Latest Alaska state government News

Alaska borough assembly passes police discrimination measure

Sep. 24, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska borough assembly has passed a resolution calling on the state Legislature to add police officers to a list of classes of citizens protected from discrimination. The Ketchikan Borough Assembly's vote Monday was tied before the city's mayor broke the deadlock by voting in...

Pro-oil Alaska governor also backs renewable energy ideas

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — While Alaska's Republican governor continues promoting the oil industry underpinning the state's economy, he also has expressed interest in renewable energy projects. Gov. Mike Dunleavy said improvements in technology and decreasing costs of renewable power “open up some...

Alaska allows online sales of raffle tickets due to virus

Sep. 22, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska plans to allow the online sale of raffle tickets for the first time to help nonprofit organizations faced with limited fundraising opportunities because of coronavirus restrictions. The state Department of Revenue approved the temporary change over the summer allowing...

Alaska unemployment numbers improve, still historically high

Sep. 19, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's unemployment numbers improved in August but still remains historically high amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state's labor agency reported. In August, the state reported 37,000 fewer jobs than in the same month in 2019 for a 10.5% drop, said the Alaska Department of...

Alaska Supreme Court rejects appeal to reprint 800K ballots

Sep. 18, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska elections officials succeeded in two court challenges Friday, surviving efforts from a nonpartisan candidate seeking to force the state to reprint 800,000 ballots after the design of the document was changed. The Alaska Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling, which said...

State seeks Alaska Supreme Court review in ballot lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered the state of Alaska to stop printing general election ballots after a Democratic-nominated independent candidate sued to block a new ballot design ahead of the November election. Alaska Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson ordered the Alaska Division...

Alaska Democratic Party decries change to ballot information

Sep. 16, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Democratic Party has objected to a change to the state's general election ballot under which candidates no longer are required to list their party registration. The state Democratic Party said the move is biased, lacks transparency and was disclosed days before ballots...

A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Latest: Oregon seeks presidential disaster declaration

Sep. 14, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8:15 p.m. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the ongoing wildfires in the state. Brown made the request Monday, saying it would bring much needed resources to Oregon’s response and...

Woman comes forward about encounter with ex-Alaska official

Sep. 10, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Byron Mallott invited a woman to a meeting at a hotel in 2018 in which Alaska's then-lieutenant governor said he was attracted to her and expressed hope she felt the same, she told the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica of the events that led to Mallott's resignation. Jody Potts...

Alaska court rules police need aerial surveillance warrants

Sep. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Court of Appeals has ruled law enforcement officers cannot use cameras and drones for aerial searches of property without a warrant. The court acknowledged police have a legal right to fly over property, but the use of observational technology violates the right to...