Latest Alaska state government News

Indian policemen wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus march during rehearsals of Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

The Latest: India vaccinates 2 million health workers

Jan. 26, 2021 11:59 PM EST

NEW DELHI — India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, a sharp decline from a peak level of nearly 100,000 in mid-September. The health Ministry said the daily new cases had fallen below 10,000 on Tuesday...

Alaska to investigate issuance of offensive license plate

Jan. 26, 2021 9:07 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska department plans to investigate the issuance of “3REICH” personalized license plates, while a spokesperson for Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Dunleavy removed a member of Alaska's Human Rights Commission for comments she made about the controversy. The issue drew...

Alaska governor plans to deliver annual address remotely

Jan. 26, 2021 8:47 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to deliver his State of the State address remotely this year due to “complications” created by the COVID-19 pandemic, his office announced. The speech is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, and Dunleavy will deliver it from his office in...

Judge orders Alaska governor to allow writer at press events

Jan. 25, 2021 9:57 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of an online political writer who was prevented by Alaska's governor from attending press conferences. Judge Joshua Kindred issued an injunction Friday requiring Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy to invite Jeff Landfield to media briefings, Anchorage...

Lawmaker introduces bill to limit by-mail voting in Alaska

Jan. 24, 2021 11:29 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker has introduced a bill to partially dismantle voting-by-mail systems used by Anchorage, Juneau and other cities across the state. Republican state Sen. Mike Shower said the proposal is intended to strengthen the security of the state’s election system in a...

Alaska officials to consider sooner vaccines for teachers

Jan. 23, 2021 11:52 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials say they are considering bumping up teachers on the state's vaccine list as more students have restarted in-person instruction. Tessa Walker Linderman, a top vaccine official with the state Department of Health and Social Services, made the announcement on...

Alaska job numbers down in December amid ongoing pandemic

Jan. 22, 2021 2:42 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had 24,100 fewer jobs in December than a year earlier amid ongoing economic repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the state labor department reported Friday. Karinne Wiebold, a department economist, said there aren't many bright spots to glean from the December jobs report....

Alaska officials say 68 wolves trapped on or near island

Jan. 22, 2021 9:07 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials have reported that 68 wolves were taken by trappers in 2020 on or near Prince of Wales Island. Conservationists unsuccessfully attempted to block the 21-day wolf trapping season from November to December, CoastAlaska reported on Thursday. State Department of...

Dunleavy pitches dividend change amid legislative splits

Jan. 21, 2021 5:59 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed checks of nearly $5,000 to residents as part of an effort aimed at reviving the state's pandemic-stunted economy, with the money to come from Alaska's oil wealth fund. But there was a hitch. The Republican, in his budget plan rolled out last month,...

Alaska governor recall group makes final push for signatures

Jan. 19, 2021 7:04 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaka (AP) — Organizers of an attempt to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy have reinvigorated the effort now that more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, prompting the push for a final 22,000 signatures to force a recall election for the first-term Republican. “We have a new energy...