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Proposal allowing ATVs on Alaska roads draws safety concerns

Apr. 11, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A proposal by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration to allow off-road vehicles on Alaska roads has raised safety concerns and enforcement questions. Currently, state law only allows people to drive off-road vehicles across roads and not on...

Anchorage acting mayor seeks emergency order extension

Apr. 11, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The acting mayor of Anchorage has asked the Assembly to extend through mid-July an emergency proclamation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the emergency proclamation includes gathering-size restrictions, social distancing...

Alaska governor to launch ad campaign for tourism industry

Apr. 10, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has announced that Alaska will conduct a national advertising campaign to support its tourism industry. The Republican governor also reiterated in a Friday news conference his assertion that the federal Centers for Disease...

Alaska lawmakers advance bill to protect cemetery

Apr. 10, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would protect an Alaska Native cemetery at Funter Bay and add about 251 acres (about 102 hectares) of state land. The Unangax cemetery holds more than 30 graves of people from the state...

Alaska files lawsuit against toxic chemical producers

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of toxic, man-made “forever chemicals” that have been detected in some of the state's groundwater. The lawsuit filed Wednesday names large chemical-making corporations such as 3M,...

Hilcorp ordered to replace aging Alaska pipeline after leak

Apr. 09, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal regulators have ordered Hilcorp Alaska to replace a 7-mile (11-kilometer) undersea pipeline after a helicopter pilot spotted a natural gas leak bubbling to the surface last week. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration...

Alaska court sides with Dunleavy in appointments dispute

Apr. 08, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Mike Dunleavy in ruling that the state constitution requires legislators to decide on gubernatorial appointments in a joint session. The court also struck down a provision of law dealing with...

Biden halts sale of National Archives center in Seattle

Apr. 08, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Biden administration has halted its predecessor’s decision to sell the federal archives building in Seattle, following months of opposition from people across the Pacific Northwest and a lawsuit. Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria...

Moderate earthquake widely felt throughout central Alaska

Apr. 08, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moderate earthquake Thursday was widely felt throughout the central portion of Alaska, including the state’s largest city, nearly 200 miles (322 kilometers) away from the epicenter. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the quake had a...

Alaska judge orders in-person attorney visits at prisons

Apr. 08, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge has ruled that attorneys must be allowed visits with clients in state Department of Corrections facilities, regardless of the inmates' vaccination status. The recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Una Gandbhir came in a case...