Tag: National

What’s Next for the Post Meltdown Economy?

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"Alaska is the third most dependent on fluctuations in the global economy" Senior economist, Gary Schlossberg reported at the Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon hosted by the World Trade Center of Alaska on January 15. Schlossberg describes what's changed for international and national economies going into 2013, followed by a Statewide Economic Review and 2013 Forecast presented by Pat Burden of Northern Economics this week on Addressing Alaskans. KSKA: Thursday 1/31 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

NPS Ups Denali, Foraker Climbing Fees

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The National Park Service is upping the fee for climbing Denali and Mt. Foraker. The price hike is aimed at re-cooping the cost of managing mountaineering on the high peaks.

Mine Drilling OK’d in Two Roadless Areas

Tuesday, the Forest Service OK’d exploratory drilling at two Southeast Alaska mine sites. The work will be done in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest. That means they needed approval from agency Chief Tom Tidwell.

Crash Survivor Says Visibility Was Poor

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A survivor of that plane crash between McGrath and Aniak has told a National Transportation Safety Board investigator that the visibility was very poor when the plane slammed into a hill. The crash killed Aniak pilot Ernie Chase and Anvik teacher Julia Walker Saturday night. A family of two teachers and their children survived and were rescued the next day.

State Gets Support in its Fight Against Roadless Rule

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce, First Things First Alaska Foundation and 12 other Southeast businesses and organizations will join in the state’s lawsuit against a federal rule that prevents road construction in certain areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Katie John Subsistence Litigation Back in Front of the 9th Circuit

The subsistence litigation of Mentasta elder Katie John was back in court recently when a three-judge panel of the 9th circuit held hearings in Anchorage. John’s first case went to the U.S. Supreme court and established that congress intended through title 8 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act or ANILCA to protect fish and game, including navigable waters of Alaska. After the rule making in that decision, the state of Alaska asked an en banc panel of the 9th circuit to review the case. The decision in favor of John was reaffirmed.

Park Service, Sitka Tribe Explore Cultural Center Partnership

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National Park officials were in Sitka this week to meet with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. The two governments are attempting to forge a partnership that would keep a cultural center open at Sitka National Historical Park.

Forest Service Told Tongass Assessment Must Better Analyze Deer Habitat

The U.S. Forest Service has been told by a federal appeals court that it hasn't done enough study to justify four timber sales in the Tongass National Forest. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that their analysis must better analyze deer habitat and assure a habitat for the wolves that prey on those deer.

Young’s Sealaska Bill Gets Marked Up Wednesday

Wednesday is mark-up time for the bill allowing Tongass National Forest land selections by the Sealaska Native corporation in the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.

National Oceans Council Takes Arctic into Account

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The Obama Administration's new National Oceans Council had listening sessions earlier this month in Barrow.

Oceans Council Developing Strategic Action Plans

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Residents attended to give their input to the National Oceans Council officials.

Young Says Politicians Heading in Wrong Direction to Solve Fiscal Problems

Alaska’s Congressman Don Young says he applauds last night’s stand in the U.S. House not to raise the debt limit until the nation’s budget problems are dealt with, but he says politicians – including Republicans – are going about solving the fiscal woes all wrong.