Latest Alaska News

Alaska conservation officials join effort to move fuel tanks

Aug. 22, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's conservation department has joined the U.S. Coast Guard in overseeing removal of diesel fuel tanks near a rapidly eroding riverbank, officials said. The Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring the removal of threatened fuel tanks at a school in Napakiak,...

Alaska's Kenai Peninsula experiencing drought conditions

Aug. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's Kenai Peninsula has gone without rain for more than three weeks, although experts believe some precipitation could arrive this weekend, a report said. Kenai and the central peninsula have not received a measurable amount of rain since July, The Peninsula Clarion reported...

The Latest: High-profile Alaska wildfires caused by humans

Aug. 21, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska wildfires (all times local): 4 p.m. Alaska fire officials say three high-profile wildfires burning in the state were caused by humans. Officials said Wednesday two of the fires are near Willow and the third is near Homer. Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman...

Alaska governor replaces chair of Railroad Corp. board

Aug. 21, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has replaced the chairman of the Alaska Railroad Corp. board, whose company is listed as having hosted signature-gathering events for a Dunleavy recall effort. Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow says the governor indicated he and Jon Cook have differing views on the...

Records: 4 lawmakers claim max retroactive allowance

Aug. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Four Alaska lawmakers received the maximum allowable daily allowances for the time between the end of the drawn-out regular session in May and passage of a state operating budget nearly a month later, legislative records show. Under a law passed last year, if an operating budget is...

Fire officials: 80 structures lost in Alaska wildfire

Aug. 21, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fire officials have increased the number of structures lost in a fire burning north of Anchorage from 50 to 80. Officials have not said how many of those structures consumed in the fire about 70 miles (112.6 kilometers) north of the state's largest city were homes. Alaska Division...

Correction: Alaska-Salmon Hatcheries story

Aug. 21, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Aug. 11 about Alaska salmon hatcheries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska salmon hatcheries release 1.8 billion pink salmon fry annually. Total Alaska hatchery releases of all salmon and rainbow trout in 2018 was 1.8 billion fish, with pink salmon...

Alaska governor cuts $5M in additional ferry service funding

Aug. 21, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor has vetoed additional funding for the state's ferry service. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $5 million Monday that was added to the Alaska Marine Highway System budget by the Legislature, CoastAlaska reported Monday. The Legislature previously cut $43 million...

Man faces sentencing in attempted murder of police officer

Aug. 21, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 30-year-old man convicted of firing a handgun at an Anchorage police officer will be sentenced Wednesday. Pagopago Beefcake Lelilio was convicted Oct. 23 of attempted first-degree murder during an arrest in east Anchorage. He also was convicted of assault and weapons misconduct...

University of Alaska regents cancel financial declaration

Aug. 21, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has cancelled a declaration allowing it to take drastic financial steps in the face of budget cuts, officials said. The regents voted 10-0 Tuesday to rescind the declaration of financial exigency made nearly a month ago, The Anchorage Daily...