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Story last updated at 4:06 PM on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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BOF member resigns

SOLDOTNA-- A member of the Alaska Board of Fish has resigned.

KSRM-AM reports that William Brown has stepped down for personal reasons.

He was partway through his second, three-year term on the board, where he served as a vice chairman. His resignation was effective immediately.

Gov. Sean Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says the replacement process has been started and the governor has 30 days to fill the vacancy.

Troopers sue over dues

JUNEAU -- Five Alaska State Troopers are suing over the way union dues are collected.

According to a federal lawsuit, even though the five are non-union members, they still pay dues.

The lawsuit states that employees who do not opt-out of the current system wind up paying full dues, including those that go toward political purposes.

The lawsuit says employees must opt out annually, and the process is skewed in favor of the union, not the worker.

The defendants are the Public Safety Employees Association; the commissioners of the state departments of public safety and administration and the director of the state division of personnel and labor relations.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Law said the department had not received a copy of the complaint and could not immediately comment.

Yukon Quest OK with snow conditions

FAIRBANKS -- Organizers of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race say it's a bit premature to panic about too little snow on the trail.

Organizers say a lot can change in the nearly three weeks remaining before the start of the 1,000-mile race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks on Feb. 2.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says a meeting was held Monday to discuss trail conditions.

The race has numerous volunteers who monitor the portion of the trail between Fairbanks and the Canada border.

Organizers say while most of the trail could use more snow, the current base layer appears adequate.

-- The Associated Press