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Conservation groups sue over Prince of Wales Island project
Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk
Eight conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in federal district court last week over the controversial sale of thousands of acres of trees on Prince of Wales Island.
LeDoux stripped of assignments after break with caucus
A Republican state lawmaker has been stripped of her committee assignments after breaking with the Alaska House majority coalition over a budget vote.
University of Alaska announces HR department layoffs
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The University of Alaska has sent layoff notices to 48 human resources
department employees, as it reorganizes and consolidates its statewide HR
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Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – Juneau
Vic Fischer, the sole surviving member of the Alaska constitutional convention, has told lawmakers he opposes three amendments to the Alaska Constitution proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
In the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, Congress imposed a per-barrel tax to pay for the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which allows the government to launch a spill response and pay compensation, even before the company at fault is held to account. But at the end of last year, Congress allowed that law to expire. A group of Alaskans recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to ask lawmakers to renew it.
Fishing crew’s safety training pays off in nighttime rescue
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
A helicopter from Air Station Sitka safely rescued all five crew members of a fishing boat that sank just south of Baranof Island early Tuesday morning.