Latest Alaska state government News

US will revisit Trump-era decision for Alaska rainforest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Friday to “repeal or replace” a decision by the Trump administration last fall to lift restrictions on logging and road building in a southeast Alaska rainforest that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. ...

Former Alaska lawmaker pleads not guilty to election charges

Jun. 11, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska legislator was indicted on new felony charges alleging voter misconduct related to the 2018 elections, according to an indictment released by the state Department of Law. Gabrielle LeDoux pleaded not guilty Thursday, the department...

Alaska lawmaker visits site of partisan Arizona audit

Jun. 09, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker said he plans to use his legislative office account to pay for a trip to Arizona to visit a partisan audit of the 2020 election. Rep. David Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, told the Anchorage Daily News the trip was on behalf of...

Governor signs bill to protect Alaska Native cemetery

Jun. 09, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has signed legislation aimed at protecting the graves of Unangax people sent to internment camps in southeast Alaska during World War II. “We want their descendants to know it’s not been forgotten,” Dunleavy said at...

Alaska governor urges lawmakers to act on dividend plan

Jun. 07, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday urged lawmakers to act on his proposal to place in the state constitution a new formula for the annual check residents receive from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund as the current special legislative session slumped along. ...

Tom Fink, ex-Anchorage mayor, speaker of House, dies at 92

Jun. 06, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tom Fink, a former speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives who later became mayor of Anchorage, has died. He was 92. Fink died of “complications from old age," his son, Josh Fink, said on Saturday. He had been taken to a hospital last...

Louisiana lieutenant governor plans seafood trip to Alaska

Jun. 04, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is heading to Alaska next week for a seafood promotion trip. The Republican lieutenant governor leaves for Juneau on Monday and will return to Louisiana on Thursday, according to his office. ...

CDC says Florida lawsuit imperils summer cruises to Alaska

Jun. 03, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

U.S. officials say Florida’s lawsuit against the federal government over conditions for cruise lines to resume sailing could threaten plans to restart cruising in Alaska. Florida sued the Biden administration to throw out requirements, called a conditional sailing...

Biden suspends oil leases in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Jun. 01, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reversing a drilling program approved by the Trump administration and reviving a political fight over a remote region that is home to polar bears and other...

Budget plan includes money for 500-mile Alaska hiking trail

Jun. 01, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed 500-mile (804 kilometer) hiking trail from south-central Alaska to Fairbanks aimed at drawing more adventurers to the state has garnered support from the governor, tourism officials and others, and it could get a funding boost to help begin stitching it...