Latest Alaska News

EPA proposes restrictions in fight over Alaska mine

May. 25, 2022 20:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, the latest in a long-running dispute over efforts by developers to advance the mine in a region known for its salmon...

An ocean first: Underwater drone tracks CO2 in Alaska gulf

May. 25, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — In the cold, choppy waters of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, all eyes were on the gray water, looking for one thing only. It wasn’t a spout from humpback whales that power through this scenic fjord, or a sea otter lazing on its back, munching a king crab. ...

4 injured when airplane crashes short of Alaska airstrip

May. 25, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An aircraft crashed while attempting to land on a rural Alaska airstrip lined by trees, injuring all four people on board, officials said Wednesday. Three people seriously hurt in Tuesday's crash at Dry Bay airstrip were sent to hospitals in Anchorage. A...

Alaska Senate president says he won't seek reelection

May. 25, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Senate President Peter Micciche said Wednesday he will not seek re-election this year, citing a desire to spend more time with family. His announcement comes after the Legislature last week ended its four-month regular session and a week before a...

Alaska Supreme Court orders use of interim map for elections

May. 24, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court said Tuesday it has affirmed a lower court ruling that the board tasked with redrawing the state's political boundaries "again engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering” and ordered the use of a new map for this year's elections. ...

Some razor clam fisheries closed as population struggles

May. 24, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Razor clam fisheries in parts of the Cook Inlet area will remain closed for sport and personal use this year, continuing a years-long trend of closures as the clam population has struggled to regain numbers. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says...

Alaska road cut off by massive landslide to reopen Friday

May. 24, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Officials this week intend to reopen a road that has been closed for more than two weeks following a massive landslide that cut off access to the city of Seward from a smaller community. The May 7 slide cut off travel between Lowell Point and Seward, which is...

Alaska governor picks Nancy Dahlstrom as running mate

May. 23, 2022 19:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican incumbent Mike Dunleavy filed paperwork for office Monday, hoping to become the first sitting Alaska governor in nearly a quarter century to be elected to a second term. He also introduced his running mate, former state Department of Corrections...

Alaska job numbers in April up over a year earlier

May. 20, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had about 6,700 more jobs last month than a year earlier but jobs in most sectors had not recovered to pre-pandemic levels, the state labor department reported Friday. There were about 11,800 fewer jobs in April than there were in April 2019, the year...

Alaska lawmakers pass budget package to end session

May. 19, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature in the waning hours of a four-month session approved a state spending package that would pay residents about $3,200 this year after a vote that would have boosted the payout to about $3,850 narrowly failed in the House. The approved...