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The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

Murkowski reports bringing in nearly $1.1M in last quarter

Oct. 15, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski reported bringing in nearly $1.1 million during the last fundraising quarter, though the Republican has yet to formally announce any re-election plans. A report filed with the Federal Election Commission, released...

Alaska Federation of Natives annual meeting will be online

Oct. 15, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention, the largest gathering of Indigenous people in the state, will be all virtual this year, organizers announced Friday. The decision was made after federation leaders consulted with state federal...

US agency releases report aimed at Alaska aviation safety

Oct. 15, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal report aimed at improving aviation safety in Alaska recommends improvements in providing weather information to pilots and continued work to update maps with information on mountain passes, among other steps. The Federal Aviation...

Anchorage mask rule in effect after override of mayor's veto

Oct. 15, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The governing body of Alaska’s largest city has overridden the mayor’s veto of an emergency order instituting a mask mandate for 60 days. The Anchorage Assembly on Thursday overturned Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto of the measure requiring...

Credit unions in Alaska, Washington intend to merge

Oct. 14, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two credit unions, one based in Washington state and one in Alaska, said Thursday they are seeking regulatory approval of their intent to merge. The credit unions said in a news release that the merger would combine Anchorage, Alaska-based USA...

Partial Denali park road closure in Alaska expected for 2022

Oct. 14, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) — About half the main road through Denali National Park and Preserve will be remain closed next year as officials work to address a long-running landslide issue, the park announced Thursday. In August, the road west of mile...

Alaskans get annual boost of free money from oil wealth

Oct. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — What was once a joyous fall rite in Alaska has become another thing for people to bicker about — the amount of money residents receive from the state’s oil wealth. Checks of $1,114 are expected to be paid to about 643,000 Alaskans, beginning...

Anchorage institutes mask mandate under emergency ordinance

Oct. 13, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The governing body of Alaska’s largest city has passed an emergency ordinance instituting a mask ordinance. The Anchorage Assembly passed the motion ordinance late Tuesday, and it replaces an earlier proposal that dragged on for weeks amid...

Lawmaker: 2 Alaska state senators test positive for COVID-19

Oct. 12, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska state senators have tested positive for COVID-19 and a third was not feeling well and awaiting test results, Senate President Peter Micciche said Tuesday. He did not identify the lawmakers who had tested positive. ...