The state of Alaska is weighing in on the side of the federal government in court, hoping to help keep alive a U.S. Forest Service timber sale in Southeast, and with it what's left of a once-booming industry.
A lawsuit filed against the state by six Alaska children claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited in the lower court’s decision, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling issued Friday. Yereth Rosen
An EPA effort to protect wetlands and small streams upriver from its established haunts on “navigable waters” is winning praise from outdoors groups as a way to ensure water quality, but U.S. House Republicans, including Alaska Rep. Don Young, say it’s “federal overreach.”Richard Mauer
It appears that a stretch of warm, sunny weather in Northwest Alaska led to an increased algae bloom in the Kobuk, wrote Susan Georgette, outreach specialist for the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge. “Algae blooms consume lots of oxygen in the water,” she wrote, “and combining that with a huge return of salmon could have led to enough oxygen depletion to kill salmon.” Suzanna Caldwell
In comments submitted by three state commissioners on the proposed Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mine in British Columbia near Southeast Alaska, the state expressed concern but stopped short of calling for a Canadian EPA-style "panel review."Pat Forgey
In Southeast Alaska, several mines in watersheds that straddle the border with Canada worry fishermen. Heightening those concerns is the fact that the same engineering consultant who designed the tailings dam that breached in Canada is involved in other area projects. Pat Forgey