress.

The state has requested an evidentiary hearing in the case of the "Fairbanks Four," who were convicted of the beating death of Mark Hartman in 1997, but new information points to others being responsible for the killing.

In the first of two newscasts today: Alaska Democrats have endorsed U.S. Mark Begich for the seat he now holds, former Juneau mayor Byron Mallott for Governor, and Anchorage attorney Forrest Dunbar for U.S. Congress.

The state has requested an evidentiary hearing in the case of the "Fairbanks Four," who were convicted of the beating death of Mark Hartman in 1997, but new information points to others being responsible for the killing.

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