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My Turn: Sealaska receives new ANCSA land

In the final days of 2014, Congress passed legislation that moved the U.S. government closer to fulfilling its promise to return Native lands to Sealaska shareholders...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-26/my-turn-sealaska-receives-new-ancsa-l
Opinion
Hawaii lawmakers seek exemption from maritime shipping law

...costs in markets outside the mainland.Hawaii state Sen. Samuel Slom and Rep. Sam Kong have introduced resolutions asking Congress for the exemption, the Garden Island reported.A section of the Jones Act of 1920 requires ships that move cargo between...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-26/hawaii-lawmakers-seek-exemption-maritim
State
Juneau sandlot player 'mining' baseballs in the valley

...a state that has given a lot to me. I am really excited to be back."The ABL sends its top team to the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series and has won multiple championships and been runner-up numerous times.Past ABL players have included...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2015-02-26/juneau-sandlot-player-mining-baseballs
Sports
DC moving forward with initiative for legal marijuana use

...the initiative despite an attempt by Congress to block it last December.Starting...steps that were explicitly banned by Congress.Similar rules took effect Tuesday in...District's laws are subject to review by Congress, and members can also add language to...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-24/dc-moving-forward-initiative-legal-mari
State
Planes will fly without DHS budget

...the Homeland Security funding bill continues to be held up in Congress, those Juneau officers will work without pay starting Friday...report to work."The DHS funding holdup is due to a fight in Congress over President Barack Obama's executive order to defer deportation...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-25/planes-will-fly-without-dhs-budget
State
Across Alaska, legalization comes quietly

...Thursday after congressional attempts to block it failed. Adults in the nation's capital can possess up to 2 ounces, but Congress has forbidden sales of pot there. Public use is prohibited. Washington state and Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-25/across-alaska-legalization-comes-quietl
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down for Feb. 16, 2015

...Chieftain's prop had been battered by bergy bits. It's amazing what the Coast Guard can do when Congress lets it. Here's hoping Congress decides to fund the Coast Guard past February - its budget runs out at the end of the month.Thumbs...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-16/empire-editorial-thumbs-thumbs-down-f
Opinion
Elizabeth Peratrovich Day observed

...debated the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. Her speech helped pass the act into law almost 20 years before the U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.She knew the act would not stop racial conflicts but would be a sign to the world that...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-02-16/elizabeth-peratrovich-day-observed
Local
Murkowski pushes back on federal government

...during last fall's elections, putting Congress in GOP hands.Murkowski called on lawmakers...lands and waters without the approval of Congress and the legislatures of the affected...met Obama's refuge proposal, which Congress would have to approve, with resolutions...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-19/murkowski-pushes-back-federal-governmen
State | AK legislature
Jewell meeting, Murkowski speech things to watch for

...Department said in a release.Lawmakers sought out the meeting with Jewell after President Barack Obama said he would ask Congress to designate most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, as wilderness...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-16/jewell-meeting-murkowski-speech-things-
State | AK legislature

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