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Alaska library board keeps LGBTQ books in youth sections

Jan. 26, 2023 15:09 PM EST

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — An advisory board overseeing a public library in Alaska has voted to keep scores of books containing supposed LGBTQ themes in the children’s and young adult sections instead of moving them to a separate location after complaints were made. The Homer Public...

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Missing teenage snowmachiner found dead in northwest Alaska

Jan. 26, 2023 12:12 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A teenager missing in northwest Alaska for nearly 10 days was found dead Wednesday, Alaska State Troopers said. The body of Thomas Aki Pungalik Brown, 18, of Ambler was discovered near Cape Blossom, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Kotzebue, Alaska...

Bogus commitment order prompts internal Alaska investigation

Jan. 25, 2023 19:37 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s statewide law enforcement agency is investigating after two troopers escorted one of the state's top school principals to a hospital for a mental health assessment based on a bogus court order, officials said. Mary Fulp, the principal at Colony...

US reinstates road, logging restrictions on Alaska forest

Jan. 25, 2023 19:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency said Wednesday it is reinstating restrictions on road-building and logging on the country's largest national forest in southeast Alaska, the latest move in a long-running fight over the Tongass National Forest. The U.S. Department of...

Alaska governor says he wants policies supporting families

Jan. 24, 2023 01:56 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy told lawmakers late Monday he wants to work with them to make Alaska “the most pro-life state in the country,” with policies supporting families and making the state an affordable and a desirable place to live. “Kids are a...

Dunleavy appoints Pate to Alaska Supreme Court

Jan. 20, 2023 18:57 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed state Superior Court Judge Jude Pate to the Alaska Supreme Court. The Alaska Judicial Council last month sent Dunleavy a list of four nominees, including Pate, from which Dunleavy was to make an appointment to the court....

Polar bear emerged unseen from snowstorm to kill mom, son

Jan. 20, 2023 16:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Summer Myomick bundled her baby against the freezing winds whipping off the Bering Sea and stepped outside into a blur of blowing snow. It was a short walk from the school where she had visited relatives to the health clinic about 150 yards (137 meters) away, but the...

Rare attack in Alaska renews interest in polar bear patrols

Jan. 20, 2023 15:52 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For isolated communities at the top of the world, keeping the planet’s largest land predators -- polar bears -- out of town is key to coexistence. That can mean patrolling for the animals by snowmobile or four-wheeler, shooing them away with spotlights or...

Group seeks reintroduction of sea otters along West Coast

Jan. 19, 2023 18:31 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A nonprofit group that aims to protect endangered species asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday to reintroduce sea otters to a stretch of the West Coast from Northern California to Oregon. Threatened southern sea otters occupy only 13% of their...