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Alaska village will install new river power generator

Jul. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel. The village council in Igiugig is the first tribal entity...

Feds missed 2nd deadline for Congress' tribal safety bills

Jul. 16, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence against Native American women for a second straight month. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, had set a July 8 deadline for...

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bear

Jul. 14, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been charged with the illegal killing of a polar bear in violation of federal law. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik shot the bear outside his home, leaving the carcass there for five months without salvaging any part of it, according to federal prosecutors. "Mr. Gordon...

Alaska Native activist alleges assault by Wasilla mayor

Jul. 11, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native activist said Thursday that she was assaulted by the mayor of a small town as protesters took over a seating area intended for lawmakers during a contentious session of the Alaska Legislature that's gathering in two cities. Haliehana Stepetin filed a citizen's...

Alaska Legislature fails to override vetoes that prompt cuts

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable. More than one-third of lawmakers missed the vote...

The Latest: Alaska legislature could take up override again

Jul. 10, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature's attempt to override the governor's budget vetoes (all times local): 5 p.m. Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says the Alaska Legislature could take up a vote to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes again on Thursday. Edgmon spoke...

Alaska legislators brace for showdown over governor's vetoes

Jul. 9, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The message on the front page of Alaska's second-largest newspaper was unmistakable. A nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) headline, outlined in red, in Monday's edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner contained a single word: OVERRIDE. It appeared over a full-page editorial calling for...

Divided Alaska Legislature convenes session in 2 cities

Jul. 8, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session. The Alaska state Senate kicked off its second special session in Juneau on Monday and promptly removed its majority leader, who was 600 miles (965 kilometers) away...

Explosion and fire sink a commercial fishing boat in Alaska

Jul. 8, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An explosion at a dock in Alaska spread fire to a nearby fishing boat that then sank, leaving one person aboard missing, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday. Crews were using a boat and helicopter to scour the ocean around the dock for the missing person, the Coast Guard said in a...

The Latest: Alaska State Senate ousts majority leader

Jul. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature preparing for a second special session (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The Alaska State Senate kicked off it second special session in Juneau with a shake-up of leadership. In a session that lasted less than a half hour Monday, the Senate removed...