Latest Alaska state government News

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...

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2018 file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker  in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska House Majority says Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Alaska State Troopers would not confirm Knopp's death beyond saying the mid-air collision near the airport in Soldotna was a fatal crash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska

Jul. 31, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one...

Alaska House Majority says Rep. Gary Knopp killed in plane crash near Soldotna

Jul. 31, 2020 3:51 PM EDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska House Majority says Rep. Gary Knopp killed in plane crash near Soldotna.

Anti-Trump group ad supports Gross for Alaska US Senate seat

Jul. 30, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An outside group focused on defeating President Donald Trump in November and “Trumpism” is running an ad in Alaska in support of independent Al Gross in Alaska's U.S. Senate race. Gross is seeking to challenge first-term Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan. The ad, sponsored...

Alaska requiring negative virus tests for nonresident travel

Jul. 29, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Nonresident travelers to Alaska will need to show they tested negative for COVID-19 shortly before arriving as part of an effort aimed at minimizing cases and preserving testing supplies and protective gear, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said. “We're not trying to make this difficult for...

FILE - Alaska Republican state Rep. David Eastman speaks during a House floor session in Juneau, Alaska in this May 10, 2017 file photo. Several Alaska Republican lawmakers are campaigning against fellow GOP state Rep. David Eastman. They blame him for the failure of Republicans in 2018 to take control of the state's House of Representatives. The Anchorage Daily News reported members of the House Republican minority campaigned over the weekend in Eastman's Wasilla district for his GOP primary opponent. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Alaska GOP lawmakers seek to unseat Republican Rep. Eastman

Jul. 29, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Several Alaska Republican lawmakers have campaigned against fellow GOP state Rep. David Eastman, who they blame for the failure of Republicans to take control of the state's House of Representatives in 2018. Members of the House Republican minority campaigned over the weekend in...

The Captain James Cook statue facing the inlet that bears his name and fronts Alaska's largest city in downtown Anchorage, Alaska is seen on June 23, 2020. Far away from Confederate memorials, Alaska residents have joined the movement to eliminate statues of colonialists accused of abusing and exploiting Indigenous people. The effort has already resulted in a statue of Russian America colonialist Alexander Baranov being taken out of public view in one city. Others want statutes removed of U.S. Secretary of State and Alaska purchase architect William Seward and Capt. James Cook. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Efforts underway in Alaska to remove statues of colonialists

Jul. 28, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

As many in the Lower 48 call for statues of Confederate leaders to be removed amid a national reckoning on race, some Alaska residents are conducting a similar movement demanding statues tied to colonization be eliminated or relocated. A statue of Russian colonialist Alexander Baranov will be taken out of public...