Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positionsTuesday, November 25, 2014 3:00pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker on Tuesday announced four new staff members, including an attorney general. Walker said in a release that Craig Richards will serve as attorney general. Richards said he'll be reviewing the status of the National Guard investigation and the state's lawsuit that is trying to reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage. Walker also announced that he will retain Gary Folger as the public safety commissioner. He said a former University of Alaska-Fairbanks vice chancellor, Pat Pitney, will be his budget director. She replaces Karen Rehfeld, who retired last Friday after 35 years with the state. He also announced that Guy Bell will be retained as director of administrative services for the governor's office.
Judge issues injunction in EPA, Pebble Mine caseTuesday, November 25, 2014 10:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to halt work on additional steps to protect Bristol Bay from damage from potential large-scale mining. Channel-2 News reports U.S. District Court Judge H. Russell Holland on Monday granted a preliminary injunction to Pebble Ltd. Partnership in its lawsuit against the EPA. The lawsuit contends EPA officials improperly invoked a process through which it could restrict development of the Pebble deposit before the project went through the permitting process. Pebble Chief Executive Officer Tom Collier in a statement called the ruling a procedural victory that does not resolve company claims that the EPA pursued a biased process. He says the EPA will be blocked from further steps while Judge Holland makes a final decision on the merits of the case.
Suspicious fire extinguished in Juneau landmarkTuesday, November 25, 2014 9:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Juneau police and fire officials are investigating five suspicious fires in the last month in the Merchant's Wharf building, the wooden structure on pilings that's home to restaurants and shops on the city waterfront. Fire marshal Daniel Jager tells the Juneau Empire the situation is serious. He says the building is old and a fire would be devastating and dangerous. The latest fire was Saturday night. Retail employees at about 6:37 p.m. found a fire in the women's bathroom trash can and extinguished it with water. Police Lt. David Campbell says a woman was recorded on a security camera entering and exiting the restroom near the time of the fire and officers are trying to identify her. Previous fires were also set in the women's bathroom.