The Alaska Redistricting Board has asked to delay until early January possible hearings in the legal dispute over Alaska's redistricting map.

Lead board attorney Michael White was diagnosed with cancer and has been undergoing treatment.

In court documents, co-counsel Nicole Corr said it was initially believed White's treatment would be completed by the end of November but it's now expected to continue until Dec. 12. She says White will need at least two weeks after completing radiation to recover sufficiently to participate in the case.

A judge originally laid out a timeline suggesting he would issue a decision by late November but granted the board's initial request for a continuance, blocking off Dec. 9-16 for possible hearings.

Plaintiffs have until noon Friday to file any opposition to the latest request.