Tag Archives: Don Young

Landless Natives bill gets first hearing in Congress

U.S. Rep. Don Young poses in his office with Sealaska board member Richard Rinehart, left, and landless spokesman Leo Barlow, right. Barlow and Reinhart were lobbying this week for Young’s landless Natives legislation. (Photo courtest Don Young’s office.)Haines, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Tenakee were left out of 1971’s Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which gave land, money and corporate status to many other communities. The new bill tries to change that.

Council seeks to reduce veto threat over MSA

veto_illustrationPresident Obama is not the only one concerned with the latest version of the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will likely recommend major changes.

Southeast votes for Walker, Begich, Dunbar

U.S. Senator Mark Begich speaks to Sitka resident Dirk White at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sen. Mark Begich would be headed back to Washington, D.C., had the rest of the state voted like Southeast. Bill Walker would have solidly won the governor’s race. And Forrest Dunbar would have probably squeaked by.

Campaigning in Sitka, Dunbar takes on fisheries, mining

Democrat Forrest Dunbar campaigned in Sitka on August 7, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar says he will push to protect a key federal fishery law if he’s elected. He also voiced concerns about transboundary British Columbia mines during a Sitka campaign visit.

20 Years of Xtratuf

101-IMG_2808Here in Sitka, we marked the end of the visitor season with the 20th Annual Running of the Boots - Sitka's answer to the “Running of the Bulls” in Spain. It combines a very short road race with a very elaborate costume contest.

Sitka backs oil tax repeal

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Ballot Measure 1 may be failing statewide, but in Sitka and the rest of central Southeast Alaska, it was a clear winner on Tuesday. Seventy-five percent of Sitka voters backed the measure, with 1315 “yes” votes to just 448 “no” votes.

Democrat Dunbar hopes to challenge Young

Democrat Forrest Dunbar campaigned in Sitka on August 7, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Anchorage Democrat Forrest Dunbar is hoping to challenge Don Young for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dunbar visited Sitka last week, and talked about creative campaigning, his vision for the state -- and the virtues of 80’s rock.

New Sealaska land bills introduced in Congress

Sealaska Plaza in Juneau, headquarters of the Southeast regional Native corporation.Alaska’s congressional delegation today introduced new Sealaska land-selection bills. Both would turn about 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest over to Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska.

Young: Transparency makes good government “impossible”

DONYOUNG_smAlaska’s lone congressman says transparency is the problem with – and not the solution to – good government. Don Young took advantage of the congressional recess to visit Sitka and speak at the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (5-23-12). Besides sharing his nostalgia for the days before television cameras intruded into the capitol, the 40-year representative railed against younger Alaskan’s comfort with government largesse, and their lack of productivity.