Attorneys: Challenge planned to redistricting map

JUNEAU — An attorney said the plaintiffs who sued over the state’s redistricting plan in 2011 will challenge the latest iteration drawn up by the Alaska Redistricting Board.

Jason Gazewood, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, said the Fairbanks-area House district pairings used to create Senate districts are too dissimilar. He said there are problems, too, with splits in the Matanuska-Susitna region.

Michael Walleri, who also represents the plaintiffs, had warned the board of a challenge if it didn’t make changes to the Fairbanks-area districts.

The board last Sunday approved a map it contends meets constitutional requirements. That plan has been submitted to a judge for review.

The Alaska Supreme Court ordered a new map be drawn for the 2014 elections after allowing an interim plan to be used for 2012 races.

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:26

Alaska Senate leader: Passing a Permanent Fund bill critical

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The majority leader of the Alaska Senate says he will consider this session a success if lawmakers pass the state operating and infrastructure budgets and a bill that allows for structured draws from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund.

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:06

Fairbanks man accused of setting occupied vehicle on fire

FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers say they have arrested a Fairbanks man suspected of setting a vehicle on fire while people were inside the car.

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:24

Two Alaska highways reopen after weekend snow closures

Two northern Alaska highways closed by heavy snowfall reopened Monday.

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:02

Biologists begin moose count pilot study in Anchorage

ACNHORAGE — Alaska wildlife officials have begun a study to learn more about Anchorage’s urban moose population and the most efficient way to count the animals in the metropolitan area.

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