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US Supreme Court rules in favor of Sturgeon, limiting NPS jurisdiction of state-owned rivers

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state controls rivers running through Alaska’s federal conservation lands.

Alaska wades back in, as Sturgeon case navigates back to US Supreme Court

The State of Alaska is weighing in again on a lawsuit over management rights of navigable waterways, known as the Sturgeon case, which is back before the U.S. Supreme Court. Listen now

Rep. Young calls on Juneau Republicans to support Sturgeon case

Congressman Don Young called on Juneau Republicans to support legislative funding for John Sturgeon’s legal fight over operating a hovercraft in a national preserve. Young also says that while he’s running for re-election, when the time comes for a successor, Alaskans should choose someone who’s young. Download Audio
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Supreme Court sides with Sturgeon in case challenging NPS authority

In a decision released Tuesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court sided unanimously with moose hunter John Sturgeon in his case against the National Park Service, overturning a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision. Download Audio

Moose hunter’s land jurisdiction lawsuit goes to Supreme Court

A dispute between an Alaska boater and the National Park Service will be heard by the highest court in the country this week on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Lower courts have rejected Anchorage resident John Sturgeon’s suit challenging Park Service authority to regulate Alaska rivers, where they pass through federal conservation units. Download Audio

Courts Rule Against 2 Plaintiffs Challenging Park Service Authority

The 9th Circuit Court of appeals has ruled against plaintiffs in two cases challenging National Park Service authority. The court found against hunters John Sturgeon of Anchorage and Jim Wilde of Central, who challenged park service regulation of state waters inside Yukon Charley Rivers Park and Preserve. Download Audio

Federal Regulation Of State Waters Ruling Being Appealed

Federal court rulings supporting the National Park Service regulation of state owned waters in parks are being appealed. A recent ruling turned down Anchorage moose hunter John Sturgeon’s challenge, of a Park Service ban on hovercraft on the Nation River inside Yukon Charley National Preserve. Download Audio

State Joins Lawsuit Challenging NPS Navigable Waters Authority

The state is joining a lawsuit challenging National Park Service authority to regulate navigable waters in Alaska. The Governor’s office has directed the Department of Law to join a suit filed by Anchorage resident John Sturgeon.

Questions surrounding Supreme Court decision mean no federal officers patrolling Lower Kuskokwim

A U.S. Supreme Court decision is impacting the enforcement of fishing regulations on the Kuskokwim River. For the first time in at least seven years, no federal wildlife officers are patrolling the lower Kuskokwim River during king salmon season.

Final Pebble hearing draws mix of views

A sizable minority of speakers - maybe one in three - argued in favor of the mine, saying the state needs the jobs. Others, like Emily Taylor, said the mine threatens the salmon runs of Bristol Bay.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Bill seeks to rescind decision to allow drilling in ANWR; US Supreme Court rules in favor of Sturgeon, limiting NPS jurisdiction of state-owned rivers; On Talk of Alaska, Dunleavy takes calls on budget cuts, taxes; UAA investigates misconduct allegations against ex-teacher; House members propose budget amendments; Alaska delegation introduces bills to curb states’ bans on walrus ivory; Pebble CEO emphasizes mining project’s changes at legislative meeting; History of Alaska's worst environmental disaster preserved in State Archives

Last month, Ruth Botstein argued Alaska’s case at the Supreme Court. This month she was fired.

Botstein is one of two prominent attorneys at the Alaska Department of Law who was fired by the new administration of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, in a move that observers said was unusual.

Justices wrestle how to set hovercraft case apart from subsistence

The U.S Supreme Court again heard a case that pits the National Park Service against Alaska's sovereignty, and this time subsistence was a big topic. Audio includes excerpts of the arguments.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Today is election day; Y-K Delta one of nation's few areas where federal monitors will oversee voting compliance on Tuesday; A warming Arctic means a change of plans for offshore drilling project; Public comment closes on on-site consumption for marijuana retailers; Alaska village residents: Lack of housing hurting community; Sturgeon case heard in Supreme Court for second time; Anchorage official responds to transgender case; 'They need to happen.' Native women turn up the volume in violence, sexual assault conversations; Hundreds of frustrated Anchorage teachers stage walkout during school board meeting; Voting materials available in Alaska Native languages, Spanish, Tagalog; New glacial melt data collected from the ocean floor at Leconte Glacier Listen now

Walker remains in the race — for now

It’s too late to be removed from the ballot. Roughly 1,000 absentee ballots have already been returned. Listen now

AK: The journey of Alaska’s go-to man in China

It took a lot of work for Alaska to break into the Chinese market. One man has been at it for decades: Yingdi Wang, the Chinese-born, American citizen who is the state’s go-to guy in China. Listen now

Supreme Court agrees to hear Alaska Hovercraft case again

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rehear the case of an Alaska moose hunter whose use of a hovercraft in the Nation River got him in trouble with the National Park Service. Listen now
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Ban on hovercraft use within Alaska preserve stands, another appeal may come up

The man at the center of a lawsuit over National Park Service authority to regulate rivers in Alaska parks is reacting to the most recent legal decision in the case. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2016

Four Supreme Court nominees submitted to Gov. Walker; Rep. Olson bill would tax Permanent Fund dividends as budget stopgap; Alaskans are testifying more than ever... but does it matter?; Rep. Young calls on Juneau Republicans to support Sturgeon case; no trucks advised on upriver ice road; Denali area wolf hunt shortened; bonds, Assembly seats and School board among Anchorage Municipality ballots; bill introduced to allow communities to contribute to Marine Highway; Sitka commemorates relationship with Japanese sister city Download Audio
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016

Supreme Court sides with Sturgeon in case challenging NPS authority; cancelled troop cut at JBER contrary to cuts in Lower 48; plan to replace tanker escort in Prince William Sound raises concerns in Valdez; legislature proposes dipping into PFD; Knik Crossing loan denied; officials meet in Anchorage to discuss Susitna Dam; Haines Freeride 2016: ‘It’s been a powerful competition’; Blessing of Herring Rock: A yearly ceremony to bring fish to Sitka Download Audio