The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Alaskans will welcome the office of the president to Alaska this month, being good hosts and hoping for an equally pleasant guest in President Obama.
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit by the state of Alaska challenging the national roadless rule, which prohibits road construction and timber harvesting on millions of acres of forest lands, including vast swaths of national forest in Alaska.In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a federal judge's ruling that Alaska waited too long to file its complaint.The appeals court said Alaska's lawsuit, filed in 2011, was within a six-year time limit.
About two weeks ago, a flier from the U.S. Marshal Service District of Alaska - complete with the agency's official seal - began popping up on Juneau Facebook groups with pictures of James Arthur Mavromatis on it.In one picture, Mavromatis is wearing a black turtleneck and smiling. The other picture is a mugshot, and he's wearing an orange jumpsuit and decidedly not smiling.
When two Lancaster County hunters pulled the triggers on high-powered rifles on successive days in 2008 in the 40-below-zero air of the Arctic Circle, they thought their two polar bear trophies would soon be striking life-size mounts back home.
Editor's Note: Mr. Mavromatis successfully appealed this conviction. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the appeal Oct. 28, 2014.
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a former Alaska state representative convicted of corruption.
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The non-profit conservation group The Wilderness Society states the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a federal mandate protecting certain wildlife areas in the country, is proving to be a success a decade after being adopted by the U.S. Forest Service. Senior Resource Analyst Mike Anderson said only 75 roads have been constructed in roadless areas since 2001, with a large portion of them in the Tongass National Forest, which is exempt from the rule.
It is very difficult to even think about local issues in light of the tragic events of the past week. However, the window for comment on the Forest Service Helicopter Landing Draft EIS is rapidly coming to a close. The importance of community response to this document cannot be overstated.
Ben Brown, in defending Sen. Murkowski's legislation to split the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, makes three arguments:
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