Latest Alaska state government News

Former Alaska Senate president Giessel to seek office again

Dec. 01, 2021 15:59 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel plans to run for the state Senate next year. Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, is listed as a candidate with the state Division of Elections. Giessel announced her plans Wednesday in the newsletter she...

Alaska expecting infrastructure funds for broadband efforts

Nov. 30, 2021 14:44 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska could receive more than $1 billion from the recently passed federal infrastructure package for high-speed broadband networks, which an official with the Alaska Telecom Association said would be “transformational." Christine O’Connor, the...

Conservative freshman lawmaker enters Alaska governor's race

Nov. 29, 2021 20:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A conservative freshman state legislator announced plans Monday to run for governor in Alaska, joining a field that includes Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a former governor and a former state lawmaker. Rep. Christopher Kurka, a Wasilla Republican,...

Alaska governor undergoes successful shoulder surgery

Nov. 24, 2021 18:40 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday, and a statement from his office said he was “recovering and doing well.” Dunleavy’s spokesperson Patty Sullivan initially told The Associated Press that Dunleavy turned power...

70 West Point graduates call on Alaska lawmaker to resign

Nov. 23, 2021 16:38 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of West Point graduates have demanded state Rep. David Eastman resign from office over his ties to a right-wing extremist group, saying his affiliation has betrayed the values of the U.S. Military Academy that he attended. A letter signed...

Critics raise concerns with new Alaska political boundaries

Nov. 16, 2021 18:38 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A fast-growing area north of Anchorage known as a hotbed of conservatism gained the most population since the 2010 Census and will keep the same number of seats in the Alaska Legislature under a new map of state political boundaries that some critics say short-changes...

Alaska doctors seek COVID-19 misinformation investigation

Nov. 15, 2021 21:01 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska doctors plan to ask the State Medical Board to investigate concerns about the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments by other physicians. Merijeanne Moore, a private practice psychiatrist, said she drafted the...

US government finalizes first land allotments under 2019 law

Nov. 05, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of Interior said the first two federal land allotments to Alaska Native Vietnam War-era veterans have been finalized. Frank Nanooruk and Richard Boskoffsky received the first allotments under a 2019 law passed by Congress,...

Draft suggests campaign caps to replace those struck down

Nov. 03, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A draft opinion prepared by Alaska Public Offices Commission staff proposes imposing campaign contribution limits in the place of some of the caps that were struck down by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year. Robin...

Begich announces US House bid: 'Alaska needs new energy'

Oct. 28, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Nicholas Begich III on Thursday kicked off his campaign for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House against the longest-serving Republican in that chamber, saying Alaska needs new energy. Begich, 44, addressed a group of supporters in a small room...