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Alaska lawmakers reach tentative deal on budget, dividend

Jun. 14, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska budget negotiators reached a tentative agreement Sunday on a state spending package that includes an estimated $1,100 dividend for residents this year. But the check size could be cut to $525 a person if the House or Senate fails to muster...

Bear attacks, injures sleeping campers in south Alaska

Jun. 13, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wildlife officials in Alaska have said two campers were attacked by a bear this weekend while they were sleeping in a tent in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jeff Selinger said the campers were...

Alaska budget negotiators hope to reach tentative deal soon

Jun. 12, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislators who are leading negotiators on a committee tasked with hashing out differences on a state spending package said they would like to reach a tentative agreement as early as Sunday. Whether that happens remains to be seen. The...

US will revisit Trump-era decision for Alaska rainforest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Friday to “repeal or replace” a decision by the Trump administration last fall to lift restrictions on logging and road building in a southeast Alaska rainforest that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. ...

Former Alaska lawmaker pleads not guilty to election charges

Jun. 11, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska legislator was indicted on new felony charges alleging voter misconduct related to the 2018 elections, according to an indictment released by the state Department of Law. Gabrielle LeDoux pleaded not guilty Thursday, the department...

Alaska troopers don't plan to cite man who helped baby moose

Jun. 10, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Wildlife Troopers do not intend to issue a citation to a man who was seen lifting a baby moose over a guardrail in south-central Alaska over the weekend, though it is illegal to “handle any wild animal in a similar fashion,” an Alaska State Troopers...

Seward council member apologizes for antisemitic comment

Jun. 10, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A Seward City Council member has apologized for making an antisemitic comment during a council work session earlier this week. Council member Sharyl Seese said she was “embarrassed” and “very sorry” for the comments made Monday, the...

Juneau education leaders OK credits change amid pandemic

Jun. 10, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Graduating seniors in Juneau will be allowed to earn half a credit less than prior graduating classes under a change adopted this week that was billed as a way to acknowledge the impact the pandemic has had on learning. Under the change adopted by...

Anchorage leaders plan to consider child abuse law revisions

Jun. 10, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The outgoing mayoral administration in Anchorage is asking the local Assembly to make changes to the city's criminal code that it says would allow for more effective prosecution of child or vulnerable adult abuse cases. During a recent...

Alaska lawmaker visits site of partisan Arizona audit

Jun. 09, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker said he plans to use his legislative office account to pay for a trip to Arizona to visit a partisan audit of the 2020 election. Rep. David Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, told the Anchorage Daily News the trip was on behalf of...