Latest Alaska state government News

Alaska judge keeps Oath Keepers lawmaker on November ballot

Sep. 24, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge has ruled that a state lawmaker affiliated with the Oath Keepers may stay on the general election ballot in November even though he's likely ineligible to hold public office. But Judge Jack McKenna on Thursday ordered elections officials to...

Repair work begins in some Alaska towns slammed by storm

Sep. 22, 2022 22:01 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There’s been significant damage to some roads and homes in parts of western Alaska following last weekend’s devastating coastal storm, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Wednesday after touring some communities along the state’s the vast coastline. “For the...

Ex-Alaska attorney general indicted on sexual abuse counts

Sep. 21, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska attorney general has been indicted by a state grand jury on three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor, a special prosecutor announced Wednesday. The allegations against Clyde “Ed” Sniffen involve an Anchorage West High School...

Alaskans pocket over $3,000 in annual oil-wealth payments

Sep. 20, 2022 23:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nearly every single Alaskan got a financial windfall amounting to more than $3,000 Tuesday, the day the state began distributing payments from Alaska’s investment fund that has been seeded with money from the state’s oil riches. The payments, officially...

Damage assessments begin in flooded remote Alaska villages

Sep. 19, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities in Alaska were making contact Monday with some of the most remote villages in the United States to determine their food and water needs, as well as assess the damage after a massive storm flooded communities on the state's vast western coast this weekend. ...

Flood waters receding after storm batters western Alaska

Sep. 18, 2022 21:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Floodwaters were receding in parts of western Alaska battered by the worst storm in a half century, leaving behind debris flung by powerful Bering Sea waves into beaches and seaside communities. The remnants of Typhoon Merbok were weakening Sunday as the...

Storm battering western Alaska causes widespread flooding

Sep. 18, 2022 01:26 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A powerful storm sweeping north through the Bering Strait on Saturday caused widespread flooding in several western Alaska coastal communities, knocking out power and sending residents fleeing for higher ground. The force of the water moved some homes off...

Mary Peltola sworn in as 1st Alaska Native in Congress

Sep. 13, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Mary Peltola was sworn in Tuesday night to finish out the remaining months of the term of the late Rep. Don Young, making her the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress and the first woman to hold the seat. “To have a seat at the table is...

Assembly: Employee made harassment claim against Pierce

Sep. 13, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Pierce was asked to consider voluntarily resigning as Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor after a borough employee made what were deemed to be credible claims of harassment against him, according to a statement from the borough...

Former Alaska lawmaker Kohring dies in vehicle crash

Sep. 07, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Victor Kohring, a former Alaska lawmaker who was caught up in a corruption scandal that roiled the state Legislature more than 15 years ago, has died in a vehicle crash. Alaska State Troopers said Kohring, 64, of Wasilla, was driving a van that collided...