Judge Denies Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Alaska Dispatch News
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess Tuesday denied the state of Alaska’s request for a stay in his decision overturning Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban. The Alaska Dispatch News reports Burgess’ denial means same-sex marriages in Alaska can continue.
Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit
The Associated Press
Arguments have been scheduled on the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Interior Department’s refusal to allow for a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.
More Big Thorne Timber Sales Announced
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area.
Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
A coalition of environmental organizations are criticizing the state for issuing a coal mining permit for a site near Palmer.
Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage
Zach Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage
As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.
Fish & Game Releases Commercial Salmon Fishing Summary
Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its summary report for the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season. Continued low king salmon numbers and new management tools were at the heart of this year’s fishing.
UAF Vice Chancellor Visits Bristol Bay Campus
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
The man who oversees all of the rural campuses of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been touring those campuses since being appointed to the job back in July. Evon Peter visited the Bristol Bay Campus last week.
Juneau Non-Profit Bridges Spanish Language Gap
Kayla Deroches, KTOO – Juneau
About 5 percent of Juneau’s population identifies as Hispanic. Some are non-English speaking immigrants who need help translating official documents or government forms. Others require assistance navigating the Alaska Court System. A national nonprofit that started a Juneau branch last year now offers Spanish translation and interpretation services in Juneau. Piedra de Ayuda, or A Helping Rock, began as a homeless outreach program on the East Coast.
Arctic Native Ice Testing Stick Will Be Used On National Research Vessel
Jenn Ruckel, KNOM – Nome
Conducting research at sea in Arctic, ice-filled conditions is a tricky endeavor, requiring a host of high-tech gear. But, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new, ice-capable research vessel Sikuliaq, at least one piece of equipment dates back generations.
A federal judge legalized same-sex marriage in Alaska on Sunday. Governor Sean Parnell said in a press release he will appeal the ruling in order to “defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution.”
Judge Timothy Burgess found that the same-sex marriage ban was a violation of both due process and equal protection under the 14th amendment. He ordered the state to immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize legal marriages from other states.
Same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho were overturned last week by the Ninth Circuit Court, which oversees Alaska. The Supreme Court declined to hear appeals for other rulings legalizing same-sex marriage.
The Division of Public Health says they will not waive the three-day waiting people for getting a marriage license, however they will start accepting applications from same-sex couples immediately.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in a majority of the country.