Latest Alaska state government News

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Oct. 10, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will...

The Latest: Alaska justices hear youth climate lawsuit

Oct. 9, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an Alaska Supreme Court hearing on an appeal involving a climate change lawsuit filed by state youths (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A lawyer representing 16 Alaska youths told the state Supreme Court his clients have a constitutional right to a healthy environment....

Pastafarian pastor leads prayer at Alaska government meeting

Sep. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling. Barrett Fletcher, the Pastafarian pastor,...

Email indicates former Alaska official invited woman to room

Sep. 14, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An email from Alaska's former first lady sheds new light on the actions that drove Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott from office, suggesting he may have invited a woman into his room, newly released emails shows. The revelation came in an email sent from former first lady Donna Walker to her...

Alaska lawmakers, Native group join dispute over Pebble mine

Sep. 11, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers and a Native corporation have joined the dispute over a Canadian company's potential investment in a large copper and gold mining project. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy wrote a July letter supporting investment in the Pebble Mine by Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. of...

Alaska reaches settlement in case brought by Muslim inmates

Sep. 6, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Corrections has agreed to policy changes to accommodate Muslim inmates who wish to practice their religion, settling a lawsuit brought last year. A federal judge Friday signed the agreement in a case brought on behalf of two Muslim inmates by the Council on...

51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire

Aug. 23, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wildfire burning north of Anchorage, Alaska, has destroyed 51 homes and three businesses, officials said Friday. Another 84 buildings between the communities of Willow and Talkeetna, about 70 miles north of the state's largest city, also have been destroyed, fire information...

Alaska governor OKs smaller oil-wealth check for now

Aug. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faced a tricky political decision. Should he take a hard line in his push to pay residents nearly $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, a centerpiece of his campaign last year, or accept a lesser amount approved by lawmakers who have not been...

The Latest: Alaska governor takes issue with coverage

Aug. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska oil-wealth fund dividend (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy took issue with media coverage in explaining why he announced by video his decision on the state budget and the oil-wealth fund dividend that will be paid to residents. Dunleavy...