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Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - Juneau

Jennifer Canfield is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

With Erin’s Law signed, bill sponsors see more work to be done

With Erin’s Law signed, bill sponsors see more work to be done

Gov. Bill Walker signed the Alaska Safe Children’s Act Thursday in Anchorage. The bill, also known as Erin’s Law, was controversial for some and stalled by a legislature that was at odds regarding the state’s fiscal situation. While the fight over Erin’s Law may be over, two lawmakers who worked on the bill say there is still more to be done.

July 10, 2015
Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, testified last year in the House Education Committee on House Bill 233, also known as Erin’s Law. Rep. Geran Tarr is the bill sponsor. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Federal bill introduced to fund Erin’s Law

Three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would fund the implementation of Erin’s Law in states where it’s been adopted.

July 3, 2015

Media Awaits Release Of National Guard Emails

The State of Alaska still has not released all documents and emails related to the Alaska National Guard scandal. Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News sued the state for the documents last October after the Parnell administration took four months to deny public record requests.

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April 9, 2015
Gov. Walker’s New Adviser To Focus On Rural Economy, Local Governments

Gov. Walker’s New Adviser To Focus On Rural Economy, Local Governments

Gov. Bill Walker named his new rural affairs adviser Tuesday at the Alaska Federation of Natives winter retreat in Kotzebue. Gerad Godfrey’s full title is “Senior Advisor on Rural Business and Intergovernmental Affairs” — a title that Godfrey says is meant to communicate that much of his work will focus on economic development in villages and bringing tribes to the table when the state consults local governments.

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February 18, 2015
The Alaska state capitol building in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Chugiak Lawmaker Proposes Legislature Move

Sen.-elect Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, plans to introduce a bill to move the Alaska Legislature to Anchorage. Stoltze isn’t proposing a full-on capital move. Instead, KTUU reports that the bulk of state government would remain in Juneau and legislative sessions would be held at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.

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January 8, 2015
Muñoz To Reintroduce Bill Adding Sexual Orientation To Anti-Discrimination Law

Muñoz To Reintroduce Bill Adding Sexual Orientation To Anti-Discrimination Law

Rep. Cathy Muñoz (R- Juneau) will reintroduce a bill this legislative session to make discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal.

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January 6, 2015
Juneau Rep. Cathy Muñoz celebrates her successful re-election bid with supporters on Election Night at Coho’s Bar and Grill in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KTOO)

Juneau Lawmakers Egan, Muñoz and Kito Re-elected To Legislature

All three of the capital city’s state lawmakers handily won re-election Tuesday. Sen. Dennis Egan and Reps. Cathy Muñoz and Sam Kito III all got at least 60 percent of the votes counted in their respective races on Election Day.

November 5, 2014

New federal regulations to favor subsistence users, rural residents

The Federal Subsistence Board’s rural determination process will change, according to an announcement made at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention last month.

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November 4, 2014
State Correspondence Details a ‘Deteriorated’ Nat’l Guard

State Correspondence Details a ‘Deteriorated’ Nat’l Guard

There are numerous redactions in the released documents, and some of the requested documents are not included; many are still under review and are subject to release in the coming days.

October 31, 2014

DOJ May Intervene In Alaska Supreme Court Case

The U.S. Department of Justice may intervene in an Alaska Supreme Court case concerning a non-Native couple’s adoption of an Alaska Native child. In September, the Native Village of Tununak lost its appeal against the State of Alaska and the adoptive couple.

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October 29, 2014
UAS Chancellor John Pugh. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

UAS Chancellor Pugh to Retire in May

University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh will retire in May. He announced his retirement Monday in an email to Southeast campus councils and the UAS Alumni Board of Directors.

October 28, 2014

Alaska Federation of Natives Wraps Up Annual Convention

The Alaska Federation of Natives wrapped up their annual convention with the usual process of amending and voting on resolutions. The resolutions process was similar to past conventions except for the notable difference this year of candidate endorsements.

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October 27, 2014

AFN Endorses Begich After Hearing From Senate Candidates

Candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Sullivan and incumbent Mark Begich met on-stage at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage Friday. AFN delegates voted Saturday to endorse Begich for re-election. An endorsement of Bill Walker for governor and Byron Mallot for lieutenant governor was also announced.

October 27, 2014

Begich, Sullivan Meet At AFN Senate Candidate Forum

Candidates for U.S. Senate Dan Sullivan and Sen. Mark Begich met on-stage at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage Friday.

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October 24, 2014

AFN President Criticizes Gov. Sean Parnell

The head of Alaska’s largest Native organization publicly criticized Gov. Sean Parnell Thursday morning, the opening day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage.

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October 23, 2014

Tanana Youths Speak Out Against Sexual Assault, Marijuana Legalization

The Tanana 4-H club returned to the Elders and Youth Conference Tuesday, following up on their emotional presentation at last year’s conference. The group’s message is still the same: they don’t always feel safe or cared for and they want that to change, but now they’re also taking a stand against marijuana legalization.

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October 22, 2014

Begich, Walker/Mallot Are the Early Frontrunners for AFN Endorsement

Alaska’s largest Native organization will vote on candidate endorsements Saturday morning. The Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors has drafted two resolutions that will be heard on the final day of the AFN convention in Anchorage.

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October 22, 2014

Elders and Youth Conference Kicks Off In Anchorage

The 30th annual Elders and Youth conference began Monday in Anchorage. The conference is held each year at the beginning of the same week as the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The gathering is an opportunity for youth to discuss an array of issues relevant to Alaska Natives with support from their elders.

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October 20, 2014
Aerial view of Tongass National Forest (Photo by Alan Wu/Flickr Creative Commons)

Proposed Film/Photo Regs in Wilderness Areas Come Under Fire

As conservationists celebrate 50 years since the passage of the Wilderness Act, a U.S. Forest Service proposal to make certain wilderness area regulations permanent has brought forth accusations that the agency is infringing on First Amendment rights. Nearly a third of the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is designated wilderness.

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September 29, 2014
Juneau Police Officer Takes On Criminal Justice Reform

Juneau Police Officer Takes On Criminal Justice Reform

Juneau Police Lt. Kris Sell has been appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell to serve on the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Sell is the only active police officer to serve on the commission, which was created by a bill that passed the legislature earlier this year. Its purpose is to evaluate sentencing laws and law enforcement practices, and to make recommendations for improving the system, which may include changes to criminal rehabilitation and restitution policies.

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September 25, 2014