Latest Alaska state government News

Grand jury indicts pickup driver in fatal Wasilla crash

Dec. 9, 2019 4:45 PM EST

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a driver involved in a crash that killed a retired Alaska State Trooper. Jacob Moreland, 22, of Wasilla was indicted on counts of criminal negligent manslaughter and driving under the influence. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into...

Alaska officials estimate $200M drop in oil revenue forecast

Dec. 7, 2019 2:59 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's latest revenue forecast has estimated a $200 million decrease in oil revenue after an excess of the resource contributed to lower prices worldwide, state officials said. The state Department of Revenue released the forecast Friday revealing both prices and production are...

Officials: 6 of Alaska's 11 ferries will be out of service

Dec. 7, 2019 1:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — More than half of Alaska's ferries will be out of service amid a lack of funds to repair the vessels, transportation officials said. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced this week that the Aurora and the LeConte will be pulled from service after...

Deserted 5-year-old takes toddler to neighbor in bitter cold

Dec. 7, 2019 12:37 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 5-year-old child left alone in a house in a remote Alaska village carried a toddler half a mile to a neighbor's home in the bitter cold wearing only socks and light clothing after the power went out, authorities said Friday. Both children suffered cold-weather injuries in...

Alaska governor to host holiday open house

Dec. 5, 2019 6:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and first lady Rose Dunleavy will host the traditional holiday open house at the governor's mansion Tuesday. The governor's office, in a release, said more than 15,000 cookies are being prepared, and more than 100 pounds of fudge and chocolate candies will be...

University of Alaska regents reject consolidation plan

Dec. 5, 2019 3:20 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has rejected a proposal to consolidate the state's three separately accredited universities into one. State lawmakers last session included language in the operating budget asking regents to consider a plan for a single accredited...

Alaska governor seeks public input on Native tribal schools

Dec. 5, 2019 9:42 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor wants public input on an upcoming bill to set up a legal framework for Alaska Native tribal governments to operate K-12 schools, officials said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to introduce the bill during the next legislative session, The Anchorage Daily News...

Broken lights close Alaska tribal airport to night flights

Dec. 4, 2019 9:27 AM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native community airport has been unable to receive night flights or medevac flights because of disabled runway lights, officials said. Alaska's Energy Desk reported that officials noticed Quinhagak’s runway lights were not working properly in September. The damage...

Fisherman sentenced for fishing in state research area

Dec. 3, 2019 12:14 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A southeast Alaska commercial fisherman convicted of fishing in a state research area has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined more than $35,000. Alaska State Troopers say 45-year-old Jonathan McGraw Jr. of Naukati Bay pleaded guilty last week to fishing in closed waters of...

Alaska redistricting planning committee set to begin meeting

Dec. 3, 2019 9:39 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The committee that will plan Alaska’s redistricting that occurs every 10 years is set to begin meeting, officials said. The state’s Redistricting Planning Committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting Wednesday in Anchorage, KTOO-FM reported Monday. Redistricting...