Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday is a sign of hope for many in the African-American community. President Biden signed a bill into law on June 17, making Juneteenth the 11th federal holiday and the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.
After taking almost five months to pass an incomplete budget with a $525 Permanent Fund dividend, a legislative committee approved retroactive per diem payments for the ongoing 30-day special session in Juneau.
Both Republican and Democratic senators are pressing Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for answers after a federal court blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.
The U.S. Air Force applied for a 20-year extension of a public land order that has allowed the branch of military exclusive access to land used for tactical training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.