Local First News (News of the North)

 Randy Willard, 39, has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old family member, along with sending explicit images. Despite denials, a Juneau jury convicted him, leading to a lifetime as a registered sex offender.

Darren Deacon's eligibility to run in House District 37 is under scrutiny by Alaska's Division of Elections. Questions about residency arose after his voter registration change, impacting his candidacy against incumbent Rep. Bryce Edgmon.

Alaska faces increasing wildfire risks exacerbated by climate change. Recent years have seen larger and more frequent fires, impacting air quality and public health, particularly in regions like Fairbanks.

 Legal challenges surround the proposed Donlin Gold mine along the Kuskokwim River, with concerns over environmental and cultural impacts. Opponents argue against potential risks despite economic benefits.

A federal court overturned a decision to place downtown Juneau land into trust for Native tribes, citing conflicts with Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. This decision may impact future land-use decisions across Alaska.

As Alaska's National Forests prepare for Independence Day, visitors are urged to prioritize wildfire prevention and safety. Measures include responsible campfire use, wildlife awareness, and planning ahead for a safe holiday.

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In the heart of Juneau and across Southeast Alaska, Local First News stands as the leading source of news and information. Dedicated to bringing you the most current and impactful stories, we delve deep into the events that shape our communities. From breaking news in Juneau to transformative developments across Southeast Alaska, our commitment is to keep you informed with precise and timely details.

Our dynamic team of journalists is on the ground, ensuring that every story is covered from every angle. Whether it's a local initiative in Juneau that promises to enhance community life, an environmental concern affecting the pristine wilderness of Southeast Alaska, or a cultural event celebrating our rich heritage, Local First News is there.

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