Latest Alaska News

Trial of Maine man in Alaska woman's death underway

Jan. 20, 2022 02:33 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The trial of a Maine man who is charged in the death of a woman at an Alaska university in the 1990s is underway after numerous delays. Steven Downs, 47, of Auburn, is on trial for charges including murder and sexual assault in the death of 20-year-old...

Alaska court upholds voter-approved election changes

Jan. 19, 2022 23:11 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld as valid a voter-approved election system that would end party primaries in the state and institute ranked choice voting in general elections. A brief order affirmed a lower court ruling from last year. A fuller...

Alaska Supreme Court upholds voter-approved election changes that end party primaries, add ranked choice voting

Jan. 19, 2022 19:55 PM EST
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Supreme Court upholds voter-approved election changes that end party primaries, add ranked choice voting.

Headstones, crosses vandalized at Russian cemetery in Alaska

Jan. 19, 2022 16:14 PM EST

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Police are investigating vandalism at a Russian cemetery in Alaska. Police in Sitka are investigating vandalism at the Russian Cemetery. About 20 headstones were knocked over or damaged at Russian Cemetery in Sitka, and Russian Orthodox crosses...

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...

Chan, Zuckerberg fighting Native American vaccine hesitancy

Jan. 18, 2022 15:15 PM EST

Dallas Goldtooth, known for his role in the hit FX television series “Reservation Dogs,” slowly swivels in his chair to face the camera in a recent TikTok video. As he looks at the audience, a voice-over announcer says, “When people refuse to get vaccinated but also talk about protecting...

Alaska ER doctor’s paintings follow passage of pandemic

Jan. 17, 2022 13:05 PM EST

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — First Friday art talks usually become passive affairs, with artists discussing their works as visitors politely watch and listen. At the Jan. 7 opening of “The Mind of a Healthcare Worker During the COVID-19 Pandemic” at the Homer Council on the Arts, artist and emergency...

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...