Latest Alaska state government News

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in Juneau, Alaska. On Wednesday, Feb. 12,  Dunleavy proposed a state lottery as a way to provide a new source of revenue. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska governor proposes lottery amid budget woes

Feb. 12, 2020 6:40 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska, long-reliant on oil and in search of options amid a persistent budget deficit, may turn to the lottery for help. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced legislation Wednesday proposing a lottery. His administration said it could serve as part of his goal of providing greater...

Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations in Switzerland. The complaint was filed Wednesday, The Advocate reported....

A fire, an SOS, a rescue: Man spends weeks in remote Alaska

Jan. 13, 2020 5:41 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Tyson Steele watched his remote cabin go up in flames, mourned the death of his dog and then spent weeks in the Alaska wilderness, bundling up in an makeshift shelter against the subzero temperatures and eating canned food — unable to reach the outside world. He knew his best...

Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth listens to arguments over an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Judge Aarseth ruled that an effort to recall Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may proceed, a decision that is expected to be appealed. The decision followed arguments in the case and came two months after Gail Fenumiai, director of the state Division of Elections, rejected a bid to advance the recall effort. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Judge allows effort to recall Alaska governor to proceed

Jan. 10, 2020 9:07 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge ruled Friday that an effort to recall Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may proceed, a decision that is expected to be appealed. The decision from the bench by Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth in Anchorage followed arguments in the case and came two months after Gail...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018, file photo, then-Alaska Gov. Bill Walker addresses delegates at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Former Alaska Gov. Walker, who was one of the country's few politically unaffiliated governors, plans to discuss with students bridging the political divide during an upcoming, on-campus residency at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Ex-Alaska governor Bill Walker chosen for Harvard fellowship

Jan. 9, 2020 9:27 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Bill Walker, who was one of the country's few politically unaffiliated governors, plans to discuss with students bridging the political divide during an upcoming, on-campus residency at Harvard University. The former Alaska governor is among six people chosen as resident fellows for...