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Conservative freshman lawmaker enters Alaska governor's race

Nov. 29, 2021 20:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A conservative freshman state legislator announced plans Monday to run for governor in Alaska, joining a field that includes Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a former governor and a former state lawmaker. Rep. Christopher Kurka, a Wasilla Republican,...

1 person killed, another injured in Anchor Point house fire

Nov. 26, 2021 15:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One person has died and another injured in a house fire on the Kenai Peninsula. The local fire department found the home in Anchor Point fully engulfed in flame when they arrived Thursday evening. One person was found dead...

Federal grant will connect all 4 Nelson Island communities

Nov. 26, 2021 15:00 PM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A federal grant will allow an extensive trail system to connect all four communities on Nelson Island, just off Alaska’s western coast. The $12 million grant will pay to take the trail the last link, from Toksook Bay, which received the federal...

Alaska governor undergoes successful shoulder surgery

Nov. 24, 2021 18:40 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday, and a statement from his office said he was “recovering and doing well.” Dunleavy’s spokesperson Patty Sullivan initially told The Associated Press that Dunleavy turned power...

Alaska ends extra jobless benefits as more enter workforce

Nov. 24, 2021 13:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska will end extended unemployment benefits because more people are employed, and an expert says it should not have an impact on the consumer market. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced the...

Russian River campground, road to close for improvement work

Nov. 24, 2021 12:52 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A popular Kenai Peninsula recreation spot near Cooper Landing will be closed for nearly a year to partially rebuild a road and reinforce parts of the hillside along the Kenai River, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The...

Guard pleads guilty to sneaking drugs into Alaska prison

Nov. 23, 2021 19:08 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska correctional officer has pleaded guilty to charges she helped smuggle drugs and cell phones that had been dropped into her yard to a prison inmate convicted of two counts of murder, authorities said Tuesday. Angela Lincoln, 43, was...

70 West Point graduates call on Alaska lawmaker to resign

Nov. 23, 2021 16:38 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of West Point graduates have demanded state Rep. David Eastman resign from office over his ties to a right-wing extremist group, saying his affiliation has betrayed the values of the U.S. Military Academy that he attended. A letter signed...

Far-right personality charged with damaging Hanukkah display

Nov. 22, 2021 19:12 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Far-right social media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” has been charged with misdemeanors over allegedly damaging a Hanukkah display in December 2020 outside the Arizona Capitol. Prosecutors declined to provide specifics on...

Alaska man pleads not guilty to threatening 2 US senators

Nov. 22, 2021 16:26 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man charged with threatening the lives of Alaska’s two U.S. senators pleaded not guilty on Monday and judge decided that he will remain in custody. Jason Weiner, an attorney for Jay Allen Johnson, entered the plea on his client's behalf...