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Judge weighs arguments in case seeking to disqualify ranked choice repeal measure from Alaska ballot

May. 28, 2024 19:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State election officials acted properly when they allowed sponsors of a measure aimed at repealing Alaska's ranked choice voting system to fix mistakes with dozens of petition booklets after they were already turned in, an attorney for the state said Tuesday. ...

Ranked-choice voting has challenged the status quo. Its popularity will be tested in November

May. 25, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s new election system — with open primaries and ranked voting — has been a model for those in other states who are frustrated by political polarization and a sense that voters lack real choice at the ballot box. Used for the first time in 2022,...

Coast Guard suspends search for 3 people missing after boat capsizes off Alaska

May. 23, 2024 18:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday suspended its search for three people missing after their boat capsized in a Gulf of Alaska bay. The Coast Guard said a distress call was received Wednesday morning from a 21-foot (6.4-meter) Hewescraft boat near Aialik...

Coast Guard says Alaska charter boat likely capsized last year after flooding, killing 5

May. 22, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A fishing charter boat found partially submerged off an island in southeast Alaska last May likely capsized after its well deck flooded in rough seas, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which investigated the incident that left five people dead, including two vacationing...

Family says Alaska photographer killed in moose attack knew the risks, died doing what he loved

May. 21, 2024 20:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The family of an Alaska man fatally attacked by an enraged moose trying to protect her newborn twin calves said he was a nature photographer who knew the risks of taking photos in the wild and died doing what he loved. Even though there have been some calls...

Moose kills Alaska man attempting to take photos of her newborn calves

May. 20, 2024 17:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 70-year-old Alaska man who was attempting to take photos of two newborn moose calves was attacked and killed by their mother, authorities said Monday. The man killed Sunday was identified as Dale Chorman of Homer, said Austin McDaniel, a spokesperson for...

Dive team finds bodies of 2 men dead inside plane found upside down in Alaska lake

May. 18, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The bodies of two men have been recovered from a plane that was found face down in a lake, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday. Troopers were notified late Friday of the upside-down aircraft in Six Mile Lake near the Athabascan community of Nondalton,...

Jury finds Honolulu's former top prosecutor and 5 others not guilty in a federal bribery case

May. 17, 2024 22:00 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A jury found Honolulu's former top prosecutor not guilty Friday in a bribery case that alleged employees of an engineering and architectural firm bribed him with campaign donations in exchange for his prosecution of a former company employee. A U.S. grand jury...

Alaska lawmakers end their session with late bills passing on energy, education

May. 16, 2024 18:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers ended their four-month session early Thursday with a flurry of last-minute bills addressing priority issues such as energy and correspondence school programs that are a focus of ongoing litigation. Bickering over the budget was muted compared...

Cancer claims Iditarod champion Rick Mackey. His father and brother also won famed Alaska race

May. 15, 2024 16:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rick Mackey, the winner of the 1983 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, has died of lung cancer, his daughter told The Associated Press Wednesday. Mackey, who died Monday, was 71. The Mackey name is closely tied to the history of the Iditarod, the grueling race...