Latest Alaska state government News

State to offer limited catamaran service for Alaska towns

Jan. 19, 2022 16:03 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state transportation department has signed contracts with vendors to run catamarans to southeast Alaska communities affected by a lack of ferry service though some community leaders question if those options will meet resident needs for freight and groceries. ...

Alaska lawmakers face proposed salary hike, allowance limits

Jan. 18, 2022 22:14 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A commission tasked with reviewing legislative pay on Tuesday voted to raise the annual salary for Alaska lawmakers but to restrict the daily allowance lawmakers can receive. The changes will go forward unless the Legislature expressly rejects them. The...

Alaska court weighs arguments over new election process

Jan. 18, 2022 22:05 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Political parties “have no right to be gatekeepers to the ballot,” an attorney argued Tuesday in urging the Alaska Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved electoral system that would end party primaries in the state and institute ranked-choice voting in general...

Election overhaul in Alaska aimed at reducing partisanship

Jan. 16, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants. A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this...

Areas of Alaska buried in snowstorm get disaster declaration

Jan. 13, 2022 19:07 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Parts of southeast Alaska are getting assistance from the state after getting up to six feet (1.8 meters) of snow. Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday issued a disaster declaration for the Yakutat, Juneau, Haines and Skagway areas, his office said in a statement. ...

Ex-Alaska official claims firing was politically motivated

Jan. 12, 2022 18:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The former head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. claims her firing was “political retribution” by board members appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy, a Republican seeking reelection, denied any involvement in Angela Rodell’s removal last month,...

Partisan letters cost long-serving Alaska magistrate his job

Jan. 10, 2022 13:48 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The longest serving magistrate in Alaska is no longer on the bench after writing letters to the editor critical of the Republican party. Former Seward Magistrate George Peck wrote four letters to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News, the latest in...

Alaska students sue to maintain fund that funds scholarships

Jan. 06, 2022 13:12 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Four students have sued to force the state of Alaska to maintain a fund that provides scholarships to University of Alaska scholars. The Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund could lose more than $400 million because of legislative budget disputes, Alaska...

Alaska school in race with climate change for new building

Jan. 05, 2022 17:59 PM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A school that is in danger of being lost to erosion because of climate change is at the top of the state’s list for the construction of a new school building. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development put the school in the southwest Alaska...

Panel proposes higher Alaska lawmaker salary, allowance cut

Jan. 04, 2022 20:58 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A commission tasked with making recommendations for state legislative pay advanced a proposal Tuesday to raise the annual salary for Alaska lawmakers from $50,400 to $64,000 and place limits on the daily allowance lawmakers receive. The State Officer...