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Conservation groups take Big Thorne fight to higher court

...lawsuits were consolidated by the court this month, according to the USFS, and Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline ruled in his 25-page decision soon after that the groups didn't have a case against the federal government.SEACC...
State | Local | AK legislature
Big Thorne timber suit chopped down

...had sidestepped the appropriate process by failing to consider the habitats.Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline ruled in his 25-page decision that the USFS properly studied and disclosed impacts to wolf populations. He wrote...
State | AK legislature
Big Thorne timber injunction denied

...we've got to be able to actually, actively manage our forests," he said.Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline ruled in March the USFS followed the proper process in considering environmental and wildlife impacts, dismissing...
State | Local
Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas, I plead guilty," Bernie G. Wolford Jr., president of Noble Drilling U.S., told District Court Judge Ralph Beistline.Wolford had no comment outside the courtroom and referred questions to a company spokesman.The $8.2 million...
Man gets 4 life terms in Coast Guard deaths

...possession of a firearm in a crime of violence.Two of the consecutive life sentences imposed by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline on Tuesday were for each man's murder and the other two were for the firearm violence. The judge also imposed life...
Judge upholds approval of Shell's Arctic oil spill plans

...violate environmental laws and policies, a federal judge has ruled.Monday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline comes in consolidated cases over the approval of Shell Oil's response plans for the Beaufort and Chukchi seas by...
Judge rejects 5 witnesses in Kodiak murder trial

...heavily tattooed man who defense attorneys say should have been considered a suspect but who U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said didn't have a proven connection to the case.The testimony came in the trial of James Wells, 62, a civilian...
Alaska lawmaker's son sentenced in drug case

...August to a conspiracy count.Prosecutors said Robin Gattis was the leader of the conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline also sentenced him to five years of supervised release after his prison term.Authorities said Matt Scott, a young...
Pathologist testifies at Kodiak shootings trial to the jury."There is no question about the cause of death," Offenbecher said.U.S. District Court Ralph Beistline, however, said photos could be shown if they aided Lann in explaining how the men died."They're not going to...
Judge rejects witness in Kodiak Coast Guard trial an Anchorage police officer interviewing people about burglaries. That case is pending.U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said Friday he hadn't seen a sufficient connection to allow Barnum to be called as a defense witness.Petty Officer...


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