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Appeals court sends back case in which public defender became presiding judge

By Jerzy Shedlock, ADN ANCHORAGE – A sexual assault case in which a Dillingham man was initially represented by an attorney who later became a judge and presided over his trial has been sent back to Alaska Superior Court. Read More:

Campfires allowed again at some Alaska state parks in Mat-Su

By Zaz Hollander, ADN WASILLA — Some popular state parks in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, even those within reach of the 7,200-acre zone of the destructive Willow wildfire, are easing campfire restrictions ahead of the holiday weekend. Read More:

Feds return management of Kuskokwim to state amid low salmon numbers

By Lisa Demer, ADN ANCHORAGE – Federal managers are returning control of this summer’s subsistence salmon fishing on the Kuskokwim River and its salmon tributaries to the state, but the number of those fish returning to spawn is still alarmingly low. Read More:

State takes aim at marijuana social clubs

By Laurel Andrews, ADN ANCHORAGE – Judging by the scene at Pot Luck Events on Wednesday night, one would never guess the state has advised the club to shut down. Read More:

Gov: New name for Alaska census area named for confederate officer

The Associated Press JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker has made official Alaska’s intent to change the name of a census area named for confederate military officer Wade Hampton. Read More:

Nikiski residents consider starting police department

By Lacie Grosvold Leichliter, Channel 2 News NIKISKI — Following recent struggles with crime, Nikiski residents have put an ordinance on the October ballot to decide whether the Kenai Peninsula community will fund its own police force. Read More:

North Pole woman sentenced for assaulting 11-year-old daughter with fish spear

By Dorothy Chomicz, News-Miner FAIRBANKS — A woman who assaulted her 11-year-old daughter and chased her around the yard with a fish spear in May was sentenced Thursday in Fairbanks Superior Court. Melissa Rowan, 44, of North Pole, pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree assault and was sentenced to serve a total of 45 […]

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