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Alaska Senate removes Reinbold as judiciary committee chair

Apr. 19, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold was removed as Senate Judiciary Committee chair Monday, 91 days into a legislative session in which she has frequently clashed with fellow Republicans, including other Senate majority members and Gov. Mike Dunleavy. ...

The Latest: Vt. ski resorts' winter pandemic loss at $100M

Apr. 19, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Ski Areas Association says the state’s ski resorts lost an estimated $100 million this winter during the pandemic. The Rutland Herald says Vermont state officials estimate that equates to $700 million in total losses for the economy. ...

High court seems ready to send virus funds to Alaska Natives

Apr. 19, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed inclined Monday to say that hundreds of millions of dollars in coronavirus relief money tied up in court should benefit Alaska Natives rather than be spread more broadly among Native American tribes around the U.S. The justices...

Alaska tribal health groups distribute vaccine far and wide

Apr. 19, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — John Waghiyi remembers rushing his cousin to the clinic in the Bering Sea city of Savoonga in December, worried he was having a possible heart attack while out butchering a bowhead whale. Waghiyi arrived to see elders waiting in the lobby for a COVID-19 vaccine. ...

Fully vaccinated prisoners will be allowed to have visitors

Apr. 19, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will allow prison visitations for all inmates who have been fully vaccinated, the Alaska Department of Corrections said Monday. Public visitation will begin Wednesday by appointment at all facilities statewide, except for correctional...

Plane landing in Alaska damaged after it hits ice, gravel

Apr. 19, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small passenger plane in Alaska was damaged after it hit ice and frozen gravel when it was landing last Friday, officials said. Glen Alsworth Jr., the chief pilot for Lake Clark Air, said the plane went down onto a wing after it hit the patch...

Alaska GOP lawmaker advocates for Puerto Rico statehood

Apr. 17, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young has advocated for Puerto Rico statehood, a decision that defies fellow party members across the country and state. Young said on Wednesday that the island's statehood was long overdue. “I...

US delays some Alaska mineral developments for 2 years

Apr. 17, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department has announced a two-year delay of several orders issued by the Trump administration that looked to open 28 million acres (about 11 million hectares) of land in Alaska for mineral development. ...

High court takes up case on virus relief funding for tribes

Apr. 17, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine who is eligible to receive more than $530 million in federal virus relief funding set aside for tribes more than a year ago. More than a dozen Native American tribes...

Alaska to offer tourists COVID-19 vaccines starting June 1

Apr. 16, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Friday that COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1, in unveiling plans aimed at bolstering the state's pandemic-battered tourist industry. Dunleavy, a Republican,...