Latest Alaska state government News

Family wants fatal officer-involved shooting case reopened

Aug. 12, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The parents of a man who died after being shot by a Juneau police officer want the state to reopen its review of the case, citing evidence one of their attorneys says indicates the officer was “formulating” a plan to shoot Kelly Stephens. Attorneys for Stephens’...

Alaska Senate president faces Republican primary challenge

Aug. 12, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's state Senate President will be challenged for her Anchorage seat in the upcoming state Republican primary. Cathy Giessel will face challenger Roger Holland in the Aug. 18 primary election, Alaska Public Media reported Tuesday. Holland criticizes Giessel's leadership of...

Alaska coastal communities face long gaps in ferry service

Aug. 11, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska transportation department has released a draft winter ferry operating plan with long service gaps for some coastal communities and others won't have any service during the season. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said the expected gaps and...

Alaska reports 98 new coronavirus cases among residents

Aug. 10, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported Sunday that there were 98 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus among state residents. The new case reports brought the number of residents known to be currently infected to 2,594, while 1,091 residents were reported...

Alaska judge dismisses lawsuit over state coronavirus funds

Aug. 8, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the method by which the state dispersed its federal coronavirus funds was unconstitutional. The lawsuit, brought by Juneau resident Eric Forrer, was filed after a legislative panel, instead of the Alaska State Legislature, approved...

4 bears killed as part of Alaska bear attack investigation

Aug. 6, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State wildlife department employees have killed four bears near the remote area in south-central Alaska where authorities say a man was fatally mauled last week. The state Department of Fish and Game on Thursday said preliminary analyses of DNA and other evidence link a female brown...

Alaska governor recall campaign not on track to be on ballot

Aug. 5, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A vote to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy will not be on the state's general election ballot in November. The group Recall Dunleavy needed roughly 30,000 more signatures by Tuesday to ensure a spot on the Nov. 3 ballot. The group has reported gathering 42,680 out of the 71,252 valid...

Late lawmaker's name to remain on Alaska primary ballot

Aug. 4, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The late-Rep. Gary Knopp's name will appear on the Aug. 18 primary ballot, and should he win, the Alaska Republican Party will be able to petition for a replacement candidate, a Department of Law spokesperson said. Knopp, a Kenai Republican who was seeking a third term in the state...

Alaska reports 159 new virus cases, with 111 in Anchorage

Aug. 3, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials reported that there were 159 new COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday, including 111 within the Municipality of Anchorage. The new cases included 145 Alaska residents and 14 non-residents, The Anchorage Daily News reported. Data from the state Department of...

Juneau business applies for onsite pot consumption permit

Aug. 1, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A marijuana business in Juneau could start allowing onsite cannabis consumption — making it the first business in the city to do so — if given permit approval later this month. Rainforest Farms submitted an application to the City and Borough of Juneau to modify the...