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Early tally shows Anchorage Assembly member surviving recall

Oct. 27, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage Assembly member targeted for recall by people upset over COVID-19 mandates had an early lead in the mail-in election. Results posted Tuesday evening show about 61% of the 9,346 votes tallied rejected the recall of Meg Zaletel with...

Alaskans raise funds for library amid cries of censorship

Oct. 27, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An impromptu fundraiser to allow an Alaska library to purchase books amid cries of censorship has twice surpassed its goal. The fund was established after the Kenai City Council delayed accepting a grant until the library director provide a list of...

Alaska Railroad board rescinds employee vaccine mandate

Oct. 27, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The board of the Alaska Railroad has voted unanimously to rescind a requirement for all of its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Initially, railroad employees were supposed to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 to comply with vaccine...

Alaska special session trudges on with little action

Oct. 26, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature is in special session but it's quiet at the Capitol, where many legislative offices have been dark, floor sessions in some cases have lasted seconds and little progress has been made toward resolving the state's fiscal issues. ...

State drops open container citation against Alaska lawmaker

Oct. 26, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An open container citation issued to an Alaska state lawmaker has been dismissed because the trooper who issued the citation is no longer in state employment after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor. State Sen. Josh Revak, an Anchorage...

COVID cases falling, but trouble signs arise as winter looms

Oct. 25, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools around the U.S. considering relaxing their mask rules, but deaths nationally have been ticking up over the past few weeks, some rural hospitals are showing signs of strain, and cold weather is setting in. The number of new...

Alaska’s lone House member to face off with familiar family

Oct. 25, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seeking a 26th term in the U.S. House, Alaska's lone representative will face a challenger in 2022 with strong name recognition in the state. Nicholas Begich III has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to challenge U.S. Rep. Don...

DNA match IDs Alaska serial killer's victim after 37 years

Oct. 22, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A woman known for 37 years only as Horseshoe Harriet, one of dozen or so victims of a notorious Alaska serial killer, has been identified through genetic genealogy and a DNA match, authorities said Friday. The victim was identified Friday as...

Alabama native charged in Jan. 6 insurrection denied release

Oct. 21, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alabama native whom a judge alleged was “leading the charge” during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was denied release Thursday in an Alaska courtroom while his case proceeds. Christian Matthew Manley then waived his right to...

Alaska museums condemn antisemitic vandalism in Anchorage

Oct. 21, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials at museums across Alaska have condemned repeated acts of antisemitic vandalism this year targeting the Alaska Jewish Museum in Anchorage. During instances in May and September, someone has placed swastika stickers on the building or...