Latest Alaska state government News

Alaska lawmakers set oil check among at around $1,000

Mar. 29, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers early Sunday approved a budget that set this October’s oil wealth fund check to nearly every single Alaskan at about $1,000, but did not approve a second dividend intended to help residents struggling with the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus. ...

Alaska residents to use tax credits to increase air quality

Mar. 28, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Local governments in Alaska will be able to create and utilize property tax credits to increase energy efficiency and air quality under a bill passed by the Legislature. The Senate approved the bill with a 17-1 vote on Thursday. The measure now heads to Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy...

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel, right, speaks to Senate Finance Committee Co-chair Bert Stedman before the start of a budget conference committee meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. A conference committee of House and Senate negotiators was tasked with hammering out differences on a state spending package. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska lawmakers fall short of self-imposed goal to finish

Mar. 27, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers fell short of a self-imposed goal of completing their most pressing work Friday, with key measures, including a state spending package and bills related to the coronavirus, yet to be finalized. Friday marked Day 67 of a legislative session that, under the...

Alaska governor issues orders aimed at slowing virus spread

Mar. 27, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued orders Friday to restrict in-state travel and Alaskans' public activities in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The orders came as the state announced the second death of an Alaska resident related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

Christine Hohf, wearing a unicorn costume, right,and Andi Correa, wearing a dinosaur costume, walk through South Addition, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Anchorage. Hohf, who works as a scrub tech at a surgery center, said her hours were cut due to elective surgeries being put off because of the coronavirus pandemic, and she wanted to do something that would make people smile. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Alaska unemployment claims jump amid coronavirus concerns

Mar. 26, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Claims for unemployment benefits have risen sharply in Alaska as concerns over the coronavirus ripple through the state, officials said Thursday. Claims filed during the latest weekly reporting period totaled 7,806, up from 1,120 the week prior, said Lennon Weller, actuary for the...

Alaska regional airlines forced to cut services and staff

Mar. 26, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska regional air carriers have cut services to communities and positions from their payrolls in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Alaska Public Media reported Wednesday that the cuts followed a March 20 appeal by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy for Alaska residents to...

A staff member carries plastic buckets containing medical waste from new coronavirus patients at the Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Park Dong-joon/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea’s central bank to provide aid

Mar. 26, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea’s central bank to temporarily...

Alaska Supreme Court hears arguments in Dunleavy recall case

Mar. 25, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Allegations made against Gov. Mike Dunleavy by those seeking to recall him from office are insufficient or fail to show his actions caused any harm, an attorney for the state Division of Elections argued before the Alaska Supreme Court Wednesday. The state contends Superior Court...

Squirrel sparks power loss near Alaska governor's residence

Mar. 25, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An squirrel knocked out power to residences near the state governor’s mansion, Alaska electric company officials said. The squirrel was interfering with equipment when the temporary loss of electrical service happened in Juneau Monday, The Juneau Empire reported. “Our...

Alaska lawmakers pass bill lowering Pioneer Home rates

Mar. 25, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has approved legislation that would lower rates for residents of state-supported elder-care facilities. The bill, from Rep. Zack Fields, an Anchorage Democrat, also would limit future rate increases. It passed the Legislature Tuesday and next goes to Gov. Mike...