Latest Alaska state government News

Shareholder fined $1K over comments about Alaska regulator

Jul. 4, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Financial regulators have fined a shareholder of an urban Alaska Native company $1,000 over comments made on social media about inaction by the state agency responsible for financial oversight. Goldbelt Inc. shareholder Ray Austin complained to the Alaska Division of Banking &...

Street musician Cal Austermuhl performs on a street in downtown Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the same day Alaska residents began receiving their share of the state's oil wealth. Austermuhl says his $992 share was already spent on bills. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska oil checks smaller, but they help pay virus bills

Jul. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Downtown Anchorage street musician Cal Austermuhl had good reason to be singing the blues Wednesday, the same day the state of Alaska began distributing $992 checks that will be paid to nearly every resident. “Mine’s already spent,” he said of his share of the...

Parents sue after Juneau officer fatally shoots son

Jul. 1, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The parents of a man who died after being shot by a Juneau police officer in December sued the officer, city and others Wednesday, alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations. Kevin and Virginia Stephens, parents of Kelly Michael Stephens, want to know what happened, attorneys...

Clarkson says city mask order doesn't apply to state offices

Jun. 29, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage city attorney said Monday a memo from Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, exempting state buildings from a city mask order meant to guard against the coronavirus, “unnecessarily risks” the health of residents who work for or do business with state...

Health officials: 2 Seward businesses exposed to COVID-19

Jun. 27, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health officials in Alaska have urged anyone who went to two Seward businesses to take a COVID-19 test after potentially being exposed to the coronavirus. The state Department of Health and Social Services has said visitors and employees who were at the Seward Alehouse and Yukon...

Alaska transportation department revises ferry travel rules

Jun. 24, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska transportation department revised rules Wednesday for traveling on state-run ferries, changing coronavirus testing requirements announced just days earlier. The department, in a release, said passengers already in Alaska who choose longer-duration routes must show a...

Filing seeks hold on Alaska business aid pending changes

Jun. 23, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A man suing the state over plans to distribute federal coronavirus relief aid is asking a judge to block disbursement of a portion set aside for small businesses after Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration reinterpreted the rules. Eric Forrer, contends the money should be spent...

Alaska child care providers to receive $10.5M in virus funds

Jun. 22, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's government has announced that child care providers will receive an additional $10.5 million from the state's portion of federal coronavirus relief funds. State Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum said in a statement that the department and...

Alaska changes rules blocking companies from state virus aid

Jun. 19, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s $290 million financial assistance program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus will no longer exclude companies that already received small amounts of federal aid, officials said. The rule change follows an outcry from businesses and legislators who...

Alaska lawmakers: Discrimination involved in Arctic decision

Jun. 18, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s congressional delegation has asked federal regulators to investigate possible discrimination against Alaska Natives by large banks refusing to fund Arctic oil and gas projects. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young issued a letter Tuesday saying...