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Southeast Alaska: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Submerged Land Title Issues in Southeast Alaska - The United States Supreme Court issued a decision Monday that clarified state and federal title rights to submerged lands in Glacier Bay and other areas within Southeast Alaska.

The State of Alaska filed the lawsuit in November 1999 to quiet title to the lands underlying marine waters in Southeast Alaska. At issue were claims to title to the lands underlying all marine waters of the Alexander Archipelago, including those within the boundaries of the Tongass National Forest, Glacier Bay National Park and certain "doughnut hole" areas that are more than three miles from any land. - More...
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Southeast Alaska: New Agreement Promotes Collaborative Approach to Conservation in the Tongass National Forest - The Nature Conservancy and the USDA Forest Service announced today that they have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to achieve a balance of working forests, habitat reserves, and sustainable communities on the Tongass National Forest.

Forrest Cole, Tongass National Forest Supervisor, and David Banks, state director for the Conservancy in Alaska, signed the agreement last month. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

Alaska: Murkowski Signs Health Care Tort Reform Bill - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski signed into law a bill to limit non-economic damage awards made against health care providers. The bill is intended to curb skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance rates that place Alaska at a competitive disadvantage with other states and help attract and retain a qualified pool of physicians in the state.

"Alaska has a shortage of doctors and a lack of choices for those doctors who need to maintain responsible malpractice insurance coverage," Murkowski said. "This bill begins the process of giving Alaskans an improved health care system." - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

Alaska: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Warrants State Review of Alaska's Medical Marijuana Registration Law - Monday the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion finding that California's medical marijuana laws are not a bar to enforcement of federal anti-drug laws. Monday's decision may have substantial implications for a similar law in Alaska.

In the decision, Gonzales v. McClary Raich, (Raich), the high court noted that the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (which is Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970) designates marijuana as "contraband for any purpose." In the process, the court also recognized that Congress rejected the idea that marijuana has any acceptable medicinal use. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

Alaska: New Alaska Psychiatric Institute Dedicated - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski and other state, local officials and mental health advocates participated Friday in a dedication ceremony for the new Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API), located next to the old API.

"The new Alaska Psychiatric Institute will serve our citizens who suffer from psychiatric disabilities with the best programs we can offer," said Governor Murkowski. "This facility's form and function embody the best thinking of many Alaskans who worked more than 15 years to build the most sophisticated psychiatric treatment center in the nation." - More...
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Ketchikan & Statewide: Alaska Travel Industry Association Foundation Awards $24,500 in Tourism Scholarships - Erik Anderson of Juneau and Ryan Seaver of Ketchikan were the recipients of the Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to helping students pursuing a career in tourism or a maritime-related field.  Each student will  receive $2,500 per year and renewable for up to four years. Anderson  attends the University of Alaska Southeast and Seaver attends the California Maritime Academy. This is the first year that two Kris Geldaker  scholarships were awarded thanks to increased support from the Ketchikan  chapter of AlaskaTIA. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

Ketchikan: University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Learning Center Adds August PRAXIS Testing Date - Teachers interested in taking either the PRAXIS I or PRAXIS II for the upcoming academic year will have an opportunity in August. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

National: Pressing issues on agenda for conflicted Congress By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE- Stalled in confirmation fights and torn by ethics battles, Congress returns to work Tuesday on a full plate of significant legislation, including energy policy and highway construction, as leaders promise an end to the stalemate of recent weeks. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

National: U.S. relatively hospitable to stem-cell research By MICHAEL WOODS - In pushing the U.S. House of Representatives last month to expand federal support for human embryonic stem cell research, proponents argued that the United States was falling behind in what could be one of the most promising medical advances of the age. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

National: World Ocean Day celebrated with new aquamarine proposals By JOAN LOWY - Washington is awash this week with proposals to protect the nation's coastal and offshore waters, but prospects for concrete results remain murky.

Using the 13th annual World Ocean Day (celebrated June 8) as an occasion for action, the Bush administration unveiled a bill Tuesday that would extend marine aquaculture operations - currently limited to three miles offshore - to federal waters up to 200 miles from shore. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

National: Will Iowa rainforest 'sizzle' - or fizzle? By RENE SANCHEZ - nce the wild monkeys get here, and the tropical trees and plants, Nancy Quellhorst figures all the doubts and snickers she hears now will stop.

"I get questions every day," she said. "People don't know what to expect."

That's because she is trying to create a rainforest. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

National: Scientists find how some kids are set up for obesity early By LEE BOWMAN - Starve the mom and fatten the child seems like a nonsensical formula. But Japanese researchers say a fetal surge of the hormone leptin explains why children of mothers who are poorly nourished often face an increased risk of obesity as they grow up. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

National: Hospital profitability affects patient care, study finds By LEE BOWMAN - Did the hospital where you're having that operation next week turn a profit last year? If not, the odds are higher that the medical staff will make a significant mistake during or after your surgery, according to a study published Tuesday. - More...
Tuesday - June 07, 2005

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