Local First News (News of the North)

In this episode, we dive into the latest legal, environmental, and judicial news impacting Alaska.

We start with the shocking story of Dugan Daniels, a fisherman from Southeast Alaska, who has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges after admitting to directing the shooting of a sperm whale and falsifying sablefish catch records. Daniels faces fines, community service, and possible jail time. We’ll explore the details of his plea deal and the implications for the fishing industry.

Next, we head to Nenana, where the town is set to buy back nearly 188 acres of railroad-owned land. The Alaska Legislature recently approved a bill facilitating this sale, which paves the way for significant development projects. We'll discuss what this means for the community and its future growth.

We cover President Biden’s recent wave of environmental regulations, including stringent new rules on coal-fired power plants, vehicle emissions, and oil drilling. These moves are part of his broader strategy to secure his environmental legacy amid mounting opposition. We’ll break down the key points and reactions from various stakeholders.

The Alaska Judicial Council has recommended that state voters retain all 19 judges on the November election ballot, though not without some dissent. 
We’ll discuss the controversy surrounding Judge Adolf Zeman’s recent ruling and the council’s decision-making process.
The Biden administration has announced that listing Alaska king salmon populations under the Endangered Species Act could be warranted, leading to a broader scientific study. We’ll examine the potential impacts on fishing and other activities in Alaska.

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.