Local First News (News of the North)

Alaska, along with several states, is challenging a recent U.S. Department of Interior rule that could impact the state's authority over surface coal mining regulation. Attorney General Treg Taylor and Commissioner John Boyle expressed concerns about the rule's implications and are seeking to nullify it.

 Rising ocean temperatures are threatening jobs and businesses in the ocean economy. Scientists warn of the consequences of marine heat waves and coral bleaching events, impacting marine life and fisheries. The episode explores the economic and environmental implications of warming oceans.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing changes to address medical debt affecting millions of Americans' credit scores. ABC's Elizabeth Schulze reports on the proposed changes and the ongoing debate surrounding them.

 A legal battle over Alaska's ranked choice voting system unfolds in court. While supporters of the measure secure a partial victory, challenges remain unresolved. The story delves into the complexities of the legal dispute and its implications for Alaska's electoral process.

The National Park Service evaluates proposed easements in Lake Clark National Park, a move contested by environmental and indigenous groups. The episode examines the debate surrounding the Johnson Tract mining project and its potential impact on the environment and local communities.

Efforts to address children's social media usage intensify in Congress, raising questions about online safety and free speech. The bipartisan bill aims to establish age restrictions and regulate addictive algorithms, sparking debates over privacy and individual rights.

What is Local First News (News of the North)?

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.

We understand the pulse of Southeast Alaska. Our coverage not only highlights the issues but also celebrates the triumphs of our communities. With an unwavering commitment to accuracy and immediacy, Local First News is your most reliable source for news that matters to you because when it comes to news in Juneau and Southeast Alaska, we believe in putting Local First.