Latest Alaska state government News

Officials: Ex-Alaska attorney general faces abuse charges

May. 27, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A special prosecutor said Friday that he has filed charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree against former Alaska Attorney General Clyde “Ed” Sniffen. Gregg Olson said the charges were filed Friday but he did not yet have a stamped copy of...

Federal government sues Alaska over fishing on refuge river

May. 27, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration is suing Alaska over fishing rights on a river that runs through a national wildlife refuge, saying the state is undermining federal efforts to limit harvests when fish numbers are low to local residents in the area of predominantly Indigenous...

EPA proposes restrictions in fight over Alaska mine

May. 25, 2022 20:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, the latest in a long-running dispute over efforts by developers to advance the mine in a region known for its salmon...

Alaska Senate president says he won't seek reelection

May. 25, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Senate President Peter Micciche said Wednesday he will not seek re-election this year, citing a desire to spend more time with family. His announcement comes after the Legislature last week ended its four-month regular session and a week before a...

Alaska Supreme Court orders use of interim map for elections

May. 24, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court said Tuesday it has affirmed a lower court ruling that the board tasked with redrawing the state's political boundaries "again engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering” and ordered the use of a new map for this year's elections. ...

Alaska governor picks Nancy Dahlstrom as running mate

May. 23, 2022 19:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican incumbent Mike Dunleavy filed paperwork for office Monday, hoping to become the first sitting Alaska governor in nearly a quarter century to be elected to a second term. He also introduced his running mate, former state Department of Corrections...

Alaska lawmakers pass budget package to end session

May. 19, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature in the waning hours of a four-month session approved a state spending package that would pay residents about $3,200 this year after a vote that would have boosted the payout to about $3,850 narrowly failed in the House. The approved...

Alaska lawmakers OK payments to residents of about $3,200

May. 19, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature approved a state spending package late Wednesday that would pay residents about $3,200 this year after a vote that would have boosted the payout to about $3,850 narrowly failed in the House. A tentative budget agreement reached by House...

Alaska Legislature passes bill to formally recognize tribes

May. 18, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a measure to formally recognize tribes in the state. The House on Tuesday voted 37-2 to accept a Senate version of the bill that passed last week. The bill next goes to Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Supporters of the bill...

Alaska House, Senate negotiators reach tentative budget deal

May. 17, 2022 23:49 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers tasked with negotiating a budget deal reached a tentative agreement Tuesday that would pay residents more than $3,000 this year, but the final amount would depend on whether the Legislature can muster the votes needed to access a key savings account. ...